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NEWS: The fight over medication abortion is just getting started
"The fight over medication abortion bills is heating up, as conservatives turn their focus to medication abortion."
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives have been lost as a result of anti-transgender violence, hatred, and prejudice.
NEWS: Midterms Bring Major Constitutional Wins for Abortion Rights
The first major election of the post-Roe era yielded new protections for abortion rights, as voters in three states approved measures to add constitutional protections guaranteeing access to the procedure…California, Michigan and Vermont backed ballot measures that effectively make it impossible for state lawmakers to enact bans.
Latest Supreme Court Case, Health and Hospital Corp. v. Talevski, May Change Medicaid As We Know It
On Election Day, voters cast their ballots in a crucial election for democracy, abortion rights, and economic justice. While votes rolled in deciding who will control the legislative branch of our government, another branch – the Supreme Court – held oral arguments in the case Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) of Marion County v. Talevski. This case may change Medicaid as we know it by eliminating the right of Medicaid enrollees, and participants in other public benefit programs, to sue in federal court when their rights are violated by state officials.
NEWS: Abortion bans affect Latinas the most
Latinas are the largest group of women of color affected by current and future state abortion bans and restrictions: More than 4 in 10 Latinas of reproductive age live in the nearly two dozen states where officials are working to make abortion inaccessible. A new analysis from the National Partnership for Women & Families and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, first shared with NBC News, found that close to 6.5 million Latinas (42% of all Latinas ages 15-49) live in 26 states that have banned or are likely to ban abortions after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade this summer.
NEWS: Taxpayer money for poor families is funding anti-abortion movement instead
A few blocks from the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, America’s battle over abortion is playing out under one roof. On one side of a squat single-story office building, a Planned Parenthood clinic offers reproductive health care and refers patients for abortions. Next door is a branch of Pregnancy Decision Health Center, a crisis pregnancy center that offers counseling and support for pregnant women – but also works to dissuade them from terminating their pregnancies and has been accused of promoting misinformation about abortion.
NEWS: Abortion rights are at the forefront of midterm elections this November
The fate of abortion rights and abortion access will be determined this November at the state and local level during midterm elections. Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June of this year, most abortions have been banned in 14 states and are actively threatened in seven. Now, voters will directly influence the future of abortion in five states, while local gubernatorial and judicial races across the country will similarly shape the makeup of each state’s abortion access—either acting as stopgaps between the state and abortion bans or paving the way for expanding an already staggering abortion desert.
NEWS: Abortion rights advocates eye ballot measures for 2024
Abortion rights advocates are exploring ballot measures to enshrine access to the procedure into state constitutions in 2024, including in a handful of Republican-led states with restrictions on the books. The effort represents an emerging strategy for the abortion rights movement and a growing belief that public opinion is on their side. After the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, advocates know appealing directly to voters is one of the only ways to counteract bans in conservative states and reshape access in a post-Roe America. While in the early stages, discussions around whether to pursue an abortion rights ballot measure are occurring in states including Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado and Missouri, according to interviews with over a dozen advocates, liberal groups and others, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to detail private conversations.
NEWS: Midterms will decide future of abortion access in these states
Earlier this year, five people altered the landscape of reproductive rights in more than a dozen states across the country when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. In November, millions of voters will weigh in, casting votes in dozens of races and ballot measures that will determine how restrictive their state can be. Ballot initiatives in three states could determine abortion access for millions of women and what kind of reproductive health care is available to them. Abortion has also become a key issue in races for governor and state attorneys general, who have direct control over their states’ abortion laws and how they are enforced. Democratic candidates for governor want to gain or retain veto power over Republican-controlled state legislatures that want to curb abortion rights.
Braidwood v. Becerra Poses New Threat to Women and Families
No-Cost Preventive Services in Danger
In Braidwood Management, Judge O'Connor ruled unconstitutional a key provision of the ACA preventive health services requirement. This would undermine access to cost-free coverage for chronic disease screenings, cancer screenings, and vaccinations that over 150 million people benefit from.
