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Sixth Circuit Refuses to Reconsider Ohio’s Ban on RU-486

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Reproductive rights advocates lost a legal battle on Friday over Ohio’s restrictions on the use of RU-486.

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Political Interference is Bad Medicine and a Bad Prescription for Women’s Health

Even with recent gains and electoral wins, there is a concentrated effort to limit women’s access to a full range of reproductive health services, including medical abortion.

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Ohio Women’s Health Groups File For Review of Sixth Circuit Mifepristone Ban

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A group of women’s health advocates are asking the entire Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to weigh in on an Ohio law that bans the off-label use of mifepristone.

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Divided Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Ohio Law Restricting RU-486

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On Tuesday a federal appeallate court ruled Ohio’s regulation of RU-486 was constitutional, setting the case up for Supreme Court review.

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The Potential of Tele-Medicine to Increase Access to Mifepristone for Early Abortion Care

Telemedicine administration of medical abortion is a relatively new practice in the United States with great potential to reach underserved women with abortion care.

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The Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Weighs Mifepristone Ban With SCOTUS Waiting In The Wings

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Earlier this month the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on the constituitonality of the state of Ohio’s 2004 mifepristone ban in a case that could present a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. Legal standards are increasingly replacing medicinal standards as the guide for what constitutes acceptable medical care, and conservative justices either don’t understand that or they don’t care.

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In Key Victory, Oklahoma State Judge Finds Arbitrary Restrictions on Medication Abortion Unconstitutional

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In what is being called an unprecedented ruling recognizing bodily integrity and reproductive choice as fundamental rights under the Oklahoma state constitution, an Oklahoma state judge has found that a law restricting medical care for women seeking an abortion is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced.

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As Wisconsin Suspends Medical Abortions, One Doctor Explains How The Bill Puts Doctors At Risk

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No doctor wants to be charged as a felon, and with Act 217 in effect, it’s almost impossible to avoid that risk.

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Abortion is Legal: So Why is Self-Abortion Care a Crime?

Last week, a 20-year-old woman in New York City was arrested on charges of “self-induced abortion” and faces first-degree misdemeanor charges.  Initial news reports indicate that she intentionally caused the miscarriage/abortion of her 24-week fetus.  The woman disposed of the fetus in what was probably the only way she could think of: wrapped in plastic bags and placed in the trash receptacle of her apartment building.

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How the Ohio Court Decision on RU-486 Set Back the Clock on Fifteen Years of Medicine

A recent federal district court decision upholding a 2004 Ohio limiting the use and availability of RU-486 for early termination of pregnancy exacerbates the increasing intrusion of ideology into medical practice, and creates a different standard for off-label use of abortion drugs than for other commonly-used drugs. 

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