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  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /usr/www/users/simps90n/includes/unicode.inc on line 311.
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Updated: 39 min 1 sec ago

Blogs Comment on College's Strategy To Sidestep Contraceptive Coverage Rules, Support for Planned Parenthood, More

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:15

Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at the Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," Huffington Post blogs and more.

Blogs Comment on College's Strategy To Sidestep Contraceptive Coverage Rules, Support for Planned Parenthood, More

July 31, 2015 — Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at the Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," Huffington Post blogs and more.

CONTRACEPTION: "Evangelical College Ends Students' Health Insurance Altogether To Avoid Covering Birth Control," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": "In a dramatic stand against [the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148)] birth control coverage requirement, an evangelical college has opted to end its student health insurance plans altogether so it won't need to worry about indirectly facilitating Americans' access to contraception," Culp-Ressler writes. According to Culp-Ressler, Wheaton College is "eliminating health care coverage in a move that will affect about a quarter of the college's 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students," who now "have just a few weeks to shop for new plans before their current coverage ends." Culp-Ressler explains that the college currently is contesting the contraceptive coverage requirements in court, contending that the accommodation for not-for-profits that hold themselves out as religious "makes them too complicit in providing coverage for certain forms of birth control." Meanwhile, "[f]ederal appeals courts ... have consistently ruled that submitting a form" as required by the accommodation "does not pose a substantial burden to religious liberty," Culp-Ressler writes (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/29).

ABORTION-RIGHTS MOVEMENT: "Why This Minister Stands With Planned Parenthood," Debra Haffner, Huffington Post blogs: "As a woman, as a mother, as a former client, as a former employee, as a colleague and yes, as a religious leader, I stand with Planned Parenthood" against "'the politically motivated, heavily edited, and secretly recorded videotape[s] falsely portraying Planned Parenthood's participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research,'" writes Haffner, president and CEO of the Religious Institute. Haffner cites her 35 years of experience counseling women about their pregnancy decisions, adding that while she has "not personally counseled women about tissue donation," she "applaud[s] the women and couples who consent to donate fetal tissue as a way to further medical research." According to Haffner, "The physicians and clinic staff -- and the researchers using fetal tissue to create immunizations and new treatments for life-threating diseases -- are helping to save lives and protect futures." By contrast, the videos' efforts to shut down Planned Parenthood "and en[d] access to safe and legal abortion," as well as all the other contraceptive and preventive services offered through the organization, are "morally wrong" and "will effectively coerc[e] women into childbearing," Haffner states. She writes, "In the cacophony of views we have heard in the past two weeks, let us remember that Planned Parenthood saves lives, promotes human flourishing and advances the common good" (Haffner, Huffington Post blogs, 7/29).

What others are saying about the abortion-rights movement:

~ "These Powerful #WomenBetrayed Tweets Take Back The Hashtag To Prove There's No Silencing Women's Rights," Elizabeth King, Bustle.

ANTIABORTION-RIGHTS MOVEMENT: "Exclusive: The Faces and Fake Names of People Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos," Sharona Coutts/Sofia Resnick, RH Reality Check: RH Reality Check has identified at least three of the pseudonyms used by "operatives from the Center for Medical Progress," which recently released the videos attacking Planned Parenthood, Coutts and Resnick write. According to Coutts and Resnick, "the group's apparent ringleader, David Daleiden," used the alias "Robert Daoud Sarkis," while two still unidentified operatives used the aliases "Susan Tennenbaum and Brianna Allen." Coutts and Resnick note that the three individuals could face legal consequences for falsely representing themselves as members of "the sham company used by the activists -- BioMax Procurement Services." They write that "California Attorney General Kamala Harris has announced an investigation into the Center for Medical Progress," while "a California criminal defense attorney, Michael Kraut," said "there is some reason to believe that Daleiden and his associates may have violated California and federal law on forgery, credit card fraud, and identity theft." According to Coutts and Resnick, the operatives might have taken the Brianna Allen alias from one of Daleiden's former classmates at Davis Senior High School, Brianna M. Allen. Coutts and Resnick write that more videos likely will be released this summer, but, citing Brianna M. Allen's comments on the videos, add that "as evidence of the Center for Medical Progress' questionable tactics comes to light, it becomes more difficult to give their sensationalist claims much credence" (Coutts/Resnick, RH Reality Check, 7/28).

What others are saying about the antiabortion-rights movement:

~ "Attorneys: Planned Parenthood Attack Videos Could Threaten Physical Safety of Abortion Providers," Nina Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check.

~ "Angel Dillard To Stand Trial for Threatening Abortion Provider," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check.

~ "The Largely Forgotten History of Abortion Billboard Advertising -- and What Pro-Choice Advocates Can Learn From It," Cynthia Greenlee, RH Reality Check.

~ "'Fetal Remains' Model Legislation Could Make Abortion Impossible in Red States," Robin Marty, Care2.


Video Round Up: Equality Act Targets LGBT, Sex-Based Discrimination; Wis. 20-Week Abortion Ban Creates 'Catch-22' for Women

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:15

In today's clips, HuffPost Live interviews Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, on how the proposed Equality Act will extend prohibitions on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, as well as discrimination based on sex. Elsewhere, HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani discusses a recently enacted 20-week abortion ban in Wisconsin.

Video Round Up: Equality Act Targets LGBT, Sex-Based Discrimination; Wis. 20-Week Abortion Ban Creates 'Catch-22' for Women

July 31, 2015 — In today's clips, HuffPost Live interviews Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, on how the proposed Equality Act will extend prohibitions on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, as well as discrimination based on sex. Elsewhere, HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani discusses a recently enacted 20-week abortion ban in Wisconsin.



In this clip, Alyona Minkovski at HuffPost Live reports on the recently introduced Equality Act, which "would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include the prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and increase protections against discrimination towards women."

Minkovski interviews Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union and director of ACLU's Center for Liberty, who discusses how the measure's protections for LGBT individuals and women are "long overdue." Melling notes that even if the Equality Act does not pass Congress, it will "set out a vision of what fairness looks like in society" and "let people know that today these protections don't exist, which" could "dramatically increase the push to in fact enact such protections" (Minkovski, HuffPost Live, 7/28).




In an interview with HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, discusses a recently signed Wisconsin law (Act 56) that bans abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy and does not include any exemptions for cases of rape, incest or severe fetal anomalies.

According to Allen, 20-week bans in Wisconsin and other states aim to "bloc[k] access to abortion care" by "work[ing] in concert with the vast variety of other types of abortion restrictions that have been enacted in the states where these [bans] have become law." She says, "[W]hat they really do, they create a Catch-22 for women seeking abortion services" (Modarressy-Tehrani, HuffPost Live, 7/21).




HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd and Goretti Horgan -- a spokesperson for Alliance for Choice, an abortion-rights group in Northern Ireland -- discuss a recent abortion-rights rally held in support of a woman in Northern Ireland who was arrested for allegedly purchasing medication abortion drugs on behalf of her daughter, who is a minor. According to Redd, "abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland."

Horgan explains that "women in Ireland -- North and South -- have no choice but to access their abortions [by] getting pills over the internet." She questions, if "you can't get enough money together" to travel to an area where abortion is legal, "what are you to do when you can actually get these abortion pills ... and they're very safe"? She says, "That's why so many of us are outraged. [The mother of the minor] is being prosecuted really and used as a scapegoat for what hundreds of women in Northern Ireland do year in, year out" (Redd, HuffPost Live, 7/17).


Video Round Up: Equality Act Targets LGBT, Sex-Based Discrimination; Wis. 20-Week Abortion Ban Creates 'Catch-22' for Women

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:14

In today's clips, HuffPost Live interviews Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, on how the proposed Equality Act will extend prohibitions on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, as well as discrimination based on sex. Elsewhere, HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani discusses a recently enacted 20-week abortion ban in Wisconsin.

Video Round Up: Equality Act Targets LGBT, Sex-Based Discrimination; Wis. 20-Week Abortion Ban Creates 'Catch-22' for Women

July 30, 2015 — In today's clips, HuffPost Live interviews Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, on how the proposed Equality Act will extend prohibitions on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, as well as discrimination based on sex. Elsewhere, HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani discusses a recently enacted 20-week abortion ban in Wisconsin.



In this clip, Alyona Minkovski at HuffPost Live reports on the recently introduced Equality Act, which "would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include the prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and increase protections against discrimination towards women."

Minkovski interviews Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union and director of ACLU's Center for Liberty, who discusses how the measure's protections for LGBT individuals and women are "long overdue." Melling notes that even if the Equality Act does not pass Congress, it will "set out a vision of what fairness looks like in society" and "let people know that today these protections don't exist, which" could "dramatically increase the push to in fact enact such protections" (Minkovski, HuffPost Live, 7/28).




In an interview with HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, discusses a recently signed Wisconsin law (Act 56) that bans abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy and does not include any exemptions for cases of rape, incest or severe fetal anomalies.

