Pa. House passes bill to protect people seeking abortions in Pennsylvania from prosecution by other states
The bill would codify an executive order issued by then-Gov. Tom Wolf in 2022 that protects people who come to Pennsylvania seeking reproductive health care from being penalized by their home states.
Abortion-rights victories cement 2024 playbook while opponents scramble for new strategy
Anti-abortion leaders woke up Wednesday to the sobering reality that abortion rights remain the nation’s predominant political issue. Decisive wins in swing and red states in two national election cycles since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year have given momentum to reproductive rights groups, who aggressively campaigned and fundraised in key states across the […]
How abortion became the central issue in Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court race
Abortion was not explicitly on the ballot in Pennsylvania's 2020 judicial elections. But reproductive rights advocates have learned the hard way that they have to play the long game.
Medical exceptions to abortion bans often exclude mental health conditions
More than a dozen states now have near-total abortion bans following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, with limited medical exceptions meant to protect the patient’s health or life. But among those states, only Alabama explicitly includes “serious mental illness” as an allowable exception. Meanwhile, 10 states with near-total abortion bans (Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming) explicitly exclude mental health conditions as legal exceptions, according to an analysis from KFF, a health policy research organization.
Report: Abortions up nationwide post-Dobbs, soared in some states
The WeCount report found that there were 2,200 more abortions nationally during the 12-month period from June 2022 to June 2023 than expected.
Working Families Party backs McCaffery for Pa. Supreme Court
The Working Families Party, which describes itself as a “multiracial party that fights for workers over bosses and people over the powerful,” is backing Judge Daniel McCaffery for Pennsylvania Supreme Court. As the progressive Working Families Party looks to increase its influence in the Keystone State, it views the Supreme Court race as an important […]
Legislators in 49 states ask SCOTUS to preserve access to abortion pill
A group of more than 600 Democratic legislators from 49 states have signed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to overturn an appellate court decision that would roll back access to mifepristone, one of two drugs used to safely terminate early pregnancies and treat miscarriages. The list includes Pa. Rep. […]
With Israel at war, Tuberville urged anew to give up holds on military nominees
WASHINGTON — The chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services is again applying pressure on Sen. Tommy Tuberville as the Alabama Republican plans to continue stalling hundreds of military promotions, including top Navy and Air Force leaders, amid deadly attacks on Israel that killed hundreds over the weekend. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island […]
Abortion rights advocates say consequences dire if SCOTUS declines to hear pill case
More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided states could set their own abortion laws, including bans, the nation’s highest court now could cut off abortion access in states where abortion is still legal. The Supreme Court began its new term this week and has yet to announce whether it will hear Alliance […]
Reproductive Freedom for All announces it is supporting McCaffery for Pa. Supreme Court
The state Supreme Court race has attracted attention and donations from both parties because of its potential role in deciding reproductive rights cases.
Planned Parenthood’s political arm ramps up ad campaign focused on Pa. Supreme Court race
The political arm of reproductive rights organization Planned Parenthood is ramping up its ad campaign focused on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court election, making its largest investment ever in a state Supreme Court race. Planned Parenthood Votes announced it was expanding last month’s digital campaign and adding a seven-figure television ad buy. “Erased” will run across […]
Abortion pill to stay on the market until U.S. Supreme Court ruling after appeals court order
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday the abortion pill can stay on the market, but it agreed with a lower court that ultimately use should revert to prescribing and dosage instructions that were in place before 2016 That appeals court ruling will immediately be put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court decides […]