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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 »

Pope Francis Makes It Easier to Forgive Abortion

All priests can now absolve the 'grave sin'

(Newser) - Pope Francis temporarily gave Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion during the Church's "Holy Year of Mercy," which ended Sunday. In a letter released Monday, however, the pope "extended" the right to priests, suggesting it would last at least until the end of his... More »

Texas Women: Don't Make Us Bury Miscarried Fetuses

New rules would require burial of all fetal tissue

(Newser) - If proposed new rules are put into place in Texas, all embryonic and fetal tissue will need to be buried or cremated—whether after an abortion, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy. On Wednesday, during the Texas Department of Health Services' second public hearing on the proposed rules, women came forward to... More »

Woman Dies After Miscarriage, 'Conscientious Objector' Doctor Blamed

Family says Italian woman requested abortion because her life was in danger

(Newser) - The story of an Italian woman who died after giving premature birth to twins isn't turning out to be a straightforward "complications during childbirth" story, with her family now claiming her doctor refused to perform a life-saving abortion, reports the BBC . On Sept. 29, Valentina Milluzzo was rushed... More »

Thousands of Polish Women Strike, Defeat Abortion Ban

Deputy prime minister says they 'gave us food for thought'

(Newser) - It appears Poland won't be passing a total ban on abortion after all, the BBC reports. Deputy prime minister Jaroslaw Gowin says a mass protest that saw tens of thousands of women go on strike Monday "gave us food for thought and certainly taught us humility." The... More »

Poles Protest Proposal to Completely Ban Abortion

About 5K black-clad protesters are estimated to have gathered in Warsaw

(Newser) - Thousands of Poles, many dressed in black, rallied Saturday in front of parliament in Warsaw to protest a proposed bill that would impose a complete ban on abortion, the AP reports. Speakers at the so-called "Black Protest" said a total ban on abortion, including for victims of rape or... More »

Irish Woman, Friend Live-Tweet 48-Hour Trip to Get Abortion

Tens of thousands of others like her in Ireland have had to leave the country to do so

(Newser) - The @TwoWomenTravel Twitter account has just 28 tweets, but it had quite a turnout over the weekend, racking up more than 25,000 followers as one of the two women live-tweeted her journey to get an abortion, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Irish woman and a friend documented their 48-hour... More »

Teen Rape Victim in Mexico Denied Abortion Access

Judge says sex with 13-year-old was 'consensual' act of 'sexual coercion,' not rape

(Newser) - A young Mexican teen who was raped by a family acquaintance is trying to end the pregnancy that resulted from that crime. But although abortion in the state of Sonora is permissible only in rape cases, a judge has ruled that the encounter was "consensual" and that the crime... More »

Marina Abramovic: Why I Had 3 Abortions

Having kids would have been 'disaster' for work

(Newser) - Artist Marina Abramovic has had three abortions because, she says in a new interview picked up by the Guardian , having kids would have been "a disaster for my work." "One only has limited energy in the body, and I would have had to divide it," Abramovic... More »

Mom Who Miscarried Could Do More Time for 'Homicide'

El Salvador's anti-abortion laws are some of world's strictest, have jailed women who miscarry

(Newser) - When Maria Teresa Rivera, a 28-year-old factory worker in El Salvador and single mom of a young boy, began to bleed heavily and collapsed, her family called an ambulance. She had just miscarried a baby she didn't even know she was pregnant with, and the next thing she knew... More »

Twitter Erupts Over Daily Show Abortion Joke

'Go knock someone up in Texas!'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court struck down laws limiting abortion in Texas on Monday, and the Daily Show urged Twitter users to celebrate: "Go knock someone up in Texas!" reads a tweet from the show's official Twitter account. Not surprisingly, the joke didn't go over well. Users commented... More »

Texas Ruling Could Change Landscape of 'Abortion Desert'

Clinics could reopen, temporary blocks against abortion restrictions could become permanent

(Newser) - In Texas, just 19 abortion clinics remain (down from more than 40); in Mississippi, there's just one abortion clinic in the entire state. But abortion rights advocates are hoping that Monday's Supreme Court decision that Texas clinic laws are unconstitutional will help remedy the so-called "abortion desert"... More »

Supreme Court Dumps Texas' Tough Abortion Laws

Justices vote 5-3 that clinic regulations are unconstitutional

(Newser) - In what the AP is calling the Supreme Court's "biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century," a 5-3 vote Monday has deemed Texas' restrictions on abortion clinics unconstitutional, refuting the state's assertion that these regulations were medically necessary to protect women's health. These rules... More »

8 Weeks Before Her Son's Due Date, She Had an Abortion

'Elizabeth' recounts her experience in an interview with Jezebel

(Newser) - Throughout "Elizabeth's" pregnancy—her second after first miscarrying at 10 weeks last September—the 35-year-old largely kept the news quiet, telling good friends "it's really dicey." As the Brooklyn woman explains to Jia Tolentino in a raw interview with Jezebel about having an abortion at... More »

UN: Ireland's Abortion Ban Is 'Inhumane'

Committee finds woman's human rights were violated

(Newser) - The UN's human rights committee says Ireland's effective ban on abortion violated a woman's human rights and must be reformed in what the Guardian calls "a ground-breaking judgment that is expected to set an international precedent." The committee responded to the case of Amanda Mellet,... More »

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