According to Allen, 20-week bans in Wisconsin and other states aim to "bloc[k] access to abortion care" by "work[ing] in concert with the vast variety of other types of abortion restrictions that have been enacted in the states where these [bans] have become law." She says, "[W]hat they really do, they create a Catch-22 for women seeking abortion services" (Modarressy-Tehrani, HuffPost Live, 7/21).




HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd and Goretti Horgan -- a spokesperson for Alliance for Choice, an abortion-rights group in Northern Ireland -- discuss a recent abortion-rights rally held in support of a woman in Northern Ireland who was arrested for allegedly purchasing medication abortion drugs on behalf of her daughter, who is a minor. According to Redd, "abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland."

Horgan explains that "women in Ireland -- North and South -- have no choice but to access their abortions [by] getting pills over the internet." She questions, if "you can't get enough money together" to travel to an area where abortion is legal, "what are you to do when you can actually get these abortion pills ... and they're very safe"? She says, "That's why so many of us are outraged. [The mother of the minor] is being prosecuted really and used as a scapegoat for what hundreds of women in Northern Ireland do year in, year out" (Redd, HuffPost Live, 7/17).


Senate To Vote Monday on Defunding Bill; White House Affirms Support for Planned Parenthood

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:11

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday scheduled a Monday procedural vote on legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, The Hill's "Floor Action" reports.

Senate To Vote Monday on Defunding Bill; White House Affirms Support for Planned Parenthood

July 31, 2015 — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday scheduled a Monday procedural vote on legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, The Hill's "Floor Action" reports.

According to "Floor Action," it is unlikely legislation will garner the 60 votes needed for it to pass (Carney, "Floor Action," The Hill, 7/30).

Background

Lawmakers in the Senate who oppose abortion rights introduced the measure on Tuesday. The bill would cut off over $500 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood and redirect the funds to other women's health programs. The bill was introduced following the release of a series of misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/29).

The videos, which depict Planned Parenthood staff discussing fetal tissue donation, were released by an antiabortion-rights group called the Center for Medical Progress. CMP secretly filmed the videos by meeting with Planned Parenthood staff while posing as buyers of fetal tissue (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/30). According to "Floor Action," CMP released another video targeting the organization on Thursday ("Floor Action," The Hill, 7/30).

Planned Parenthood has stated that the videos were heavily edited and that the filmed officials did not conduct any illegal activities. The organization said it does not profit from fetal tissue donations and only receives reimbursement for costs associated with such donations, which is legal. Meanwhile, supporters of Planned Parenthood said the videos are part of a decades-long campaign against the organization (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/24).

Support for Defunding Planned Parenthood Through Budget Process Grows Among Conservatives

According to Politico, support for the defunding Planned Parenthood through the budget process is growing among conservative lawmakers who oppose abortion rights (Everett/Haberkorn, Politico, 7/30).

Conservative lawmakers in the House and Senate have voiced opposition against any government spending measures that allocate funding for Planned Parenthood. Such opposition could lead to another government shutdown dispute in the fall. Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to pass legislation to keep the government in operation (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/30).

According to Politico, support for stripping funding for Planned Parenthood during the budget process has grown to include more moderate lawmakers, such as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Further, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said dozens of conservative lawmakers in the House will oppose any legislation that includes funding for the organization this fall. Mulvaney stated his opposition to continuing Planned Parenthood funding in a letter Wednesday, signed by 18 lawmakers, that was submitted to House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) (Politico, 7/30).

However, some lawmakers who oppose abortion rights are rejecting calls to force a government shutdown over the issue. For example, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who chairs a Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee that oversees funding for health care programs, said he does not think antiabortion-rights lawmakers will force a government shutdown "over this." Similarly, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee for health, said he does not think the issue would "stop" a continuing resolution from passing. He said, "A lot of these threats are from people who won't vote for the CR or final deal anyway, so they don't carry too much credibility" (Scott/Owens, National Journal, 7/30).

Sens. Work on New Defunding Measure

In related news, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) are working on another proposal that would strip funding from Planned Parenthood, National Journal reports.

Specifically, the measure would focus on defunding Planned Parenthood clinics that participate in fetal tissue collection. Collins said, "Cutting off family-planning funding for Planned Parenthood across the board would cause women to lose their health care provider ... There is no system in place to accommodate the screenings and the needs of millions of American women who rely on Planned Parenthood."

According to National Journal, it is not clear whether congressional leaders would support the proposal (Fox, National Journal, 7/30).

White House Calls Videos 'Fraudulent'

In other related news, White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Thursday defended Planned Parenthood and said President Obama would oppose efforts to defund the organization, the Washington Times reports.

Earnest said of the videos, "There's ample reason to think that this is merely the tried-and-true tactic that we have seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release an edited version of the video that grossly distorts the position of the person who is actually speaking." He added, "Based on the essentially fraudulent way in which these videos have been released, there's not a lot of evidence right now that Planned Parenthood hasn't lived up to" its ethical standards (Boyer/Dinan, Washington Times, 7/30).

Further, Earnest said Obama "will not support another effort by Republicans to try to defund an organization that offers important and needed health care services for millions of women across the country" (Dennis, "POTUSOperandi," Roll Call, 7/30).

Ind. Investigation Finds Planned Parenthood Free of Wrongdoing

In more related news, an Indiana investigation into Planned Parenthood clinics in the state cleared the organization of any wrongdoing in the way they handle fetal tissue, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

According to the AP/Chronicle, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) on July 16 launched an investigation into the clinics, which are located in Bloomington, Indianapolis and Merrillville. The state Department of Health on Thursday said the investigation found no proof of the clinics violating any laws. As a result, the department said it closed the complaint against the facilities.

Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said the organization maintains "compliance with all laws and regulations as an imperative" and is "pleased this unfounded complaint is resolved." She added that Indiana-based clinics do not participate in fetal tissue procurement (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 7/30).


Rhode Island To Require HPV Vaccine for Seventh Graders

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:01

Rhode Island this fall will begin requiring that all seventh grade students in private and public schools be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, the Providence Journal reports.

Rhode Island To Require HPV Vaccine for Seventh Graders

July 31, 2015 — Rhode Island this fall will begin requiring that all seventh grade students in private and public schools be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, the Providence Journal reports (Borg, Providence Journal, 7/28).

Background

The vaccine protects against several strains of HPV, which can lead to cervical, anal, penile and throat cancer. The first vaccine became available in 2006. Shortly thereafter, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended vaccination for all children ages 11 or 12.

The federal Healthy People program aims to have 80% of U.S. children ages 13 to 15 vaccinated against HPV by 2020. As of 2013, 37.6% of adolescent females and 13.9% of adolescent males had received all three doses of the vaccine.

A recent study found that only Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington, D.C., have adopted policies requiring children to have the vaccination, even eight years after CDC issued the vaccination recommendation. At the time of the study, Rhode Island's requirement had not yet taken effect (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/16).

Rhode Island Policy

Tricia Washburn, head of the office of immunization at the Rhode Island Department of Health, said CDC had assessed the vaccine and did not find any safety concerns. The state finalized the immunization decision in summer 2014.

"The bottom line is that HPV is the most sexually transmitted disease in the U.S." she said, adding, "We are interested in protecting the public health. We feel it shouldn't be treated any differently than any of the other vaccines recommended by the CDC."

Washburn said the department opted to make the vaccine mandatory to align with state policy on adopting all CDC-recommended vaccines in school regulations. According to Washburn, seventh grade students will receive all doses in the three-dose vaccine regimen over the course of two years, and the requirement will extend to unvaccinated eighth-graders in fall 2016 and to unvaccinated ninth grade students in fall 2017. She said the vaccine was best administered to younger adolescents because that is when the immune system reacts most strongly to the vaccine.

Washburn added that, in 2013, 75% of teenage girls in Rhode Island had already received the first dose. "There is a general acceptance of the vaccine across the state," she said.

However, according to the Journal, some parents in the state have voiced objections, contending that the vaccine should not be mandatory. Under the requirement, parents currently can opt out having their child vaccinated by obtaining a medical exemption or a religious exemption. The state intends to host hearings next month to give parents more information about the vaccination, the Journal reports (Providence Journal, 7/28).


Study: Young People With Cancer Might Be Unaware of Fertility Preservation Options

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 14:58

Young people with cancer might not be aware of their options for fertility preservation, according to a small study published in the journal Cancer, Reuters reports.

Study: Young People With Cancer Might Be Unaware of Fertility Preservation Options

July 31, 2015 — Young people with cancer might not be aware of their options for fertility preservation, according to a small study published in the journal Cancer, Reuters reports.

Study Details

The study involved 459 adolescents and young adults who were diagnosed with cancer in 2007 or 2008. Most participants were white, male and had private health insurance. Most of them also were at least 21 when they were diagnosed with cancer and were not raising children of their own.

The researchers had the study participants answer a questionnaire to determine how well they understood their fertility options.

Study Findings

The study found that 70% of participants said physicians had discussed infertility risk with them. However, the researchers found that less than 33% of men and less than 10% of women had arranged for fertility preservation.

More specifically, the researchers found that, among female study participants, 74% of women said they were told that cancer therapy could affect their fertility, 34% had discussed fertility preservation options and 6.8% had arranged for fertility preservation. Many of the women who did not arrange for fertility preservation said they did not know about or could not access affordable options, while 38% said they were concerned that fertility preservation could delay treatment.

