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How abortion restrictions compare, state-by-state

The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overrule the landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade, according to a leaked draft opinion first reported by Politico. The drafted decision is not binding and does not change Americans’ access to abortion unless states take the unlikely step of recognizing it as the rule of law. With compounding regulations and ongoing efforts to enact new restrictions in different states, the current landscape of abortion laws is confusing and time-consuming for pregnant people to navigate. Despite patchwork access in the South and Midwest, abortion is still legal across the country — but increasingly, access depends on where you live. Our interactive map highlights five main types of abortion restrictions in all 50 states.

With the Supreme Court set to overturn Roe v. Wade, New York prepares to become an abortion safe haven

In the wake of a leaked decision by Justice Alito gutting abortion rights, New York state lawmakers have introduced measures to expand access for the expected influx of abortion seekers.

DA won’t drop charges against Manhattan woman charged with murder who says she acted in self-defense

Tracy McCarter won a small concession from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Monday in a case alleging she murdered her estranged husband. But the DA’s office stopped short of dropping a murder charge for an act she says was in self-defense.

Do police help or hurt domestic violence survivors? New York City council members take a stand

Tiffany Cabán and Mercedes Narcisse plunge New York City’s legislature into a fierce debate dividing domestic violence advocates about the role of law enforcement in getting help for survivors.
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Trauma can be hard to talk about. It can also be hard to hear: Reporter’s notebook

Jessica Washington shares how she developed relationships with sources while investigating how Native mothers experience the Minnesota foster care system.

Why are Latina moms in New York reporting such high levels of anxiety and depression?

The pandemic’s emotional strains are falling especially heavy on communities hit hardest by COVID, unemployment and child care challenges.

COVID ‘crisis moment’ for families with children in NYC pre-K and 3K programs

Ten-day quarantines are forcing families to keep young kids home, causing chaos for those in need of child care — regardless of negative COVID test results.

​​‘Kill the Indian … save the man’: Tracing the government’s long, racist history of uprooting Native children

The challenges Native American families currently face under Minnesota’s child welfare system are echoes of a racist past. Here’s how more than two centuries of federal policies aimed at annihilating Native culture set the stage…

‘Your mom is a bad mom’: Racist legacy of harm haunts Minnesota’s foster care system, Native American mothers say

For many Native mothers, the fear of having their children ripped away from them and the ripple effects of generations of forced family separations remain omnipresent.

Women With Children Having Harder Time Re-entering NYC Workforce

A new study shows 41% of women living with kids in New York Ci are not working compared to 24% of men with children — a lingering effect of remote school and a perpetual child…

Unsafe, Unsanitary Conditions Plague Child Care Centers at NYC Public Housing: Operators

Providers say they shoulder costs for heating and repairs — and have concerns for the children in their care. Some 400 child care centers are housed in buildings operated by New York City Housing Authority,…

Maya Wiley Won’t Be New York’s Next Mayor. What Will Happen to Her Signature Proposal?

Former New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley says she won’t be running for New York governor, but that won’t stop her from championing her signature child care agenda from outside public office.
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A young Black mother died during treatment for postpartum depression. Her family demands answers.

Denise Williams went to Queens Hospital Center last month. Her family found out 48 hours later that the 29-year-old mother of two had died at the city-run hospital. They still don’t know why.

‘One Paycheck Away From Losing Everything’: Why The Child Care Crisis Is Especially Hard for Black Mothers

The coronavirus pandemic caused a child care crisis. Black moms are bearing the biggest brunt.
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How a Little-Known Legal Loophole Punishes Girls Who Don’t Behave

Girls, especially girls of color, are inordinately subjected to a type of court order that's designed to protect them but often punishes them—or worse.

The Moms STILL Are Not Alright

Vaccine availability, the delta variant and child care access are compounding challenges for working mothers.

Many Spanish-Speaking Immigrant Caregivers Feel Left Out of Child Care Relief Efforts

Spanish-speaking child care providers say they are struggling to get the support they need during the pandemic.

As Attention Turns to Child Care, the System’s Unsung Heroes Ask for Recognition

The pandemic is disrupting one of the most prevalent forms of child care for children younger than 6: the informal network of family, friends and neighbor caregivers.
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