Women's Rights

Fearing the Future of Roe v. Wade, New Jersey Moves to Protect Abortion Access

Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that lawmakers would introduce a package of legislation to enshrine reproductive health care into state law.

One Tennessee Prosecutor Says He Won’t Enforce Controversial Abortion Law

The Nashville district attorney says he won’t prosecute doctors who fail to inform patients that a medication abortion can be reversed—a claim medical groups say isn’t backed up by science.

Michigan’s ‘Tampon Tax’ Challenged in New Lawsuit

The litigation is part of a national movement toward exempting menstrual products from states' sales taxes.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictive Abortion Law

It was the first major abortion case heard by Supreme Court since the addition of two new conservative justices.

Women Disproportionately Losing Their Jobs During Coronavirus Downturn

Women of color, single mothers, and women over the age of 55 have been particularly hard hit.

Abortion Clinic Protesters Are Being Arrested for Violating Stay-At-Home Orders

In several cities across the country, anti-abortion protesters are among those testing local and state orders telling people to stay home, saying they see their actions as constitutionally protected.

Judges Take Up Abortion Bans Put in Place During Coronavirus Pandemic

Federal judges on Monday blocked Texas, Ohio, and Alabama from forcing abortion clinics to close. A day later, a federal appeals court panel temporarily reinstated the Texas limits.

‘We 100% Plan to Stay Open’: Abortion Providers Say They Will Continue Services During Pandemic

Abortion clinics across the country are continuing to offer services, which providers call essential and time sensitive.

Women Lawmakers Are Making Gains—But Only in Some State Capitols

The rise of women in state legislatures hasn’t been equally distributed across geographic and ideological divides.

Supreme Court Takes Up Abortion Again With Major Louisiana Case

The high court struck down a nearly identical law in 2016, but some say that the court’s new conservative majority could allow a Louisiana law to stand.

A Teacher Said Her Boss Wouldn't Allow Breast Milk Pumping. Now Georgia Lawmakers Are Pushing a Bill.

Federal law requires employers to provide certain accommodations for breastfeeding women, but some careers, including teachers, aren't covered.

Why Men Vote for Republicans, and Women Vote for Democrats

COMMENTARY | The gender gap is larger than ever.

States Move to Protect Anesthetized Women from Non-Consensual Pelvic Exams

The controversial practice is condemned by major medical organizations, but still legal in most states.

In Two States, Debates Over the Ethics of Paid Surrogacy

Lawmakers in New York, one of only three states where paid surrogacy is illegal, are trying to repeal their ban. Meanwhile, in South Dakota, legislators say surrogacy has led to the commercialization of children and want to prohibit it.

Equal Rights Amendment Clears First Step in Virginia, as Trump Administration Declares Effort Dead

A Justice Department opinion issued this week says the deadline for ratification has passed. Advocates say otherwise.

Five States Passed ‘Abortion Reversal’ Laws in 2019. New Research Found the Practice Can be Dangerous

A randomized study testing the safety of ‘abortion reversal’ had to be halted when doctors decided it became too dangerous for the participants.

A New Bill In Pennsylvania Would Require Burial of ‘Fetal Remains’

The bill mirrors several others that have appeared in state legislatures across the country.

Supreme Court Allows Kentucky Abortion Ultrasound Requirement to Stand

The law requires women who seek abortions to view a narrated ultrasound before the procedure, even if they don’t want one.

Many States Prosecute Pregnant Women for Drug Use. New Research Says That’s a Bad Idea.

As the opioid epidemic surges, states have been cracking down on pregnant addicted women.