Meanwhile, among the men surveyed, 80% were told they might become infertile, 71% had discussed infertility treatment options and 31% had arranged for fertility preservation.

Researchers also found that participants who already had children were less likely to consider fertility preservation than those who did not have children. Similarly, non-white men and participants without health insurance were less likely to discuss their options for fertility preservation, according to the study (Rapaport, Reuters, 7/27).


Blogs Comment on How To Support Planned Parenthood, Need To End Helms Amendment and More

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:28

Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at Bustle, The Nation and more.

Blogs Comment on How To Support Planned Parenthood, Need To End Helms Amendment

July 28, 2015 — Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at Bustle, The Nation and more.

ABORTION-RIGHTS MOVEMENT: "5 Ways To Stand With Planned Parenthood and Its Unfaltering Support Of Women's Rights," Madhuri Sathish, Bustle: Although antiabortion-rights lawmakers are trying to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of two misleading videos featuring Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue donation, "supporters won't let Planned Parenthood be defunded without putting up a fight, and rightfully so," Sathish writes. She notes that the organization does "incredibly important work, and defunding it would have consequences that extend far beyond the abortion services it provides," such as "prevent[ing] millions of Americans from accessing their family planning resources, sex education programs, and other reproductive healthcare services." She adds, "Right now, it is crucial that we stand with Planned Parenthood -- it supports a lot of marginalized people who otherwise would not be able to access the type of services it provides." Sathish outlines several ways to support Planned Parenthood, such as submitting a letter to Congress asking lawmakers "to protect women's health," tweeting about "the importance and value of Planned Parenthood" with the #StandWithPP hashtag, signing a petition in support of the organization, donating to Planned Parenthood, or volunteering at a local chapter to help with administrative tasks and advocacy. "At the very least, do not be passive," Sathish writes (Sathish, Bustle, 7/25).

What others are saying about the abortion-rights movement:

~ "Planned Parenthood Continues To Provide Care, No Matter What," Joan Malin, Huffington Post blogs.

~ "Why I Donated Fetal Tissue After my Later Abortion," Katie Lyon, Time.

GLOBAL: "Women and Girls Raped in Conflict Need Abortion Care -- but the US Is Standing in Their Way," Barbara Crossette, The Nation: "Over more than four decades, the Helms amendment" -- which bars the use of U.S. funds for abortion in global family planning services -- "has been reinterpreted, reinforced, and expanded in American aid policy to the point of rising to a violation of internationally recognized rights of women," Crossette writes. In response, the New York-based Global Justice Center earlier this month "sent a letter to President Barack Obama on behalf of more than 50 international organizations asking for executive action to nullify the effects of the Helms amendment and honor the Geneva Conventions, which demand nondiscriminatory medical treatment in war zones," according to Crossette. Citing GJC Founder and President Janet Benshoof, Crossette notes that, "[b]y barring abortion for rape victims in conflict areas, where rape or forced impregnation are acts of war and war crimes, the US position is universally considered discriminatory." Further, Crossette writes, "Because the United States is the largest global aid donor, its prohibitions against supporting or counseling about abortion hampers the work of providers of medical care internationally by nongovernmental organizations as well as United Nations agencies." According to Crossette, advocates are urging the White House to act on the issue, even though it traditionally has been reluctant "to press the issue for political reasons or even to acknowledge that the most vulnerable women of the world may deserve a higher priority" (Crossette, The Nation, 7/24).

What others are saying about global issues:

~ "India Blocks Abortion for Raped Child," Nina Strochlic, The Daily Beast.

CONTRACEPTION: "A Win for Washingtonians, a Win for Patients' Rights," Erika Hanson, National Women's Law Center's "Womenstake": Washington state residents "won big last week when the [9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals] held that pharmacies can't deny patients needed medication," regardless of the pharmacists' religious objections, Hanson writes. She notes, "The Ninth Circuit rightly considered the potential harmful effects on patients' health that could result from allowing pharmacies to refuse to dispense prescriptions and held that Washington's rule ensures that patients have 'safe and timely access to their lawfully prescribed medications.'" According to Hanson, the "[r]uling isn't only important for Washington," but also for individuals in other states where similar "[p]harmacy refusals have been happening." She writes, "Evidence presented to the Ninth Circuit showed that ... pharmacists and pharmacies have refused to fill a wide range of medication including diabetic syringes, insulin, HIV medications, emergency contraception, and Valium," which not only "threaten[s] patients' health," but also "can leave patients feeling shamed and humiliated." She concludes, "As the Ninth Circuit pointed out, the Washington rule protects all of these patients from the potentially harmful effects and humiliation of being denied their medication, especially when administration of the medication is time-sensitive, as with many HIV medications, emergency contraception, and miscarriage treatment" (Hanson, "Womenstake," National Women's Law Center, 7/27).

What others are saying about contraception:

~ "Obamacare Is Saving Women Big Bucks on Contraception," Emma Niles, Ms. Magazine blog.

RELIGION: "Pope Francis Is Not a Feminist: Why Catholicism's Liberal Icon Falls Far Short on Women's Issues," Kathleen Geier, Salon: Geier responds to a piece in the New Republic by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, which praises Pope "Francis's feminism," contending, "To label Francis a 'feminist' ... twists the meaning of the word beyond all recognition." She counters "Bruenig['s] misleadin[g] claims that the ideas about family planning Francis expresses in his climate change encyclical are consistent with feminism," noting that "neither that nor any other Vatican document supports key feminist goals such as a woman-centered, rights-based approach to contraception." According to Geier, Bruenig's article "does not engage" with data showing that "an estimated 225 million women in developing countries would like to prevent pregnancy but are not using birth control, for reasons that include lack of access and religious prohibitions against contraceptive use" and that a "lack of contraceptive access is associated with significantly elevated rates of AIDS/HIV, as well as some 290,000 pregnancy-related deaths each year." While Geier agrees with Bruenig for lauding Francis's "statements condemning capitalism and global poverty and championing economic justice," she notes, "Bruenig seems unaware that one of the keys to reducing global poverty and promoting economic development is strengthening women's agency -- including their reproductive agency." Geier concludes, "It's long past time for Francis to start listening to his Church -- and for his fans on the left to stop defending the indefensible" (Geier, Salon, 7/26).


The Atlantic Highlights Ongoing Disparities in Abortion Access

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:28

A woman's firsthand account of obtaining an abortion in the 1960s "illuminates a relationship between class and abortion that, 50 years later, is no less complicated," The Atlantic reports.

The Atlantic Highlights Ongoing Disparities in Abortion Access

July 28, 2015 — A woman's firsthand account of obtaining an abortion in the 1960s "illuminates a relationship between class and abortion that, 50 years later, is no less complicated," The Atlantic reports.

The account -- originally published in The Atlantic in the 1960s -- was written anonymously by Mrs. X, "a married, middle-class mother of three living in a large East Coast City" who "found herself with an [unintended] pregnancy at age 46." According to The Atlantic, Mrs. X's account "details a series of surprises: the cleanliness of the office, the speed of the procedure, and most importantly, the ease with which she found someone willing to perform it." Reflecting on her experience, Mrs. X noted, "There must be hundreds like me" who "undergo the same fears, search for the same kinds of operative resources, and find the money necessary to terminate the pregnancy." She adds, "I am sure that my experience is not unique."

According to The Atlantic, "Her experience was not unique. But nor was it universal."

Abortion Access in 1960s

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 44 states in the decade preceding Roe v. Wade permitted abortion only to save a woman's life, while four other states and Washington, D.C., permitted exemptions for the health of the woman. Meanwhile, one state allowed abortion in instances of rape while another, Pennsylvania, banned the procedure under any circumstances.

However, according to the Atlantic, "in many places" that permitted abortion in limited circumstances, "even a woman who met the health criteria for a legal abortion would need her doctor to help her make a case to a hospital review board." Further, women seeking abortion care in some states were required to consult with or gain approval from a second physician or a psychiatrist.

Given the rules, "most legal abortions" were obtained by "women who had private insurance or could otherwise afford the review process -- and, more than that, on women who could lay the groundwork for it," The Atlantic reports, adding, "Whether a pregnancy constituted a 'danger' was often a subjective call; the chance of securing a diagnosis was greater if a woman went to a doctor she knew well, skewing the odds against those who didn't have the funds for regular healthcare."

For example, a 1969 Atlantic piece by Harriet Pilpel, a lawyer and women's rights activist, found that the majority of abortions performed in hospitals in New York City in the early 1960s were "for 'psychiatric' reasons, 93 percent were performed on white patients, 91 percent in private rooms." Further, Pilpel noted that women who were not able to have an abortion in a hospital were often able to find a safe abortion if they had "sufficient means," The Atlantic reports. Pilpel explained, "The out-of-hospital abortions performed by doctors are obtained by" middle- and upper-income white women, who also "accoun[t] for the bulk of in-hospital abortions."

Meanwhile, during that time, low-income minority women comprised a small proportion of in-hospital abortions but a majority of abortion-related deaths, according to The Atlantic.

