7 in 10 US Americans dissatisfied with new abortion policies
New polling from Gallup shows that more US Americans are dissatisfied with abortion policies in the US than ever before in the 23 years the organisation has collected data on the topic. 69% said they were dissatisfied with current abortion policies, up from 30% who said the same thing a year ago, six months before the US Supreme Court overturned federal abortion protections that had been established in Roe v. Wade. 75% of those who were dissatisfied said it was because the new abortion policies were too restrictive.
SOURCE: Truthout, by Chris Walker, 10 February 2023 ; PHOTO Alamy, 2007
Democratic state governors form alliance on abortion rights
Democratic governors in 20 US states are launching a network intended to strengthen abortion access in the wake of the US Supreme Court decision rejecting a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy and instead shifting regulatory powers to state governments. Organisers, led by California Governor Gavin Newsom, described the Reproductive Freedom Alliance as a way for governors and their staffs to share best practices and affirm abortion rights for the approximately 170 million Americans who live in the consortium’s footprint — and even ensuring services for the remainder of US residents who live in states with more restrictive laws.
SOURCE: AP News, by Bill Barrow, Geoff Mulvihill, 20 February 2023
Attorneys General in 23 states praise pharmacies for decision to sell abortion pills
A group of 23 Attorneys General have written to national chain pharmacies CVS and Walgreen, expressing their support for the sale of abortion pills by mail. The pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, require a prescription but are considered safe for self-managing an abortion at home. The pharmacies’ decision will provide access for millions to the “critical and sometimes lifesaving medicine”, they wrote.
SOURCE: Nebraska Examiner, by Ben Botkin, 16 February 2023