Reproductive Rights News Roundup

On the abortion front in 2021: GOP lawmakers push for more restrictions; critics plan to push back
By Issac Morgan
Florida Phoenix
Reproductive health and abortion rights advocates in Florida will face more hurdles during the 2021 legislative session, with bills pending that could place further restrictions on pregnant women who want an abortion.

Reproductive Rights: The Nationwide State of Play
By Steph Black
The Progressive
In the last few months, the state of abortion rights in the United States has shifted drastically, for better and for worse.

‘You can’t just remove the damage of the last four years’
By Kara Fox and Nicole Gaouette
For more than four years, countries that rely on American foreign aid have been reeling from the profound impact that Donald Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City policy has had on women.

Republicans Want a New Weapon in the War on Abortion: Murder Charges
By Carter Sherman
The U.S. anti-abortion movement is built on the belief that getting an abortion is tantamount to killing a child.

Communities Need Independent Abortion Clinics
By Steph Black
Ms. Magazine
Independent abortion clinics—also called indie clinics or indies—are shutting down at alarming rates all across the country, despite 60 percent of abortion-seeking patients obtaining care at these facilities, according to the Abortion Care Network’s annual report, “Communities Need Care.”

Why we might soon see a surge in antiabortion violence
By Robin Abcarian
Los Angeles Times
In 2009, four months after Barack Obama, who supported abortion rights, was sworn in as president and Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, a religious zealot murdered the late-term abortion doctor George Tiller in the vestibule of Tiller’s church.

Anti-Abortion, Pro-Insurrection
By Eleanor J. Bader
The Progressive
Pundits eager to dissect the origins of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol rarely include the misogynist anti-abortion movement in their musings. But they should.

Emergency Contraception Is Having Its Moment
By Jessica Sanders
Liletta, a hormonal IUD, is an emergency contraception that’s also effective long term, a study suggests.

Both sides get a final chance to talk about SC abortion ban
By Jeffrey Collins
Associated Press
After years of legislative wrangling over a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina, the public got what likely will be one final chance to speak for or against the ban.

Before the Capitol Attack, There Were the Abortion Wars
By Alissa Quart
Some 30 years ago a man named John Brockhoeft planned two bombings at abortion clinics and women’s health centers in Ohio and Florida.

A Fragmented System: Ensuring Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage in All U.S. Health Insurance Plans
By Adam Sonfield
Guttmacher Institute
Birth control is central to people’s reproductive autonomy and their ability to control whether and when to become pregnant.