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Childbirth, contraception and abortion 3

maaliskuu 13, 3:21 pm

Three Texas women are sued for wrongful death after allegedly helping friend obtain abortion medication
In the first lawsuit of its kind since Roe v. Wade was overturned, a husband seeks damages from women who allegedly helped his ex-wife obtain the medications to terminate her pregnancy.
Eleanor Klibanoff | March 10, 2023

...The friends texted with the woman, sending her information about Aid Access, an international group that provides abortion-inducing medication through the mail, the lawsuit alleges. Text messages filed as part of the complaint seem to show they instead found a way to acquire the medication in Houston, where the two women lived.

A third woman delivered the medication, the lawsuit alleges, and text messages indicate that the wife self-managed an abortion at home.

...The lawsuit relies heavily on screenshots from a group chat the ex-wife had with two friends seemingly seeking to help her terminate her pregnancy...

(Marcus) Silva is asking a Galveston judge to award him more than $1 million in damages and an injunction stopping the defendants from distributing abortion pills in Texas...represented by Jonathan Mitchell, the former Texas solicitor general and architect of the state’s prohibition on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, and state Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park...

maaliskuu 17, 10:04 am

An All-Republican State Supreme Court Unanimously Protects Abortion Rights

Chief Justice Jon J. Jensen noted that the state constitution grants all residents the right “of enjoying and defending life and liberty” and “pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.” These guarantees “implicitly include the right to obtain an abortion to preserve the woman’s life or health,” Jensen wrote. When the state classifies emergency abortions as de facto criminal unless proven otherwise, it deprives patients of “a right to enjoy and defend life and a right to pursue and obtain safety.” The chief justice backed up this conclusion by pointing out that North Dakota expressly permitted abortions to protect life or health in 1887, before it became a state, and preserved this exception in a series of statutes passed after its admission to the union in 1889. The right is thus “deeply rooted in North Dakota’s history and culture,” a key component of “ordered liberty before, during, and at the time of statehood.”

maaliskuu 18, 3:43 pm

Thank you both for this information. It is useful to know the most critical places to focus when it comes to women's rights.

maaliskuu 18, 3:54 pm

Try to pick up a copy of New Handbook for a Post-Roe America. It’s already out of date considering the fast activities of Republican state congresses. But it does have good self-help and activist material.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 20, 3:27 am

Cruel. Can you imagine the terror of a little girl whose first period begins at school, without preparation, teachers unable to explain? At best older students might "explain"?

Florida GOP bill would ban girls from talking about their periods in school
Ken Tran | March 19, 2023

...medical providers...recommend talking to children about puberty and changes in their bodies before they occur...

...House Bill 1069 would only permit “instruction in acquired immune deficiency syndrome, sexually transmitted diseases, or health education” only in grades 6 through 12.

...First periods typically start between ages 10 and 15, but can begin as young as 9 years old. That means a student could likely be in third grade up to tenth grade, or later, when a period begins.

...“Does this bill prohibit conversations about menstrual cycles because we know that typically, the age is between 10 and 15,” (Democratic state Rep. Ashley Gantt) asked. “So if little girls experience their menstrual cycle in fifth grade or fourth grade, would that prohibit conversations from them since they are in a grade lower than sixth grade?”

(Republican state Rep. Stan McClain) confirmed that the bill’s language would do exactly that: “It would” McClain responded...

maaliskuu 20, 11:20 am

>5 margd: It's hard to imagine what sort of idiocy leads to laws like this. It seems that a law like this is predicated on the idea that "if we don't talk about it, sex will just go away".
Do Republicans really believe that young people will not figure out about sex unless they're told about it?

maaliskuu 20, 12:08 pm

Even back in the 60s we kept each other educated. Can’t stop that exchange.

maaliskuu 20, 9:18 pm

I just can't imagine why people are afraid of children talking about menstruation. A natural process that females go through. Better to know that and what it means. Why are we suddenly so crazy?!

maaliskuu 21, 4:30 am

>7 2wonderY: Wonder what kind of penalty these idiots envision for playground talk?? :(

maaliskuu 23, 9:00 am

>5 margd: How would this go in FL under proposed bill?

