Telemedicine Abortion Could Save Lives During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thursday April 16, 2020
Telemedicine abortion for early pregnancy is safe and technically feasible. Yet states across the nation have moved to ban remote abortion services. Many of the same states that ban telemedicine abortion have also capitalized on the COVID-19 crisis to close abortion clinics, endangering the lives and health of pregnant people.
Is Telemedicine Abortion Safe?
Telemedicine abortion might seem like an odd concept, especially to people who conceive of abortion as a surgical procedure. But the approval of medication abortions revolutionized pregnancy terminations. Fully 40% of abortions in the U.S. happen via pill. Most experts say the figure would be even higher if the FDA relaxed politically motivated restrictions on the abortion pill. In Europe, between 60 and 90% of abortions occur via pill.
Abortion is Not Elective Surgery, and Abortions Must Continue During COVID-19 Pandemic
Thursday March 26, 2020
Texas this week seized the opportunity to ban abortions and blame it on COVID-19. The state banned “any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother,” with no exceptions for severely ill fetuses, babies who will suffer and die at birth, rape victims, or similar groups. Ohio and Mississippi have enacted similar bans, and other states might soon follow suit.
While an abortion rights coalition that includes Texas abortion clinics has already sued to halt the Texas ban, it’s unclear how courts might rule. Moreover, federal courts are moving more slowly than ever, so even if choice advocates win, many women will be denied abortions before they do
Hospitals Kill and Injure Women in the Name of 'Pro-Life' Ethics
Thursday November 21, 2019
The woman arrived at a Texas hospital so ill she couldn’t walk. Her last pregnancy caused heart failure, and the new pregnancy put her at immediate risk of cardiac arrest, according to a Rewire interview with Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi, the physician who cared for the woman. But hospital administrators refused to give the woman an abortion. She wouldn’t die right then, they reasoned, so she wasn’t really “dead enough” to justify life-saving care. The woman had no insurance and no other realistic options for life-saving care. She left the hospital and Dr. Moayedi never learned what happened to her.
Her story is not an outlier. Women across the nation who need life-saving abortion care or miscarriage treatment may not receive it. And thanks to “conscience laws,” they might not even know they need the care.
Calling Out Anti-Abortion Hypocrisy During “Respect Life” Month
by Rashmi Narayan
As a practicing pediatrician, I care for children from birth until adulthood—focusing on their health, happiness and safety throughout their young lives. My focus is always on the child, and how we can help them to thrive and succeed. But according to the anti-abortion movement and the Trump administration, this makes me neither “pro-life” or “pro-family.”
Just last month, the Trump administration declared that the topics of sexual and reproductive health and rights are “ambiguous terms and expressions,” and said that supporting these concepts can “undermine the critical role of the family.” On behalf of only 19 other nations, out of a total of more than 75, the current administration doubled down on its anti-choice stance and took the position that “there is no international right to an abortion” but that “the family is the foundational institution of society and thus should be supported and strengthened.”
Being Denied an Abortion Changes a Woman's Physical Health in These Ways
"Our study indicates that having an abortion is not detrimental to women's physical health."
By Sarah Sloat
June 10, 2019
In the early 1990s, the the pro-life movement introduced a new strategy, and what became known as the “woman-protective antiabortion argument” emerged, centering on the claim that abortions hurt women. Until that point, the pro-life argument was largely fetal-focused; internally, pro-life advocates debated whether that messaging was the most effective for their cause.
A new study of patients at 30 U.S. abortion facilities, released on Monday, shows that in many cases, the opposite of that woman-focused strategy is true: Being denied an abortion actually results in a woman’s poorer physical health.
Why So Many Women Choose Abortion Over Adoption
Some American women see giving up their babies as more emotionally painful than terminating their pregnancies.
May 20, 2019
Along the highways of states where support for abortion is at its lowest, it’s not uncommon to see road signs that say choose adoption and similar messages. The signs capture a preferred anti-abortion retort to outcries over abortion restrictions, like the kind Georgia and Alabama just passed: Women with unwanted pregnancies should find adoptive families.
Adoption is a choice that certain women who don’t wish to keep their babies enter into happily. Some women find abortion to be anathema and rule it out among their options for an unwanted pregnancy. And for women considering abortion who ultimately settle on adoption, the process often benefits everyone involved.
Study Links Restrictive Abortion Laws to Increase in Late-Term Abortions
Thursday March 14, 2019
Restrictive abortion laws increase the number of second trimester abortions, according to a new study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study is part of a mounting pile of research suggesting that abortion restrictions may not lower the abortion rate. Figures from Latin America, where the abortion rate is three times higher than in the U.S. but abortion is banned or heavily restricted, suggest that abortion bans may even increase the abortion rate. Other data points to the role of abortion restrictions in higher maternal mortality. In El Salvador, abortion bans are correlated with an increase in suicide by pregnant women and girls.
The study looked at abortion rates in Texas before and after the enactment of House Bill 2. The legislation, which the Supreme Court eventually struck down, required doctors at Texas abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. It also required women using abortion pills to do so in the presence of a doctor, and banned abortions after 20 weeks.
Six Facts About Abortion to Counter March for Life’s Junk Science
Jan 16, 2019
This year's March for Life claims that “being pro-life is not in opposition to science," though many of its positions fly in the face of evidence.
The 46th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., has adopted “Unique from Day One” as its theme, an apparent declaration of the extreme anti-choice position that life begins at conception. The event not only asserts this view as a moral position but also claims that “being pro-life is not in opposition to science.”
This co-opting of science is in line with a strategy and infrastructure that the anti-choice movement has been building for some time.
When women are denied an abortion, their children fare worse than peers
By Diana Greene Foster
December 5, 2018
What will happen if Americans lose the constitutional right to abortion? Not all women who need an abortion would find a way to get one. Many would carry the unwanted pregnancy to term and give birth.
The discourse around abortion tends to focus on women and generally fails to consider how being denied an abortion affects the children a pregnant woman already has and those she may have in the future. The research is clear: Restricting access to abortion doesn’t just harm women — it harms their children as well.
When a woman wants an abortion but can't get it, the children she already has suffer the consequences
October 30, 2018
by Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
When women are denied abortions, it doesn't just affect their lives, it also affects the lives of the kids they already have, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Pediatrics.
The new work finds that the young children of women who are refused access to an abortion are less likely to hit development milestones on time, and more likely to live in poverty, than the children of women who sought an abortion and got one.