NEWS: Telemedicine abortions just got more complicated for health providers
Allison Case, a family medicine physician, spends much of her time working in a hospital where she delivers babies and provides reproductive health care services, including abortions…In the U.S., more than a dozen states severely restrict access to abortion, and almost as many have such laws in the works. Across the country, since Roe v. Wade was overturned, clinics that do provide abortions have seen an increase in demand. Many clinics rely on help from physicians out of state, like Case, who are able to alleviate some of the pressure and keep wait times down by providing services via telemedicine. But as more states move to restrict abortion, these providers are finding themselves navigating an increasingly complicated legal landscape. Is abortion by telemedicine legal? Experts differ.
NEWS: Abortion looms over 2022 state ballots
Five forthcoming state ballot initiatives on abortion rights could add fissures to the fractured post-Roe landscape and the evolving patchwork of reproductive health policies. The big picture: The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the constitutional right to an abortion has hardened sentiments in red and blue states and put critical access questions in front of voters this fall. Kansas showed how potent the issue is in driving turnout last month, when voters during state primary elections overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would have struck abortion protections in the state's constitution. The turnout of more than 900,000 was nearly half of all registered voters in the state, and almost double the amount of voters that Kansas normally sees in a primary election.
NEWS: Democrats urge Biden administration to use HIPAA to protect abortion rights and privacy
Thirty Democratic senators led by Washington's Patty Murray are calling on the Biden administration to use health care privacy laws to protect patients' reproductive health information, specifically when it comes to abortion. In the letter sent Tuesday, first shared with The 19th, the senators ask the Biden administration to use the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to prohibit health care providers and personnel from sharing any information about patients' medical records "without explicit consent."
NEWS: Nearly 1/3 low-income Asian women in states with limited abortion access
When a young Rohingya woman touched down in New York in 2018, she thought she had finally reached safety – the end to an arduous lifelong journey of fleeing persecution without much choice. [...] "Getting an abortion had a financial cost to it, but now that cost has essentially tripled," said Rachna Khare, the executive director of Daya, a Houston-area survivors organization.
NEWS: Online privacy in a post-Roe world
"The case of a Nebraska woman charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy after investigators obtained Facebook messages between the two has raised fresh concerns about data privacy in the post-Roe world."
NEWS: Biden signs second executive order to protect U.S. abortion access
"Joe Biden signed a second executive order on Wednesday that aims to protect access to reproductive healthcare after the US supreme court struck down the constitutional right to abortion."
Centering the Wellness & Mental Health of Communities of Color
In the fight towards equity and justice for women and families, we must acknowledge the factors that negatively impact communities of color's well-being, which include but are not limited to collective, cultural, generational, and systemic trauma. Compounding that harm are the structural and cultural barriers to accessing culturally congruent, trauma-informed, anti-racist support and care exacerbate mental health challenges and inequities. We have compiled some resources that center the experiences, expertise, voices of communities of color.
Dobbs v. Jackson WHO – What now?
We knew this was coming, but it doesn't make it any easier.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Whole Women's Health Organization reversed a nearly 50-year legal precedent established in Roe v. Wade: that abortion is a fundamental constitutional right. The Court in Dobbs upheld the Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, and ruled that states have the right to restrict or ban abortion access entirely.
Why Care in Community Birth Settings Works So Well for All Birthing People
Maternity care in "community birth" settings – both such as birth centers and planned home birth – is associated with lower rates of preterm and cesarean birth and higher breastfeeding rates compared to similar people with standard physician-led and hospital-based maternity care. Keep reading to learn why.
Unprepared: Reflections of a Labor and Delivery Nurse
As a labor and delivery nurse, I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of untreated substance use disorders (SUD) and mental illnesses in pregnancy and postpartum—as one of the many ways our healthcare system fails to support and care for these moms and babies.
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