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Archbishop to Pelosi: No More Communion for You

San Francisco's Salvatore Cordileone says House speaker must repudiate support for abortion rights

(Newser) - The conservative Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Friday that he'll no longer allow US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive Communion because of her support for abortion rights. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he sent Pelosi a letter April 7 expressing his concerns after she vowed to codify the...

Oklahoma Approves Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Ban

When governor signs bill, it will block nearly all abortions except in rare exceptions

(Newser) - Oklahoma's Legislature gave final approval Thursday to a Texas-style anti-abortion bill that providers say will be the most restrictive in the nation once the governor signs it. The bill by Collinsville Republican Rep. Wendi Stearman would prohibit all abortions, except to save the life of a pregnant woman or...

'If It's a Fight They Want, It's a Fight They'll Get'

Abortion rights advocates are set to demonstrate across the nation on Saturday

(Newser) - Demonstrators facing down a Supreme Court decision that could overturn the constitutional right to abortion planned rallies from coast to coast Saturday to express their outrage—and to mobilize for the fight ahead. More than 380 events were set from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings expected in Los...

Margaret Atwood: My 'Far-Fetched' Tale Is Coming True

Author weighs in against Supreme Court draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade

(Newser) - The author of The Handmaid's Tale says her dystopian story of a world in which women are forced to become pregnant and give birth is coming to life as evidenced by the Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. In a piece at the Atlantic , Margaret...

Louisiana Bill to Classify Abortion as Homicide Is Dead

State lawmakers passed amendment that 'dismantled' proposal

(Newser) - Update: A Louisiana anti-abortion bill that was strongly opposed even by prominent anti-abortion groups is history. State Rep. Danny McCormick, the bill's Republican sponsor, pulled the bill from debate Thursday night after the GOP-dominated House voted in favor of an amendment that "essentially dismantled" it, the New York ...

Abortion Rights Bill Fails in 51-49 Senate Vote

Joe Manchin votes with all 50 Republicans

(Newser) - In what Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said was a decision that "will live in infamy," legislation to protect abortion rights in federal law was rejected in a 51-49 Senate vote Wednesday. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin joined all 50 Republicans in the chamber to vote against proceeding, but...

Woman Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison Over Miscarriage

El Salvador has a history of sentences like this for pregnancy loss

(Newser) - A court in El Salvador has sentenced a woman who suffered an obstetric emergency that ended her pregnancy to 30 years in prison for aggravated homicide, according to a nongovernmental organization assisting in her defense. The Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion said Tuesday in a statement that a...

Anti-Abortion Group After HQ Arson: 'We Will Not Back Down'

Wisconsin Family Action's offices in Madison, Wis., were vandalized, set on fire

(Newser) - With a looming final decision by the Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade as the backdrop, the pushback against anti-abortion legislation is ramping up . In Wisconsin over the weekend, that defiance took the form of vandalism and arson at the offices of an anti-abortion group, which issued its own defiant...

SNL Takes On Roe v. Wade Reversal
SNL Skewers
Roe v. Wade Reversal

SNL Skewers Roe v. Wade Reversal

Show likens abortion decision to those in medieval times

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live didn't waste time getting to the biggest story of the week, skewering the Supreme Court draft opinion that would reverse Roe v. Wade in the show's cold open, reports TVLine . The sketch depicts a trio of medieval men in the year 1235 deciding to outlaw...

Clarence Thomas Speaks On This Week's 'Unfortunate Events'

After leaked draft opinion tied to overturning Roe, justice says Supreme Court won't be 'bullied'

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts has spoken out on the leak of the Supreme Court's draft opinion on its plans to dismantle Roe v. Wade. Now, another justice on the nation's high court is weighing in, if a bit more indirectly. On Thursday, a "relaxed and upbeat" Clarence...

John Roberts Speaks Out on Supreme Court Leak

Chief justice calls it 'absolutely appalling'

(Newser) - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts went forward with an event Thursday as planned, despite the controversy swirling around the leaked draft opinion showing the high court plans to dismantle Roe v. Wade. Speaking at a meeting of lawyers and judges at the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference, in what was...

Potential Workaround to Abortion Ban: Mailed Pills
New Front in Abortion
Fight May Be Over Pills

New Front in Abortion Fight May Be Over Pills

'This is just not going to be stoppable,' says legal expert

(Newser) - Women have been getting around Texas' strict abortion law by ordering abortion pills from out of state or overseas. So could women across the country do the same if the Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision ensuring abortion rights nationwide as expected? Here's the latest talk:...

Canada Opens Its Arms to Abortion-Seeking Americans

'That's a service that would be provided,' families and children minister Karina Gould said Tuesday

(Newser) - With Roe v. Wade apparently on the cusp of being overturned , Americans who may soon see their abortion access denied will have at least one other option, though depending on where they live, it could be a pretty distant one. On Tuesday, Karina Gould, Canada's minister of families, children,...

Oklahoma, Texas Region 'Already in a Post-Roe World'

Oklahoma governor signs abortion law inspired by neighbor

(Newser) - Oklahoma joined Texas this week to form a region that parts of a nation divided over abortion care might look like if the US Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade. While abortion providers across the country have been bracing for the possibility that the high court's new conservative...

SCOTUS Leak: Violation of 'Sacred Trust' or 'Public Service'?

6 wildly different takes

(Newser) - There's no shortage of opinion pieces on the shocking leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Some say it's "a journalistic coup of the highest order." Others say it's "a fundamental assault upon the institution." Six wide-ranging...

One Big Question: Will SCOTUS Leak Rewrite the Midterms?

Some say draft leak could work in Dems' favor; others aren't so sure

(Newser) - A leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating its conservative majority will rule to overturn Roe v. Wade has people buzzing not only about the myriad health, logistical, and financial repercussions that could result, but also the political ones. FiveThirtyEight.com asks one big question in particular: "What...

Obamas Respond to Roe v. Wade Opinion

They argue illegal abortions will risk health and lives

(Newser) - The Supreme Court looks poised to "reverse nearly 50 years of precedent " and "relegate the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues," according to former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who've issued a concerned statement...

Amazon Rolls Out Abortion-Travel Benefit

Benefit applies to those who need to travel more than 100 miles

(Newser) - On the same day that a Supreme Court opinion was leaked, suggesting Roe v. Wade may be overturned , Amazon told staff that it would pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually for abortion and other non-life threatening medical treatments. In a Monday memo obtained by Reuters , Amazon said...

Murkowski: Leak 'Rocks My Confidence in the Court'

Collins, Murkowski speak out on leaked SCOTUS abortion opinion

(Newser) - The stunning leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade has shocked and dismayed abortion rights supporters nationwide—including at least two Republican senators. Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski both supported the nominations of Supreme Court justices who voted to strike down the 1973 decision in...

Roberts Launches Investigation Into SCOTUS Leaker

Chief justice confirms draft opinion is authentic but says it is not a final ruling

(Newser) - Who's the leaker? The Supreme Court is launching an investigation to figure that out after Monday's bombshell disclosure regarding a monumental abortion decision. "This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court," said Chief Justice John Roberts in...

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