A “Bans Off Our Bodies” protest at the Texas state capitol in Austin on Wednesday. Photograph:  Montinique Monroe/The New York Times

A Texas law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy went into effect on Wednesday, despite the 1973 US supreme court decision that e(...)

A woman, infected by the new  coronavirus, awaits a Caesarean section, in China. The risks for pregnant women worldwide seem no greater than for anyone else, but initial  research only applies to later stage of pregnancy. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Pregnant women are often particularly susceptible to respiratory infections and, once infected, can become seriously ill, with long-lasting consequenc(...)

The pill: there is no clinical reason why women should still require a prescription for oral or transdermal contraceptives.

A little over two months ago the Irish people voted overwhelmingly to allow the Oireachtas to legislate for termination of pregnancy. This was a signi(...)

Women who rely on birth control pills or contraceptive devices that release hormones face a small but significant increase in the risk for breast canc(...)

Pro-choice supporters celebrate outside the US supreme court after it struck down the requirement of doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, among other restrictions. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The US supreme court has struck down a 2013 law in Texas setting restrictions on abortion clinics in a major victory for abortion rights campaigners.(...)

Pink sneakers: Fort Worth state senator Wendy Davis tried to talk out the bill restricitng abortion in Texas. She filibustered on her feet for 11 hours and 15 minutes, wearing pink sneakers which became a symbol of women’s struggle.

A 13-year-old American girl pregnant as a result of rape has a constitutional right to an abortion. But in practice it may be impossible for her to ob(...)