Posts Categorized: abortion news

England Approves Plan to Let Women Take Abortion Pill at Home

Following months of campaigning from abortion rights activists, government officials have announced that women in England will be allowed to complete the medical abortion process at home by the end of 2018. Medical abortions – which are used to terminate pregnancies in the first ten weeks—account for 80 percent of all abortions in England. During… Read more »

Foreign Governments Unite to Counter Global Gag Rule

Since Donald Trump reinstated a revised version of the so-called “global gag rule,” NGOs that provide abortions or abortion referrals to women are now prohibited from receiving federal funding, regardless of whether they use private funds for these services. Although the rule is designed specifically to target organizations that provide abortions, it could also block… Read more »

Study Finds Restrictive Laws Don’t Reduce Abortion Rates

Abortion rates have reached a historic low in the developed world, according to a recent study published by the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute, but it’s not because of increased restrictions on abortions. The research team that conducted the study used national data from a variety of sources to analyze global trends surrounding… Read more »

European Protestors Fight for Women’s Reproductive Freedom

Here in America, one presidential candidate’s inflammatory comments regarding abortion legislation have given women’s rights activists cause for serious concern. In a number of European countries, meanwhile, another heated battle is being waged in the war for reproductive freedom. In Poland, some citizens and legislators are attempting to strengthen already strict anti-abortion laws. Earlier this… Read more »

FDA Updates Abortion Pill Guidelines

Originally developed in the 1980s, the drug mifepristone is now one of the most commonly-used methods for physicians to induce abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, medication-induced abortions accounted for roughly a quarter of all the abortions performed in the United States in 2011. Mifepristone works by blocking progesterone receptors, causing a miscarriage. It’s typically… Read more »

SCOTUS Blocks Restrictive Abortion Law in Louisiana

In 2014, Louisian Lawmakers enacted a clinic regulation law which required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. This law effectively masqueraded as a healthcare measure while profoundly restricting women’s access to essential health services. It was designed to hold abortion clinics to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers in… Read more »