Oregon state protects reproductive health care while Trump eliminates $213.6million for teen pregnancy prevention

As the Trump administration and congressional Republicans wage a campaign to eradicate no-cost birth control coverage and health care for millions, Oregon is moving in the opposite direction with sweeping reproductive health-care legislation. A bill heading to Democratic Gov. Kate … Continued

The US government, federal and state, is using every possible means to hurt women’s health

On 4 May, a Republican-dominated House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, which would tighten existing regulations on contraceptive access and maternity care and would cut Planned Parenthood out of the federal budget. Whether it will be passed … Continued

Criminalizing pregnancy: policing pregnant women who use drugs in the USA

Over the course of three years, Amnesty International, led by Carrie Eisert, Policy Advisor, analyzed US criminal prosecutions of women who are pregnant and alleged to use drugs. These cases are based on claims of promoting maternal and infant health, but in … Continued

Ending the stigma and prosecution of self-administered abortions

While few [US] states explicitly ban individuals from ending their pregnancies at home without direct supervision by state-sanctioned physicians, there are 38 states that are attempting to frame abortions performed without a licensed physician as an unlawful practice of medicine. However, under US Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, such attempts are actually unconstitutional, according to multiple legal experts

Flouting the facts: state abortion restrictions flying in the face of science

The anti-abortion movement has long been an evidence-free zone and many of its signature initiatives and proposals are devoid of any factual foundation. This analysis walks readers through the 10 major types of abortion restrictions imposed by US states and details the ways in which they conflict with sound evidence. Restrictions are grouped into three broad topic areas:

The implications of banning D&E, the most common second trimester procedure in the USA

Dilation and evacuation (D&E) is a safe method of second trimester surgical abortion, approved by the World Health Organization. The patient’s cervix is dilated and suction is used to remove the fetus. Depending on a variety of factors (including gestational … Continued

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