Kimberly Turbin wasn’t expecting childbirth to be a pleasant experience, but she wasn’t expecting it to be a nightmare either. On 4 May 2013, she was sitting on the couch at a friend’s house when her water broke.
Fatimah Gifford was nervous the day she was scheduled to testify in front of Texas’ Health and Human Services committee. Gifford is the VP of Communications for Whole Woman’s Health, which operates five reproductive healthcare clinics across Texas.
Clinic Director Calla Hales was a victim of the extreme violence abortion providers face simply for doing their jobs and helping women.
When Anna found out she was pregnant in October, she knew she could not have another child. Her son was still a baby and she was struggling to find employment as a 30-year-old single mother in Indiana.
Five women stand around a bed in a bungalow outside Los Angeles, each wearing a pair of latex surgical gloves and holding various pieces of equipment. One is holding a speculum and a flashlight; another, lubricant and an apparatus known as the Del-Em, which consists of a cannula (a thin tube) and a syringe attached to a container with two tubes.
DarbiAnne Goodwin says she was raped off campus during her sophomore year—and when administrators failed to offer her meaningful support following the incident, she felt her only choice was to enroll in an "alternative school."
A new slew of state laws are aimed at making sure abortion coverage is banned from private health insurance plans—putting the procedure still further out of reach.
In March 2004, a 19-year-old Arizona woman was sentenced to four months in Maricopa County jail for a DUI, shortly after discovering she was pregnant. She asked for a delay in her sentencing hearing so she could obtain an abortion, but the prosecutor refused.
In 2015, a radical anti-abortion group tried to establish a headquarters in a vacant house next door to the only remaining abortion clinic in Montgomery, Alabama. Their plan backfired—and the building is now a safe haven for patients and pro-choice activists.
Anika Crenshaw planned on a vaginal birth for her second child, as she had done with her daughter a few years earlier.
The country has experienced nursing shortages for decades, but an aging population means the problem is about to get much worse.
Promised economic and educational opportunities her parents thought too good to refuse, Rose left home for Zanzibar. But a life of fear and exploitation awaited the 13-year-old – a fate that has become all too familiar to kids in the region.
George Delgado made his first attempt at reversing an abortion in 2009. He got a call from Terri Palmquist, a missionary at the evangelical group LifeSavers Ministries who ran in the same California anti-abortion circles he did.
This month, Anna Yocca was released from jail, following over a year of incarceration. Though her case may seem extreme, it's really the most recent high-profile example of a troubling new trend.
In July 2015, the Center for Medical Progress released a string of videos that essentially cast Planned Parenthood as a front for a satanic cult that offers abortion care in order to achieve its real goal: harvesting dead-baby body parts for money.
In 2012, an anti-abortion protestor hit Alison Dreith on the head with a sign displaying a giant fetus. Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, had recently floated his theory on TV that “legitimate rape” never leads to pregnancy, which would mean no one needed exceptions included in abortion bans.