Telemedicine Could Help Fill the Gaps in America’s Abortion Care

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Telemedicine Could Help Fill the Gaps in America's Abortion Care

Author: Garnet Henderson
Aug 7, 2018

Imagine a woman in Lubbock, Texas, who just found out that she's pregnant. She wants an abortion, but Lubbock is one of 27 abortion deserts in the US: The nearest clinic is 308 miles away in Fort Worth, forcing her to take time off from work, pay for travel, and likely arrange childcare to get there. She’s less than 10 weeks along, so she’s a candidate for medication abortion—which could, theoretically, be completed in the privacy of her home. But Texas requires that the FDA protocol for medication abortion be followed to the letter. She’ll have to return to the clinic within one to two weeks for a follow-up visit, despite evidence that an in-person follow-up is unnecessary.

What if, instead, she could video chat with a doctor, pick up a prescription from her regular pharmacy, and manage her own abortion with on-call medical support—a telemedicine abortion?

Continued: https://www.wired.com/story/telemedicine-could-help-fill-the-gaps-in-americas-abortion-care/

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UK – Abortion pills are safe and simple

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Abortion pills are safe and simple
So why won’t the government let women in England take them at home?

Ann Furedi, Chief executive, BPAS
1 August 2018

The government may claim its health service has a commitment to evidence-based treatment, but it is shamefully blind to the evidence when it comes to abortion.

Britain was among the very first countries to allow early medical abortion in hospitals and clinics when it became available more than two decades ago. It now trails behind almost every other country in allowing women to use abortion pills in a sensible, safe and evidence-based way.

Continued: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/abortion-pills-are-safe-and-simple/21643

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USA – ‘I Didn’t Tell a Soul’: Illegal Abortion Then and Now

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‘I Didn’t Tell a Soul’: Illegal Abortion Then and Now

Jul 31, 2018
Lauren Holter

Jo Baxter had an illegal abortion in 1965. Now she fears the country is reverting back to a time when women couldn’t legally end a pregnancy.

Terror: That was the only emotion Jo Baxter remembers feeling as she drove from Nebraska to Kansas. It was a Saturday morning in 1965—eight years before abortion was legalized in the United States—when the college junior got into a car with her boyfriend and another friend who agreed to drive the six hours so Baxter could get an illegal abortion from a man she’d never met.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/07/31/i-didnt-tell-a-soul-illegal-abortion-then-and-now/

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UK – Women ‘illegally taking abortion pill at home’

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Women 'illegally taking abortion pill at home'

By Jean Mackenzie
Victoria Derbyshire programme
31 July 2018

Women are illegally taking abortion pills, which they have bought online, at home to avoid enduring abortions on public transport. In England, abortion pills must be administered in a clinic or hospital. For some this means the pill can take effect on their journey home.

Campaigners say women should be able to take the second pill at home, as buying pills online can be dangerous. The Department of Health said it was monitoring the evidence on home use.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45007707

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USA – Cut The Bullshit: How Online Pharmacies Can Help People Have Safe And Private Abortions

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Cut The Bullshit: How Online Pharmacies Can Help People Have Safe And Private Abortions

July 30, 2018
BY Plan C Team

“That’s a bunch of bullshit,” was Tami’s comment about the hoops she would have to jump through to get an abortion. When the 32 year-old mother of three from Louisiana sought services, she discovered that “every clinic but three have been shut down.” After learning about the numerous appointments required, waiting times, and counseling—“they are gonna make me listen to the heartbeat”—she commented, “I know what I want, but the laws in the state make it so hard.”

Barriers to abortion care are common; 90% of US counties have no abortion provider, creating vast “abortion deserts.”

Continued: https://bust.com/feminism/194908-plan-c-pharmacies.html

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USA – How technology could preserve abortion rights

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How technology could preserve abortion rights
Telemedicine prescriptions could undercut state abortion restrictions.

By MOHANA RAVINDRANATH and RENUKA RAYASAM
07/29/2018

Abortion rights advocates are exploring how technology might preserve or even expand women’s access to abortion if the Supreme Court scales back Roe v. Wade.

A nonprofit group is testing whether it's safe to let women take abortion pills in their own homes after taking screening tests and consulting with a doctor on their phones or computers. Because the study is part of an FDA clinical trial, the group isn’t bound by current rules requiring the drugs be administered in a doctor’s office or clinic.

Continued: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/29/abortion-rights-technology-telemedicine-prescriptions-693328

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What would the world be like without Roe v. Wade?

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What would the world be like without Roe v. Wade?

Lisa Belkin, Chief National Correspondent
Yahoo News, Jul 26, 2018

Brandishing a wire coat hanger, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon took the podium at a rally against the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court earlier this month. Kavanaugh is thought to satisfy Donald Trump’s pledge to appoint justices who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Nixon’s voice shook as she predicted that a newly conservative court would take the country back to a time when women — including her own mother — resorted to self-administered abortions with, yes, coat hangers, or to illegal and unlicensed practitioners to end their pregnancies.

“We must never, ever, ever, go back to a time when any woman feels she has to make this kind of a choice,” she said, raising the hanger high. “And this is why we must fight.”

Continued: https://sports.yahoo.com/world-like-without-roe-v-wade-175227534.html

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UK – Allowing women to take the abortion pill at home would be a great first step for Matt Hancock – and for the NHS

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Allowing women to take the abortion pill at home would be a great first step for Matt Hancock – and for the NHS
Women, after taking the pill in a clinic, have to race home before their miscarriage starts. They often suffer heavy bleeding and cramping before they get there

Rachael Revesz
July 22, 2018

Let’s get straight to the point. Women need the new health secretary, Matt Hancock, to act now.

If he wants to reverse the damage caused by his predecessor to women’s health and to the NHS in general, he needs to move quickly. Another cabinet reshuffle is only around the corner.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/matt-hancock-health-secretary-abortion-pills-at-home-legal-law-nhs-a8458511.html

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USA – The untold ways women are fighting to protect abortion access if landmark Roe v Wade falls

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The untold ways women are fighting to protect abortion access if landmark Roe v Wade falls
‘We’re here to continue our work, no matter what happens,’ says one activist

Emily Shugerman, New York
July 21, 2018

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh – Donald Trump’s conservative, pro-life pick for the Supreme Court – has set off a wave of activism among women’s rights advocates seeking to protect abortion rights across the US.

Groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America have staged protests and phone drives in an attempt block Mr Kavanaugh’s nomination, warning of a return to the days before Roe v Wade – the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalised abortion.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/roe-v-wade-abortion-brett-kavanaugh-trump-supreme-court-us-women-protest-pill-a8457076.html

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USA – Study Claiming Abortions Are ‘Reversible’ Retracted, Not Based on Science

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Study Claiming Abortions Are 'Reversible' Retracted, Not Based on Science

By Scottie Andrew
July 18, 2018

A scientific journal withdrew a study that claimed women could halt the effects of an abortion pill after it failed to receive ethical approval.

The study, initially published in April in the journal Issues in Law and Medicine, found that almost half of women who received a high dose of the hormone progesterone were able to successfully “reverse” the effects of mifepristone, one of two pills used to medically induce abortion. The study’s author, George Delgado, first presented his findings in a series of anecdotal journal entries in 2012 that prompted several conservative-leaning states to adopt legislation requiring doctors to inform women seeking abortions that the procedure can be halted.

Continued: https://www.newsweek.com/abortion-reversal-study-didnt-receive-ethical-approval-1031845

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