News and blog commentary by the Abortion Care Network.
The Abortion Care Network has observed that anti-abortion extremists are finding ways to get the state, in this case, Texas, to harass abortion clinics, in this case Whole Woman's Health. Written by Peg Johnston.
A letter to the editor of Toledo Blade from ACN member Jeannie Ludlow, PhD in response to Catholic Bishop Blair's attack on the Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness and their statement allying themselves with the Catholic Church.
The Abortion Care Network is making 10 videos available on its website for women whose language is other than English. Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Lao/Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, Serbo-Croatian, and Haitian Creole.
Statement by ACN Director Charlotte Taft protesting HHS Sebelius' decision to deny Plan B as an over the counter drug for women of all ages.
A status report about legislation in Texas and North Dakota
Remarks by ACN Member Renee Chelian, Northland Family Planning Center, near Detroit, at a grassroots event at the Michigan state capitol, protesting the Legislatures War On Women and particularly, several anti-abortion laws.
A response by ACN member Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of Whole Woman's Health, to attacks by Operation Rescue causing repeated inspections by the State of Texas.
The Abortion Care Network and Split This Rock are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Abortion Rights Poetry Contest with a Jan. 6, 2014 deadline.
ACN Director Charlotte Taft comments on the case before the Supreme Court about employer's rights to control women's birth control access.
The Abortion Care Network sponsors a video competition titled "Really...?! Abortion Stigma Busting Video Competition" with a deadline of Jan. 22nd, 2014.
The Abortion Care Network condemns Mississippi for limiting access for women by requiring doctors to have admitting privileges.
The Abortion Care Network is sponsoring the Abortion Rights Poetry Contest, called Lighting the Way, with the poetry collective Split this Rock.
An essay by Abortion Care Network member Jeannie Ludlow, PhD about the anti abortion campaign called "40 Days of Life." The theme of Lent, a time of introspection, she believes is more appropriate to the reality of the women inside the clinic rather than those protesting outside the clinic.
The Reproductive Rights Poetry Contest was co-sponsored by the Abortion Care Network and Split This Rock and winners are Bridget Kriner, Genie Abrams, and Sue D. Burton.
ACN Director Charlotte Taft writes about Rev. Howard Moody whose recent death reminds us of the contributions of justice workers before us
ACN Director Charlotte Taft comments on the Jan. 19th arrest of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion provider in Philadelphia PA.
The Abortion Care Network's statement on medical waste management issues.
ACN Member Marcy Bloom writes about the current political situation and the morality of abortion, affirming that women are good moral decision-makers, despite attempts to stigmatize those who choose abortion.
Jeannie Ludlow, PhD, recalls her experience with sex selection abortion in a clinic setting and the lessons she learned applied to the false debate about sex selection abortion. Abortion, Abortion restrictions, Reproductive justice,
Information on submissions to the 2nd Annual Abortion Rights Poetry Contest co-sponsored by the Abortion Care Network and Split This Rock poetry collective. Deadline Feb. 28 2013.
ACN Director Charlotte Taft has penned an op-ed on the Michigan ban on using private insurance for abortion services.
The Abortion Care Network has bestowed Renee Chelian of Northland Family Planning Centers the David Gunn Lifetime Achievement Award; Chrisse France of Preterm in Cleveland and Heather Ault an artist, the Vision Award; and Tammi Kromenaker of Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo ND the ACN Person of the Year Award.
ACN Director Charlotte Taft on the Nov 8, 2011 defeat of referendum 26 on 'personhood' of a fertilized egg. The amendment could have banned not only abortion but also in vitro fertilization.
ACN Member Carol Cohan's response to an Op Ed in the NYTimes July 8th by Beth Matusoff Merfish titled, ""My Mother's Abortion."
ACN member Rev. Rebecca Turner, founder of Faith Aloud, has been named by the Center for American Progress as one of 13 Religious Women to Watch.
An editorial by ACN Director Charlotte Taft on the Supreme Court's failure to protect women from the Texas law that closed 1/3 of all clinics there. Also, Whole Woman's Health release on the same topic.
ACN Director Charlotte Taft protests the chain Hobby Lobby for trying to cut off contraceptive benefits for its employees.
A group of artists and writers have created a reproductive rights and gender justice portfolio of art and a zine of women's stories, called "This Is an Emergency." ACN member Peg Johnston is interviewed in the zine; Meredith Stern of Justseeds Cooperative organized the project.
ACN Director Charlotte Taft calls the Virginia Board of Health for caving into right wing politics in restricting abortion clinics by requiring unnecessary regulations.
2nd Annual Abortion Rights Poetry Contest winners are announced by the Abortion Care Network and Split This Rock. First prize winner is Rayna Momen.
The Abortion Care Network has collaborated with UniteWomen.org and Northland Family Planning to create a series of videos asserting women's goodness to a society that often shames women for who they are and what they have chosen.
On the anniversary of Dr. George Tiller's murder, ACN member Peg Johnston comments on his contribution to abortion care.
ACN Director applauds The Center for Reproductive Rights for the recent court victory to make Emergency Contraception available without prescription regardless of age.
Charlotte Taft, ACN Director comments on the Taliban's shooting of Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old girl who spoke out for education for girls.