Las Vegas kindergarten teacher informs her students that she's pregnant:

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 29, 8:55 am

Never mind if a girl's parent subscribes to murderous levels of "purity" or "honor", and her life might be in danger. Then there's incest...

Idaho Is About To Become The First State To Restrict Interstate Travel For Abortion
A bill would create a whole new crime — dubbed “abortion trafficking” — which aims to limit minors’ ability to travel for abortion care without parental consent.
Alanna Vagianos | Mar 28, 2023

...House Bill 242, which passed through the state House and is likely to move quickly through the Senate, seeks to limit minors’ ability to travel for abortion care without parental consent. The legislation would create a whole new crime — dubbed “abortion trafficking” — which is defined in the bill as an “adult who, with the intent to conceal an abortion from the parents or guardian of a pregnant, unemancipated minor, either procures an abortion … or obtains an abortion-inducing drug” for the minor. “Recruiting, harboring, or transporting the pregnant minor within this state commits the crime of abortion trafficking,” the legislation adds.

Abortion trafficking would be a felony, and those found guilty would face two to five years in prison. The legislation also includes a statute allowing the Idaho attorney general to supersede any local prosecutor’s decision, preemptively thwarting any prosecutor who vows not to enforce such an extreme law.

Since the bill would criminalize anyone transporting a pregnant minor within the state to get an abortion or to obtain medication abortion, it could apply to an aunt who drives a pregnant minor to the post office to pick up a package that includes abortion pills. Or it could target an older sibling who drives a pregnant minor to a friend’s house to self-manage an abortion at home. Either violation would carry a minimum sentence of two years in prison.

The legislation doesn’t actually say anything about crossing state lines, but Republican lawmakers are creative. Most pregnant people in Idaho are not traveling to obtain an abortion elsewhere in the state, since nearly all abortions are illegal in Idaho; they’re traveling to the border with the intent of crossing state lines, likely into Washington, Oregon or Montana, to get an abortion there...

Most teenagers and adolescents voluntarily include at least one parent in abortion decisions. But for the minority of those who don’t, it’s often for good reason. Studies show that requiring parental involvement can increase the risk of harm or abuse, delay care and lead minors to seek out dangerous alternatives...

...parental consent laws are common. Currently, 36 states require some kind of parental involvement for a minor to receive abortion care. Almost all of those states have a judicial bypass process that allows a minor to obtain approval from a court without alerting their parents, although this procedure is time-consuming and confusing, and it puts up many logistical barriers for young people who have few resources...

maaliskuu 31, 5:19 am

And some plodding R politicians think ectopic pregnancies can simply be relocated to the uterus... Embryology is so amazingly complex that I'm amazed any of us are here, much less in the tidy little boxes than the cis, heterosexual ones these guys would mandate.

Anna Arutyunyan et al. 2023. Spatial multiomics map of trophoblast development in early pregnancy. Nature (29 March 2023)

The relationship between the human placenta—the extraembryonic organ made by the fetus, and the decidua—the mucosal layer of the uterus, is essential to nurture and protect the fetus during pregnancy. Extravillous trophoblast* cells (EVTs) derived from placental villi infiltrate the decidua, transforming the maternal arteries into high-conductance vessels1. Defects in trophoblast invasion and arterial transformation established during early pregnancy underlie common pregnancy disorders such as pre-eclampsia2. Here we have generated a spatially resolved multiomics single-cell atlas of the entire human maternal–fetal interface including the myometrium, which enables us to resolve the full trajectory of trophoblast differentiation. We have used this cellular map to infer the possible transcription factors mediating EVT invasion and show that they are preserved in in vitro models of EVT differentiation from primary trophoblast organoids3,4 and trophoblast stem cells5. We define the transcriptomes of the final cell states of trophoblast invasion: placental bed giant cells (fused multinucleated EVTs) and endovascular EVTs (which form plugs inside the maternal arteries). We predict the cell–cell communication events contributing to trophoblast invasion and placental bed giant cell formation, and model the dual role of interstitial EVTs and endovascular EVTs in mediating arterial transformation during early pregnancy. Together, our data provide a comprehensive analysis of postimplantation trophoblast differentiation that can be used to inform the design of experimental models of the human placenta in early pregnancy.

