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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new bill making its way through the Georgia statehouse would criminalize access to abortion pills by telemedicine — a common, safe, easy way to end early pregnancies that the federal government first allowed last year.
Boko Haram militants are surrendering to the Nigerian government as part of a rehabilitation program. But the women they once tortured are demanding justice too.
In rural India, stricken by pandemic, necessity of invention fills in for the state: Reporter’s Notebook
A short news clip about the mysterious deaths of two women in a home they shared with their family took reporter Puja Changoiwala on a journey through a COVID-ravaged landscape in rural India.
Political parties across India have promised a host of new social programs exclusively for women. Is it politics or progress?
Jessica Washington shares how she developed relationships with sources while investigating how Native mothers experience the Minnesota foster care system.
‘Never just a wife or widow’: Reflecting on Coretta Scott King and the women of the civil rights movement
As the world honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., journalist Lottie Joiner, former editor of the NAACP’s The Crisis, reflects on the role of women’s leadership in the civil rights…
‘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.
Whatever labels have been affixed to this often-inscrutable woman, there is one that she herself has consistently dodged: feminist.
As all eyes turn to the landmark case before the Supreme Court, advocates in the South say they’ve been sounding the alarm on access for years.