USA – Research on claims of “abortion pill reversal” stopped early

by Marge Berer Amongst the seemingly endless anti-abortion efforts to destroy the provision of safe, legal abortion in the USA, has been an unproven claim that it is possible to reverse the abortifacient effects of mifepristone by taking progesterone. As the editor of this newsletter, I decided against reporting this up to now because the only “evidence” put forward (by a handful of anti-abortion doctors in the USA) was and has remained too thin to … Continued

USA – The politics of abortion is entering a new era

The Supreme Court [may not be able] to protect abortion access anymore, but thousands of activists will. America is a country that telegraphs profoundly conflicting ideas of how women should live their lives. There are five female candidates for president. Women are fully integrated into the paid labour force: Almost half of workers are women. Seventy percent of mothers with children work outside the home; the vast majority working full-time. Across income groups, but especially … Continued

USA: THREE NEWS SHORTS

Congressional Oversight Committee to examine over-regulation of abortion clinics The House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding a hearing on “state efforts to undermine access to reproductive health care”. They will focus on the rise of restrictive regulations for clinics and doctors who provide abortions, using excessive and arbitrary rules to shut down clinics and prevent doctors from providing abortion care. SOURCE: NPR, by Sarah McCammon, 13 November 2019 +++ Planned Parenthood … Continued

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

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