The slow but steady decline of abortion access in the U.S.

The slow but steady decline of abortion access in the U.S.

Elizabeth Renzetti
July 13, 2018

One of Lealah Pollock’s patients faced a dilemma. The woman had become pregnant while using an IUD, and already had a very young daughter with Down syndrome. Because she was Catholic, she struggled with the idea of having an abortion.

Dr. Pollock discussed the options with her patient at her clinic in the San Francisco Bay area. In the end, the woman opted for an abortion. At this moment, Dr. Pollock is allowed to discuss reproductive options including abortion with her patients. Soon, under proposed regulations brought forward by the Trump administration, she would not be.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-the-slow-but-steady-decline-of-abortion-access-in-the-us/

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USA – The domestic gag rule on abortion, explained

The domestic gag rule on abortion, explained
Anna North
May 11, 2018

Trump is reportedly weighing a rule that would ban some doctors from even talking about abortion.

The Trump administration last year reinstated — and expanded — a rule from performing abortions or even discussing abortion with their patients. Often called the Global Gag Rule, it’s led to clinic closures and reductions in crucial services around the world. And now it might be coming to the United States.

The White House is reportedly considering a domestic gag rule that would essentially apply the restrictions of the global rule to providers that receive federal Title X funds, which help low-income patients get services like contraceptive counseling and testing for sexually transmitted infections. Such a rule would force Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health providers to either stop discussing abortions with their patients or stop receiving Title X money.

continued: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-domestic-gag-rule-on-abortion-explained/ar-AAx72OD

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U.S.: Trump to Blow Up Obamacare’s Birth Control Benefit

Trump to Blow Up Obamacare’s Birth Control Benefit

May 31, 2017
Christine Grimaldi & Jessica Mason Pieklo

The draft interim final rule echoes Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s belief that “there’s not one” woman who can’t afford birth control.

Any business that provides employer-sponsored health insurance can soon claim a religious or moral objection to covering birth control, courtesy of the Trump administration.

That could leave more than 55 million cisgender women and an untold number of transgender and gender nonconforming people who rely on no-copay contraception under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) popular birth control benefit on the hook for the cost of the medication or a device—far beyond the cost of a co-pay.

Continued at source: Rewire: https://rewire.news/article/2017/05/31/trump-blow-up-obamacare-s-birth-control-benefit/

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US: Federally Qualified Health Centers Could Not Readily Replace Planned Parenthood

Federally Qualified Health Centers Could Not Readily Replace Planned Parenthood
May 17, 2017

New and Updated Guttmacher Resources Detail the Critical Roles Filled by Planned Parenthood and Title X in U.S. Family Planning Safety Net

New evidence from the Guttmacher Institute shows that it is unrealistic to expect federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to serve the millions of women who currently rely on Planned Parenthood for high-quality contraceptive care. The argument that FQHC sites could easily absorb these clients has been key to social conservatives’ efforts to shutter Planned Parenthood health centers by excluding them from various public funding streams, including Medicaid.

Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: http://mailchi.mp/guttmacher/federally-qualified-health-centers-could-not-readily-replace-planned-parenthood?e=bb6e0547c2

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U.S.: She’s 17 and Needs Birth Control. Do We Turn Our Backs?

She’s 17 and Needs Birth Control. Do We Turn Our Backs?

Nicholas Kristof
MARCH 4, 2017

LEWISTON, Me. — She is 17 years old, has an alarming itch “down there” and has come to the family planning clinic because she doesn’t know where else to go.

Sara Hayes, a nurse practitioner, breezes into the examining room and soothes the teenager. Hayes takes a swab and quickly diagnoses a mild yeast infection — perhaps from scented tampons — while setting aside samples to test later for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Then Hayes explains birth control options, and the girl brightens at the idea of an invisible implant in her arm, fully covered by insurance. It will last at least three years and be more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.

Continued at source: New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/opinion/sunday/shes-17-and-needs-birth-control-do-we-turn-our-backs.html

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U.S.:Defunding Planned Parenthood was a disaster in Texas. Congress shouldn’t do it nationally.

Defunding Planned Parenthood was a disaster in Texas. Congress shouldn’t do it nationally.
Women suffered after a 2011 state law.

By Joseph E. Potter and Kari White
February 7, 2017

The Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress are pushing to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds to pay for contraception and cervical and breast cancer screenings. Funding for the federal Title X program, which provides infrastructure support to a network of nearly 4,000 clinics across the country, could also be in jeopardy.

Five years ago, we learned in Texas what can happen when efforts to defund Planned Parenthood are carried out: The network of health-care providers falls apart and women lose access to essential preventive services. Now Trump and his allies are poised to wreak the same havoc on the country that the 2011 Republican state legislature imposed on Texas.

The motivation for the Texas action was the same as the motivation for what Congress plans to do: appeasing groups opposed to legal abortion. But none of these family planning programs pay for abortion care, which the law already prohibits spending federal money on. Defunding Planned Parenthood only reduces access to contraception and other necessary health care. Indeed, by reducing unintended pregnancies, the programs Republicans want to cut Planned Parenthood out of actually reduce the number of abortions.

Continued at source: Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/07/defunding-planned-parenthood-was-a-disaster-in-texas-congress-shouldnt-do-it-nationally/?utm_term=.4e1e5d31934e

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