New York Times (New York, NY)
Citizens in both California and Oregon will soon be able to obtain contraceptives from pharmacists without a doctor’s prescription. These changes make it more convenient and less expensive for patients to receive the contraception they need.
Piedmont Healthcare (USA)
A study done by the CDC has found that the use of long-acting reversible contraception is almost five times higher today than it was a decade ago for women between the ages of 15 and 44.
A Wisconsin TRAP law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital has been deemed unconstitutional by a U.S. appeals court. This same restriction in another case is currently being considered by U.S. Supreme Court.
A similar TRAP law in Texas has reached the US Supreme Court. Take a look to RMC National Board Chairs Op-Ed standing against the double standard over abortion. Read their Op-Ed at CNN!
According to RH Reproductive Health, Two Utah Republicans, Senators Margaret Dayton and Curt Bramble, announced Wednesday that they will introduce bills in 2016 to strip Planned Parenthood of funding and outlaw certain abortion procedures. Senator Dayton noted that these measures would ban any facility that “promotes of provides abortions” from federal or state funding. Amidst these attempts, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah CEO Karrie Galloway stated that these measures are political ploys trying to score points at the expense of residents in Utah.
“The majority of voters nationwide, including 62 percent of Republicans, say that attempting to end safe and legal abortion before the point of viability is the wrong issue for state legislatures to be spending their time on,” Galloway said in a statement.
Following the release of edited videos of Planned Parenthood trafficking in fetal tissue, Republicans have attempted to strip the organization of state and federal funding. Though investigations have found no evidence that the claims made in these videos are true and have discredited the organization, anti-choice extremists continue to latch on to these phenomena when driving measures that would inhibit choice and access to reproductive health.
As common-sense Republicans, it is imperative that we recognize the facts and ignore the fiction: promoting limited government intervention and maintaining our constitutional right to personal liberty remains at the forefront of our platform.
We are always happy to share the amazing work and good news about family planning providers like the Jackson Mississippi Women’s Heath Organization. In the face of constant attacks on the services they provide they continue to stay strong and go the extra mile to help women and families in the state of Mississippi and many others.
This lone clinic is registering itself as an official health provider for insurance companies. It aims to be registered with Medicaid by the end of November and will be training its staff on administering various methods of contraception like the birth control pill and IUDs. It also plans to add additional insurance providers in order to assist even more women than it already does. With so many clinics in the the state closing, the doctors at the JWHO recognize the large void left behind when it comes to accessing affordable contraception in Mississippi. After years of restrictions and intense regulation, JWHO is now the only one family planning clinic that offers abortion in Mississippi amongst its many important services.
Along with the various forms of contraception, the clinic hopes to provide large amounts of factual information to patients about contraception, pregnancy, and STIs. Highlighting the benefits of contraception and risks for STIs has been proven countless times to lower rates of teen and unintended pregnancy, STIs, and abortion. Keeping women safe and healthy goes beyond commonsense policy; it also saves millions of dollars in future medical costs. In 2010, one year of Medicaid-covered contraception costs $239 while a Medicaid-covered birth (including prenatal care, delivery, postpartum care, and infant care for one year) costs $12,770. That’s over fifty times more! Providing women access to affordable contraception is a fiscally responsibly path that the Jackson Women’s Health Organization recognizes and aims to follow through on and we thank them for their important work.
CBS News (USA)
While anti-choice legislators endeavor to close family planning clinics in Texas that provide abortion, women across the state are instead resorting to unsafe, self-induced abortions. A recent study has found that between 100,000 and 240,000 women have attempted to self-induce abortion.
RH Reality Check (USA)
A single Colorado country has decided not to take part in the proven effective Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, instead opting for an abstinence-focused one without extensive evidence of effectiveness.
Jackson Free Press (Jackson, MS)
One of Mississippi’s only remaining family planning clinics, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is becoming certified as an official health provider in order to provide comprehensive contraceptives ranging from the pill to IUDs. As the state has shut down various clinics, it has become harder for women to have affordable access to these services, something the clinic hopes to partially remedy.
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