Posts Categorized: Abortion Rights/Reproductive Issues

Looking Behind the Curtain of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

It’s time to focus once again on the grievous injury of what the Hyde Amendment represents. Abortion is a legal medical procedure protected by the constitutional right to privacy; segregating access to this form of health care is discrimination against women. Let’s pause to consider that most of our country’s history has been punctuated by men making choices for women without their consent.

Pharmacist Refusal Clauses: There’s No Conscience In Sending Women Elsewhere

As I type, the Washington State Board of Pharmacy is considering whether to repeal a 2007 rule that prevented pharmacies from refusing to dispense medication. As reported in RH Reality Check, “two of the three women on the board support keeping the rule as-is (ie, ensuring that pharmacies cannot refuse to dispense medication) and three of the four men support changing it to allow pharmacies to refer women elsewhere.”

Anti-Abortion Groups in a Tizzy over FDA’s Approval of Ella

On Aug. 13, the Food and Drug Administration approved ella, an emergency contraceptive pill effective up to five days after unprotected intercourse, for the U.S. market. Predictably, the usual suspects — the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and other anti-abortion rights groups — are outraged.

Is Obama Pro-Choice?

Abortion rights supporters cheered when President Obama lifted the Global Gag Rule during his first week in office, allowing international family planning service providers to reinstate funding lost during the Bush era. But from that first week we appear to have slipped into a period of more restriction on abortion rights, not less.