Although many people still turn to surgical methods like vacuum aspiration or dilation and curettage (also known as a D&C), abortion with pills (also known as medical abortion or medication abortion) has become an incredibly popular method around the globe. In some European countries, over 90 percent of abortions are performed with pills; in the United States, over half of all abortions performed in 2020 were medication abortions.
Let’s be clear: the recent abortion bans will not stop abortions from happening. They will only ensure that some groups — specifically, poor people and people of color — are disproportionately punished when seeking access to abortions.
Even in states with the strictest abortion laws, pregnant people have a safe, inexpensive option to terminate their pregnancies. But few know about it.
We are entering an era not just of unsafe abortions but of the widespread criminalization of pregnancy.
From Maude having an abortion pre-Roe v. Wade to Wonder Woman revealing a secret matriarchal world, women on film have been way ahead of the curve fighting for change for more than a century. With Ladies First, we’re tracing the often-forgotten legacy that these leading ladies left on history.
Over the course of American history, women of all classes, races, ages and statuses have ended their pregnancies, both before there were any laws about abortion and after a raft of 19th-century laws restricted it. Our ignorance of this history, however, equips those in the anti-abortion movement with the power to create dangerous narratives.
Abortion is a taboo subject. #YouKnowMe is trying to change that.
While many may think that the political arguments over abortion now are fresh and new, scholars of women’s, medical and legal history note that this debate has a long history in the U.S.
It began at more than a century before Roe v. Wade.
When moral philosophers and others take up an issue that is at the center of public debate, we tend to frame it as a matter of individual ethics. Is it morally permissible to eat meat? To offer money for sex? To have an abortion? Yet, such questions often fail to focus on the issues that are important and relevant for public policy and, as a result, can derail productive public debate.
Prompted by Emma Green’s note on the Supreme Court case Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, for which a group of lawyers filed a document openly describing their abortions, readers share their own stories in an ongoing series edited by Chris Bodenner.
The type of abortion depends on the trimester...
Women in England will soon be able to have abortions at home if they are less than ten weeks pregnant.
Home abortions were introduced in Scotland and Wales last year. Now the UK government has said this will be legalised in England before the end of the year. But abortion remains illegal in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland.
Roe v. Wade has survived for decades because of luck. That’s about to change.
Abortion is often treated exclusively as a women’s health issue. And let’s face it, the women’s perspective is more important.
Trying to talk about the struggle over reproductive rights while ignoring religion is like trying to understand sports while ignoring the existence of teams...
A fetus is a possibility, not a person. While abortion can be the tragic end to a wanted pregnancy, it’s never murder. The opposite position is extreme, and a threat to the health and safety of women. There is no compromise, not on the personhood of women. You can’t find middle ground. Invite them into your big tent, and you threaten the most vulnerable people inside it.
Nearly one in three American women will have an abortion by age 45. Why are we so afraid to talk about it—or to acknowledge that our lives would have been so much less than we hoped for without it? Why are we pressured to feel that we should regret our choice, and that there's something wrong with us if we don't?
If a fetus can be transferred to a fabricated womb, can the right to abortion survive?
Banning abortion does not make abortion go away. Women who have the means to travel, or the desperation to go underground, have always found a way, and their organizing power ultimately made abortion a constitutional right in the United States. Today, women should keep that history in mind as they prepare for the next chapter in this fight.
A new study published today in the American Journal of Public Health provides important evidence to expand this claim, showing opposing abortion harms the poor, not just because it’s often lower-income women who decide to get abortions, but because being denied an abortion is linked to long-term consequences.
Was abortion a crime in previous centuries? The answer has shaped recent Supreme Court rulings—and might do so again.
With the retirement of Justice Kennedy, a more conservative Supreme Court could limit access to contraception.
When comparing medical and surgical abortion, focus should therefore not only be on efficacy and complications, but also on acceptability and patient satisfaction.
The name #OneInFour comes from the statistic that nearly one in four women in the United States will have had an abortion by the age of 45.
That's almost a quarter of the female population, and yet there is still an incredible amount of stigma attached to women talking about their own abortions.