Fig. 1: Trophoblast cell states in the early maternal–fetal interface. ( )

Fig. 3: Benchmark of EVTs derived from primary-derived trophoblast organoids and TSCs. ( )

In the postimplantation embryo, trophectoderm* differentiates into trophoblast that invades the uterus to transform the maternal arteries. Defective trophoblast invasion is the primary underlying cause of the great obstetric syndromes that include pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, unexplained stillbirth, placental abruption and preterm labour2. We made use of a historical collection of first-trimester pregnant hysterectomies to delineate the trophoblast landscape at the implantation site, where fetal and maternal cells intermingle. The human implantation sites profiled in our study were collected more than 30 years ago and have been stored in liquid nitrogen. We report new high-quality multiomics and spatial data, and developed a statistical framework (StOrder) that describes the complete trophoblast invasion trajectory during the first trimester of pregnancy. This includes the unbiased transcriptomics profile of eEVTs {endovascular extravillous trophoblast cells} that replace the endothelium from the maternal arteries and placental bed GCs {placental bed giant cells}, present deeper in the decidua and the inner third of the myometrium. We use the complete in vivo trophoblast trajectory to benchmark current PTOs {Primary trophoblast organoids} and TSCs {trophoblast stem cells} in vitro trophoblast models and demonstrate that they faithfully recapitulate EVT differentiation. Terminal eEVTs and deep invasive GCs are absent in our in vitro cultures, and we reason that maternal signals from uterine cells and maternal serum are required to generate them.

Our systems biology approach has enabled us to explore potential interactions between EVTs and maternal decidual cells. First, we predict the ligand–receptor interactions between the maternal macrophages and EVT, in keeping with the importance of decidual innate immune cells for placentation32. We further explore the poorly described macrophage–EVT signalling axis in vitro and describe upregulation of motility genes in the EVT subsets. Second, we pinpoint the potential molecular and cellular mediators of arterial transformation during early pregnancy. Interactions between PV1-AOC3 and iEVT { interstitial EVTs} could drive iEVT tropism towards the arterial wall and mediate the destruction of arterial smooth muscle media. eEVTs have a specific ECM that could allow them to form the plug. There are also specific interactions with endothelial cells that enable eEVTs to adhere to them. These novel interactions add to our understanding of the communication between endothelial and eEVT cells44. The effect of defective arterial transformation in the later stages of pregnancy is well-described and underpins the great obstetric syndromes9. Our study increases the understanding of these major pregnancy disorders, all of which have their origins in the first trimester45. In addition, our roadmap of trophoblast differentiation can be used as a blueprint to design improved in vitro models that fully recapitulate the early stages of implantation.

*The trophoblast is the outer layer of cells of the blastocyst. Trophoblasts are present four days after fertilization in humans. They provide nutrients to the embryo and develop into a large part of the placenta.

** The trophectoderm is a layer of cells on the outer edge of a blastocyst*** . These cells provide nutrients for the developing embryo, facilitate implantation into the uterine lining and become part of the placenta.
The trophectoderm begins to form around the 5th day after an egg is fertilized, at the same time as the rest of the blastocyst.
The trophectoderm can also be called the trophoblast or T cells.

