Sex work equals survival for some migrant women in Tapachula, Mexico

TAPACHULA, Mexico – To survive while their journeys are stalled in Tapachula, Mexico, many migrant women turn to sex work. They face abuse, poor pay and lack of access to sexual and reproductive health care.


‘We are ready to receive you’: Blue states prepare for influx of patients seeking abortion care

PHOENIX – Health care clinics in California, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington and other states are preparing to become “safe havens” for pregnant people living in states where abortion is restricted or banned, like Arizona.


Brnovich will push to revive century-old abortion ban in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he will push to revive a 120-year-old ban on abortion, changing his earlier position that a law allowing abortions until 15 weeks of pregnancy would take effect this fall.


COVID-19 vaccine for kids gets off to slow start in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Ten days after the FDA gave the final OK to COVID-19 vaccinations for kids as young as 6 months, health experts say response in Arizona has been tepid, with some parents hesitant and those who want their kids vaccinated having to search for available shots.


Arizona providers, regulators can’t agree on abortion law after Dobbs

The Supreme Court decision Friday to eliminate a constitutional right to an abortion has "unleashed chaos" for abortion providers in Arizona, where there is little agreement on where the law stands now.


‘Immense suffering’: After Roe, groups focus on how to help pregnant people

Activists and organizations on both sides of the abortion debate are figuring out how best to help pregnant people after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 ruling that had legalized abortion.

woman holding "abortion equals healthcare" protest sign in crowd

Arizona officials decry, delight in Supreme Court ending abortion rights

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Friday that there is no constitutional right to an abortion in the U.S., overturning nearly 50 years of precedence and returning the power to regulate abortions to states. In Arizona reaction was swift, and ranged from anger to elation.


‘We will see desperation’: Planned Parenthood Arizona stops abortions after Roe v. Wade overturned

PHOENIX – Planned Parenthood Arizona announced Friday it had shut down abortion services in the state, citing “Arizona's tangled web of conflicting laws” after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Abortion opponents, meanwhile, said “life has won a great victory.”


With Supreme Court on cusp of abortion ruling, Arizona advocates prepare

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling restricting or overturning abortion rights within a matter of days, but abortion providers and abortion-rights groups in Arizona say they have been getting ready for months.


Tampon shortage spotlights fight against ‘period poverty’

PHOENIX – The latest supply chain problem – a shortage of feminine care items – has prompted Arizona advocates to renew calls for “period equity” to ensure that menstrual products are accessible and affordable for all.


‘An abandoned issue’: Migrants’ mental health mostly ignored by Mexican government

TAPACHULA, Mexico – Migrants passing through Mexico desperately need mental health care, but the Mexican government has offered little support. Shelters and NGOs in Tapachula are stepping in to provide essential psych services, but experts and frontline workers say it still isn’t enough.


‘Wounded healers’: Advocates spotlight hidden struggles of young caregivers

MESA – Brenda Donovan was 12 when her mother was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. By her senior year in high school, she’d become her mother’s primary caregiver. Across the U.S., more and more people are becoming caregivers to a loved one in need – among them, young people thrust into a role for which they have little training or support.