Reproductive Rights

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Why Did She Wait So Long? Later Abortions and the Implications of the New Nebraska Ban

By Susan Yanow and Kimberley Bullard

*The stories in this article are true summaries of women who presented for services at the ParkMed Physicians clinic in New York during 2009.  Details have been changed to protect the anonymity of the women.

At 17, Rachel* was a high school senior when her steady boyfriend forced her to have sex. Rachel’s period was not regular, and like her family, Rachel had always considered herself pro-life. When she finally realized that she was pregnant and thought about her strong desire to go to college and her life goals, she realized that for her, abortion was the right decision.


Clinic in Charlotte Faces Continued Threats of Violence

Editor's Note:

 Photo of Operation Save America thugAbove: Operation Save America in action in front of Charlotte clinic. The shirt reads:  Jesus is the Judge, therefore: 
Abortion is Murder
Homosexuality is a Sin
Islam is a Lie
Evolution is a Delusion
Feminism is Rebellion
Liberalism is a False Religion
Conservatism is Pretend Salt

The following report was filed by a World Can't Wait activist from North Carolina, where a local man was arrested last week for his plans to bomb an abortion clinc. See the article from the Charlotte Observer for background info.

Charlotte NC, 9/11/2010

By Scott Trent

There’s the article I was going to write, and then there’s this one.
I was going to write about driving to Charlotte to join in the defense of a beloved abortion clinic there, and about how naïve I was.


Albuquerque Rallies for Choice, Against “Operation Rescue”

By Clayton Jarratt, Albuquerque organizer involved in mobilizing against anti-abortion "Operation Rescue" 

The rally went great!  I would estimate very conservatively 150 supporters came out.  Planned Parenthood wrote that there were at least 150 as well.  It was hard to tell because so many just came for a little while, and then left.  There were few that were there at 4:30 still there by about 5:15, but at no point after 5:00 were there fewer than about 100.  I was very pleased with that.


Report from Threatened Abortion Clinic in Charlotte

By Scott TrentThis Clinic Stays Open!

Over seventy people turned out in Charlotte today to defend a clinic that has been harassed every weekend for several years by anti-woman religious zealots… and kept the goons and creeps in Operation Save America from even turning up.


Obama to Women: I am not your Friend

By Lina Thorne

On July 15, the news broke that the Obama administration included a ban on abortion coverage that basically meets the notorious Stupak restrictions that had been the focus of attention months ago within the health care reform debates.
This means that the compromise that was satisfactory enough to the anti-abortion Democrats months ago to push through the "reform" has been surpassed with this measure; leaving many pro-choice activists asking "why did he do that? he didn't have to!"
Here's the answer, women, short and sweet: Obama is not your friend, advocate, or representative.


Abortion Providers are Heroes: Opposing “Operation Fascist Theocracy” in Charlotte, NC

By Scott Trent

Two of us from World Can’t wait set out early for the drive to Charlotte from Greensboro, having no idea what we’d encounter when we got there. Would Operation Save America (OSA), the virulent offshoot of Operation Rescue that upholds the murder of doctors, even show up?
When we drove past Family Reproductive Health clinic at around 7am, we saw no one there but a couple of cops. When we returned a half-hour later, we realized our mistake in not having stayed: the fundamentalist, anti-woman zealots from OSA were already milling about in significant numbers, and setting up their bloody, sensationalist and totally unscientific banners very close to the clinic entrance.


Operation "Save America" Threatens Clinic in North Carolina

Dr. Tiller


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By Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait

Dr. George Tiller was killed almost a year ago, on May 31, 2009.  His murder, for World Can't Wait, and others, brought a renewed commitment to stand up for women, and build a movement to stop the spreading attacks on abortion & birth control.

Access to abortion is as limited now as it's ever been since 1973, with new laws in 10 states being considered, and these passed:

   * Nebraska has criminalized abortions after 20 weeks -- that's before viability! This law, which is in direct violation of Roe, is designed only to stop Dr. Leroy Carhart from working in Nebraka.  It will be challenged in the courts -- but it could also be the basis for the Roberts Supreme Court to overturn Roe.


Center for Reproductive Rights Files Lawsuit against Oklahoma’s Ultrasound Requirement

04.27.10 - (PRESS RELEASE) Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a challenge against Oklahoma legislation which prohibits a woman from getting an abortion unless she first has an ultrasound, is shown the ultrasound image and listens to her doctor describe the image in detail. The lawsuit follows the Oklahoma Senate voting to override Governor Brad Henry’s veto of the legislation this afternoon.


Statement from Dr. LeRoy Carhart on Nebraska Abortion Bills

Dr. LeRoy Carhart(PRESS RELEASE)  Dr. LeRoy Carhart, a Nebraska abortion provider, issued a statement regarding the two abortion bills signed into law yesterday by Governor Dave Heineman. One law bans abortion after 20-weeks of pregnancy. The other requires doctors to perform extensive screenings of women for any "risk factors" before providing an abortion.

"I am extremely saddened that my state has passed two laws that seriously jeopardize women's health under the awful pretense of protecting them.


March 10: Abortion Providers Appreciation Day

By Debra Sweet

It has been 17 years since Dr. David Gunn was shot and killed on March 10th.  He was the first abortion provider murdered by the so-called "pro-life" movement.
Begun by the group Refuse & Resist in 1996, March 10th: "Abortion Providers Appreciation Day" is marked by people who care about women and our continued right to control our reproduction. 
I was marching this past weekend to commemorate International Women's Day (actually on March 8th). It's the year 2010, but there couldn't be a better time to get in the streets and take a stand for women here and around the world. See the latest attack on women's right to abortion in Nebraska: the "fetal pain" law being debated. What about the pain of the woman? ABC Local Affiliate


Convicted… After Being Given a Stage to Justify Murder of Abortion Doctors

From Revolution newspaper 

On January 29, Scott Roeder was convicted of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the courageous doctor who provided abortions for women. Roeder gunned down Dr. Tiller in a church, shooting him in the head on May 31, 2009. A Wichita jury found Roeder, who confessed to the killing, guilty after just 37 minutes of deliberation.
Dr. Tiller, whose watchword was “trust women,” was one of the few doctors in the U.S. who specialized in performing late-term abortions. Women came to him from around the country, often under very stressful medical and/or personal conditions.


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