Abortion Access in the U.S. Today

In 2015, the connection between class and abortion access remains "messy," The Atlantic reports. Low-income and minority women have accounted for an increasing proportion of abortions since 1973, partly because that demographic is at higher risk of unintended pregnancy.

However, just 22% of abortion clinics in 2011 were in neighborhoods that are minority dominant. Further, an uptick in laws that impose delays before a woman can obtain abortion can present additional access barriers, particularly for low-income women, according to The Atlantic. The Guttmacher Institute reports that an abortion in the first-trimester costs $470 on average, not including the other costs associated with accessing the procedure, including about $198 in lost wages, $57 in childcare costs and $44 in costs for transportation (Romm, The Atlantic, 7/24).


Op-Ed: Laws Restricting Abortion, Contraception Access Exacerbate U.S. Mortality Rate

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:26

Antiabortion-rights "laws and policies that limit abortion's availability, especially for women and teens who need it most" are "literally killing us," Women's eNews Editor in Chief Rita Henley Jensen writes in an opinion piece for the publication.

Op-Ed: Laws Restricting Abortion, Contraception Access Exacerbate U.S. Mortality Rate

July 28, 2015 — Antiabortion-rights "laws and policies that limit abortion's availability, especially for women and teens who need it most" are "literally killing us," Women's eNews Editor in Chief Rita Henley Jensen writes in an opinion piece for the publication.

According to Henley Jensen, "Quality maternal health care, available contraception and access to abortion are the three pillars of reducing maternal deaths." However, she notes that "[t]he U.S. maternal mortality rate has doubled since 1990, even as more and more anti-choice political leaders amped up their campaigns and re-elections with promises, too often fulfilled, to limit access to contraception and abortion," she writes.

She notes that "the United States is the only developed nation in which maternal mortality is rising, with 60,000 deaths per year," and "African American women die seven times more often than their white counterparts." While "[t]here is virtually no research to explain why this is so," Henley Jensen writes, "[h]ealth care officials estimate that tragically the deaths are avoidable between 50 and 93 percent of the time."

Increasing Number of Abortion Restrictions

Meanwhile, Henley Jensen notes that "[a]nti-abortion laws continue to be introduced, passed and signed with ever increasing speed by ambitious political leaders with no heed to women's well-being," such as the 20-week abortion ban (Act 56) signed last week by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). According to Henley Jensen, "women's rights groups have funded and fought lawsuits and successfully put a halt" to some of the laws, such as a fetal heartbeat ban (HB 1456) in North Dakota, "[b]ut the new laws keep coming, despite federal court opinion after court opinion ruling the laws are unconstitutional."

"[W]hile these lawsuits challenging the laws are irreplaceable, they are also insufficient," she writes, adding, "It is up to all of us to transform the political landscape to the point that being anti-choice is toxic for anyone running for public office."

Henley Jensen writes, "I would like to see women's advocates put the anti-abortion and anti-contraception forces on the defensive for what they are: Organizations that are putting all women and teens at risk; not only for back-alley abortions but also for dying from pregnancy-related causes."

Abortion-Rights Opponents Should Be Put 'on the Defensive,' Op-Ed States

According to Henley Jensen, there are a number of factors contributing to the rising maternal mortality rate in the U.S., notably the large number of pregnant women who lack health insurance. She notes that a high proportion of these women reside in the 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid, including Georgia, which has the highest maternal mortality rate in the country and where 26% of women of childbearing age lack health insurance. Another important factor, Henley writes, is a lack of hospital protocol for treating emergencies during and after labor, such as excessive bleeding, infections and stroke.

However, "the underlying cause" of the increasing maternal mortality rate, Henley Jensen writes, "is the void in political will." She notes that in the U.S., "excellent maternity care is the exception," contraceptive access "is consistently constrained," and abortion access is "regularly being limited by anti-choice legislation." She writes, "While the current class of [conservative] presidential candidates is competing to demonstrate their support for the most extreme anti-abortion initiatives, more women are dying because they were pregnant and did not receive the care they needed."

Henley Jensen concludes, "It is time to put the anti-life forces on the defensive for who they are and what they really stand for: Preventable deaths of healthy young women" (Henley Jensen, Women's eNews, 7/27).


Wisconsin Antiabortion-Rights Laws Send Women Across State Lines for Abortion Care

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:26

Women in Wisconsin seeking an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy are going to Illinois, Michigan or Minnesota "[a]lmost as standard practice," given the myriad abortion restrictions enacted in the state, Minneapolis City Pages reports.

Wisconsin Antiabortion-Rights Laws Send Women Across State Lines for Abortion Care

July 27, 2015 — Women in Wisconsin seeking an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy are going to Illinois, Michigan or Minnesota "[a]lmost as standard practice," given the myriad abortion restrictions enacted in the state, Minneapolis City Pages reports.

Abortion Restrictions

According to City Pages, Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Monday signed into law (Act 56) a 20-week abortion ban that makes "it a felony to perform an abortion after that point except when the woman's on the verge of death." It does not include exceptions for instances of rape or incest, or when a fetal anomaly is discovered at that point of pregnancy.

Further, since Walker has taken office, funding for Planned Parenthood has been reduced "to the point where it has only three clinics serving the entire state of Wisconsin, and only one other private clinic in Milwaukee practices abortion," City Pages reports. Meanwhile, the state also imposes a mandatory 24-hour delay and requires physicians to perform ultrasounds and display the images prior to an abortion.

Women Leave State for Abortion Care

According to City Pages, the need for women in the state to access abortion care outside of Wisconsin "is so dire that some organizations have special funding set aside to help women travel to Minnesota," such as the Women's Medical Fund.

Eliza Cussen, a board member at NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, said abortion "[a]ccess is almost nonexistent" in the state. She added, "There are a number of physical access barriers and emotional barriers that prevent Wisconsin women from getting care in their own state."

Meanwhile, Nicole Safar, director of government relations at Planned Parenthood Wisconsin, said women affected by the 20-week abortion ban will be those for whom travel is the most dangerous. "A lot of the physicians [who] testified against this bill said they thought there would be many cases where a woman's health would be at risk, but it wouldn't qualify for a medical emergency," Safar said, adding, "This is the state of Wisconsin making pregnancy more dangerous for women, saying to women who have preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure), 'You're not quite going to die, but even if you're not doing that great, you're going to have to travel.'"

Separately, Jen Aulwen, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, said it was not clear how many more women from Wisconsin would seek out care in Minnesota because of the new ban. However, she noted that her organization already receives patients from North Dakota and South Dakota -- which each have only one abortion clinic -- on a routine basis (Du, Minneapolis City Pages, 7/23).


9th Circuit Court Affirms Washington Rules on Dispensing Emergency Contraception

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:26

On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Washington state law requiring pharmacies to dispense all medicine, regardless of whether owners have religious objections, Reuters reports.

9th Circuit Court Affirms Washington Rules on Dispensing Emergency Contraception

July 27, 2015 — On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Washington state law requiring pharmacies to dispense all medicine, regardless of whether owners have religious objections, Reuters reports (Levine, Reuters, 7/23).

Attorneys for the plaintiffs said they would appeal the decision either to the full 9th Circuit or to the Supreme Court (Schrader, The Bellingham Herald, 7/22).

Background

The law, enacted in 2007, requires pharmacies to stock and dispense time-sensitive drugs for which there is a demand, including emergency contraception. The state permits individual pharmacists to defer prescriptions to other pharmacists at the same location, as long as doing so does not create delays.

Ralph's Thriftway Pharmacy owner Kevin Stormans and his family sued the state over the EC provision because of religious objections to the drugs. The family won at trial, but the state appealed. The case was headed for arguments in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2013 but was put on hold while the judges waited for the Supreme Court's decision on the federal contraceptive coverage rules (Women's Health Policy Report, 1/7/14).

Latest Ruling

In a unanimous decision, the 9th Circuit panel overturned the lower court decision and ruled that the "rules are rationally related to Washington's legitimate interest in ensuring that its citizens have safe and timely access to their lawful and lawfully prescribed medications" (The Bellingham Herald, 7/22).

In the opinion, Circuit Judge Susan Graber wrote that the judges "are unconvinced" that the plaintiffs' request to operate a pharmacy without complying with state regulations on prescription drug access "is 'so rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people as to be ranked as fundamental.' Accordingly, we decline to recognize a new fundamental right" (Wetzstein/Howell, Washington Times, 7/23).

The court also noted that speed of delivery is critical for EC. Graber wrote, "The time taken to travel to another pharmacy, especially in rural areas where pharmacies are sparse, may reduce the efficacy of those drugs" (Reuters, 7/23).

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) praised the decision. "Decisions regarding medical care -- including reproductive rights -- are appropriately between a patient and his or her medical professionals" (The Bellingham Herald, 7/22).


Transgender Individuals Continue To Face Challenges Accessing Care

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:26

Transgender individuals face barriers accessing health care services despite federal rules that bar insurers from using gender or health history to deny coverage, Kaiser Health News/CNN reports.