One really hasn't the foggiest idea how they'll respond in a situation until they're facing that double pink line. I had been sexually violated in my sleep, bringing about a string of horrid flashbacks.
Patients often have to fight for coverage, even if their plans include the procedure.
The F.D.A. warns against purchasing the drugs from online vendors, but women in the United States are doing it anyway. Increasingly, advocates of access to the drugs say, women are turning to the internet to procure the pills for use in their homes.
The threats against safe abortions are changing—where women once feared the coat hanger, the symbol of the handcuff is now more ominous. Is arming activists with information the first step in keeping abortion accessible?
In numerous countries there is a time limit on the legality of abortion—for the UK, it’s 24 weeks, for France 12 weeks, for Italy 90 days. In the US, determining the “fetal viability” is left to the medical practitioner’s discretion. Generally speaking, viability occurs between 24 and 28 weeks (seven months), but every pregnancy is different, which places the very concept of viability at the center of a heated debate.
An activist group is trying to discredit Planned Parenthood with covertly recorded videos even as contraception advocates are touting a method that sharply reduces unwanted pregnancies.
In as much as the talk about abortion has been here for a while, there is not so much that is known about the methods of abortion. While there are various abortion methods that are used to terminate early pregnancies, they are broadly grouped into are two main categories; medical abortion and surgical (also called aspiration abortion or suction abortion).
Regulatory laws based on phony health claims erode economic liberty. But some free-market conservatives have a double standard for abortion.
Roe v. Wade is arguably one of the most famous Supreme Court cases of all time. It established a woman's right to abortion as a matter of privacy and has remained at the forefront of American politics for decades. Supporters of the decision hold it up as a beacon for women's independence and equality. Critics view it as an overreach by the Supreme Court. As states continue passing restrictions on abortion, many wonder: Could Roe v. Wade be overturned?
Like most things in the law, the answer to this question isn't exactly a simple one.
The recent abortion bills don't align with what health experts know about abortion safety.
The debate over whether abortion should be a legal option continues to divide Americans long after the US Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision on Roe v. Wade declared the procedure a fundamental right on Jan. 22, 1973.
While a majority of Americans do not want Roe v. Wade overturned in its entirety, most believe abortion should only be legal under certain circumstances.
No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body - Margaret Sanger
While the abortion debate continues worldwide, even in countries where it has long been legal, new drugs and online telemedicine services could provide access to safe abortion beyond borders and laws.
The majority of women who have an abortion don’t regret their decision. The finding rebuts the idea that mental distress is commonplace, which is often the basis of laws that require women to have cooling off periods after requesting an abortion, says Corinne Rocca at the University of California, San Francisco.
A combination of feminist advocacy, new drugs and the internet is allowing people to safely end early pregnancies themselves when they choose to do so. People can manage abortions using medicines without face-to-face contact with doctors and nurses.
In The Turnaway Study, Diana Greene Foster shares research conducted over 10 years with about 1,000 women who had or were denied abortions, tracking impacts on mental, physical and economic health.
That breakthrough is the artificial uterus, which could drastically lower the developmental age at which an unborn baby is viable, potentially to as early as conception itself.
Abortion opponents are accusing doctors of infanticide. Here’s the reality of abortion late in pregnancy, according to a doctor.
Abortion is a routine part of reproductive health care. Approximately 25% of women in the U.S. will undergo an abortion before the age of 45. The Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy institute in New York City, has been tracking these data for the last 50 years.
Abortion. We need to talk about it. I know, sometimes it seems as if we talk of little else, so perhaps I should say we need to talk about it differently. Not as something we all agree is a bad thing about which we shake our heads sadly and then debate its precise degree of badness, preening ourselves on our judiciousness and moral seriousness as we argue about this or that restriction on this or that kind of woman.
The abortion rate has fallen steadily for years, decreasing nearly every year since 1981. In 2012, it was at the lowest level recorded since 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its Roe v. Wade ruling.
If you support the criminalization of abortion, or believe that safe abortions should be available to affluent women but not to poor and rural women, you should be happy about the near certainty that Roe will be overruled or eviscerated. But whatever the nation’s contrarian pundits might tell you, if you support the reproductive rights of women, you should be appalled.
