Louisiana Abortion Bill Blocked

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled against a harsh Louisiana abortion law that would have ultimately resulted in the entire state population becoming dependent on a single doctor to provide the procedure.

In a pleasantly surprising twist, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal faction of the court in a 5-4 vote to temporarily halt the legislation, which would have required doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.

Unsurprisingly, recently sworn-in Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women, voted in favor of the legislation and wrote the dissenting opinion.

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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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Planned Parenthood to Retain Medicaid Funding

In a significant win for women’s rights, the Supreme Court today refused to hear a case arguing for the repeal of Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

The case centers around the issue of whether states can block offices that provide women with annual health screens, contraceptive coverage, and cancer screening from receiving Medicaid funding.

Surprisingly, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh both sided with the liberal members of the court in choosing not to hear the case; either one of them voting in favor would have triggered the case’s hearing.

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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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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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A Return to the Era of Back-Alley Abortions

The current administration is proposing a new law that would strip federal funding from any organization that provides abortion services, shares space with an abortion provider, or refers patients to abortion providers.

The law would basically enforce a domestic version of the “Global Gag Rule” that the president reinstated last year, which denied federal support to international groups and programs that provide or even mention abortion to their patients.

Under the rule, organizations combating the spread of dangerous viruses like Zika and Ebola can lose the entirety of their federal funding to treat the diseases for so much as mentioning abortions to their patients.

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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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