Transgender Individuals Continue To Face Challenges Accessing Care

July 27, 2015 — Transgender individuals face barriers accessing health care services despite federal rules that bar insurers from using gender or health history to deny coverage, Kaiser Health News/CNN reports.

Under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), insurers cannot deny coverage because a person is in the process of transitioning. Further, recent guidance from the Obama administration states that insurers cannot refuse to cover sex-specific preventive services to transgender individuals.

Gendered Insurance Forms

When individuals purchase individual or small group market plans, they must note their gender as either male or female. That selection corresponds with a code, and an individual only can receive services that match the code, according to Robin Maril, senior legislative counsel at the Human Rights Campaign.

However, if an individual is transitioning from one gender to another, he or she could still have organs that correspond with his or her gender at birth. For example, most transgender men have a cervix, meaning they still need to have a Pap test, according to Harvey Makadon, director of professional education and training at Fenway Community Health, a Boston LGBT health center. Further, it can take several years to complete the transition process entirely.

The insurance setup means that some transgender individuals opt to remain uninsured or mark their gender at birth on their insurance identification cards, KHN/CNN reports. Maril said, "The idea that you have insurance and you're still being denied basic care is outrageous."

In addition, issues with insurance can exacerbate what can already be a stressful experience for transgender individuals seeking health care. Eli Strong, who transitioned from female to male, noted, he "put off having annual (gynecological) exams ... because it was also so incredibly uncomfortable to be a bearded man in a gynecologist's office."

Insurers' Processes

America's Health Insurance Plans, the insurance industry's trade organization, said insurers are complying with the law. AHIP spokesperson Clare Krusing said, "Health plans want to make sure patients have access to the care they need" and "[p]lans do cover medically necessary care and preventive services for transgender individuals."

For example, according to KHN/CNN, Kaiser Permanente said it has a process in place to resolve claims that have been denied based on gender. Aetna said it had a similar way to resolve such claims, and is working to separate services from members' gender.

In addition, the insurance industry has said that providers should be responsible for clarifying a patient's health service needs. A provider can state a patient is transgender in notes included in a claim submission, according to the industry.

Advocates Say Issue Is Not Resolved

However, Dru Levasseur, of Lamdba Legal's Transgender Rights Project, said shifting responsibility to the provider does not always work. Levasseur noted most billing systems are automated and services such as prostrate exams and mammograms are flagged to match a certain gender. He explained that a claim is automatically denied if the gender does not correspond with a service and must be manually resolved.

Sarah MacCarthy, a health researcher at RAND Corporation, said while there were no reliable data on coding issues related to denials, "there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that it's challenging to access services, and even if they are accessed, they continue to be of low quality."

Meanwhile, AAPC, a trade group for medical coders, and transgender advocates said private insurers could put in place specific transgender coding options as Medicare does. According to KHN/CNN, Medicare uses codes that permit providers to note that an individual is transgender, which means that claims for services such as Pap tests can be processed.

Advocates said they are aiming to incorporate new categories -- such as "transgender woman" or "transgender man" -- into the insurance application forms as well as research initiatives to better understand coverage denials among transgender individuals and how such denials relate to health outcomes (Gillespie, Kaiser Health News/CNN, 7/27).

Report: Trans Women Face Health Care Disparities, High HIV Rates

In related news, discrimination against transgender individuals results in health care access disparities, which can been seen in high HIV prevalence among transgender women around the world, according to a World Health Organization report, NPR's "All Things Considered" reports.

In a meta-analysis, researchers looked at HIV prevalence among transgender women in 15 countries. Data from countries in Africa and Eastern Europe was not available at the time the report was written.

JoAnne Keatley, study author and director of the University of California-San Francisco's Center for Excellence for Transgender Health, said the meta-analysis found that transgender women are 49 times more likely than the general population to have HIV. Further, transgender women sex workers are nine times more likely to have HIV than other women sex workers.

In an interview with NPR, Keatley said the higher rates of HIV among transgender individuals likely has to do with stigma. She said, "I think a lot of it is stigma-driven. Trans people struggle in order to obtain identity documents that allow them to participate in the workforce. Many trans people are not able to obtain health coverage." Keatley added, "What is driving the epidemic is really the refusal -- I would say -- of governments to pass legislation that allows them to function in society, and allows them to participate in the workplace."

However, she also pointed to some recent progress in lowering HIV prevalence among transgender individuals, noting that the WHO policy brief aims to educate governments and health ministries about HIV and transgender individuals ("All Things Considered," NPR, 7/26).


Blogs Comment on Federal Court Decision Targeting Roe, Investigation into 'Sham Group' Behind Planned Parenthood Videos, More

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:26

Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at RH Reality Check, Women's Law Project blog and more.

Blogs Comment on Federal Court Decision Targeting Roe, Investigation into 'Sham Group' Behind Planned Parenthood Videos, More

July 24, 2015 — Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at RH Reality Check, Women's Law Project blog and more.

ABORTION RESTRICTIONS: "Federal Court Blocks North Dakota Heartbeat Ban, Calls on the Supreme Court To Overturn 'Roe,'" Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: "The decision on Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit permanently blocking North Dakota's so-called heartbeat ban [HB 1456], a law that would ban abortion as early as six weeks post-fertilization, is a win," Mason Pieklo writes. However, she notes that "Wednesday's decision is the second from the Eighth Circuit to ... urge the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and re-empower states to ban abortions outright." Specifically, the 8th Circuit in its latest ruling incorporated state lawmakers' "willing[ness] to manipulate biomedical science" to restrict abortion, concluding "that states need more power to regulate pregnancies -- and even ban abortions pre-viability -- while also critiquing [Planned Parenthood v. Casey's] re-affirmation of fetal viability as a point the Supreme Court must re-evaluate," Mason Pieklo writes. Yet Mason Pieklo points out that "as problematic as Roe and Casey both are in terms of not clearly and firmly articulating a patient's right to terminate pregnancies as they need, they do fundamentally underscore that science, especially obstetrics, should drive any state regulation of pregnancy. In other words, the decisions set a distinctive point obstetrically at which the state's interest should never override the interest of the pregnant patient." Mason Pieklo calls out how the 8th Circuit "use[s] advances in medicine as a grounds for denying pregnant patients medical care" and asks whether the appeals court's "willing[ness] to get in on the attacks on patients and their access to health care" will "prod the [Supreme] Court to jump in, or if, for now at least, Roe and Casey still provide some level of protection for abortion rights that patients and providers can rely on" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22).

ANTIABORTION-RIGHTS MOVEMENT: "Lawmakers Ask Attorney General To Investigate Sham Group Attacking Planned Parenthood," Emily Crockett, RH Reality Check: "Four House Democrats are calling for an investigation into the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) as the group's deceptively edited video attacking Planned Parenthood continues to fall apart under public scrutiny," Crockett writes. According to Crockett, "Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) sent a letter on Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch [D] and California Attorney General Kamala Harris [D] asking them to investigate whether any laws were broken in what they called an 'elaborate, multi-year scheme to impersonate corporate officials from a fake biologics company' ... to secretly film and attempt to discredit Planned Parenthood employees." According to Crockett, "The lawmakers expressed concern about several issues ... including how anti-choice activist David Daleiden may have violated the law by misrepresenting the purpose of his fake corporate entity, and the likelihood that CMP violated California's two-party consent law by secretly recording a private conversation." She also cites a press release from the lawmakers, which stated that they had "'other questions about possible coordination between [CMP] and Members of Congress who knew about the video weeks in advance of its release'" (Crockett, RH Reality Check, 7/22).

What others are saying about the antiabortion-rights movement:

~ "Is GOP Leadership Coordinating Harassment of Planned Parenthood With Anti-Choice Radicals?" Jodi Jacobson, RH Reality Check.

~ "How the Right's 'Abortion Industry' Lie Led to the Latest Planned Parenthood Smear," Miranda Blue, Huffington Post blogs.

~ "Crusade Against Planned Parenthood Stalls Bill Helping Wounded Veterans," Crockett, RH Reality Check.

ABORTION-RIGHTS MOVEMENT: "Meet the New Left Flank of the Reproductive Rights Movement," Crockett, RH Reality Check: An abortion-rights group called Reproaction "aims to be the new 'left flank' on reproductive rights and hold pro-choice politicians and advocates accountable to their views," Crockett writes. According to Crockett, Reproaction's "founding theory ... is that the pro-choice movement is losing" -- despite widespread support for abortion rights -- "because pro-choicers have been on defense for decades," while antiabortion-rights advocates "and politicians have chipped away at reproductive rights so severely that some states may actually have worse abortion access today than before Roe v. Wade." Crockett writes that Erin Matson and Pamela Meritt, who lead the new group, "hope to create a 'culture of direct action' in the pro-choice movement that will spread beyond what they do with Reproaction, although they acknowledge that this will be easier for some in the pro-choice sphere than others." The group, which will officially launch on Aug. 19, is "tight-lipped about the specifics on future actions or next steps," but Matson and Meritt "can say that they won't be concerned about either popularity or partisanship, and that they will name names," Crockett writes (Crockett, RH Reality Check, 7/22).

