Judge blocks Missouri 8-week abortion ban

Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Missouri ban on abortions after eight weeks from going into effect. The Missouri law in question would penalize medical professionals who perform abortions after eight weeks into a pregnancy — before many women know that they are pregnant, and well before the 24-week viability standard established by Roe — with up to 15 years in prison. The law does not include exceptions for instances of rape or incest, only for instances of “medical emergency,” such to prevent a pregnant woman’s death or “substantial and irreversible physical impairment.” Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, praised the ruling and vowed to continue to fight the law in court. “Today’s decision …

‘Heartbeat’ Bills Get the Science of Fetal Heartbeats All Wrong

Last week, Georgia governor Brian Kemp—the narrow winner over Stacey Abrams in a contentious, sketchy election last year—signed into law a ban on abortions after more than six weeks of pregnancy. That made Georgia the sixth state to institute such a ban, and the fourth this year (Ohio’s elected officials put theirs in place in April), with seven more states kicking around the idea. It’s not even the most aggressive anti-abortion concept; the Alabama state senate is set to vote today on a bill that, if it became law, would make performing an abortion a crime punishable by up to 99 years in prison. They’re all part of a nationwide push, with more than 300 bills in 2019, to try …

The only congresswoman to give birth 3 times in office ‘came very close to missing’ out on motherhood

(CNN)Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was Cathy McMorris when she was first elected to the House in 2004. The reality of a woman’s biological clock is a theme we unwittingly began exploring with this series, after Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao bravely admitted to us that she felt as though she missed out on having children, and often tells younger women not to make the mistake she did of not thinking it through. But that is not McMorris Rodgers’ story. During her first term in Congress she met now husband Brian Rodgers at a barbeque back home in Spokane. “I so admire Brian,” she grins, speaking with CNN for a recent interview. “He is confident in who he is. He knows what’s …

#NowforNI: The campaign to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland

Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland, but the #NowForNI campaign is here to change that. On Tuesday #NowForNI campaigners protested in Westminster, London, where they delivered over 62,000 signatures from people calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.  #NowForNI wants to ensure that Northern Irish women and people who can get pregnant have the right to the same medical care as women elsewhere in the UK.  SEE ALSO: A survival guide for being a woman on the internet 28 women marched with suitcases towards Parliament, representing the 28 women who have to leave Northern Ireland each week to have an abortion in England, Wales, or Scotland. Among the 28 protestors were a …