The year will be remembered not only because 17 states enacted a total of 57 new abortion restrictions, but also because the politics of abortion ensnared family planning programs, providers, and life-saving fetal tissue research.
The decision stays an Iowa Board of Medicine rule that threatened to end access to medication abortion for rural patients. The decision will allow Planned Parenthood to continue offering medication abortions at 15 rural clinics while the court challenge proceeds.
Reproductive rights advocates scored a win as the Supreme Court let stand an Oklahoma ruling striking that state’s medication abortion ban.
The ruling issued Tuesday answers two questions asked by the Roberts Court and sends the legal challenge to Oklahoma’s medication abortion ban back to the high court.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt argues in a brief filed last week that his state’s law regulating medication abortion is not a universal ban on the procedure, but even if it were, such a ban would be constitutional.
Another day, another effort to ban safe abortion care in Texas.
Mississippi amends backdoor medication abortion ban, anti-choice activists call new version “gutted.”
The medical community has been clear: intrusive laws restricting abortion care undermine the relationship between health care providers and their patients and are based on political ideology, not on providing the best possible care.
The reproductive health organization is ready to fight for women to have access to all termination choices once again.
Act 217 has caused the state’s only other medication abortion provider to also stop offering RU-486 abortions.