During the Rams vs. 49ers game in St. Louis on Monday night, activists and members of the community protested outside and inside the arena as part of the Ferguson “weekend of resistance.” Read more and watch video from the protest here: http://rhrc.us/1r1IwgQ

When I was a teen I had a partner who was, at times, verbally abusive. He made threats that he would have his family members physically attack me if I “acted out.” Because his abuse didn’t leave me with bruises, I thought it was part of a deep love that sometimes hurts. His threats were peppered with whispers of love and plans for the future. Mistakenly I thought we’d be able to work it out. It wasn’t until he punched a wall next to my head, resulting in a boxer’s fracture and a cast, that I realized I should start planning my exit strategy. When I found out that I was pregnant, at 19, I knew I had to get out. I couldn’t put a child through the stress and violence I experienced.

Having an abortion was one of the ways I was able to leave the relationship and make changes in my life. It was the best decision for me. I will never apologize for that.

With the prevalence of abuse in relationships, my story is common.

Renee Bracey Sherman in her RH Reality Check article For Survivors of Abuse, Access to Abortion Can Be a Lifesaver
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has ruled that the State of Texas can now enforce HB 2, an omnibus anti-choice law. In light of this ruling, here are the burdens women like Maria, a representative 26-year-old woman living in Harlingen, Texas, who finds herself pregnant, will face.Much more here: http://rhrc.us/1rRKODP

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has ruled that the State of Texas can now enforce HB 2, an omnibus anti-choice law. In light of this ruling, here are the burdens women like Maria, a representative 26-year-old woman living in Harlingen, Texas, who finds herself pregnant, will face.

Much more here: http://rhrc.us/1rRKODP

At the end of August, Jandira Magdalena dos Santos Cruz, a 27-year-old women living in Rio de Janeiro, decided to end her pregnancy. Abortion is illegal except in rare cases in Brazil, but a friend gave her the name of a clandestine provider, and she agreed to pay the equivalent of U.S. $2,200 for the procedure. On August 26, Cruz, who had no other information other than a card with the doctor’s name and phone number, met a stranger in the bus station who was supposed to drive her to the clinic. Her ex-husband was the last person to see her when he dropped her off in the morning; when he went to pick her up in the afternoon, she had not returned. She has not been found since. Beatriz Galli in her article “Brazil’s Criminal Abortion Laws Are Killing Women
I know with absolute certainty that if my mother faces the same choice again—call for help or stare down the barrel of a gun alone—she will not call for help. Because what followed that night in the emergency room was degrading, humiliating, and ultimately required her to face her worst demons, her greatest emotional pain, alone and under extremely stressful circumstances. — Lynn Beisner from her article “People With Mental Health Emergencies Deserve So Much More Than What Our Health-Care System Has to Offer”