ACN MEMBER Whole Woman's Health is represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights in the Fifth District federal court to challenge Texas House Bill 2 which shut down many of Texas abortion clinics.
The Court enjoined the hospital privileges section of Texas' highly restrictive law but left in place restrictions on medication abortions. The Fifth Circuit subsequently reversed this decision.
The Abortion Care Network and Split this Rock are sponsoring an Abortion Rights Poetry Contest with a deadline of April 15, 2012.
ACN is a co-sponsor of the Trust Women Virtual March Jan 20-27, 2012 along with MoveOn.org and many other groups. As abortion providers we have trusted women to make the best decision possible for their lives.
ACN outraged at Fifth Circuit Court ruling which will cause 13 clinics to close in Texas.
Abortion Care Network Director Charlotte Taft comments on murder conviction of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell of Philadelphia
A new HBO movie to be broadcast August 2nd at 8 pm prompts ACN director to write about Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
ACN members Rev. Rebecca Turner of Faith Aloud and Claire Keyes, Director Emeritus of Allegheny Reproductive Health are extensively quoted in the article in the Riverfront Time by Kase Wickman on how the anti-abortion and pro choice activists are targeting men.
Renee Chelian, founder of Northland Family Planning in Detroit MI and founding member of the Abortion Care Network, has been selected by ACN allies at the Center for Reproductive Rights to speak about the human rights of women and providers of abortion services in Geneva Switzerland before the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.
The Stupak-Pitts amendment to the healthcare bill would restrict payment for abortion for all insurance, not just the public option. Statement by ACN Director Charlotte Taft.
News and blogs from the Abortion Care Network, written by Charlotte Taft and members of our network of independent providers and allies. Registered members may leave comments on posts.
A post from Preterm in Cleveland, a member of the Abortion Care Network about abortion stigma.
Link to an article by the daughter of an Abortion Care Network member who went from terrified child to proud law student, committed to reproductive justice.
An essay from ACN Member Jeannie Ludlow, PhD about the MTV abortion segment of "16 and Pregnant."
This is another post by Abortion Care Network member Renee Chelian who is offering testimony to the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva Switzerland the week of 11-1 through 5, 2010.
A speech by Dr. William Harrison to the Medical Students for Choice about being an abortion provider and challenging anti abortion forces at every turn.
A blog post on the anti choice movement by Charlotte Taft, director of the Abortion Care Network on RH Reality. The article is a tribute to Dr. William Harrison of Fayetteville AK.
An editorial on RH Reality Blog by Charlotte Taft, ACN Director
An editorial by Charlotte Taft, of the Abortion Care Network, on the coordinated campaign by the anti abortion forces to silence the 50 million women who have had an abortion.
Renee Chelian represented abortion providers in testimony to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Abuse in Switzerland in November 2010. Renee is the owner of Northland Family Planning Centers in the Detroit area and a founding member of the Abortion Care Network.
An article in the New York Times Magazine, July 18, 2010, revealed that the Susan Buffett Foundation has been funding research and training for doctors anonymously. Finally, we can thank them publicly.
An editorial by ACN Director Charlotte Taft about the video "Good Women Choose Abortion" and the anti abortion reaction.
Charlotte Taft of the Abortion Care Network discusses the importance of language and naming things in respect to the fake clinics, or "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" featured in the HBO Movie "12th and Delaware"
ACN Director Charlotte Taft comments on Pennsylvania law requiring abortion clinics to comply with Ambulatory Surgery Center regs.
An editorial by Rebecca Willman of ACN member Summit Center in Connecticut on the 39th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in 1973.
Charlotte Taft, Director of the Abortion Care Network responds to the closing of independent clinics in Texas due to the requirement that physicians obtain hospital privileges near the clinic.
ACN Member Whole Woman's Health has provided an FAQ on abortion access in Texas.
ACN members Heather Ault, Jeannie Ludlow, and Carole Joffe have all created messages to Virginia lawmakers who are trying to mandate ultrasounds for women seeking abortion.
Winners of the Poetry Contest were announced at the Abortion Care Network conference in May 2012. Also announced were Profiles in Courage Awards given to two Virginia legislators, Charnielle Herring and Janet Howell. Merle Hoffman of Choices was the keynote speaker at the conference. All are captured on video.
The Abortion Care Network applauds the decision of Planned Parenthood South Central NY to disaffiliate from Planned Parenthood Federation rather than duplicate the abortion services of ACN member Dr. Amy Cousins.
ACN Board member Dallas Schubert writes on the meaning of the 39th anniversary of Roe v Wade, especially, addressing people like her who have never known a time when abortion was not a right of women.
At the 2013 annual meeting, the Abortion Care Network honors Ohio State Senator Nina Turner with the Profiles in Courage award, Anne Baker with the David Gunn Lifetime Achievement Award, Susan Yanow with the Vision Award, and Dallas Schubert, ACN Person of the Year.
ACN Director Charlotte Taft comments on the 12/30/11 arrest of Seven Brigham, calling him a substandard provider whose actions are not in keeping with the safety record of providers in the Abortion Care Network.
The Abortion Care Network Honors Peg Johnston with the David Gunn Lifetime Achievement Award, ANSIRH with the Abortion Conversation Project Vision Award, and Shelley Oram with the ACN Person of the Year Award.