Texas Abortion Law Complicates Care for Risky Pregnancies

Doctors in Texas say they cannot head off life-threatening medical crises in pregnant women if abortions cannot be offered or even discussed.

By Roni Caryn Rabin
Nov. 26, 2021

A few weeks after Texas adopted the most restrictive abortion law in the nation, Dr. Andrea Palmer delivered terrible news to a Fort Worth patient who was midway through her pregnancy.

The fetus had a rare neural tube defect. The brain would not develop, and the infant would die at birth or shortly afterward. Carrying the pregnancy to term would be emotionally grueling and would also raise the mother’s risk of blood clots and severe postpartum bleeding, the doctor warned.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/26/health/texas-abortion-law-risky-pregnancy.html


British firm to seek approval for abortion pill in Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan Times
November 21, 2021

British pharmaceutical company Linepharma plans to apply to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry for approval of the abortion pill in late December, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Approval is expected within a year if the review process goes smoothly. It would be the first orally consumed abortion pill, or medication abortion, available in Japan, and is expected to help reduce the related physical and mental burden on women.

Continued: https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0008015494


Independent Abortion Clinics Are The Backbone of Reproductive Care in America

Non-Planned Parenthood providers are badly underfunded and under attack, and three in five patients are seeking abortions there.

By Caitlin Cruz
November 16, 2021

Ashley was pregnant and lived about an hour outside Wichita, Kansas. Workers at Trust Women in Kansas had gotten her as much funding for her abortion as possible, but she’d still have to shell out a couple hundred dollars herself. She kept cancelling appointments, and Rebecca Tong, now co-executive director of Trust Women in Oklahoma and Kansas, kept rescheduling her.

“We got to the very end of when we could see her, and I told her, ‘If we don’t see you at this appointment, we will not be able to see you at all, because of the arbitrary limits set in Kansas of 20 weeks,’” Tong told Jezebel.

Continued: https://jezebel.com/independent-abortion-clinics-are-the-backbone-of-reprod-1848067419


Abortion complications killed 311 Ghanaian women in 2019 – Ghana Health Service

Source: Nestor Kafui Adjomah 
 16 November 2021

311 women have died in 2019 from complications of abortion, accounting for 9.2% direct maternal deaths in Ghana.

Ghana Health Service (GHS) has therefore put in place pragmatic approach to strengthening the integration of Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services into the routine reproductive health services in Ghana.

Continued: https://www.myjoyonline.com/abortion-complications-killed-311-ghanaian-women-in-2019-ghana-health-service/?param=


More Support Needed for Abortion Training for Med Students, Say AMA Delegates

— "Termination of pregnancy is a critical aspect of caring for our patients"

by Joyce Frieden, Washington Editor, MedPage Today
November 14, 2021

CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association (AMA) should be more supportive of efforts to provide training in abortion procedures to medical students and residents, said several members Saturday at the virtual November special meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

"Like any other medical procedures, we believe that termination of pregnancy is a critical aspect of caring for our patients, particularly those who are childbearing," said Russyan Mark Mabeza, MD, an alternate delegate from California. Mabeza was speaking on behalf of the PacWest delegation in support of a resolution from the Medical Student Section calling for the AMA to support an "opt-out" curriculum for abortion training.

Continued: https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/ama/95646


UK – Mother died of post-abortion sepsis after neglect by NHS

Katie Gibbons
Monday November 08 2021

Ministers have been urged to act after an investigation found that repeated NHS failures to spot sepsis after an abortion had contributed to the death of a young mother.

A coroner has written to Sajid Javid, the health secretary, expressing concern for the “lack of knowledge in the health service” on how to spot fatal infection after a medical termination.

Sarah Dunn, 31, died in April last year four weeks after a planned abortion. An inquest concluded that “gross neglect” from NHS doctors and healthcare workers had contributed to her death.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mother-died-of-post-abortion-sepsis-after-neglect-by-nhs-rmr0tdzzk


When these women needed abortion care, they turned to Colorado

Nearby states have enacted abortion restrictions. But Colorado is still a ‘safe haven.’

BY: JULIA FENNELL
NOVEMBER 5, 2021

With states like Texas imposing abortion restrictions, and concern that more will follow, a greater number of out-of-state women are coming to Colorado to seek abortions.

Historically, women have come from all over the country to Colorado, which is sometimes called a “safe haven“ for abortion, to get abortion care.

Continued: https://coloradonewsline.com/2021/11/05/when-these-women-needed-abortion-care-they-turned-to-colorado/


Polish activists protest after woman’s death in wake of strict abortion law

Demonstrations and candlelit vigil after woman, 30, dies of septic shock in 22nd week of pregnancy

Tue 2 Nov 2021

A Polish hospital has said that doctors and midwives did everything they could to save the lives of a pregnant woman and her foetus in a case that has put the spotlight on the country’s new stricter abortion law.

The 30-year-old woman died of septic shock in her 22nd week of pregnancy. Doctors did not perform an abortion, even though her foetus was lacking amniotic fluid, according to a lawyer for the family.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/02/polish-activists-protest-after-first-death-in-wake-of-stricter-abortion-law


OB-GYN struggles to navigate care under Texas abortion law

October 31, 2021

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi, an OB-GYN in Texas, about the state of reproductive rights two months after the passage of Senate Bill 8, a restrictive abortion law.

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
Tomorrow the Supreme Court begins oral arguments in what could be one of the most consequential abortion rights cases in decades, United States v. Texas. That's a federal challenge to that state's restrictive abortion law, known as Senate Bill 8, that went into effect in early September. That bill bans abortion after six weeks and, as you've probably heard, also sets up a bounty program for individuals to get paid for reporting people who violate it. It's been in effect for nearly two months. A study from the University of Texas at Austin found that the number of abortions performed last month dropped 50% compared to last year.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/2021/10/31/1050980382/ob-gyn-struggles-to-navigate-care-under-texas-abortion-law


Bulletproof glass and 24-hour surveillance: The life of an American abortion doctor

ABC News, Australia
By North American correspondent Kathryn Diss and Cameron Schwarz in Colorado
Posted Mon 11 Oct 2021

Warren Hern doesn’t live like any ordinary doctor. He keeps the location of his Colorado home secret. He sleeps with a rifle beside his bed. He wears a bulletproof vest if speaking publicly, and works behind bulletproof glass.

Every square inch of his surgery, which is protected by large security fences, is monitored with surveillance cameras 24 hours a day.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-12/life-of-american-abortion-doctor-bulletproof-glass-surveillance/100524398