Some 64 provisions have been introduced so far this year to expand or protect access to abortion, more than had been introduced in any year in the last quarter-century.
Until now, attempts to track the legislative journey that ultimately led to the passage of one of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the country would have been a daunting task. With the launch of RH Reality Check’s interactive database, however, a picture of the long road to HB 2 begins to emerge.
HB 388 would require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they provide abortions, impose a 24-hour waiting period on surgical abortions, and require physicians to register with the state if they perform just five abortions within a year.
Current recommendations suggest Pap tests be used as primary screening tools for cervical cancer, but some experts would like to see newer DNA testing used more often.
Several developments could help make this the year of the intrauterine device: the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit, a new tool that could make insertion easier and less painful, a possible generic IUD arriving on the market, and more.
As an OB-GYN and a patient advocate, I want to move the discussion about the Hobby Lobby case out of the courts for a moment and into my clinic, to focus on the lives of women and their families.
A bill that would have banned telemedicine abortions died in the Iowa legislature Friday after failing to meet a legislative deadline. Senate Republicans had called on Democrats, who currently hold the majority in the state senate, to bring legislation to the floor for a vote.
No one should be forced to choose between her job and her dignity, but that’s what I feel I’m being forced to do right now.
The Mississippi Senate amended a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation to move the cutoff two weeks earlier, to 18 weeks. The bill will now return to the state house for consideration.
Self-love can help build the confidence that I and other Black women need when facing a medical industry that often doesn’t understand us.