How anti-abortion activists use cutting edge science to justify ever stricter laws

How anti-abortion activists use cutting edge science to justify ever stricter laws
As neonatal science advances, anti-abortion activists are looking to these new techniques to push for more restrictions

Jessica Glenza
Fri 13 Jul 2018

Dr Edward Bell treats the tiniest babies at University of Iowa children’s hospital, pre-term infants who weigh one pound or less, and whose chances of survival are minute.

One of his pet projects is tracking the smallest in the world, which sometimes attracts attention from abortion opponents. But the visitors he received in August 2016 still surprised him.

Joni Ernst, the fiercely anti-abortion Republican US senator from Iowa, sent her staffers to interview Bell. Of interest was an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which reignited debate about whether infants as young as 22 weeks old may survive if aggressively treated.


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USA – Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances

Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances

By Pam Belluck and Jan Hoffman
July 1, 2018

As partisans on both sides of the abortion divide contemplate a Supreme Court with two Trump appointees, one thing is certain: America even without legal abortion would be very different from America before abortion was legal.

The moment Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement, speculation swirled that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion, would be overturned. Most legal experts say that day is years away, if it arrives at all. A more likely scenario, they predict, is that a rightward-shifting court would uphold efforts to restrict abortion, which would encourage some states to further limit access.


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USA – Scant abortion-related ER visits suggest there’s no medical basis for restrictive laws, study says

Scant abortion-related ER visits suggest there's no medical basis for restrictive laws, study says

By Melissa Healy
Jun 15, 2018

Abortions send women to hospital emergency rooms at lower rates than such routine procedures as colonoscopies and surgeries to have wisdom teeth removed, new research has found.

In fact, for every 100,000 abortions provided, about 108 women sought out emergency care for what they thought was a complication of the procedure.


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USA – The new Trump plan to defund Planned Parenthood, explained

New rules could leave low-income women without access to affordable birth control.
By Sarah Kliff
May 18, 2018

Women’s health clinics that provide abortions or refer patients for the procedure will be cut off from a key source of federal funding under new Trump administration rules expected to be released Friday.

Both the New York Times and Modern Healthcare report that the White House plans to issue new guidelines for Title X, the only federal program dedicated to paying for birth control. The new rule is expected to require a “physical as well as financial separation” between entities that receive Title X funds and those that provide abortions.


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US maternal mortality highest among industrialized nations

US maternal mortality highest among industrialized nations
By Trévon Austin
25 August 2017

An estimated 700 to 900 women die in the US every year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes, the highest rate among industrialized nations. Another 65,000 nearly die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A study released last week published in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing indicates that postpartum nurses are not being properly educated on the dangers mothers face after giving birth. Lacking sufficient education, the nurses are unable to play the critical role in identifying potential warning signs of postpartum complications and taking precautionary measures.

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U.S.: Congressional health-care bill ‘defunds’ Planned Parenthood

Congressional health-care bill ‘defunds’ Planned Parenthood

By Sandhya Somashekhar and Paige W. Cunningham
May 4, 2017

The health-care bill passed by the House brought Republicans closer to their goal of erasing Obamacare from the books. But it also revived another long-
cherished aspiration: cutting off the flow of federal funds to Planned Parenthood.

A provision in the bill temporarily blocks the 100-year-old nonprofit women’s health organization and abortion provider from participating in the Medicaid program. If enacted, it would deal a devastating blow to an organization that provides reproductive services and other health care to 2.5 million people annually.

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U.S.: Trumpcare’s Uncaring Impact on Pregnant Women

Trumpcare’s Uncaring Impact on Pregnant Women
March 22, 2017

On March 13, 2017, President Trump and the Republican Party released their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Their plan, Trumpcare, will have a devastating effect on millions of Americans. Women are a particular target of the plan and pregnant women will face specific health care challenges regardless of their pregnancy outcomes.

For example, pregnant women who want to go to term will have trouble accessing or affording the maternity care they need. Trumpcare eliminates Medicaid expansion and removes federal support for adults earning more than 133% of the federal poverty level (a meager $33,000 for a family of four).1 As a result, some women will no longer be eligible for Medicaid under the new rules, even when they are pregnant.

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U.S: Trump’s Abortion Strategy

Trump’s Abortion Strategy

MARCH 10, 2017

Divide and conquer. That’s the way to understand President Trump’s informal offer to Planned Parenthood: Stop doing abortions and you can keep the federal funding that the House Republican bill to replace Obamacare would otherwise eliminate. The president was reportedly trying to placate both conservatives and his daughter Ivanka, who, during the campaign, apparently pushed him to recognize that “millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”

The Trump pitch came cloaked in a guise of supposed reasonableness: Since most of the care women receive at Planned Parenthood involves services like cancer screenings, contraception and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, why not simply leave the abortions to other clinics and providers? Planned Parenthood could spare itself a lot of political trouble and Ms. Trump would get to broker a deal.

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US: Getting Freedom From Health

Getting Freedom From Health

Gail Collins
MARCH 9, 2017

What’s the rush on repealing Obamacare? It’s true President Trump did promise speediness during the campaign. (“You’re going to end up with great health care for a fraction of the price and that’s gonna take place immediately after we go in. O.K.? Immediately. Fast. Quick.”) But that was before he discovered that health care was … “complicated.”

This sort of thinking will send us back to discussions about how our president has no permanent convictions on any subject except the inferiority of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a reality show host. Let’s move on. We have a national disaster to watch unrolling.

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U.S: The Hyde Amendment on abortion: four decades of injustice

September 29, 2016 4:17 PM, News & Observer

By David A. Grimes

The Hyde Amendment denies Medicaid funding for poor women seeking abortion, except in rare circumstances. Forty years ago, and every year since, the U.S. Congress has passed it as a budget rider. As a social experiment, the Hyde Amendment has been a singular failure: It codifies social injustice, harms the most vulnerable among us and drives up costs to society. About 7 million Medicaid-eligible women of reproductive age live in the 32 states that do not cover abortion. Regrettably, North Carolina is one of these.

The amendment’s sponsor, the late Republican Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, opposed reproductive rights. Since the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in 1973 that abortion was a constitutionally protected civil right, Hyde could attack abortion only through the power of the purse. An elderly, affluent and white man, Hyde was candid about his strategy, “I certainly would like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion, a rich woman, a middle-class woman, or a poor woman. Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the ... Medicaid bill.” By default, he targeted poor women, the most vulnerable among us.

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Source: The News & Observer

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