A Win for Women

Iowa’s abortion ban — the most restrictive in the country — was just struck down, and New York is working to protect women’s access to the procedure even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

An Iowa district court struck down the incredibly restrictive law, which banned all forms of abortion after the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected; most women don’t even know that they are pregnant by the time a heartbeat can be registered.

The bill was signed into law last year by the state’s female governor, adding a little extra salt to the wound as well as to the legacy of women oppressing other women.

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Judges Block Administration’s Birth Control Policy

Federal judges in California and Pennsylvania have prevented new regulations surrounding employer-supplied birth control from taking effect nationwide.

The administration’s rule changes would expand the ability of employers to deny contraceptive coverage for employees on religious grounds.

A California federal judge ruled against the policy yesterday, blocking the policy from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Today, a Pennsylvania judge added on to that ruling, effectively blocking the policy from taking effect nationwide.

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Ohio Wants to Execute People Who Seek, Provide Abortions

The Ohio House of Representatives is considering passing a bill that would outlaw abortions and institute the death penalty for those who receive or administer them.

The bill makes no exceptions for rape, incest, or risk to the mother’s life and would allow authorities to execute anyone who receives or administers the procedure.

House Bill 565 would also expand the definition of a person in Ohio’s criminal code to encompass the “unborn human.”

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Abortion Hot Topic in Midterms

Abortion was on the ballot in a number of states in this year’s midterms, and the outcomes varied widely.

In Alabama and West Virginia, women’s rights and access to reproductive healthcare services were severely curtailed as religion seeped into the Alabama state constitution with the approval of a drastic amendment.

On the other end of the spectrum, Oregon voters managed to reject similar attempts at implementing so-called “trigger laws” that will go into effect if and when the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade as many conservatives hope.

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Birth Control: Administration to Expand Religious Exemptions

In keeping with the GOP’s evangelical base, the administration plans to expand religious exemptions allowing employers to deny employee birth control coverage.

The exemptions allow employers to cite moral and/or religious objections when choosing to deny their employees healthcare coverage for birth control.

Last year, the president attempted to reverse the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate that required employers to cover birth control, but lawsuits from several states prevented the repeal from going through. These new policy changes could render those lawsuits entirely pointless.

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Danes Fight Back Against “Burqa Ban”

Immigrants and Danish citizens alike have been protesting the country’s ban against Muslim face veils.

Martin Henriksen of the Danish People’s Party, a far-right populist faction, proposed the law because he thinks it will help Denmark combat what he calls “political Islam.”

He believes that it is essential to Danish society and values to see the face of the person you’re speaking to.

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Abortions in Arkansas

Women with scheduled abortions in Arkansas have recently discovered that their procedures were cancelled following the Supreme Court’s decision not to block the state’s new restrictions.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided Tuesday that it would not block new restrictions put in place by the state of Arkansas which require clinics that provide medication-induced abortions to maintain contracts with doctors who have hospital admitting privileges.

Planned Parenthood, the erstwhile main provider in the state, will not be able to meet the requirement and will be forced to stop providing the service at its two clinics.

Now, there is only one location in the entire state at which women can receive the procedure.

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Progressivism from the Catholic Church

The people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favor of the repeal of the country’s Eighth Amendment last week, which banned abortion in nearly all cases.

The predominantly Catholic country has had restrictive legislation in place since 1861, with the amendment ratified by the public in 1983.

While many members and clergy of the Catholic Church, which has a deep and powerful presence in the country, have criticized the decision, others have offered a more positive, progressive view.

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Rally the Lasses

Irish citizens living all over the world are traveling back to their home country to challenge one of the strictest abortion bans in the world.

UPDATED 05/25/18 05:30 P.M. PST: Exit polls show landslide support for the repeal of the 8th Amendment with as much as 69% in favor.

The referendum today could potentially result in the repeal of the republic’s Eighth Amendment, which outlaws nearly all abortions in the country, forcing thousands of women each year to leave the country in search of abortion services.

Pro-choice activists in Dublin dressed in red and white, evoking the imagery of The Handmaid’s Tale, a novel which deals heavily in the issues of bodily autonomy.

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The Oppression of Women, By Women

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on Friday signed into law the single most restrictive abortion bill in the country. It is being called “the heartbeat bill.”

The legislation will prohibit the administration of an abortion procedure if the fetus’ heartbeat can be detected, which often occurs as early as six weeks into the pregnancy.

Most women don’t even realize that they’re pregnant until the six-week mark since that’s usually the amount of time it takes to insure that you’ve missed your menstrual cycle, thus prompting the usage of a pregnancy test.

So, this bill will essentially prohibit women from receiving an abortion before many of them even know that they’re pregnant.

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