Elizabeth* is 35. She grew up in the South, currently lives in Brooklyn, and has been married for two years. After a previous miscarriage at 10 weeks, she was overjoyed to find herself pregnant for a second time. At 31 weeks, she found out that the baby boy she was carrying wouldn’t be able to breathe outside the womb…
Pregnant women in Brazil who are infected with Zika—a virus suspected of causing birth defects—are prohibited from having an abortion. That’s prompting a group of lawyers, activists, and scientists to demand that the country’s supreme court make an exception.
During a debate over abortion legislation Monday between Idaho lawmakers, Republican state representative Vito Barbieri asked whether it would be possible for a woman to swallow a small camera, so that doctors might perform a remote gynecological examination (presumably, à la capsule endoscopy).
The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board in Arizona recently voted to "redact" a page from a ninth-grade biology text book because it includes a brief section on an abortion pill. School officials have responded by literally tearing the page from the texts. Thankfully, the Internet has come to the rescue.
This month, a Senate committee held a hearing on whether to halt the growing number of state laws reducing access to abortion services in the name of protecting women's health. The "expert" testimony revealed just how much these laws rely on fringe science and discredited research.
This is the story of an illegal abortionists who helps desperate women that need to abort using the combination of "two different drugs that, when used together, will abort nearly any first-trimester pregnancy."
Sarah Slamen—the woman who was unconstitutionally kicked out of a Texas Senate abortion bill hearing by its Republican Chairwoman Jane Nelson—got to complete her speech slamming the dreadful law and its shameful sponsors live on MSNBC's The Last Word. Unfortunately, the bill will pass.
The Texas Legislature has gone completely bonkers trying to pass absurdly restrictive abortion laws, part of a larger jihad against women, black voters, students, history, free speech and the environment. This brave Texan, Sarah Slamen, just declared war on Texas legislators. Her side will ultimately win.
Talking today to CBS' Face the Nation, Texas Senator Wendy Davis said Governor Perry is using abortion to boost his 2016 presidential aspirations: "Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst are willing to put women in harm’s way in order to step up on the political ladder." But it may backfire, she says.
Texas Governor Rick Perry can't believe a "teen mom" would one day be a state senator defending the rights of women to choose whether or not they're ready to have children. Shouldn't Sen. Wendy Davis have aborted her child, since she hates babies so much?
Furious over the failure of his personal crusade to ban abortion in the state of Texas, Governor Rick Perry has called for a second "special session" of the Texas legislature on July 1. Last night's attempt to all but illegalize abortion failed after a 15-hour filibuster by Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis.
Democrat Texas State Senator Wendy Davis has defeated the draconian Republican-sponsored anti-abortion bill, the toughest in the country. She stood up filibustering for 13 hours straight, without any physical aid at the senate floor. The law would have virtually banned abortion in the Lone Star state, reducing…
This is State Senator Wendy Davis three hours into her filibustering effort to stop a new Texas' anti-abortion bill. She has to keep standing and talking for 13 hours in order to defeat the Republican-sponsored text, which will virtually ban abortion in the Lone Star state reducing clinics from 47 to just five.
When a Stanford University professor said the bizarre Atacama skeleton likely belonged to a human child between the ages of six and eight, it seemed crazy. How could this tiny, long-headed creature with less ribs than standard kids been inside a child of grade-school age? Today there's a more plausible explanation:…
Forty years after the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision, The Daily Beast's Michael Keller and Allison Yarrow have published this interactive map of America's 724 abortion clinics, highlighting, among other things, the distance women across the country must travel in order to visit one.
Unlike most countries in the developed world, the United States is still deeply mired in the abortion debate — a hotly contested issue that divides the nation and still holds the potential to tip the balance at election time. But while the Religious Right and elements of the Republican Party are undoubtedly the prime…
If you haven't heard yet, it's time you did: yesterday afternoon, U.S. Senate nominee Todd Akin said in a televised interview that women rarely get pregnant following instances of "legitimate rape," because the female body has ways to "shut that whole thing down."
As long as people have been getting pregnant, they've been looking for ways to end their pregnancies. Sometimes these ways have worked. Sometimes they haven't. We're going to take a quick look at the history of abortifacient herbs, and be very, very happy we live in the present.
Though abortion is one of the most contested medical practices in U.S. history, we know shockingly little about how this simple outpatient procedure affects women. There are almost no scientific studies on what happens to women who receive abortions, and even fewer on what happens to women who are unable to get them.…