Reproductive Rights

Rewire: To See the Potential ‘Devastating’ Effect of Trump’s Domestic Gag Rule, Look to Colorado

By Eleanore Wood / July 31, 2018 / Comments Off on Rewire: To See the Potential ‘Devastating’ Effect of Trump’s Domestic Gag Rule, Look to Colorado

The Trump administration’s proposed domestic gag rule is another clear attack on abortion access. The rule mimics a 90s executive order in Colorado. Trump is forcing health clinics to “disentangle” themselves from abortion services or lose federal funding. In Colorado, it was nearly impossible to prove health clinics were separate from abortion services. Nearly half of Planned…

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Mountain Express: Mayor Manheimer joins nationwide mayor group in opposition to abortion gag rule

By Eleanore Wood / June 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Mountain Express: Mayor Manheimer joins nationwide mayor group in opposition to abortion gag rule

Anti-Trump and pro-abortion, these NC mayors got it right. Trump’s new nationwide gag rule makes it illegal for healthcare facilities that receive Title X funding to tell patients how to safely, and legally access abortion. Taking away access to reliable truthful healthcare information is an attack on those who need it most. Mayor Esther Manheimer of Asheville…

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The Washington Post: Trump thrusts abortion fight into crucial midterm elections

By Eleanore Wood / May 22, 2018 / Comments Off on The Washington Post: Trump thrusts abortion fight into crucial midterm elections

The Trump administration announced that it is taking action to dismantle federal funding for health clinics. The proposed change would mean ANY health clinic that even mentions abortion services to patients cannot receive Title X funds, which means many would be forced to choose between actual health care and closing their doors. Doctors and nurses…

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The Chicago Tribune: I don’t think abortion is murder, and neither do you

By Eleanore Wood / May 4, 2018 / Comments Off on The Chicago Tribune: I don’t think abortion is murder, and neither do you

Americans– both pro- and anti-abortion– do not believe abortions are homicide. This idea is just a tool of the anti-abortion movement to punish and stigmatize those who have abortions. Even anti-abortion zealots do not advocate for treating those who exercise this right in the same way we do murderers. This means that the whole “abortion…

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Rewire: Scott Walker Just Made Wisconsin the Latest State to Ban Abortion Coverage for Government Workers

By Eleanore Wood / April 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Rewire: Scott Walker Just Made Wisconsin the Latest State to Ban Abortion Coverage for Government Workers

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently signed a bill prohibiting the state’s health insurance program from covering abortion care for state and local public workers. This is just another attempt by conservatives to take away health insurance from those who need it. All people deserve access to affordable abortion care. In North Carolina, abortion is covered…

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Rewire: Kentucky Republicans Ignore Court Decisions, Ban Common Abortion Procedure

By Eleanore Wood / March 28, 2018 / Comments Off on Rewire: Kentucky Republicans Ignore Court Decisions, Ban Common Abortion Procedure

The House of Representatives in Kentucky passed a bill forbidding abortion after 11 weeks. This will likely be met with legal challenges if it’s signed into law. Across the United States, many states are looking to restrict abortion access and reproductive rights. Ohio lawmakers introduced a total abortion ban, Mississippi now has a law that bans…

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NPR: Landmark Report Concludes Abortion In U.S. Is Safe

By Eleanore Wood / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on NPR: Landmark Report Concludes Abortion In U.S. Is Safe

A comprehensive report was published Friday stating what we already know — abortion care is safe. The report included all four types of abortion methods used in the United States and confirmed all types of abortion care are safe for patients. It also delved into the restrictions each state has on abortion care and how…

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Rewire: Anti-Choice Clinics Claim Their Deceptive Business Practices Are Free Speech. Will Justice Kennedy Agree?

By Eleanore Wood / March 16, 2018 / Comments Off on Rewire: Anti-Choice Clinics Claim Their Deceptive Business Practices Are Free Speech. Will Justice Kennedy Agree?

Next week the Supreme Court will hear a case that will determine whether fake clinics (or Crisis Pregnancy Centers) must disclose the fact they are anti-abortion. The crux of the case — National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra — is whether the state of California can require these clinics to say they don’t…

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Phoenix New Times: Latina Activist Alejandra Pablos Jailed by ICE; ‘Retaliation’ for Protest, Group Claims

By Eleanore Wood / March 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Phoenix New Times: Latina Activist Alejandra Pablos Jailed by ICE; ‘Retaliation’ for Protest, Group Claims

Alejandra Mijente is an abortion storyteller and activist who is being detained by ICE in Arizona. Mijente is an organizer for the National Institute for Latina Health and many believe she was targeted for detention because of her activism. The xenophobic Trump administration policies are tearing families apart and ruining lives. In honor of International Women’s Day, we need to…

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NC Policy Watch: Top Democrats call on Rep. Duane Hall to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations

By Eleanore Wood / March 1, 2018 / Comments Off on NC Policy Watch: Top Democrats call on Rep. Duane Hall to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations

We must take these accusations seriously, no matter who is accused of sexual harassment. Those in power have a responsibility to wield that power responsibly. When there is a power imbalance, it creates an opportunity for sexual harassment. Our elected officials must stay hypervigilant and must treat every person they encounter with dignity. We stand with…

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