Planned Parenthood wins fight to keep Missouri abortion clinic open

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
St. Louis Planned Parenthood, only clinic open in Missouri for women who choose to have an abortion, hangs huge banner May 29 after defeat of state officials’ move to shut it down.

Supporters of women’s right to choose whether to have an abortion registered an important victory May 29 when the state government’s attempt to shut down Missouri’s only remaining abortion clinic was blocked. The Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis now…


Protests challenge Polish gov’t moves to outlaw all abortions

Vol. 84/No. 18 - May 11, 2020
April 16 action in Warsaw against bill that would ban women’s ability to choose an abortion

The protest line was long across the street from the parliament building in Warsaw, Poland’s capital, April 15. Most of those lined up were women dressed in black from head to foot. They all wore face masks and stood six…


Women win right to choose abortion in New Zealand

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
Holly Wakelin, left, and Lucy Mackenzie, right, two young women who helped lead recent actions for women’s right to abortion, hold banner at Auckland Feb. 18 march. After decades of mobilizations, New Zealand’s parliament adopted law legalizing abortion March 18.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In a victory for the rights of women, a law decriminalizing abortion passed the New Zealand Parliament March 18. “It’s been a long time coming,” 84-year-old Margaret Sparrow, a doctor and lifelong leader of the fight…


Ohio, Texas use coronavirus to justify ban on abortion

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

In decisions that deal blows to women’s rights and violate constitutional protections, the governments of Ohio and Texas have banned abortions, using the spread of the coronavirus as a pretext.  On March 17 Ohio’s Department of Health ordered all abortion…


A conspiracy to keep women from being beautiful?

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

Author Sesali Bowen provides a justification for the so-called “beauty” industry in the March 4 New York Times, in the name of opposing what she calls the “shaming” of women who use cosmetic surgery.  In “What Women Who Criticize Plastic…


London rally backs women’s rights in Sudan

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Chanting, “Women’s rights are human rights,” some 50 women and men and their supporters demonstrated outside the Sudanese Embassy here on International Women’s Day March 8,

LONDON — Chanting, “Women’s rights are human rights,” some 50 women and men and their supporters demonstrated outside the Sudanese Embassy here on International Women’s Day March 8, demanding the Sudanese government amend the country’s family law. “It means women…


Campaign for women’s right to abortion launched in Argentina

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020
Tens of thousands march Feb. 19 in Buenos Aires for legalization of abortion in Argentina. Young women lead campaign for right to choose and play key role in building support.

Led by young women, fighters for abortion rights are on the move in Argentina. In the past few years they have organized a series of large mobilizations, won growing support and forced a first-ever vote on legalization in the National…


New Zealand protesters say ‘Abortion is not a crime’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Feb. 18 march in support of abortion rights in Auckland, New Zealand.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “I am a young person who doesn’t believe abortion should be in the Crimes Act,” high school student Lucy Mackenzie told the crowd as she kicked off a rally here Feb. 18 demanding a woman’s right…


‘Second-class status of women arose with class society’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Women garment workers in Dhaka fighting for union rights, better wages and conditions, October 2014. Bangladeshi “fashion” industry workforce of 4 million is 80% female. Women in these factories have joined union struggles, advancing their confidence and status.

The Spanish-language edition of Cosmetics, Fashions, and the Exploitation of Women by Joseph Hansen, Evelyn Reed and Mary-Alice Waters is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for March. This Marxist classic on women’s liberation began as a 1954 debate…


Delaware protest hits Planned Parenthood firebombing

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020

NEWARK, Del. — “Our doors stay open,” Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, president of Planned Parenthood of Delaware, told some 150 people who filled the New Ark United Church of Christ here Jan. 11 at a solidarity rally against an arson assault against…