These old state laws make abortion access hell — so advocates are suing to get rid of them

Nurse Practitioner Mary Stark has performed countless vacuum aspiration procedures for Idaho patients who have miscarriages. Vacuum aspiration is basically, by another name, a suction abortion. Because of Idaho’s physician-only abortion law, Stark cannot perform a vacuum aspiration for patients who choose to end their pregnancies.

“I could complete a procedure to empty out the uterus, but only if the pregnancy had ended on its own,” Stark told ThinkProgress.  

A nearly two d...

Republicans are accidentally doing more to advance progressive values than Democrats

Something strange and unfamiliar has taken root in Washington, DC these past few days. In between segments about Donald Trump’s latest impeachable offense, Republican intransigence in the face of a cataclysmic government shutdown, and whatever other mundanity du jour is on the docket, cable news shows have carved out time to talk about honest-to-God policy proposals.

Specifically, we find ourselves amidst a nationwide conversation about, of all things, marginal tax rates. How we go...

It’s Day 27 of the shutdown, and McConnell is mounting a futile effort to codify Hyde

In the midst of the longest-ever government shutdown in U.S. history, Senate Republicans have instead decided to consider a bill on Thursday to codify existing restrictions that make it harder for low-income people to get abortions.

The bill codifies the Hyde Amendment — a provision that passes annually and prohibits federal Medicaid dollars from covering abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment — among other things. The bill is unlikely to get the ...