BUFFER ZONE LEGISLATION: "Women's Law Project Files Amicus Brief in Pittsburgh Buffer Zone 3[r]d Circuit Appeal," Tara Murtha, Women's Law Project blog: "After federal courts repeatedly upheld Pittsburgh's 15-foot clinic buffer zone ordinance, opponents of legal abortion are still fighting to knock it down," in a challenge that has "implications for the safety of patients and providers across the country," Murtha writes. She notes that the Pittsburgh ruling was appealed to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has been asked to consider whether the Supreme Court's McCullen v. Coakley ruling "prohibits even very small local buffer zones around women's health clinics with a history of obstructive and confrontational protest." According to Murtha, the Women's Law Project and Thomas Zemaitis, a partner at Pepper Hamilton, on Thursday filed an amicus brief defending the Pittsburgh ordinance, stating that it is "'a narrowly-tailored measure that resembles the kinds of alternative measures suggested in McCullen," and "'has achieved its purpose of creating a safer, less hostile environment for patients ... while "leav(ing) open ample alternative channels of communication" for plaintiffs to convey their message.'" Murtha writes that if buffer zone is upheld, "it could become a model for other jurisdictions with similar problems," but if it is struck down, "women's health providers will be deprived of one of the most effective tools for ensuring that patients can access reproductive health care safely and with dignity" (Murtha, Women's Law Project blog, 7/22).

CONTRACEPTION: "Our Take on the Post-Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Coverage Rules," Raising Women's Voices blog: There are "mixed results for women who need birth control coverage" in HHS’ final rules on implementing the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) contraceptive coverage rules for closely held for-profit companies whose owners have religious objections to contraception, Raising Women's Voices states, citing the differences between its recommendations on the proposed rules and the finalized regulations. For example, Raising Women's Voices expresses concern that HHS gave up "too much ground" in its final definition of an eligible organization under the accommodation, noting that "[w]hile no publicly traded corporations will be able to qualify for the accommodation," it "include[s] as many entities as possible." Raising Women's Voices lists other concerns, such as how employers' insurers, rather than employers themselves, will have to notify employees that the company will not provide contraceptive coverage, as well as how employers claiming the accommodation do not have to publicly disclose that information. Further, Raising Women's Voices states that the final rules do not establish an "independent body ... to monitor or enforce" the accommodation and do not ensure that women affected by the accommodation only have to carry one insurance card for their contraceptive coverage and other prescriptions, which means some women might have to carry two cards (Raising Women's Voices blog, 7/21).

POLITICS AND ELECTIONS: "Why Are Progressives Ignoring Abortion?" Robin Marty, Care2: While "the percentage of Americans identifying as pro-choice is at its highest level since 2008, and the percentage of Democrats who call themselves pro-choice is at its highest point ever," progressive leaders are "avoiding the word abortion as much as ever," Marty writes, stating that abortion-rights supporters "are demanding to be heard." She notes that activists attending an annual gathering for progressives called Netroots Nation are "demanding more time and attention from key event leaders" after the conference's keynote address excluded "abortion and reproductive rights ... for a second year in a row." According to Marty, "nearly three dozen activists" penned "an open letter to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren -- the [keynote] speaker -- asking her when she will address reproductive health rights." Warren's "lack of mention of reproductive rights was especially grievous ... because of her interest in focusing on the economic issues most important to Americans," Marty explains, noting that reproductive rights "have extreme impact on [a] person's economic prospects" and isolating those rights from "the panoply of economic, environmental and civil rights issues" could "be construed as a stamp of approval in silencing" reproductive rights supporters. Marty writes, "Abortion access shouldn't be a 'tough conversation' for ... a progressive," adding that abortion access and contraception "must be recognized, embraced and, above all else, fought for, not silenced" (Marty, Care2, 7/22).

What others are saying about politics and elections:

~ "GOP Presidential Hopeful John Kasich Has Overseen Closure of Half of Ohio's Abortion Clinics," Nina Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check.


EACH Woman Act Gives Women Agency To Make Personal Health Decisions, Op-Ed States

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:26

As the intake coordinator for the New Orleans Abortion Fund, "I see firsthand how women are impacted by some of the most detrimental restrictions that stand in the way of a decision to end a pregnancy," particularly in Louisiana, Marlo Barrera writes in an opinion piece for the Baton Rouge Advocate.

EACH Woman Act Gives Women Agency To Make Personal Health Decisions, Op-Ed States

July 29, 2015 — As the intake coordinator for the New Orleans Abortion Fund, "I see firsthand how women are impacted by some of the most detrimental restrictions that stand in the way of a decision to end a pregnancy," particularly in Louisiana, Marlo Barrera writes in an opinion piece for the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Barrera notes that, "[n]ationally, the 'Hyde Amendment' withholds abortion coverage from those who receive their health insurance or care through the federal government." She writes that in Louisiana specifically, "those enrolled and qualified for Medicaid and those with insurance through the health exchange are denied abortion coverage." Further, state lawmakers "spend an outrageous amount of time and resources putting barriers in the way of abortion under the guise of 'protecting women,'" such as a 24-hour mandatory delay law, she writes.

Barrera writes that she "was overjoyed when earlier this month three congresswomen introduced HR 2972, the EACH Woman Act, with the support of more than 80 congressional co-sponsors and 46 women's health, rights and justice advocacy organizations under the campaign All* Above All."

According to Barrera, "[t]he bill would ensure that every woman who receives health care or insurance through the federal government is provided with complete reproductive health care, including abortion care," and "prohibit politicians from interfering with decisions by private health insurance companies to provide this type of coverage in their health plans."

She writes, "I know that I am not alone in my support for this bill." She cites a national poll found that "broad swaths of the nation ... agree that the amount of money a woman has should not determine her access to health care and abortion services" and "that the value voters place on women being able to make vital, personal decisions outweighs the argument that abortion services should not be funded by taxpayer dollars."

"As individuals, it is our moral responsibility to combat the policies that harm members of our communities who are already marginalized," Barrera writes, concluding, "By ensuring full reproductive health access, the EACH Woman Act means every woman is able to make the important personal decisions that enable her to control her own destiny" (Barrera, Baton Rouge Advocate, 7/28).


Op-Ed: No 'Justifiable Medical Reason' for Telemedicine Abortion Bans

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:26

"Because of its proven value, telemedicine has been embraced by the medical community for almost every facet of medicine, save one: medica[tion] abortions, where politicians in some states have increasingly sought to regulate it to the point of virtual unavailability," Amesh Adalja, a Pittsburgh-based physician, writes in a Pittsburgh City Paper opinion piece.

Op-Ed: No 'Justifiable Medical Reason' for Telemedicine Abortion Bans

July 30, 2015 — "Because of its proven value, telemedicine has been embraced by the medical community for almost every facet of medicine, save one: medica[tion] abortions, where politicians in some states have increasingly sought to regulate it to the point of virtual unavailability," Amesh Adalja, a Pittsburgh-based physician, writes in a Pittsburgh City Paper opinion piece.

According to Adalja, medication abortion is "safe and effective." He writes, "In areas of the country in which access to [health care] providers is not convenient or available, telemedicine brings this treatment to women who choose to employ it."

However, several states -- including Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa -- "have banned the use of telemedicine for medical abortions," while Pennsylvania already regulates abortion so heavily "that new laws basically have nothing left to regulate," he writes. He adds, "In light of this worrisome trend, the recent ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court to strike down this ban in that state is encouraging."

Adalja writes, "There is not a justifiable medical reason for this restriction." Rather, he notes that using telemedicine to provide abortion care is restricted because "many people seek to restrict the rights of women to their own bodies while at the same time dictating how physicians and other health-care providers practice medicine -- a double injury to the causes of liberty and free enterprise," Adalja argues. He continues, "This strategy of making the ending of a pregnancy as arduous as possible is apparent not only in telemedicine bans, but also in the efforts to dictate that physicians must have hospital admitting privileges, and must perform what is usually an office-based procedure in ambulatory surgical centers."

Adalja writes, "It does not matter that the medical service in question in these cases is abortion, because abortion is a right and the government's circumscription of it is tantamount to the nullification of that right, as well as of a physician's right to practice medicine." He concludes, "Telemedicine is path-breaking technology that will revolutionize health care and improve access to care, control costs and open up whole new avenues for innovation. It must not be left susceptible to government interference that clearly vitiates the once-sacrosanct U.S. Constitution's principle of liberty" (Adalja, Pittsburgh City Paper, 7/29).


Court Blocks Antiabortion-Rights Group From Releasing Certain Video Content, Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood Continue

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:26

The Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order blocking an antiabortion-rights group from releasing any footage featuring executives from a California-based company, StemExpress, that supplies fetal tissue for research, AP/ABC News reports.

Court Blocks Antiabortion-Rights Group From Releasing Certain Video Content, Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood Continue

July 30, 2015 — The Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order blocking an antiabortion-rights group from releasing any footage featuring executives from a California-based company, StemExpress, that supplies fetal tissue for research, AP/ABC News reports.

According to AP/ABC News, the restraining order took effect immediately and will remain in effect until a hearing on Aug. 19 (Armario, AP/ABC News, 7/29).

