The story of Walatta Petros, a 17th-century Ethiopian noblewoman who was later made a saint, shows that Christianity has a complex history with abortion and contraception.
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Abortion and contraception were quite common among premodern Christians, who also celebrated women’s celibacy as superior to marriage and childbearing.
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The 1973 Supreme Court decision which has underpinned abortion law in the US since might be under threat.
A more conservative court could choose cases that incrementally erode abortion rights, or they could push for reconsideration of the constitutional issues at the very heart of Roe v. Wade.
Anti-abortion demonstrators pray outside the Supreme Court building on July 8, 2020, while they wait for a ruling.
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People who object to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion have fought it for years. A recent Supreme Court decision makes the fight much easier.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey discusses a bill that would virtually outlaw abortion in the state.
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An expert explains that many of the foundational Jewish texts assert that a fetus does not attain the status of personhood until birth.
American actress Alissa Milano has called for women to go on a “sex strike” to protest draconian abortion laws recently introduced in the US state of Georgia.
At best, this ‘debate’ is a distraction from political action that could truly make a difference. At worst, it actively reproduces some of the conditions it seeks to disrupt.
President Donald Trump with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at his swearing in.
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Many states are also eroding a woman’s right to access abortions.
A law professor writes “the future of Roe v. Wade looks tenuous.” That gives more power to the states – including four that have passed “trigger laws” to outlaw abortion if Roe is overturned.
An exam room at the Planned Parenthood South Austin Health Center in Texas.
One in 4 US women receives an abortion sometime in her life. Who are the women who choose to end their pregnancies?
Pro-life and pro-choice protesters rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court in June.
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Over the past 45 years, women have married later, attained higher education and joined the workforce in record numbers. Could it all be turned back?
Pro-life and anti-abortion activists converge in front of the Supreme Court on Jan. 27, 2017.
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What will happen to the landmark abortion rights ruling with Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court?
Trump shakes hands with Gorsuch on Jan. 31, 2017.
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As conservatives cheer and liberals fret, a law professor considers Gorsuch’s judicial record and the politics behind his selection.
Protesting against laws limiting access to abortions.
Recent Supreme Court rulings played a crucial role in the cultural politics that got Donald Trump elected.
Kaine (L) and Pence, Oct. 4, 2016.
One in five vice presidents becomes president. So we had scholars watching Tuesday night. Here’s what they heard.
A man waves a gay rights flag in front of the Supreme Court building.
Public opinion may play a role in the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on gay marriage but it will likely be in an unexpected way.
Women all over the Western world, such as these protestors in Paris in1972, have had to fight for abortion rights.
Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade (410 U.S. 113 (1973)), which found that Texas State law prohibiting abortion was unconstitutional. The landmark decision…