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”

GOOGLE – Google continues to allow anti-abortion clinics to post deceptive adverts

As has been reported from many sources, anti-abortion centres have been set up, which are often called “crisis pregnancy centres”, especially in North America and Western Europe, whose main aim is to attract women seeking abortions by offering services they do not offer, and then trying to discourage them from having abortions. This is distressing for women and delays them from finding the services they actually want. In May 2019, it was reported that Google … Continued

USA: FROM BAD TO WORSE AND WORSE

6 stories from the USA:

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ new “domestic gag rule,” effective from 19 August 2019, requires that all health care providers in the $286 million Title X programme, which funds services for the poor, must not refer patients to abortion providers. If facilities do offer abortion care, it must be physically and financially separated from other services. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which serves 1.6 million recipients of Title X funding and the largest provider of comprehensive reproductive health care for poor women in the USA, refused to sign.

USA – Toppling the ethical balance – health care refusal and the Trump Administration

For nearly 50 years, US federal law has permitted medical professionals and religious institutions to refuse, for religious and moral reasons, to provide abortions and sterilizations. In more recent decades, similar safeguards have been developed for medical professionals who do not wish to comply with patients’ advance directives or deliver physician aid in dying. Under existing statutes, recipients of federal funding – from hospitals and clinics to states and cities – may not discriminate against individuals or organizations that refuse to provide such care.

CANADA – Federal Health Minister tells all provinces to fund abortion care

Canada’s Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is asking all provinces to remove abortion access barriers, saying she is concerned about policies and fees that are “out of step” with federal law. The letter was sent after an investigation by the Globe and Mail that revealed many women across Canada are facing difficulty accessing abortion care because of costs and a lack of prescribers for the abortion pill. The letter urges the provinces to find … Continued

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