reproductive rights

Alliance Defending Freedom asks U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in Idaho abortion case

BY: - November 22, 2023

Attorneys for two national law firms have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a federal case in Idaho regarding whether emergency room physicians can continue to be shielded from prosecution under the state’s abortion ban. If the court were to grant the motion, ER doctors in Idaho would again be subject to criminal […]

A men’s movement takes reins in a nationwide quest to end abortion

BY: - September 14, 2023

Wendell Shrock doesn’t believe in condoms. “We should leave the uterus to God,” the street preacher from Tennessee tells States Newsroom, in front of an abortion clinic outside of Atlanta, mid-morning in late July. Sweat drips from his cowboy hat into his salt-and-pepper beard that stretches halfway down his red-plaid shirt. The retired police officer […]

Women with serious pregnancy complications sue over state abortion bans

BY: - September 13, 2023

Women and physicians in Idaho and Tennessee have sued their home states after they say they were denied abortion care despite being diagnosed with serious, life-threatening medical conditions while pregnant. The lawsuits are led by the Center for Reproductive Rights, an advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., which also helped a patient in Oklahoma file […]

Idaho AG can’t prosecute providers for abortion referrals, federal judge orders in injunction

BY: - August 1, 2023

A federal judge in Idaho has granted a preliminary injunction barring Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador from taking legal action against medical providers who refer patients across state lines for abortion care and denied Labrador’s request to dismiss the case. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued a 60-page opinion detailing his reasoning for the […]

Law to protect trans youth in crisis will take effect as repeal effort fails

BY: - July 22, 2023

A new law allowing emergency shelters to notify state authorities rather than parents when a youth seeks refuge as they pursue gender-affirming health care or reproductive services will take effect Sunday after a push to repeal it failed.  Opponents needed to turn in valid signatures of at least 162,258 registered voters by Saturday to get […]

Washington’s abortion pill stockpile untapped as court fights continue

BY: - July 17, 2023

Washington’s three-year-supply of mifepristone isn’t going anywhere — at least until dueling court cases on access to the widely-used abortion pill are decided.  Gov. Jay Inslee directed the state Department of Corrections, which has a pharmacy license, to purchase the medication in March, and the full shipment arrived March 31. The unprecedented action came in […]

FDA approves first over-the-counter oral contraceptive

BY: and - July 13, 2023

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it has approved the country’s first daily birth control pill that can be used without a prescription, a move that reproductive health advocates celebrated after more than 20 years of advocating for an over-the-counter option. The contraceptive, called Opill, is a progestin-only oral pill that could soon become available […]

How Washington’s ‘shield law’ protects abortion patients coming from other states

BY: - June 24, 2023

A year after the federal right to abortion in the United States was overturned by the Supreme Court, Washington state Democrats have not only expanded access to abortion rights for residents here — they’ve attempted to protect out-of-state patients from legal action in their home states.  In April, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee signed a suite […]

Democrats predict abortion access, reproductive rights will be key issues in 2024 

BY: - June 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — Democrats this week released new campaign ads and detailed how they plan to talk about abortion access and reproductive rights leading up to the 2024 elections. Top Democratic campaign leaders said during a press call they expect the issues will be key to regaining control of the U.S. House and keeping control of […]