For many women, girls and trans men it can be impossible to secure a safe abortion. Aid Access supports women who cannot otherwise access an abortion and protects their human rights.
safe2choose is a social enterprise that is a part of an international movement for reproductive health and access to safe abortion. Our team includes multilingual counselors, medical doctors and experts in the field of public health and international development that work together to provide you with accurate information about safe abortion. We support and respect women to make their own decisions regarding their bodies and reproductive health.
Contraception and abortion belong in women's hands! Women Help Women is a collaborative non-profit initiative.
Women on Waves envisions a world where all people can decide about their bodies and lives and can access sexual health services/information including safe abortion services no matter where they live or what is their social economic status. Abortion is fundamentally about social and gender justice.
Women on Web is a digital community of women who have had abortions, medical doctors, researchers, and individuals and organizations that support abortion rights.
Are you against the abortion? Want to connect with an anti-abortion organization? Then join Abortion NO and say no to abortion with us!
Life after abortion: News, opinion, personal experience, resources.
The mission of the National Abortion Federation is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care, which promotes health and justice for women.
The National Network of Abortion Funds works to make sure that all women and girls can get the abortions they seek.
If you are a woman looking for help paying for an abortion, we are here today to help you get what you need. The local abortion funds in our organization help women pay for abortions they can’t otherwise afford.
A story of hope and healing after abortion.
WRRAP is a non-partisan, non-profit organization helping women gain access to safe, legal abortion services and emergency contraceptives. We work with pre-qualified, reputable reproductive health clinics across the U.S. on behalf of disadvantaged women in need.
American Life League exists to serve God by helping to build a society that respects and protects individual innocent human beings from creation to death—without compromise, without exception, without apology.
The distinguishing mark of American Life League, by which we will be recognized, is our absolute commitment to the sacredness of every innocent human being's life.
A nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law.
Human Coalition rescues innocent preborn children and their families from abortion through compassion, grace, technology, and extended care.
As an anti-abortion pro-life organization, we fight to change the abortion picture - to end legal abortion and return the right to life to unborn babies from the moment of conception. Our motto is, "Pro-Life: without compromise, without exception, without apology."
January 22, 1973 is ingrained in the minds of pro-lifers because on that infamous historic day the Supreme Court invalidated 50 state laws and made abortion legal and available on demand throughout the United States in the now-infamous decisions in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton.
The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.
NARAL Pro-Choice America has been fighting to protect reproductive freedom, ensuring that women - and not politicians - make personal, private decisions about their reproductive health
Through education and legislation, National Right to Life is working to restore legal protection to the most defenseless members of our society who are threatened by abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.
NOW is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the U.S. We take action to bring women into full participation in society -- sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination.
Operation Rescue® is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation. Operation Rescue® recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become perhaps the most visible voice of the pro-life activist movement in America.
If you are pregnant, you have options. If you are trying to decide if abortion is the right choice for you, you probably have many things to think about. Learning the facts about abortion may help you in making your decision. You may also want to learn more about parenting and adoption.
The Pro-Life Action League was founded by Joseph M. Scheidler in 1980 with the aim of saving unborn children through non-violent direct action. We are doing all we can to stop the killing and the exploitation.
Comprehensive resource on latest news and opinions.
Our Bodies Ourselves is a public interest women's health education and advocacy organization and author of the essential book "Our Bodies, Ourselves."
Rewire.News is an award-winning, nonprofit daily online publication devoted to evidence-based reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice, and the intersections of racial, environmental, immigration, and economic justice.
Teenbreaks.com is designed to give you up-to-date and accurate information on abortion, pregnancy, and other issues.
Abortion is one of the most controversial social issues in the world today because it involves the taking of an unborn child’s life. Wherever you go, you’ll find people with a variety of thoughts on abortion. Some think abortion should be available for any reason and at any stage of pregnancy. Some think that abortion should only be available for a limited number of reasons. Still others like to avoid the subject altogether because it is controversial or brings up painful memories.