Background

The antiabortion-rights group called the Center for Medical Progress recently released three misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood that depict Planned Parenthood staff discussing fetal tissue donation. CMP secretly filmed the videos by meeting with Planned Parenthood staff while posing as buyers of fetal tissue (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/29).

One of the videos includes commentary from an individual identified as a former StemExpress staff member (AP/ABC News, 7/29).

Planned Parenthood has stated that the videos were heavily edited and that the filmed officials did not conduct any illegal activities. The organization said it does not profit from fetal tissue donations and only receives reimbursement for costs associated with such donations, which is legal. Meanwhile, supporters of Planned Parenthood said the videos are part of a decades-long campaign against the organization (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/29).

In addition to the StemExpress case, California Attorney General Kamala Harris' (D) office is reviewing CMP's tactics to decide whether the group's actions violated state law. Harris wrote in a letter, "We will carefully review the allegations ... to determine whether there were any violations of California law." She added, "This office will also review any materials filed by the [CMP] with the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts to determine whether the organization violated laws including, but not limited to, our registration and reporting requirements" (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/27).

Court Blocks Videos Featuring StemExpress Staff

According to AP/ABC News, the court order is the first legal action blocking CMP from releasing video footage.

Specifically, the order prohibits CMP from releasing videos taken in May that feature three high-ranking officials at StemExpress. Planned Parenthood is one organization that donates fetal tissue samples to StemExpress (AP/ABC News, 7/29).

PPFA President Denounces 'Extremist' Videos

In related news, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards in a Washington Post opinion piece denounces the "extremis[t]" videos as "a new low" in a "decades-long campaign" against Planned Parenthood "health centers, providers and patients."

Richards writes, "Planned Parenthood has been a trusted nonprofit provider of women's health care for nearly a century," providing 2.7 million people annually with "high-quality, nonjudgmental, compassionate care." Ongoing attacks against the organization "are not about us," she writes, adding, "They are about the ability of women across the country to access health care. Period."

According to Richards, "These extremists created a fake business, made apparently misleading corporate filings and then used false government identifications to gain access to Planned Parenthood's medical and research staff with the agenda of secretly filming without consent -- then heavily edited the footage to make false and absurd assertions about our standards and services." Noting that the "videos do not show anything illegal," Richards writes, "While our opponents have been working to create scandal and panic where none exists, doctors and nurses at Planned Parenthood health centers have continued to provide care to thousands of women, men and young people every day -- contraception, cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections ... and safe and legal abortion."

"The goal of these attacks," as well as resulting calls from Congress to defund Planned Parenthood's preventive care services, "is to get Planned Parenthood to stop providing care -- and that will never happen," she writes, concluding, "We have proudly provided reproductive health-care services for 99 years, and we are only getting started" (Richards, Washington Post, 7/29).

Lawmakers Opposed to Abortion-Rights Vow To Vote Against Funding for Planned Parenthood

In other news, conservative lawmakers in the House and Senate have voiced opposition against any government spending measures that allocate funding for Planned Parenthood, Politico reports.

According to Politico, opposition from conservative lawmakers over the issue could lead to another government shutdown dispute in the fall. Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to pass spending legislation to keep the government in operation.

For example, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he would "support any and all legislative efforts to defund Planned Parenthood." Meanwhile, Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said they are mulling support for a spending rider designed to block Planned Parenthood funding in spending measures this fall (Everett, Politico, 7/29).

Similarly, in the House, a group of 18 conservative lawmakers in a letter sent to GOP House leaders urged action "to fully defund Planned Parenthood." They wrote, "Please know that we cannot and will not support any funding resolution -- an appropriations bill, an omnibus package, a continuing resolution, or otherwise -- that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood, including mandatory funding streams."

The House lawmakers also urged Congress to "do everything within its power to investigate" the claims alleged in the videos "and take immediate action to stop them" (Shabad, The Hill, 7/29).

Planned Parenthood Calls for Federal Study of Fetal Tissue Research

In other related news, Planned Parenthood on Wednesday asked NIH to assemble a committee of independent experts to examine issues related to fetal tissue research, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Richards said of the request, "The inflammatory and misleading videos have pushed this issue into the national spotlight ... And a thoughtful, careful review by leading medical and ethical experts could do a lot to help the public and policymakers think through this issue and reach informed conclusions" (Fram, AP/Washington Times, 7/29).

Planned Parenthood Shuts Down Website Following Second Cyberattack

In more related news, Planned Parenthood on Wednesday shut down its website following a second cyberattack targeting the institution in a week's time, The Hill reports.

According to The Hill, Planned Parenthood officials said the website was plagued by a "denial of service attack," which diverts large amounts of traffic to the site at one time to force its shutdown. Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of PPFA, said, "We deeply regret that in order to more fully protect our websites from these extremist attacks, our full online content will be temporarily unavailable to people looking for good, accurate health information." Laguens added that the organization is "taking every measure possible to mitigate any criminal efforts to undermine our mission and services" (Ferris, The Hill, 7/29).

Earlier this week, a hacker group calling itself 3301 breached Planned Parenthood's information systems and released the names and contact information, including email addresses, for more than 300 of the organization's employees (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/29). According to The Hill, it is not clear whether the two cyberattacks are related (The Hill, 7/29).


Kansas Antiabortion-Rights Activist Must Face Trial Over Letter Threatening Abortion Provider

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:33

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled an antiabortion-rights activist in Kansas must face trial over a threatening letter she sent to an abortion provider, overturning a lower court ruling that deemed the letter an expression of free speech, AP/Miami Herald reports.

Kansas Antiabortion-Rights Activist Must Face Trial Over Letter Threatening Abortion Provider

July 30, 2015 — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled an antiabortion-rights activist in Kansas must face trial over a threatening letter she sent to an abortion provider, overturning a lower court ruling that deemed the letter an expression of free speech, AP/Miami Herald reports (Hegeman, AP/Miami Herald, 7/29).

Background

In 2011, the Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit against activist Angel Dillard under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act after she wrote the letter to Mila Means, who was training to offer abortion services in Wichita. Wichita had not had an abortion provider since the murder of George Tiller.

In the letter, Dillard wrote that thousands of people nationwide were scrutinizing Means' background, adding, "They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live." The letter continued, "You will be checking under your car every day -- because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it."

In 2013, a federal judge ruled that Dillard's letter was constitutionally protected as free speech and did not constitute a "true threat." The DOJ Civil Rights Division appealed the ruling (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/11/13).

According to the AP/Herald, Means eventually decided that she would not offer abortion care at her clinic.

Latest Ruling

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit ruled 2-1 to overturn the lower court decision, ruling that a jury reasonably could find the letter constituted a legitimate threat of violence. The court also denied Dillard's argument that the government's suit against her violated her freedom of speech.

The decision stated, "The context in this case includes Wichita's past history of violence against abortion providers, the culmination of this violence in Dr. Tiller's murder less than two years before [Dillard] mailed her letter, [Dillard's] publicized friendship with Dr. Tiller's killer, and her reported admiration of his convictions."

Further, the ruling noted that Means "believed that [Dillard's] admiration of" Tiller's killer, antiabortion-rights activist Scott Roeder, "suggested a likelihood that she too would go 'from protester to murderer,' and she remained very anxious that [Dillard] or her associates would indeed place an explosive under her car as suggested by the letter" (AP/Miami Herald, 7/29).


Ala. Inmate Drops Request Seeking Abortion

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:33

An Alabama jail inmate on Wednesday filed a court document dropping her request to obtain an abortion, AP/ABC News reports.

Ala. Inmate Drops Request Seeking Abortion

July 30, 2015 — An Alabama jail inmate on Wednesday filed a court document dropping her request to obtain an abortion, AP/ABC News reports (Reeves, AP/ABC News, 7/29).

Background

The American Civil Liberties Union earlier this month filed a lawsuit against Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton (R) on behalf of the inmate, who at the time had requested access to abortion care. According to Randall Marshall, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, the case was the first of its kind to be filed in Alabama, although similar lawsuits have taken place in other states.

Marshall said the inmate, who is listed as Jane Doe, requested a "furlough or supervised transportation" from Lauderdale County Jail to Huntsville for the procedure. According to the lawsuit, the inmate asked for transportation to obtain an abortion and was denied by Singleton, who informed her that she needed to get a court order instructing him to transport her. Singleton contended that he did not "deny" her request for an abortion but was following longstanding departmental policy.

However, Marshall said ACLU stands by its position that the inmate should not have to obtain a court order for a "constitutional procedure she has a right to." The lawsuit stated that the inmate has a constitutional right to an abortion, and denying it would be considered "cruel and unusual punishment of a prisoner."

A federal judge was scheduled to rule on the case on Friday (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/29).

Meanwhile, Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly (R) petitioned court authorities to terminate the inmate's parental rights, which would have stripped her of her legal standing to request access to abortion care. In addition, the court designated an attorney to act as guardian for the fetus.

According to Marshall, the federal court ruling, if favorable, would have trumped the state's maneuver.

Details of Statement

The sworn statement filed in court did not disclose whether the state had influenced the woman's decision to forgo an abortion.

