Abortion Care

Now an abortion rights advocate, woman raped by stepfather as a child will campaign with first lady

A 22-year-old woman who became an abortion rights advocate after she was raped by her stepfather as a child will campaign with first lady Jill Biden in Pennsylvania this weekend as part of a 2024 election push around the anniversary of the fall of Roe v. Wade.
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Post-Dobbs, abortion clinics find new ways to serve patients in states with bans

"In the last couple years, Houston Women’s Reproductive Services scaled down from nearly 5,000 square-feet to an 800-square-foot location. The Texas clinic cut more than a dozen full-time employees down to a medical director and three part-time staff members. It’s no longer able to provide abortions, but it changed its focus and stayed open. “I was willing to make whatever sacrifices needed to be made to keep our head above water, just keep the doors open and the lights on, and be able to provide care to these people who desperately need our help,” said clinic administrator Kathy Kleinfeld...."
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Parole and probation rules limit travel. That can be complicated for people seeking abortions.

"In the two years since Roe v. Wade was overturned in June 2022, the number of patients forced to seek out-of-state abortion services has doubled. Fourteen states have total abortion bans, three more restrict abortions after six weeks — before most people know they are pregnant — and two others limit them after the first trimester.  One population often overlooked in reproductive rights conversations are people under community supervision, also known as probation and parole, which often prohibits travel across state lines without government approval. A new briefing by the public policy think tank Prison Policy Initiative puts these challenges into context for a country without…
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First hospital fined for refusing to provide abortion under new Polish government rules

"A hospital has been fined for refusing to provide a legal abortion in the first such case since the government recently introduced a requirement for publicly funded medical centres to offer such procedures. Health minister Izabela Leszczyna announced on Monday that the Pabianice Medical Center was fined 550,000 zloty (€126,300). She revealed that audit proceedings regarding two other medical facilities are also in the “final stages” and that they are also likely to be penalised."
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South Korea Still Blocking Abortion

"Years after a South Korean court ordered the government to respect the right to access abortion care, South Korean women and girls are still unable to get this necessary sexual and reproductive service. On May 17, a South Korean court rejected an appeal by Women on Web (WoW), a nongovernmental organization that provides information on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and Open Net Korea, a digital rights civil society organization, to unblock the WoW website. The Korea Communications Standards Commission blocked the website in 2019, claiming it violated the country’s Pharmaceutical Affairs Act by connecting women in need of abortion pills, which have not been legalized in the country,…
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The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has announced the defined cases of permissible abortion and their controls and procedures to preserve the pregnant woman’s life.

The Ministry has affirmed that new controls and procedures were issued to define and regulate cases of permissible abortion in the UAE. The new regulation requires abortion requests to be made by a dedicated committee that will be formed within each health authority by a decision of MOHAP or the head of the emirate’s health authority. The Committee should comprise of an obstetrics and gynecology specialist, a psychiatry specialist, and a representative of the Public Prosecution.
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Arkansas says New York woman’s clinic complying with cease & desist order on abortion pill access

"A New York facility is now in compliance with a cease-and-desist order made by the state of Arkansas regarding access to abortion pills. Attorney General Tim Griffin said Thursday that Choice Woman’s Medical Center of New York had complied with his cease-and-desist request sent in May seeking for the center to stop advertising access to abortion pills for Arkansas residents in violation of the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act...."
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New rules protect pregnant workers, but red states sue over abortion provisions

Natasha Jackson was four months pregnant when she told her supervisor she was expecting. It was 2008, and Jackson was an account executive at a rental furniture store in Charleston, South Carolina — the only female employee there. “I actually hid my pregnancy as long as I could because I was scared about what could happen,” she said. When her doctor recommended that she not lift more than 25 pounds, her employer wouldn’t let her move temporarily to a role where she didn’t need to lift furniture, even though those roles were available, she said. She was forced to go…
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