January 13, 2023 -
The Food and Drug Administration is now allowing pharmacies to stock the abortion medication mifepristone. But most Southern states have near-total abortion bans while the rest restrict abortion pill access, so the decision does not make it easier for most residents seeking to terminate pregnancies.
October 14, 2022 -
A third of U.S. anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers are in the South, a region where dozens of abortion clinics have closed since the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion in June. Over the past decade, Republican-controlled legislatures have given millions of tax dollars to these fake clinics that traffic in dangerous misinformation.
June 24, 2022 -
District attorneys and city councils in the South are taking steps to safeguard access to abortion now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Roe v. Wade — but their stances could ignite a battle over preemption.
May 12, 2022 -
The recent leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion showed that the justices have voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that guaranteed the right to an abortion. If the draft stands, legal abortion would remain widely available in only two Southern states.
May 4, 2022 -
Republican senators recently grilled Biden judicial nominee Nancy Abudu, a civil rights lawyer who has protected abortion rights and fought voter suppression in the Deep South. Senators also heard from four other nominees, all women of color. At least one nominee has bipartisan support.
February 11, 2022 -
In December, the Food and Drug Administration permanently allowed the drugs for medication abortions to be delivered to patients by mail — but most Southern states require such abortions be done in the presence of a doctor. And now Republican state lawmakers in Georgia and South Carolina are considering bills that target that safe form of abortion care and would give patients disinformation about it.
January 19, 2022 -
Since a strict anti-abortion law went into effect in Texas in September, many Texans seeking abortion care have gone to Louisiana, even though that state also has severe abortion restrictions and only three clinics offering abortion services. State Reps. Mary González of Texas and Mandie Landry of Louisiana write about the ongoing fight to defend bodily autonomy in states that are especially hostile to women.