SCOTUS Blocks Mifepristone Challenge, Keeping Abortion Medication Legal for Now
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by Chris Walker
1d ago
In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the widely used abortion medication mifepristone, ruling to continue to allow the pills to be mailed to patients without an in-person doctor’s visit. The case had been introduced by anti-abortion organizations and right-wing doctors who had questioned the drug’s overall efficiency on dubious grounds. Source ..read more
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Hundreds of Arizona Doctors Urge Voters to Back Abortion Rights Amendment
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by Chris Walker
1d ago
A letter signed by around 550 Arizona doctors and healthcare providers urges residents of the state to support the passage of a November ballot initiative to enshrine expansive abortion rights in the state. The Arizona state Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that an 1864 anti-abortion statute, which banned the procedure in nearly all circumstances, was indeed enforceable due to the fact that... Source ..read more
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Poll Shows Most South Dakota Voters Back Abortion Rights Ballot Amendment
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by Chris Walker
1d ago
New polling out of South Dakota indicates that a majority of residents in the deeply conservative, Republican-controlled state are supportive of protecting abortion rights. The state is currently enforcing a near-total abortion ban. Passed in 2005, a “trigger” law banning abortion went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court upended abortion protections in its 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health... Source ..read more
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GOP Senators Block Bill to Enshrine Contraception Protections
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by Chris Walker
1d ago
On Wednesday, Senate Republicans blocked a bill that sought to enshrine through statutory code the right for individuals to access contraception. The right to contraception currently exists through judicial precedent, as the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized it in rulings like Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965 and Eisenstadt v. Baird in 1972. But following the Supreme Court’s overturn of federal... Source ..read more
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Louisiana Banned Abortion Pills. It Also Faces a Maternal Mortality Crisis. 
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by Mike Ludwig
1w ago
Louisiana suffers some of the nation’s highest maternal mortality, infant mortality, and incarceration rates, particularly among Black and Brown people, and people living in rural areas. Instead of addressing these problems by funding public hospitals and clinics, anti-abortion politicians are restricting and even criminalizing reproductive health care. Last week, Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Source ..read more
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Texas GOP Platform States “Abortion Is Not Healthcare, It Is Homicide”
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by Julia Conley
1w ago
“Putting pregnant people to death for abortion has officially gone mainstream,” said one reproductive justice group on Wednesday as the Texas Republican Party considered a platform for 2024 that includes a new proposal to ensure “equal protection for the preborn” under the state’s criminal laws. As writer and rights advocate Jessica Valenti, author of the Substack newsletter “Abortion, Every Day,”... Source ..read more
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Abortion Wait Times in Southeast Have Soared Following Florida’s 6-Week Ban
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by Olivia Rosane
2w ago
Wait times have increased at 30% of the abortion clinics in the states closest to Florida its draconian six-week abortion ban went into effect on May 1. The data comes from a survey carried out by Middlebury University economics professor Caitlin Myers and her undergraduate students, which was reported by The Washington Post on Friday. “Distance and wait times are up… but telehealth is helping... Source ..read more
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Across the US, Republicans and Democrats Clash Over Right to Contraception
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by Amanda Becker
2w ago
Democratic efforts to protect contraception access — and Republican opposition — were thrust into the 2024 spotlight this week when Donald Trump told a Pittsburgh CBS affiliate that his GOP White House campaign was “looking at” restrictions on contraception, and that he ultimately expected “some states are going to have very different policies than others.” Trump was correct — states are taking... Source ..read more
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Louisiana Moves to Classify Abortion Pills as “Controlled Dangerous Substances”
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by Julia Conley
2w ago
Ignoring the pleas of nearly 300 doctors and other healthcare professionals, the Republican-controlled Lousiana state House on Tuesday was poised to vote on a bill that would reclassify two drugs used in medication abortions as “controlled dangerous substances” — and potentially limiting healthcare providers’ access to the frequently prescribed pills. Senate Bill 276, originally proposed by state... Source ..read more
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Trump Indicates He Would Allow States to Rule on Birth Control Regulations
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by Chris Walker
2w ago
On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump indicated that he is open to allowing states to make their own decisions on the reproductive right to contraception, which has been federally protected by case law for several decades. Later, when Trump was called out for his statement, he lashed out, falsely claiming that what he said was misinterpreted and a lie “fabricated” by Democrats. Source ..read more
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