I was 23 when I found out I was pregnant. I was on drugs. I was sick, my stomach was giving out; I didn't know what was going on till I knew the little one was in there.
It was scary. When they told me at the hospital I was pregnant, I was like, "No, I'm not, you gotta take that test over again." I went into the waiting room and was like, this cannot be happening.
It took me back to when I was first pregnant. I had no backbone, nowhere to go. As a 15 year-old, I thought: My daddy's sure gonna kill the father, and if they don't kill me they sure may slap me and injure the baby. more >>
Pointing to celebrities who have come forward about their abortions, such as Jemima Kirk, from HBO's "Girls," Richards makes a sort of plea:
In the current political environment and with so much shaming in popular culture, women get the message early and often that, while they may have the legal right to get an abortion, there's still something wrong with that choice. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out a ruling against a Catholic organization that was being compelled to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives at the threat of being fined by the Internal Revenue Service.
On Monday the highest court in the nation granted the Michigan Catholic Conference their request for an exemption for religious reasons against the Health and Human Services contraception mandate.
In the Supreme Court's order, the Justices invoked last year's landmark Hobby Lobby decision, which concluded that "closely-held businesses" could be exempted from the HHS mandate due to religious objections. more >>
On January 22, just days after the swearing in of what some called the most pro-life Congress in history, the House of Representatives was poised to vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill would limit abortions after 5 months of pregnancy (20-weeks) based on evidence that fetuses can feel pain at that point in pregnancy.
But the long-scheduled vote was abruptly cancelled when several Republican congresswomen protested the inclusion of a provision requiring rape victims to report the crime to police before obtaining late-term abortions.
Republican leaders seemed not to have anticipated objections from within their caucus over the bill's language, perhaps because a similar version had passed the House two years earlier. more >>
A school district in North Dakota has denied discriminating against students from two high schools attempting to form Students for Life chapters.
Fargo Public School District No. 1 released a statement earlier this month arguing against a demand from the legal group the Thomas More Society, which demanded Fargo Public Schools recognize two pro-life student groups at Davies High School and North High School.
In a statement emailed to The Christian Post, Fargo Public Schools denied any wrongdoing in not allowing the pro-life student groups. more >>
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed" to allow women access to "reproductive health care" – which was widely seen as a call to change views on abortion.
"Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don't count for much if they're not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed," Clinton said at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit in New York City.
"As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone – and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States," she added in her keynote address at the event Thursday. more >>