USA – Trump’s ‘conscience rule’ for health providers blocked by federal judge

On 6 November 2019, a US federal judge voided the Trump administration’s so-called ‘conscience rule’, which would have allowed healthcare providers to refuse to participate in abortions, sterilisations or other types of care they disagreed with on religious or moral grounds. The judge said the administration’s central justification of a “significant increase” in complaints related to conscience violations was “flatly untrue. This alone makes the agency’s decision to promulgate the rule arbitrary and capricious.” The … Continued

USA – Alabama anti-abortion law declared unconstitutional (the good news)

A federal judge has blocked Alabama’s near-total abortion ban from taking effect in November 2019, saying the law is clearly unconstitutional. US District Judge Myron Thompson issued an expected preliminary injunction temporarily blocking Alabama from enforcing the law that would make performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases. The injunction will remain in place until he decides the full case. “Alabama’s abortion ban contravenes clear Supreme Court precedent,” Thompson wrote in an accompanying … Continued

CANADA – Clinic 554, Fredericton, New Brunswick, closing

In May 2019, we reported that Clinic 554 (formerly the Morgenthaler Clinic) had receivedthe Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award, recognising their commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights. It is the only freestanding abortion clinic in the province of New Brunswick, and also provides health care to much of the province’s transgender population. The clinic has previously relied on crowd-sourced donations to stay open, and staff would sometimes forgo payment from patients in order to provide services. … Continued

FACEBOOK AGAIN !! – Facebook took down a fact-check of two anti-abortion videos that deny abortion is ever medically necessary

Ectopic pregnancy can kill if left untreated. In most cases, the only way to treat it is to end the pregnancy with medication or surgery. But some abortion opponents are arguing that patients with ectopic pregnancies can simply be monitored until they miscarry – or even that such pregnancies can be carried to term. This is dangerous rubbish. Yet it seems that anti-abortion fantasising is a contagious disease in the USA, infecting even Republican Senators. … Continued

TEXAS, USA – Reducing under-reporting of stigmatized pregnancy outcomes: results from a mixed-methods study of self-managed abortion in Texas using the list-experiment method

Accurately measuring stigmatized experiences is a challenge across reproductive health research. In this study, we tested a novel method – the list experiment – that aims to reduce under-reporting of sensitive events by asking participants to report how many of a list of experiences they have had, not which ones. We applied the list experiment to measure “self-managed abortion”

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