August Repro Roundup

August Repro Roundup

The Good

  • Clinic in Ohio will train residents on proper abortion care. Ohio, which is usually the author of bad news, has announced that the sole abortion clinic in Toledo will partner with the University of Toledo Medical Center to train physicians on how to perform abortions and related care. Read more here
  • Oklahoma judge blocks medication abortion restriction. A judge in the very conservative state of Oklahoma has struck down restrictions on medication abortions as unconstitutional. Finally--a victory for common sense!Read more here. The Bad
    • Ohio wants to ban abortions for Down Syndrome. A recent editorial in the NY Times discusses this and other cogent issues related to Ohio’s attempt at abortion bans. Most Ohioans do not agree with it, but due to redistricting, the legislature is far more conservative than the population. Redistricting, in fact, is a problem in Congress as well – it’s a big reason why we have a House of Representatives that does not reflect the population on issues such as abortion, and many others. Read more here. 
    • Texas is creating the template for abortion restriction nationally. Texas, like many other states, has imposed onerous and completely unnecessary standards for facilities that provide abortions, thus causing many of them to shut down for good. The standards are those which are typically applied to surgical suites in hospitals. Texas now only has 17 abortion clinics (down from 41 in 2012 before these restrictions went into effect.) If legislators were actually concerned about the safety of such facilities, they would impose the same restrictions on other procedures such as colonoscopies. Abortion is one of the safest procedures performed, and the patients are, by definition, young and mostly healthy. Colonoscopies (also a safe procedure) are generally performed on older patients, many of which have other health conditions. Why don't they impose the same restrictions on colonoscopies performed outside a surgical suite? The real issue is not about the health and safety of women but of eliminating abortions altogether. This is misogyny in its purest form. Read more here.

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