Dr. Willie Parker has been a devout Christian for his entire life. He would even walk from door-to-door and spread the word when he was only a teenager growing up in the Deep South. He later became a doctor specializing in obstetrics after attending Berea College, Harvard and the University of Iowa. For the first half of his medical career, Parker refused to provide abortions to patients and referred them to other physicians who would. However, in 2002, his stance changed drastically.
Last week, Congressional Republicans, with Vice President Mike Pence, voted to allow states to block $200 million in Title X federal funding to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood. This move reverses a rule put in place by President Obama that was intended to protect federal family planning funding for abortion and reproductive health providers.
Ever since President George H.W. Bush has been in office, the Global Gag Rule has been repealed or reinstated almost immediately following the introduction of a new president. Democrats, such as Clinton and Obama, have always struck down the anti-abortion ruling while Trump has continued the tradition of his Republican counterparts by reestablishing it.
While the gag rule won’t end abortion across the world, the effects it will have on reproductive rights throughout can’t be overstated.
In a 5-3 ruling on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court struck down Texas HB2, a bill that heavily regulated abortion providers and resulted in the closure of half of the state’s clinics. The Court determined that requiring clinics to qualify as surgery centers and ensuring abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges at local hospitals places an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions.
In the next few weeks, the Supreme Court is poised to rule on the legality on Texas HB2, a bill which requires all abortions (both medical, or early terminations which utilize the abortion pill, and surgical) to be done in ambulatory surgical centers or for abortion doctors to have access to hospitals. These additional requirements have been found to be unnecessary and unsafe barriers for typical abortion procedures. In fact, these requirements have caused abortion clinics all over the state of Texas to close, leaving the entire state with only 10 clinics to serve all of its citizens.
A controversial bill that requires women to buy additional insurance for abortion coverage in their health plans passed Legislature on Wednesday.
The initiative will take effect 90 days after lawmakers adjourn for the year.
Texas conservatives got their wish granted after a federal appeals court reinstated most of the state’s tough new restrictions on abortions Thursday.
As many as a dozen clinics around the state will not be able to continue performing the controversial procedure.
The restrictions could take effect as soon as Friday.
22-year-old Molly Ann Dutton was recently crowned homecoming queen at Auburn University. But she more than the university’s 100th homecoming queen, she’s a living miracle.
Molly Ann’s biological mother was a victim of sexual assault, resulting in pregnancy. Faced with the difficult choice to either abort the baby or get a divorce from her husband (yes he threatened her with the action), she moved to Alabama to have the child and give it up for adoption.
Now, Molly Ann is sharing her life story in hopes of raising awareness about options available to women during unexpected pregnancies.
New Mexico State Rep. Catherynn Brown has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for women to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from rape; on the grounds of “tampering with evidence.”
The offense – a third degree felony – would be punishable by up to three years in prison, and would implicate the doctor who performed the abortion as well.
Such a law could even create scenarios where the rape victim receives a longer prison sentence than her attacker.
This is outrageous.
President Obama has commented on Congressman and GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial comments regarding rape.
In an interview that aired yesterday, Akin asserted that “legitimate rape” rarely results in a pregnancy, explaining, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”