One of only a handful of clinics in the United States providing late abortion care, Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Maryland, may be closing its doors after the owners reportedly sold the facilities to an anti-abortion organisation. The clinic … Continued
SOURCE: National Advocates for Pregnant Women Newsletter, advocatesforpregnantwomen.org, 24 August 2017
A clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina (not to be confused with Charlottesville, Virginia), is at the centre of a vicious battle between reproductive rights advocates and anti-abortion groups that launch regular massive clinic protests. Since last summer, the clinic has … Continued
It has been reported that two close associates of Pope Francis have accused US Catholic ultraconservatives of making an alliance of “hate” with evangelical Christians to back President Trump. The article, in La Civiltà Cattolica, by two close associates … Continued
Use of medical abortion pills has steadily risen in the US, now representing almost half of all abortions. Medical abortion has the potential to radically transform the way patients access and experience abortion by moving it out of a clinic and more directly into the hands of the user. It also challenges the anti-abortion movement’s long-standing strategy of demonizing clinicians who do surgical abortions and the instruments they use.
The report was produced at the request of Madame Françoise Laborde, Senator from Haute-Garonne, France, Direction de l’Initiative Parlementaire et des Délégations
Although the federal government and most states have enacted laws protecting healthcare providers’ rights to refuse to provide or participate in procedures to which they have moral or religious objections, most such laws are deficient and many have been met with hostile judicial interpretations that have diminished their scope and strength.
This issue’s “Legal Briefing” column covers legal developments pertaining to conscience clauses and conscientious refusal. Not only has this topic been the subject of recent articles in this journal, but it has also been the subject of numerous public and professional discussions. Over the past several months, conscientious refusal disputes have had an unusually high profile not only in courthouses, but also in legislative and regulatory halls across the United States.
Since abortion became legal nationwide, federal and state “conscience clauses” have been established to define the context in which health professionals may decline to participate in contested services. Patients and health care providers may act according to conscience in making health care decisions and in deciding whether to abstain from or to participate in contested services.
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