***The blastocyst is a structure formed in the early embryonic development of mammals. It possesses an inner cell mass (ICM) also known as the embryoblast which subsequently forms the embryo, and an outer layer of trophoblast cells called the trophectoderm. 1 2 This layer surrounds the inner cell mass and a fluid-filled cavity (Wikipedia)

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 1, 10:02 am

The R people who promote restrictions on women's health and on the activities of people whose gender identity is not tied to their biological sex are simply refusing to look at the data and how much one's biological sex means compared to other factors. In fact, there are people who are born with altered hormone levels that truly make them nonbinary — whether that always happens or not, I can't say. Also nonbinary people have been a part of some indigenous cultures for centuries. But the R people only care about carrying guns everywhere they go with no concern for the consequences.

Sorry! This is the most bitter post I have ever written on LT but it has been a rough week.

Have a good weekend. k4k

huhtikuu 5, 9:42 am

Wisconsin has an 1849 anti-abortion law wending it’s way toward the state Supreme Court. People and money came out for the vote of the next seated judge.

“Liberal Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz crushed her opponent on Tuesday in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court election. The outcome of the contest will likely determine the fate of abortion rights and other key issues in the top presidential battleground.”

She won with 55.5% of the vote.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 5, 1:25 pm

>14 2wonderY: That's great news - the percentage is interesting. At the moment I can't conjure up the reference but I did read that nationally the split with respect to allowing abortion was 60% for and 40% against so, although not an exact match, a 55.5/44.5 split fits the trend.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 5, 4:54 pm

Jon Schweppe @JonSchweppe | 10:04 PM · Apr 4, 2023:
Populist. Policy Director @approject. Lincoln Fellow @claremontinst.

Republicans need to figure out the abortion issue ASAP. We are getting killed by indie voters who think we support full bans with no exceptions.

Time for everyone to suck it up and unify behind @LindseyGrahamSC’s 15-wk bill w/ exceptions. That’s the play.

The alternative is suiciding the pro-life movement. We are months away from that happening.

Peter Gleick 🇺🇸 @PeterGleick | 4:10 PM · Apr 5, 2023:
Co-founder Pacific Institute. Climate, water. Carl Sagan Public Communications Award.

If you think Graham's "15-week, some exceptions" idea is going to fix your problems, you simply don't understand what you've unleashed.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs bill repealing 1931 abortion ban
The ban made providing abortion a felony punishable by a fine and prison time.
Mary Kekatos | April 5, 2023

Liberal Wins Wisconsin Court Race, in Victory for Abortion Rights Backers
Janet Protasiewicz prevailed in the state’s highly consequential contest for the Supreme Court, which will now be likely to reverse the state’s abortion ban and end the use of gerrymandered legislative maps.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 5, 10:07 pm

>14 2wonderY: I was so happy to see this!
I don't live in Wisconsin but I wrote postcards with "Postcards to Voters" for her campaign so it is rewarding to see. And of course as a woman I feel safer even though I am beyond the child-bearing age. :-)

huhtikuu 6, 5:37 am

Idaho has passed and the governor has a signed a law creating a new felony called "abortion trafficking", for adults who help minors get an abortion.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 6, 1:44 pm

The modern-day GOP has become the Elephant-in-the-WOMB party. It appears they want elementary school buildings to be filled with our kids so that whacko gun owners have target-rich environments in which they can roam.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 7, 10:36 pm
Texas judge suspends approval of medication abortion pill

JUST IN: Hours after a Texas judge halted the approval of a medication abortion pill, a second federal judge said it must remain on the market in at least 12 Democratic-led states.

The war on women's reproductive rights took a major step forward today. Judge shopping paid off in Texas.

huhtikuu 7, 11:47 pm

It's funny, the conservatives used to be quite vocal about not wanting "activist judges" to "legislate from the bench".

huhtikuu 8, 8:29 am

Interesting: ethics of human, monkey, synthesized embryo. Then there are brain organelles, hybrids...

