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The Social Status of Abortion Providers: ‘Doctors of Conscience’ Revisited

Susan Cahill, along with her colleague and friend, Rachel Atkins, in short, was a pioneer in bringing APCs into abortion care, and thus in expanding access to the procedure in underserved areas.

During her speech accepting the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Family Planning in Seattle, Carole Joffe explained that although in many ways reproductive rights are under assault from state legislatures, “some things in the world of abortion provision are different—even arguably better” than they were in years past.

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Wisconsin Right to Life Claims Anti-Choice Legislation Supported by ‘Tons’ of Unnamed Doctors

gavel with pile of books and pills

According to the anti-choice action group, “tons of doctors” approve of the new anti-choice bills mandating how physicians interact with patients. But national and state physicians’ groups are not on board.

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New Recommendations Say Labor Should Begin Naturally—When Will Medical Practice Change?

The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology now says that we should "let nature take its course" during labor. But that change could take years to go into effect, affecting pregnant individuals in the United States and abroad.

The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology now says that we should “let nature take its course” during labor. But that change could take years to go into effect, affecting pregnant individuals in the United States and abroad.

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Texas Abortion Drug Bill Could Mean More Side Effects and Higher Costs

A pharmacist with Mifepristone.

A GOP lawmaker is looking to make Texas the latest state to restrict the use of abortion medications in a way that some experts warn could increase the drugs’ side effects while making them more expensive.

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The Nation’s Doctors Speak Up for Contraception Access

Photo: Drugwatch.

The nation’s doctors are speaking up for expanded access to contraception. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorsed making oral contraceptives available without a prescription and emergency contraception over-the-counter. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that pediatricians give young women prescriptions for Emergency Contraception before they need it. 

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Contraception and the Changing Role of Medical Providers in an Over-the-Counter World

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now supports birth control pills being sold over-the-counter. What could our health care system look like if doctors were less involved as gatekeepers to access to contraception?

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California Anti-Shackling Law Awaits Brown’s Signature

photo courtesy of jeaneeem via Flickr

The California legislature unanimously passed a bill banning the use of restraints on pregnant women. Will the governor sign it?

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Annual Visits to the Gynecologists Have Just Become More Affordable For Many. But Are They Still Necessary?

The ACA now requires most insurers to cover annual gynecological checkups for women without a co-pay. But is an annual checkup still necessary?

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Is It Safe? Asking the Wrong Question in the Home Birth Debate

Recent conversations have focused on the question of whether home birth is safe. Here is why it’s the wrong question to be asking. 

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Testify: Washington Crisis Pregnancy Center Bill Receives Hearing

Today Washington State advocates for and against a bill mandating limited service pregnancy centers provide accurate, clear, honest and timely information about their services turned out by the hundreds. If the legislation passes, Washington State will become the first in the nation to legislate crisis pregnancy centers statewide.

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