USA – Giving birth can be transformative. Having an abortion can be transformative, too

Giving birth can be transformative. Having an abortion can be transformative, too
Louisiana wants abortion providers to be unable to challenge abortion restrictions. If only they saw what I see

Dominika Seidman
March 15, 2020

Last week, when the state of Louisiana argued before the Supreme Court in June Medical Services v. Russo, they had a very specific message about people like me who provide abortion care. In addition to their effort to save a law that would severely limit abortion access, Louisiana and its allies are asking the Supreme Court to rule that abortion providers and clinics no longer have the standing to challenge abortion restrictions on behalf of their patients. Their arguments are based on the flawed notion that our interests are at odds with our patients, that the abortion restrictions they pass are designed to protect our patients from people like us.

I wish the justices could spend a day alongside the people I care for. I believe the experience would make the caricature of abortion providers ring as hollow for them as it does for me.

Continued: https://www.salon.com/2020/03/15/giving-birth-can-be-transformative-having-an-abortion-can-be-transformative-too/


USA – The Supreme Court’s Fictional Middle Ground on Abortion

The Supreme Court’s Fictional Middle Ground on Abortion
There is no such thing.

By Linda Greenhouse, Contributing Opinion Writer
March 12, 2020

Following last week’s argument in a Louisiana abortion case, the consensus among attentive Supreme Court-watchers is that the outcome depends on Chief Justice John Roberts, who seemed not to share Justice Samuel Alito’s visceral dislike of abortion clinics and his deep suspicion of doctors who work in them. I agree.

Further, many of these close observers came away believing that even if the justices rule for Louisiana, they will take neither of the two drastic steps being pressed on the court by the state and its White House ally: to reject four decades of settled law under which doctors can challenge abortion restrictions on their patients’ behalf, or to overturn the 2016 decision that struck down the same admitting-privileges requirement in Texas that Louisiana is now defending.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/opinion/abortion-supreme-court.html


USA – Abortion Is Safer Than Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out

Abortion Is Safer Than Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out

By Amanda Arnold
Mar 10, 2020

Last week, the Supreme Court began to hear an abortion case that could effectively gut Roe v. Wade. The case, June v. Russo, centers on a Louisiana law that forces abortion providers to obtain “admitting privileges” at hospitals within 30 miles. This measure is ostensibly meant to protect patient safety; in effect, though, it could leave the state — in which 10,000 women a year seek abortion care — with just one doctor at one clinic.

Legislation like this is intentionally crafted to erode access to vital reproductive health care. The Supreme Court struck down a law with a nearly identical provision in Texas four years ago because it constituted such a substantial obstacle to abortion access. But rather than presenting such restrictions as what they are — unconstitutional, anti-choice legislation advanced by abortion opponents as part of a concerted attack on the right to choose — conservatives insist they’re precautionary measures, meant to safeguard women.

Continued: https://www.thecut.com/2020/03/abortion-is-safer-than-getting-your-wisdom-teeth-out.html


No matter what the Supreme Court decides, abortion opponents have already won

No matter what the Supreme Court decides, abortion opponents have already won
As the Supreme Court considers a Louisiana law, this is how anti-abortion groups see the direction of the country.

By Anna North
Mar 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Standing in front of the US Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, Dennis McKirahan was in a hopeful mood. “It’s a great day,” he said, glancing at the blue sky. “The sun is shining in me and outside.”

He and around a dozen other activists were with the group Shofar Call International, a Christian group that blows a horn typically used in Jewish ceremonies called the shofar as part of anti-abortion demonstrations and religious events. “In Hebrew the Shofar is also referred to as the Bat Kol or the Voice of Heaven,” the group’s website states. “When the enemy hears the Voice of Heaven being proclaimed in the earth, he trembles in fear.”

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2020/3/5/21164953/abortion-supreme-court-louisiana-case-admitting-privileges


USA – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dominates in abortion case

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dominates in abortion case

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
Thu March 5, 2020

Washington (CNN)If there is any question whether 86-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has spent her life steeped in issues concerning women's rights, is slowing down after four bouts of cancer, it was not evident Wednesday morning in Washington.