We can use stem cells to make embryos. How far should we go?
Synthetic embryos made without eggs and sperm are looking increasingly like the real thing—raising thorny ethical questions.
Jessica Hamzelou | April 7, 2023

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 8, 9:05 am

>21 kiparsky:

It appears that Trump’s judges (and Trump?) are on a mission to kill the chances of the GOP ever winning another presidential election. That outcome would make me a very happy camper.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 8, 5:12 pm

Remarkably, there was a second ruling in Washington state yesterday as well, contradicting the Texas theocrat's ruling. So it seems like SCOTUS will rule on it soon.

huhtikuu 8, 5:55 pm

Abortion was a 50/50 issue. Now, it’s Republican quicksand.
Six in 10 voters support legal abortion in most cases. Just over a third want it to be entirely or mostly illegal.
Steven Shepard | 04/08/2023

... a four-point question probably best measures where Americans sit on the issue: legal in all cases, legal in most, illegal in all and illegal in most. The 2022 national exit poll used this device, finding that 29 percent of voters believed abortion should be “legal in all cases,” while another 30 percent thought it should be “legal in most cases.” That left 26 percent who thought it should be “illegal in most cases” and only 10 percent who said it should be “illegal in all cases.”

That leaves roughly six-in-10 voters supporting legal abortion in most cases — with the median voter supporting some restrictions — and just over a third who want it to be entirely or mostly illegal.

...the data is now getting clearer. The Roe v. Wade framework — making abortion mostly legal, but allowing states to impose modest restrictions — is where the majority of American voters are. From the midterms, to Wisconsin, potentially to the 2024 elections, they’re continuing to punish the party that’s straying the furthest from that.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 9, 9:38 am

As of the first week of April in the year 2023, the evidence is irrefutable ~ the modern-day GOP has the rights of women in the crosshairs of their gun scopes.

huhtikuu 13, 6:23 pm

huhtikuu 14, 8:01 am

>27 pnppl: Like Friday nights in the Trump years:

Jason Garcia @Jason_Garcia | 6:43 AM · Apr 14, 2023:
Investigative reporter covering corporate influence in Florida. Publisher of Seeking Rents.

The same night that Ron DeSantis signed a six-week abortion ban
he also signed a bill that will make it harder for homeowners to sue homebuilders who do a shoddy construction job.

huhtikuu 14, 12:50 pm

"Next we need to get totally medically untrained judges to weigh in on Viagra. After all, it has many more side effects than this drug, which has fewer side effects than Tylenol. Who knows how many men have died from using Viagra? We must protect the old men of this nation!"

Federal Judge Halts FDA's Abortion Pill Approval
— But competing ruling orders agency not to alter status quo
Shannon Firth | Last Updated April 8, 2023

huhtikuu 14, 1:10 pm

Rape, Incest Victims Must Show Proof to Get Exception to Florida's New Abortion Ban
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Heartbeat Protection Act into law, which bans abortions after six weeks and increases restrictions to the standing exceptions
Vanessa Etienne | April 14, 2023

...require a woman to provide proof that the pregnancy was a result of rape, incest or human trafficking in order to receive an abortion up until 15 weeks of gestation.

Documentation can include a restraining order, police report, medical record or other evidence.

This restriction is an exception to the new law, which states that otherwise, abortions will be banned after six weeks unless done to save a pregnant person's life...

huhtikuu 14, 9:32 pm

This 6-week restriction is so difficult to understand! Where did it come from?!

huhtikuu 14, 10:00 pm

>31 krazy4katz: Supposedly that's when you can first detect a heartbeat, nevermind that a six week fetus has no heart

huhtikuu 14, 10:12 pm

>32 jjwilson61: Sigh…
They don’t trust science. ☹️

huhtikuu 15, 12:26 am

>32 jjwilson61: In terms of the actual practical politics, of course, six weeks is chosen because it sounds like the misogynist brigade is being perfectly reasonable - "we're giving her a month and a half to make up her mind, surely that's fair!" - which allows them to get a total ban without having to say the words.

