On 1 July 2020, a harmful new abortion restriction went into effect in the state of Florida. Florida law had required a parent to be notified if a young person under 18 years of age was trying to get an abortion. Since 1 July, the state requires those under 18 to get consent from a parent or legal guardian before having an abortion.
The US Supreme Court struck down Louisiana’s Act 620 on 29 June. The law would have required any doctor who provides abortions to hold “active admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion takes place, in case the person having the abortion needed emergency hospital care. These “privileges” are in the gift of hospitals and can be denied with or without good reason. There has been great rejoicing across the USA. Many abortion rights supporters could not imagine winning this case and had awaited the decision with great gloom.
The Covid-19 public health crisis is having rapid and profound effects on how people around the world are living their lives. Adolescents and young adults (AYA) aged 12-24 in the United States are at low risk for hospitalization and death from Covid-19 compared with other age groups. However, the disease may affect other aspects of their physical, mental and social health. Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) touches upon all of these domains, and involves intimate relationships, sexual activity, contraceptive use and abortion care. Evidence of the SRH impacts of previous large-scale disruptions in the United States, including natural disasters and the 2008 recession, suggests that the current pandemic will have serious and sustained effects on young people.
In the US Supreme Court, all decisions are announced by June 30 and usually on Mondays, so we are advised that 29 June will probably be the date when the Supreme Court either sells abortion down the river or rules in support of women’s rights and the rule of law. The case is called June Medical Services v. Russo. It could lead to the shuttering of clinics across not just the state of Louisiana but also large parts of the country. The worst-case scenario is that abortion clinics would no longer be able to bring lawsuits on behalf of their patients, as has been common for decades.
Three US anti-abortion groups’ websites have been identified that claim – falsely – that it is possible to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. The Campaign for Accountability is a US non-partisan, non-profit watchdog organisation that uses research, litigation, and aggressive communications to expose misconduct and malfeasance in public life. They have asked the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) to seize the website domains and shut down this group of websites because … Continued