In the document, the inmate said she made the decision without any "undue influence, duress, or threat of harm." She said, "After much consideration and counsel, I ... have decided that I no longer desire to pursue an abortion procedure and intend to carry the [pregnancy] to full term and birth."

Legal Expert Denounces State Maneuver

Meanwhile, Heather Fann -- the head of the family law section of the Alabama State Bar Association, who was not involved in the case -- said the state's efforts to eliminate the inmate's parental rights was "absurd" and could provide a new avenue for abortion-rights opponents to restrict abortion access.

"The entire concept flies in the face of what we are set up to do," Fann said, adding, "If this were to happen you've got one judge and one lawyer making all the decisions for a woman" (AP/ABC News, 7/29).


Court Blocks Antiabortion-Rights Group From Releasing Certain Video Content, Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood Continue

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:11

The Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order blocking an antiabortion-rights group from releasing any footage featuring executives from a California-based company, StemExpress, that supplies fetal tissue for research, AP/ABC News reports.

Court Blocks Antiabortion-Rights Group From Releasing Certain Video Content, Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood Continue

July 30, 2015 — The Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order blocking an antiabortion-rights group from releasing any footage featuring executives from a California-based company, StemExpress, that supplies fetal tissue for research, AP/ABC News reports.

According to AP/ABC News, the restraining order took effect immediately and will remain in effect until a hearing on Aug. 19 (Armario, AP/ABC News, 7/29).

Background

The antiabortion-rights group called the Center for Medical Progress recently released three misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood that depict Planned Parenthood staff discussing fetal tissue donation. CMP secretly filmed the videos by meeting with Planned Parenthood staff while posing as buyers of fetal tissue (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/29).

One of the videos includes commentary from an individual identified as a former StemExpress staff member (AP/ABC News, 7/29).

Planned Parenthood has stated that the videos were heavily edited and that the filmed officials did not conduct any illegal activities. The organization said it does not profit from fetal tissue donations and only receives reimbursement for costs associated with such donations, which is legal. Meanwhile, supporters of Planned Parenthood said the videos are part of a decades-long campaign against the organization (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/29).

In addition to the StemExpress case, California Attorney General Kamala Harris' (D) office is reviewing CMP's tactics to decide whether the group's actions violated state law. Harris wrote in a letter, "We will carefully review the allegations ... to determine whether there were any violations of California law." She added, "This office will also review any materials filed by the [CMP] with the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts to determine whether the organization violated laws including, but not limited to, our registration and reporting requirements" (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/27).

Court Blocks Videos Featuring StemExpress Staff

According to AP/ABC News, the court order is the first legal action blocking CMP from releasing video footage.

Specifically, the order prohibits CMP from releasing videos taken in May that feature three high-ranking officials at StemExpress. Planned Parenthood is one organization that donates fetal tissue samples to StemExpress (AP/ABC News, 7/29).

PPFA President Denounces 'Extremist' Videos

In related news, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards in a Washington Post opinion piece denounces the "extremis[t]" videos as "a new low" in a "decades-long campaign" against Planned Parenthood "health centers, providers and patients."

Richards writes, "Planned Parenthood has been a trusted nonprofit provider of women's health care for nearly a century," providing 2.7 million people annually with "high-quality, nonjudgmental, compassionate care." Ongoing attacks against the organization "are not about us," she writes, adding, "They are about the ability of women across the country to access health care. Period."

According to Richards, "These extremists created a fake business, made apparently misleading corporate filings and then used false government identifications to gain access to Planned Parenthood's medical and research staff with the agenda of secretly filming without consent -- then heavily edited the footage to make false and absurd assertions about our standards and services." Noting that the "videos do not show anything illegal," Richards writes, "While our opponents have been working to create scandal and panic where none exists, doctors and nurses at Planned Parenthood health centers have continued to provide care to thousands of women, men and young people every day -- contraception, cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections ... and safe and legal abortion."

"The goal of these attacks," as well as resulting calls from Congress to defund Planned Parenthood's preventive care services, "is to get Planned Parenthood to stop providing care -- and that will never happen," she writes, concluding, "We have proudly provided reproductive health-care services for 99 years, and we are only getting started" (Richards, Washington Post, 7/29).

Lawmakers Opposed to Abortion-Rights Vow To Vote Against Funding for Planned Parenthood

In other news, conservative lawmakers in the House and Senate have voiced opposition against any government spending measures that allocate funding for Planned Parenthood, Politico reports.

According to Politico, opposition from conservative lawmakers over the issue could lead to another government shutdown dispute in the fall. Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to pass spending legislation to keep the government in operation.

For example, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he would "support any and all legislative efforts to defund Planned Parenthood." Meanwhile, Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said they are mulling support for a spending rider designed to block Planned Parenthood funding in spending measures this fall (Everett, Politico, 7/29).

Similarly, in the House, a group of 18 conservative lawmakers in a letter sent to GOP House leaders urged action "to fully defund Planned Parenthood." They wrote, "Please know that we cannot and will not support any funding resolution -- an appropriations bill, an omnibus package, a continuing resolution, or otherwise -- that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood, including mandatory funding streams."

The House lawmakers also urged Congress to "do everything within its power to investigate" the claims alleged in the videos "and take immediate action to stop them" (Shabad, The Hill, 7/29).

Planned Parenthood Calls for Federal Study of Fetal Tissue Research

In other related news, Planned Parenthood on Wednesday asked NIH to assemble a committee of independent experts to examine issues related to fetal tissue research, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Richards said of the request, "The inflammatory and misleading videos have pushed this issue into the national spotlight ... And a thoughtful, careful review by leading medical and ethical experts could do a lot to help the public and policymakers think through this issue and reach informed conclusions" (Fram, AP/Washington Times, 7/29).

Planned Parenthood Shuts Down Website Following Second Cyberattack

In more related news, Planned Parenthood on Wednesday shut down its website following a second cyberattack targeting the institution in a week's time, The Hill reports.

According to The Hill, Planned Parenthood officials said the website was plagued by a "denial of service attack," which diverts large amounts of traffic to the site at one time to force its shutdown. Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of PPFA, said, "We deeply regret that in order to more fully protect our websites from these extremist attacks, our full online content will be temporarily unavailable to people looking for good, accurate health information." Laguens added that the organization is "taking every measure possible to mitigate any criminal efforts to undermine our mission and services" (Ferris, The Hill, 7/29).

Earlier this week, a hacker group calling itself 3301 breached Planned Parenthood's information systems and released the names and contact information, including email addresses, for more than 300 of the organization's employees (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/29). According to The Hill, it is not clear whether the two cyberattacks are related (The Hill, 7/29).


Ala. Inmate Drops Request Seeking Abortion

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:05

An Alabama jail inmate on Wednesday filed a court document dropping her request to obtain an abortion, AP/ABC News reports.

Ala. Inmate Drops Request Seeking Abortion

July 30, 2015 — An Alabama jail inmate on Wednesday filed a court document dropping her request to obtain an abortion, AP/ABC News reports (Reeves, AP/ABC News, 7/29).

Background

The American Civil Liberties Union earlier this month filed a lawsuit against Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton (R) on behalf of the inmate, who at the time had requested access to abortion care. According to Randall Marshall, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, the case was the first of its kind to be filed in Alabama, although similar lawsuits have taken place in other states.

Marshall said the inmate, who is listed as Jane Doe, requested a "furlough or supervised transportation" from Lauderdale County Jail to Huntsville for the procedure. According to the lawsuit, the inmate asked for transportation to obtain an abortion and was denied by Singleton, who informed her that she needed to get a court order instructing him to transport her. Singleton contended that he did not "deny" her request for an abortion but was following longstanding departmental policy.

However, Marshall said ACLU stands by its position that the inmate should not have to obtain a court order for a "constitutional procedure she has a right to." The lawsuit stated that the inmate has a constitutional right to an abortion, and denying it would be considered "cruel and unusual punishment of a prisoner."

A federal judge was scheduled to rule on the case on Friday (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/29).

Meanwhile, Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly (R) petitioned court authorities to terminate the inmate's parental rights, which would have stripped her of her legal standing to request access to abortion care. In addition, the court designated an attorney to act as guardian for the fetus.

According to Marshall, the federal court ruling, if favorable, would have trumped the state's maneuver.

Details of Statement

The sworn statement filed in court did not disclose whether the state had influenced the woman's decision to forgo an abortion.

In the document, the inmate said she made the decision without any "undue influence, duress, or threat of harm." She said, "After much consideration and counsel, I ... have decided that I no longer desire to pursue an abortion procedure and intend to carry the [pregnancy] to full term and birth."

Legal Expert Denounces State Maneuver

Meanwhile, Heather Fann -- the head of the family law section of the Alabama State Bar Association, who was not involved in the case -- said the state's efforts to eliminate the inmate's parental rights was "absurd" and could provide a new avenue for abortion-rights opponents to restrict abortion access.

"The entire concept flies in the face of what we are set up to do," Fann said, adding, "If this were to happen you've got one judge and one lawyer making all the decisions for a woman" (AP/ABC News, 7/29).