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

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”

USA – New York state passes law to ensure access to legal abortion

Reproductive rights advocates in New York, Massachusetts and other progressive states are launching campaigns to ensure access to abortion services in their states, in anticipation of further restrictions in conservative states. This is part of a nationwide strategy by Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union, and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in case the Supreme Court overturns the 46-year-old Roe v Wade ruling that made abortion legal. The New York Reproductive Health Act removes the need for a … Continued

USA – “Fetal heartbeat” law: yet another unconstitutional law to harass women and tie up the courts

Already mired in three lawsuits over abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers are ratcheting up the stakes with a new bill in the Republican-dominated state Senate to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected (± 6 weeks). The American Civil Liberties Union, the state’s adversary in other ongoing court fights, warns the bill is blatantly unconstitutional and will immediately trigger a legal challenge. The legal standard set 45 years ago by the Supreme Court in … Continued

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