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Study: Mail-Order Abortions 95% Effective

Study says that's as safe as in a clinic

(Newser) - Medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent in the mail appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic, according to a new study. The research tracked the outcomes of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who used a website run... More »

For a 10-Year-Old Pregnant by Rape, a 2nd Trauma

Victim had to fight for right to abort

(Newser) - India has dealt with a series of high-profile rape cases , and the latest is a particularly thorny one: It involves a 10-year-old who is now pregnant. The New York Times reports the child is more than 20 weeks along after being "repeatedly raped by her stepfather over a period... More »

Trump Abortion-Linked Aid Cuts Deepen to $8.8B Globally

President is expanding 'Mexico City policy' against groups offering abortion services, info

(Newser) - In April, the UN Population Fund was one of the first under the "Mexico City policy" to lose US funds for allegedly participating in or supporting "coercive" abortions in China. Now that policy is being extended, with an announcement Monday from the State Department that more US funds... More »

9 Faculty Quitting After College Mandates Abortion Opposition

The private college is also mandating opposition to gay marriage

(Newser) - A private North Carolina Christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion, the AP reports. One faculty member says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school. News media outlets report that... More »

Website Debuts to Help US Women Carry Out DIY Abortions

SASS counselors will help Americans who've decided to end pregnancies with drugs

(Newser) - A Dutch organization that advises women on reproductive rights has now launched a website to help US women terminate pregnancies on their own. The Guardian reports on the "Self-Managed Abortion: Safe and Supported" portal, or SASS , set up by Women Help Women . Through it, 23 trained counselors will answer... More »

US: No More Funding for UN Population Fund

Group's supposed support of 'coercive abortion' in China cost it: State Dept.

(Newser) - Just days after he took office in January, President Trump put back in place the "Mexico City policy" that keeps federal funds from being funneled to international aid organizations that provide abortions, or even info about them. Now the United States has officially yanked US donations from the United... More »

2 Face Felony Charges Over Planned Parenthood Videos

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt posed as execs with a fake bioresearch company

(Newser) - Two anti-abortion activists whose secretly recorded conversations with executives from Planned Parenthood made national headlines are each facing 15 felony charges in California, reports the Los Angeles Times . David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt posed as executives of a fake bioresearch company and filmed their conversations with Planned Parenthood officials about... More »

After Devastating Ultrasound, a Remarkable Decision

Eva will be born so her organs can be donated

(Newser) - Keri Young was nearly halfway through her pregnancy when she and her husband learned that the girl she was carrying was terminally ill. Suffering from anencephaly, the fetus was developing without parts of her brain, and in almost all cases these babies die within a day or two of birth,... More »

'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade Dies at 69

Norma McCorvey later became a staunch anti-abortion crusader

(Newser) - Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the US Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday. She was 69. McCorvey died at an assisted living center in Texas, journalist Joshua Prager,... More »

Okla. Anti-Abortion Lawmaker Calls Pregnant Women 'Hosts'

And he's standing by his remarks

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker from southeast Oklahoma who described a pregnant woman as a "host" is standing by his use of the term, saying his intent was not to offend anyone, the AP reports. State Rep. Justin Humphrey of Lane said Monday he didn't know of a better term... More »

Anti-Abortion March Organizers 'Pulling Out All the Stops'

Pence will speak at march, highest-ranking WH official to do so in person

(Newser) - The Women's March on Washington Saturday drew about 500,000 people, with millions more demonstrating worldwide. Six days later, another march is taking place in DC, and the New York Times notes this event may be tinged with "a new sense of urgency, anxiety, and maybe a little... More »

Netherlands: If US Won't Fund Safe Abortion, We Will

Dutch hope to provide $600M to an international fund

(Newser) - Donald Trump's installation of what some are calling an abortion gag rule "on steroids" will lead to "dangerous backroom procedures and higher maternal mortality," says the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation—which is why the Netherlands plans to step in. The country says... More »

Trump Didn't Just Revive 'Gag Rule'; It's Now 'on Steroids'

It will affect $9.5B in US foreign aid, explains Michelle Goldberg, up from $600M

(Newser) - Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has reinstated the global gag rule or Mexico City policy— which prevents federal money from going to international family planning groups that provide abortions or abortion information—just as every Democrat president has rescinded it. But Donald Trump "massively expanded" it Monday, Michelle... More »

Trump Signs 3 Big Executive Orders

Pulls out of TPP, reinstates abortion funding ban, and institutes hiring freeze

(Newser) - President Trump had a busy morning, signing three executive orders on trade, abortion, and federal hiring, and issuing a warning to US companies that they'll be penalized if they move overseas. Details:
  • TPP: As promised, Trump signed an order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership , which the New
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Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Point Since 1974

There were 926K in US in 2014: Guttmacher Institute

(Newser) - Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the US has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974, reports the AP . The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday... More »

Woman Who Tried to Give Herself Abortion Leaves Prison

Anna Yocca pleaded guilty to trying to end her pregnancy in 2015, but was let out for time served

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman who tried to end her pregnancy with a coat hanger in 2015 was let out of jail Monday after entering a guilty plea to a lesser charge than the original attempted first-degree murder charge, the Daily News Journal reports. Anna Yocca, 32, had previously seen the charge... More »

Lena Dunham Is Sorry for Wishing She Had Abortion

She addresses 'distasteful joke' made on her podcast

(Newser) - Lena Dunham is apologizing to women who've had abortions after saying she wished she could count herself among that group. On a recent episode of her podcast, Dunham recalled visiting a Texas abortion clinic where she was asked to discuss the circumstances of her own abortion. "I myself... More »

John Kasich Nixes Ohio Abortion 'Heartbeat Bill'

But signs 20-week abortion ban

(Newser) - Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat , the AP reports. The so-called heartbeat bill would have prohibited most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is... More »

Ohio's Abortion 'Heartbeat Bill' Now on John Kasich's Desk

Bill would ban abortions after fetal heartbeat is detected if governor signs it

(Newser) - Gov. John Kasich has a new bill on his desk, and if he signs it, Ohio will have the toughest abortion laws in the US, USA Today reports. The "heartbeat bill," which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is found (sometimes as early as six weeks ), doesn'... More »

Texas Rules Fetal Remains Must Be Buried, Cremated

Whether they're from miscarriages or abortions, no matter the gestational age

(Newser) - Texas women came forward earlier this month to tell their miscarriage and abortion stories to fend off proposed new funerary rules for embryonic and fetal tissue, but sharing their experiences apparently fell short of the mark. Per state health officials, starting Dec. 19, hospitals, abortion clinics, and other facilities will... More »

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