For over an hour, Ginsburg, the leading liberal on the bench, engaged in a high stakes constitutional version of whack-a-mole, taking down arguments put forward by supporters of a Louisiana abortion access law that requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/05/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-abortion-louisiana/index.html


USA – Justices Give Few Hints on How They Will Rule on Louisiana Abortion Law

Justices Give Few Hints on How They Will Rule on Louisiana Abortion Law
The Supreme Court is considering whether Louisiana can require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, in a case likely to yield an unusually telling decision.

By Adam Liptak
March 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — The argument at times sounded like a sterile analysis undertaken by management consultants: What were the benefits of requiring doctors who perform abortions to have relationships with nearby hospitals? Would requiring such relationships force abortion clinics to close?

The questions — about medical regulations, hospital bylaws, travel times and safety records — could seem pedestrian in their granular details. But the cost-benefit analysis undertaken on Wednesday at the Supreme Court illustrated its current approach to the right to abortion, one that seems to turn on contested factual disputes rather than broad constitutional principles.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/04/us/supreme-court-abortion.html


The 50-year fight by radical evangelicals that could end US abortion rights

The 50-year fight by radical evangelicals that could end US abortion rights
Today the oral arguments begin in a landmark case that could destroy abortion rights in the US – the end result of a long campaign by evangelical Christians

Chris McGreal
Wed 4 Mar 2020

The American public paid for just four abortions over seven years in Kansas, all because the pregnancies resulted from rape or incest or threatened the life of the mother.

But that was four too many for some of the midwestern state’s leading Republicans who are blocking expansion of free medical coverage to about 130,000 low-income people on the grounds that some funds might pay for abortions.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/04/us-abortion-rights-evangelical-campaign


USA – An Abortion Clinic’s Fate Before a Transformed Supreme Court

An Abortion Clinic’s Fate Before a Transformed Supreme Court
The court will soon hear arguments in its first major abortion case since the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. It could leave Louisiana with a single abortion clinic.

By Adam Liptak
March 3, 2020

SHREVEPORT, La. — Kathaleen Pittman, the director of the Hope Medical Group for Women, remembers when there were 11 abortion clinics in Louisiana. Now there are only three, hers among them. Soon, depending on how the Supreme Court rules in a case to be argued on Wednesday, there may be just one, in New Orleans, more than 300 miles away.

Since 1973, when the court established a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, Louisiana has enacted 89 abortion restrictions, the most of any state. The restriction at issue nowrequires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/03/us/supreme-court-abortion-louisiana.html


USA – The National Right To Abortion Is Facing An Intense Threat. This Group Has Been Preparing For This Fight For Decades.

The National Right To Abortion Is Facing An Intense Threat. This Group Has Been Preparing For This Fight For Decades.
The Center for Reproductive Rights will argue in the first major Supreme Court case over abortion in the Trump era, which could gut Roe v. Wade

Ema O'Connor BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on March 1, 2020

It is no exaggeration to say that the Center for Reproductive Rights was made for this moment.

Around 30 years ago, Nancy Northup, the center’s current president, was outside an abortion clinic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, linking arms with the people around her to form a human barricade to protect patients trying to get inside. Hundreds of anti-abortion protesters faced them down, chanting, saying prayers, and attempting to block patients from entering the clinic.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emaoconnor/abortion-supreme-court-trump-center-reproductive-rights


USA – The Real Challenges of Exercising the Right to an Abortion—and What You Can Do About It

The Real Challenges of Exercising the Right to an Abortion—and What You Can Do About It

2/27/2020
by Carole Joffe and David S. Cohen

For almost half a century, every American woman has had the constitutional right to an abortion.

But—as U.C. San Francisco sociologist Carole Joffe and Drexel law professor David S. Cohen show in their new book, Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America—the reality of exercising one’s reproductive rights is riddled with hurdles designed by anti-abortion activists and politicians.

Continued: https://msmagazine.com/2020/02/27/the-real-challenges-of-exercising-the-right-to-an-abortion-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/