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Sofia Resnick

Sofia Resnick

Sofia Resnick is a national reproductive rights reporter for States Newsroom, based in Washington, D.C. She has reported on reproductive-health politics and justice issues for more than a decade.

Pharmaceutical sciences professor Chris Adkins, who has questioned the accuracy and data used in a 2021 study authored by anti-abortion doctors about the key abortion drug mifepristone, says U.S.-based academic publisher Sage Publishing is reviewing the paper. (Courtesy Chris Adkins)

Retracted studies the latest in a decadeslong abortion-science fight

By: - February 27, 2024

Chris Adkins is worried. The Georgia pharmaceutical sciences professor who sparked an investigation into scientific studies that led to recent news-making retractions is worried about the “appropriate legal action” researchers have vaguely told media outlets they’re pursuing. But even more than being sued, Adkins is worried it might be too late to correct the scientific […]

Experts have said that mifepristone, part of a two-drug regimen, has a record of safety and efficacy in more than two decades of use. (Chris Coduto/Getty Images for UltraViolet). 

Study cited by Texas judge in abortion pill case retracted

By: - February 6, 2024

Two of the key studies cited by plaintiffs and judges as evidence that medication abortion should be pulled from the market or heavily restricted have been retracted because of undeclared conflicts of interest and unreliable findings, academic publisher Sage announced Monday. States Newsroom was the first to report last year that Sage had opened an […]

On Roe anniversary, abortion opponents look to White House to fast-track national ban

By: - January 19, 2024

Falling snow and flight delays thinned this year’s anti-abortion March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, but did not deter the most impatient activists in the movement, those unsatisfied until the entire U.S. map is red with abortion bans. “I’m not okay with abortion states and non-abortion states. I want an abortion-free America,” said […]

‘It’s like trying to run a clinic on a foundation of quicksand’ Maryland abortion provider says

By: - December 28, 2023

Morgan Nuzzo, an advanced practice clinician nurse-midwife, started Partners in Abortion Care in Maryland about a year ago with Dr. Diane Horvath, an OB-GYN who specializes in complex family planning. The clinic is among the few in the country that provides abortions in the third trimester of pregnancy. Abortions that late in pregnancy are rare […]

Fear and confusion over abortion access persists as SCOTUS takes its first post-Dobbs case

By: and - December 18, 2023

This year will end on a major cliffhanger for abortion access. Last November, anti-abortion activists via a powerful conservative Christian law firm asked a federal court to effectively ban or widely restrict the abortion drug mifepristone. Finally this past week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take the case, making Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. […]

Abortion-rights victories cement 2024 playbook while opponents scramble for new strategy

By: - November 13, 2023

Anti-abortion leaders woke up Wednesday to the sobering reality that abortion rights remain the nation’s predominant political issue. Decisive wins in swing and red states in two national election cycles since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year have given momentum to reproductive rights groups, who aggressively campaigned and fundraised in key states across the […]

Cancer is one of several conditions for which mifepristone is a potentially effective treatment. (Getty Images)

Doctor suing FDA recruited to scientific advisory board to ‘repurpose’ abortion pill

By: - October 30, 2023

One of the anti-abortion doctors suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to rescind its 2000 approval of a medication abortion regimen on the basis that one of the drugs is dangerous is now consulting on the development of a breast cancer treatment that involves the same drug: mifepristone. It is the family doctor’s latest […]

Lila Bonow, Alana Edmondson and Aiyana Knauer prepare to take abortion pill while demonstrating in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices hear hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, a case about a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, on December 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. With the addition of conservative justices to the court by former President Donald Trump, experts believe this could be the most important abortion case in decades and could undermine or overturn Roe v. Wade. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Abortion rights advocates say consequences dire if SCOTUS declines to hear pill case

By: - October 9, 2023

More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided states could set their own abortion laws, including bans, the nation’s highest court now could cut off abortion access in states where abortion is still legal. The Supreme Court began its new term this week and has yet to announce whether it will hear Alliance […]

The men of Operation Save America close out the group’s weeklong anti-abortion protest in front of the Nathan Deal Judicial Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 22, 2023. (John McCosh/Georgia Recorder)

A men’s movement takes reins in a nationwide quest to end abortion

By: - September 18, 2023

Wendell Shrock doesn’t believe in condoms. “We should leave the uterus to God,” the street preacher from Tennessee tells States Newsroom, in front of an abortion clinic outside of Atlanta, mid-morning in late July. Sweat drips from his cowboy hat into his salt-and-pepper beard that stretches halfway down his red-plaid shirt. The retired police officer […]

Pharmaceutical sciences professor Chris Adkins, who has questioned the accuracy and data used in a 2021 study authored by anti-abortion doctors about the key abortion drug mifepristone, says U.S.-based academic publisher Sage Publishing is reviewing the paper. (Courtesy Chris Adkins)

Study cited by Texas judge in abortion-pill case under investigation

By: - August 4, 2023

Pharmaceutical sciences professor Chris Adkins was perusing news on his computer in December when he came across an item that fascinated him: Anti-abortion groups had sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to force a recall on a commonly used abortion drug. Adkins teaches future pharmacists at South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah, Georgia. […]

National abortion ban eyed as group marks ‘Siege of Atlanta’ protests 35 years ago

By: , and - July 24, 2023

Members of a national anti-abortion religious organization called Operation Save America gathered in Atlanta last week to protest at a local abortion clinic and to discuss new strategies for achieving a national prohibition on abortion at any stage of pregnancy. Operation Save America began as Operation Rescue in 1986 and became more well known in […]

Obstetrician doing an ultrasound on a pregnant woman

After Dobbs, abortion access is harder, comes later and with a higher risk

By: - June 21, 2023

Editors’ note: This report is part of a special States Newsroom series on abortion access one year after the U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down the federal right to abortion. In April, a Reddit user in Alabama posted a breathless message to the abortion subreddit the morning after learning she was pregnant. She guessed she was […]