USA – Conservative group targets vulnerable Democrats over abortion

BY BRETT SAMUELS, The Hill
06/23/21

A conservative anti-abortion group is launching a six-figure ad campaign targeting Democratic senators and House members in battleground states tying them to President Biden's decision to leave a longstanding ban on federal funding for most abortions out of his 2022 budget proposal.

Susan B. Anthony List, a conservative group focused on abortion issues, will spend six figures on digital ads targeting Sens. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), who both face reelection in 2022.

Continued: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/559791-exclusive-conservative-group-targets-vulnerable-democrats-over?rl=1


USA – Miscarriages Are Awful, and Abortion Politics Make Them Worse

June 22, 2021
New York Times
By Amanda Allen and Cari Sietstra

Up to 26 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. These losses can be as physically painful as they are emotionally wrenching. And yet many patients are not offered the best care for their miscarriages because of abortion politics.

Both of us have had miscarriages. We each visited our doctors for scheduled ultrasounds between eight and 11 weeks of pregnancy, expecting to see a little bean-shaped baby-to-be with a reassuring heartbeat. Unfortunately, all we heard was quiet. No motion. No beautiful pulse. Only stillness.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/22/opinion/miscarriage-abortion.html


USA – Telemedicine options for abortion are here to stay

Through pandemic necessity, an ad-hoc, telehealth model for reproductive healthcare is sticking around.

By KYLIE CHEUNG
PUBLISHED JUNE 20, 2021

As much of the country prepares to return to some form of post-pandemic normalcy, reproductive health care providers and advocates hope we continue one vital pandemic tradition: telemedicine options for receiving and providing reproductive care from home.

Some researchers and providers have found offering medication abortion care via telehealth is crucial to bridging gaps in abortion access. Abortion medication care is safe and effective up to 10 weeks into one's pregnancy, and providers say that having a telehealth component to abortion care may even help establish greater medical trust and comfort for patients from marginalized communities seeking care.

Continued: https://www.salon.com/2021/06/20/telehealth-abortion-access-pandemic/


U.S. Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden over abortion stance

Decision comes despite appeals from Vatican for more collegial approach on issue

The Associated Press
Posted: Jun 18, 2021

U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a "teaching document" that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite their support for abortion rights.

The decision, vehemently opposed by a minority of bishops, came despite appeals from the Vatican for a more cautious and collegial approach to the divisive issue. And it raises questions about how closely the bishops will be able to co-operate with the Biden administration on issues such as immigration and racial injustice.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/teaching-document-catholics-bishops-biden-1.6071845


‘Roe v. Wade’ Isn’t Just About Abortion

Roe and other cases paved the way for critical decisions the Supreme Court has made about the LGBTQ community. And the fight for our rights is ongoing.

Jun 18, 2021
Elliott Kozuch, Rewire News

Pride Month is a time to celebrate our collective power as a queer community and the gains we’ve achieved. It’s also a time to reflect on those gains to ensure we never stop working toward equality and justice. This year, especially, that means exposing the far-right lawmakers, activists, and judges who want to roll back our rights at every level.

Continued: https://rewirenewsgroup.com/article/2021/06/18/roe-v-wade-isnt-just-about-abortion/


Republicans would miss legal abortion, just like they would have missed Obamacare

The Supreme Court just saved the Affordable Care Act, and the GOP, for the third time. But what about legal abortion? A post-Roe v. Wade world looms.

Tom Krattenmaker, Opinion columnist
June 17, 2021

When the Republican Party finally got its chance to throw out Obamacare, it acted like a dog that had caught up with the car it was chasing and had no idea what to do next.

The GOP might find itself in a similarly absurd situation if it gets the post-Roe v. Wade world it has been pursuing – which, because of Supreme Court lineup changes and a potentially decisive case heading its way, is on the verge of becoming much more than a politically useful abstract concept.

Continued: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/06/17/republicans-escape-obamacare-debacle-abortion-next/7583695002/


USA – Illegal abortion leads to circle of tragedy

Chicago’s 1941 “Million Dollar Abortion Ring” is a reminder of what we’ve got in store if Roe v. Wade gets overturned.

By Neil Steinberg 
Jun 15, 2021

An abortion cost $50 in Chicago in 1941.

Kinda cheap — $800 in today’s dollars — considering it was an illegal procedure, performed in secret, condemned by the church at a time when organized religion had even more of a stranglehold on American society than it does now, which is really saying something.

Continued: https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2021/6/15/22534907/abortion-roe-wade-supreme-court-overturn-illegal-chicago-1941-gabler-clinic-moriarity-martin


USA – Will Shifts in Public Opinion Impact the Abortion Debate?

6/15/2021
by CLAIRE GOTHREAU, Ms. Magazine

Just over a week ago, the Supreme Court indicated they would hear a case that presents the most serious challenge to abortion access since 1992. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization concerns Mississippi’s Gestational Act, which limits abortion to just the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. This law, if upheld, would be in direct violation of Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability, which is generally understood to be around 24 weeks. This is the first time the court will consider abortion rights since former President Trump appointed three conservative justices, giving conservatives the majority.

Continued: https://msmagazine.com/2021/06/15/public-opinion-abortion-debate-supreme-court-midterm-elections-republican-democrats-partisan/


Roe v. Wade is solid constitutional law. The U.S. Supreme Court will overturn it anyway

BY ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE

JUNE 12, 2021

I expect in about a year that the Supreme Court will overrule Roe v. Wade and
end constitutional protection of abortion rights.

On May 17, the Court granted review in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health
Organization, which concerns a Mississippi law that prohibits abortions after
the fifteenth week of pregnancy. In light of the current composition of the
Supreme Court, there are five and maybe six votes to overrule Roe and allow
states to prohibit all or virtually all abortions. The case will be argued in
Fall 2021 and likely decided in June 2022.

Continued: https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article251699748.html


How the Anti-Abortion Movement Used the Progressive Playbook to Chip Away at Roe v. Wade

Mary Ziegler and Robert L. Tsai
Sat, June 12, 2021

The Supreme Court captured its biggest headlines last month not for a decision, but for a case it agreed to review next year: Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case turns on a 2018 Mississippi law banning abortion at 15 weeks, but its impact will likely reach well beyond one state. To uphold Mississippi’s law—which the Court’s conservative majority is expected to do—the Court will have to undo all or part of Roe v. Wade.

Such a sweeping decision might seem like an opportunistic swipe at abortion rights, a conservative court suddenly reversing 50 years of precedent with a single move. But if the Court does rule that way, the story behind it will be far more complex and important to understand. The attack on Roe has been decades in the making—and its successes owe not just to the strength of the conservative anti-abortion movement, but to the progressive playbook that achieved breakthroughs on civil rights, gay marriage and even abortion.

Continued: https://news.yahoo.com/anti-abortion-movement-used-progressive-060015339.html