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How abortion restrictions compare, state-by-state

Access to abortion in the U.S. depends on where you live. Increasingly, the South and Midwest are becoming complete abortion deserts. Our interactive map highlights six major restrictions in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Related: How a network of college students is preparing for post-Roe campuses

The women who helped bring down Sudan’s dictator hoped it would end discrimination against them. Instead, they’re fighting for their lives.

The Sudanese women who toppled al-Bashir wanted an equal seat at the negotiating table. Instead, they were sidelined by fundamentalist military commanders who served under al-Bashir.

South Korea’s crackdown on false accusations has “chilling effect” on rape survivors

A wave of anti-feminist backlash in South Korea -- from the president’s vow to go hard on “false sexual assault accusers” to the government’s open refusal to reform the country’s outdated rape laws -- is…

Do Gender Quotas in Elections Work?

Sierra Leone is about to become the latest country to find out.

Conservative Muslim Women Helped Erdoğan Win Previous Elections. Now Some Are Turning Against Him

Religious women are teaming up with secular feminists to fight back against the government’s growing authoritarianism and receding rights for women in the wake of Sunday’s pivotal elections in Turkey.

Women protesters in Afghanistan call for aid groups to serve Taliban an ultimatum

Protesters say U.N. should withdraw aid from Afghanistan rather than give in to Taliban ban on women workers.

“Lessons learned” for Peru’s feminists as chaos engulfs Boluarte rule

The election of Peru’s first female president should have been a triumph. Instead, it’s brought “pain, sadness, frustration, and disappointment”.

Peru has its first female president — but feminists aren’t celebrating

Peru’s first female president’s legacy tarnished from the start.

How Women Changed the World This Year

From Colombia to Iran, feminism is an increasingly unstoppable force.

How a network of college students is preparing for post-Roe campuses

One drop-off at a time, college students are arming themselves with preventive emergency contraception — which could soon be one of the last legal chances to stop a pregnancy.

‘The smoke enters your body’: A toxic trash site in Kenya is making women sick

As rubbish piles up on a vast dumpsite, the women who sift through it for their livelihood are suffering reproductive health problems that scientists say have been overlooked.

Related: Air pollution’s impact on women’s health is not getting the attention it needs, scientists warn

Violent crime victims in New York struggle to access funds due to them

A state fund designed to help the targets of physical attacks only reaches a small fraction of the people who need it most.

‘We have to fight back.’ Afghan women are losing their hard-won right to work under the Taliban

Afghan women's participation in the workforce rose steadily in the 20 years after the Taliban were ousted from government. Since they returned to power, those gains have been rapidly eroding. Now activists fear a new edict mandating the burqa in public could destroy them altogether.

The draft abortion ruling that shook the states

While the Supreme Court justices before now contorted themselves to find common legal ground on this most controversial of issues, the leaked draft opinion that would overturn the landmark abortion decision in Roe V. Wade was anything but mealy-mouthed. But what should we make of all of this? Does this unofficial, unauthorized document even matter? Here are five ideas to keep in mind as we continue to make sense of what has happened and of what may lie ahead.

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.

‘I can’t keep this baby’: Pregnant Ukrainian refugees struggle to get abortion care

Poland has become a place of refuge for millions of women fleeing war in Ukraine. It also has some of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws, posing a major challenge to refugees with unwanted pregnancies. Some have survived rape, others simply cannot imagine taking on the responsibility of a child while their futures are so uncertain.

Analysis: Where democracy falters, so do reproductive rights

Reproductive rights don’t exist in a vacuum: They are inextricably linked to democratic institutions, with threats to one reinforcing threats to the other. As countries like Poland, Brazil, Hungary, and the United States face threats to their democracies, so do the women of those countries face threats to their reproductive rights.

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.
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