Mic Daily: Betsy DeVos’ predecessor speaks out

Mic Daily is a cross section of our most vital stories of the day.

Judge strikes down Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, says state’s defense is “pure gaslighting”

Judge Carlton W. Reeves said the law "is closer to the old Mississippi — the Mississippi bent on controlling women and minorities."

Mic Daily: White House reportedly backs away from challenging Jim Acosta’s White House access

Mic Daily is a cross section of our most vital stories of the day.

Ohio House passes controversial “heartbeat bill” restricting abortions after 6 weeks

The restrictive bill was specifically crafted to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court — and challenge 'Roe v. Wade.'

Health and Human Services Department weighs canceling $100M in fetal tissue research funding

The funding decision would “delay the delivery of effective therapies to Americans and people around the world who desperately need them," professor Lawrence Goldstein said.

How these state-level abortion laws could have widespread impact on people across the country

"With Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, the threat to 'Roe v. Wade' is no longer a hypothetical."


Mic Daily: Trump was directly involved in illegal hush money payments, prosecutors say

Mic Daily is a cross section of our most vital stories of the day.

Trump administration weakens birth control and abortion coverage under Affordable Care Act

The rules will allow almost any employer to deny birth control coverage and make it more burdensome for ACA plans to cover abortions.

West Virginia and Alabama voters pass anti-abortion measures for a future without ‘Roe v. Wade’

The ballot measures add language to the states' constitutions that pave the way for abortion bans if 'Roe v. Wade' gets overturned — and could have other implications even sooner.

Federal judge partially blocks St. Louis abortion discrimination ordinance

Opponents had decried the law as making St. Louis a "sanctuary city for abortion."

How Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to save California from Trump on his way out the door

Brown passed legislation on criminal justice reform and the #MeToo movement — but also vetoed bills concerning abortion, mandatory arbitration and expanding immigrants' rights.


‘Mic Dispatch’ episode 23: Abortion provider travels across states to administer care (transcript)

Dr. Colleen McNicholas is an abortion provider who travels over 400 miles almost every week to provide care. She works at four clinics in three different states: Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Abortion access is limited, but this traveling doctor is determined to provide care

Dr. Colleen McNicholas travels an average of 400 miles almost weekly to one of four abortion clinics in three different states. Kavanaugh's confirmation could take away her ability to provide care.

Federal court strikes down abortion law that would have shut down the last clinic in Kentucky

The ruling struck down a law that “impose[d] substantial obstacles to abortion access and result[ed] in no benefit.”

Federal appeals court upholds restrictive Louisiana abortion law

The Louisiana ruling is the latest abortion decision now one step away from the U.S. Supreme Court — and potentially Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump administration appeals to abortion rights opponents by canceling fetal tissue contract

The administration canceled a FDA contract in response to outrage from anti-abortion-rights activists and Republican lawmakers.

US Appeals Court upholds restrictive Missouri abortion law

The Missouri law is now one step away from potentially being decided by the Supreme Court and Brett Kavanaugh.

Sen. Susan Collins isn’t swayed by Brett Kavanaugh email saying ‘Roe v. Wade’ isn’t “settled law”

Abortion advocates believe the 2003 email shows Kavanaugh wouldn't support a right to choose — but Collins disagrees.

Texas fetal burial law gets struck down, could head to the Supreme Court — and Brett Kavanaugh

Texas vowed to appeal the ruling, which means it could ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court — and potential justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Why Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation could be a blow to women’s economic stability

While a flurry of attention has been paid to what a Kavanaugh confirmation would mean for reproductive rights, his record means that women could be dealt yet another significant blow.

Sen. Lindsey Graham acknowledges that Brett Kavanaugh could overturn ‘Roe v. Wade’ on Supreme Court

Graham acknowledged that even though 'Roe v. Wade' is settled precedent, Kavanaugh can still vote to overturn it.


California legislature passes bill requiring public colleges to offer abortion pills

If it passes, California's public universities will be required to offer medication abortion as a "basic health service."

Appeals court begrudgingly strikes down Alabama abortion ban that could go to the Supreme Court

The ruling used language meant to stigmatize abortion and called Roe v. Wade an "aberration of constitutional law."

Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination sparks protests by women of color reproductive rights activists

The women convened in the U.S. capital to protest the anti-abortion nominee.

Chuck Schumer says ‘Roe v. Wade’ ruling is in jeopardy after meeting with Brett Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh said Tuesday he believes 'Roe v. Wade' is "settled law" — but he won't say whether the ruling was "correctly decided," leaving its future still in doubt.

Governors threaten to withdraw from Title X program over “gag rule” targeting abortion providers

As a new "gag rule" becomes closer to reality, lawmakers and the medical community are speaking out about its potentially devastating effects.


Mic Daily: Why Bernie Sanders’ campaign strategist is caught in the Manafort trial and more

Mic Daily brings you a cross section of our most vital stories of the day.

“Abortion is OK!”: How southern activists are providing a template for a post-‘Roe v. Wade’ future

If Georgia has functioned as something like an incubator for far-right, anti-choice policies, the state has also fostered the growth of a bold community of reproductive justice activists.

Judge rules anti-abortion protesters in New York did not unlawfully harass patients and staff

The protesters were accused of threatening, lying and harassing patients and escorts at the Queens-based clinic.

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion-reporting law that “shames” patients

The law requires abortion providers to report on complications that result from abortion, and to record personal information about the people who undergo the procedure.