Abortions are expensive and, for many women, difficult to access. These challenges are only heightened during the coronavirus pandemic.
The “abortion pill” mifepristone.
With healthcare facilities burned by the Covid-19 pandemic, some countries have eased access to the "abortion pills" mifepristone and misoprostol (RU-486), a change that could signal a long-term shift.
The operating room at the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 4, 2019. Texas says abortions are nonessential during coronavirus.
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Seven states are moving to ban abortions, along with other 'elective' medical services, during the coronavirus crisis. But delaying or denying abortions can do serious health and financial harm.
The drugs needed for abortion are safer than penicillin.
Irish immigrants, 1874 in Harper’s Weekly.
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Many unwed Irish mothers-to-be travelled to America in the 19th century hoping for a new start
The United Methodist Church is facing a schism over LGBT policies.
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After half a century of ambiguous policy regarding LGBTQ inclusion, the United Methodist Church may well split up in May.
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Ireland's new abortion law is a progressive one. But the resulting abortion service erects serious barriers for some people seeking abortions in Ireland.
Andrew Scheer rises to announce he’s stepping down as Conservative leader in the House of Commons in Ottawa.
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The Conservative party’s problems with social conservatism will not be solved solely by electing a new leader. An entirely new approach is required.
Australian women can have an early medical termination – which involves taking two oral medications – up to the ninth week of pregnancy.
Access to early medical abortion is an important part of women’s sexual and reproductive health care. Yet often country GPs don't offer this service.
Abortion rights advocates wear pink shirts while opponents wear red at a public hearing in Boston.
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The Hyde Amendment bans federal abortion funding for most people.
Recommendation for life support from 22 weeks.
New guidance recommends lifesaving treatment for extremely premature babies – but what does this mean for an abortion cut off at a similar gestation? An ethicist takes a look.
Campaigners mark the occasion outside Stormont.
Westminster has pushed Northern Ireland to fall into line with the rest of the UK when it comes to women's reproductive rights and marriage for same-sex couples.
When Dirty Dancing is reduced to its dance sequences, the powerful politics of the film are erased.
Dirty Dancing's dance sequences are stand-alone properties, famous in their own right. But when they're considered in isolation, the film's messy class, race and gender politics are sidelined.
Protestors on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 9, 2019.
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Election news coverage of party positions on abortion may confuse the public about the reality and legality of access in Canada.
Gladys Berejiklian has seen off a spill motion, but NSW politics remains a hotbed of discontent.
With her party ideologically riven and a difficult parliament, the NSW premier finds herself in political trouble, despite performing well on key measures.
Women may need to shop around for a new doctor if the first one refuses to perform an abortion for religious reasons.
Doctors who won't perform abortions on religious grounds may have stronger legal protection and may not be compelled to refer women to an alternative provider. Here's why that's bad news for women.
Abortion rights supporters in Missouri take part in a protest, after state lawmakers passed rules aimed at closing Missouri’s only abortion clinic, May 30, 2019.
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Young, poor, single and a mother of two: This is the profile of most women in the US and Northern Ireland who seek financial assistance to help pay for an abortion.
The recent decriminalisation debates in Australia have included a new focus on partial restrictions on abortions – a strategy that has been very successful in many US states.
The Australian right-to-life movement is tiny compared to the US, but its recent adoption of US-style campaign strategies has given it an outsize voice in the debate here.
‘Choose life’ was scrawled across the sky last Sunday and again today as abortion legislation is debated in the NSW upper house.
You're as free to write anything in the sky as you are to post it on the internet, provided you have a plane, or a pilot willing to relay your message.
Shulamith Firestone interviewed in 1969.
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Second-wave feminist Shulamith Firestone was mocked when she published a 1970 manifesto advocating artifical wombs, but her arguments about the exploitation of reproductive labour remain timely.