>33 krazy4katz: Oh, they trust science. That's where they got the information that the clump of cells produces a regular electrical pulse starting at six weeks. They know all about the science. They're just lying about it, that's all.

In other words, they're not stupid, they're evil. They actually know what they're doing, they actually hate women and they actually want them dead, and that's actually what they're campaigning on - except, I guess, for the moderates like Nancy Mace, who hate women and want them dead, but in a slightly more respectful and apologetic sort of way, because they have realized that "we hate women and want them dead" is not a slogan that's going to win them elections, but they haven't figured out that "we hate women, but in a nice way" isn't really any better.

huhtikuu 15, 10:28 am

>34 kiparsky: But if there was a way to teach "regular" people more science, maybe these evil ones wouldn't get elected?

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 16, 6:10 pm
‘Calm Down’: Chris Christie Tries to Stifle Donna Brazile’s Abortion Rant During Tense ABC Panel

Christie, and many other GOPers, expect 21st Century women to know their places and keep their mouths shut. The keep-them-pregnant-barefoot-and-in-the-kitchen era is history. Women must make the backlash to the Roe decision the final nail in the Grand Old Party's coffin in November 2024!

huhtikuu 16, 6:11 pm

Chris Christie? The one who killed that guy in his traffic jam stunt? Someone cares what he says? Weird.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 20, 10:22 am

Molly Jong-Fast (Vanity Fair) @MollyJongFast | 8:35 AM · Apr 20, 2023

{reproductive health laws are at least somewhat important to} 60 percent {unenrolled adults without a degree decision on whether to enroll at a particular college or university

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State Abortion Bans May Affect Where Americans Attend College, Poll* Finds—Even Republicans
Alison Durkee | Apr 20, 2023

Key Facts
The study found 72% of enrolled college students say reproductive health laws in their state at least somewhat affect their decision to stay enrolled, including 80% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans.

Of those who say the abortion laws would at least somewhat affect their thinking, an overwhelming 81% of current students say they would be more likely to enroll or stay enrolled at a school in a state “that allowed greater access to reproductive health services.”

That includes 65% of Republicans who said the laws impacted their decisions (as compared with 86% of Democrats and 85% of Independents), suggesting students on both sides of the aisle are affected by state-level abortion bans.

The study was conducted October 26 - November 17, 2022, among 6,008 current students earning associates or bachelors degrees or in certificate or certification programs, and 6,007 unenrolled adults.

Surprising Fact
Men were only slightly less likely than women to say the laws impacted their thinking...

* Reproductive Health Laws Factor Into Many College Decisions
Stephanie Marken and Zach Hrynowski | April 20, 2023

huhtikuu 20, 9:50 am

Oh, poor Lisa Murkowski! She got lied to by a conservative judge in his confirmation hearing. And she is chagrined.

'I got duped': Republican senator fumes over Trump-appointed judge's ethics scandal

huhtikuu 20, 5:16 pm

>38 margd: Republicans just say they shouldn't ruin their future by choosing a college they'll be able to complete if they accidentally get pregnant. Abstinence is the key, though that only applies to women, not men who understandably like beer and boys will be boys, you know.

huhtikuu 21, 7:18 pm

Supreme Court allows abortion pill to stay on the market for now
The court blocked in full a decision by Texas-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk on April 7 that had invalidated the Food and Drug Administration’s longtime approval of mifepristone and handed a sweeping victory to abortion opponents.

Two of the nine justices — conservatives Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito — said they would have let part of Kacsmaryk's ruling go into effect.

The Justice Department and Danco Laboratories, which makes the name brand version of mifepristone, Mifeprex, had asked the justices to step in after a federal appeals court kept in place a number of provisions in Kacsmaryk's order that would have imperiled widespread access to the drug, including restrictions on distributing the pill to patients by mail.

huhtikuu 26, 11:16 am

NowThis @nowthisnews | 10:47 AM · Apr 26, 2023:
'I cannot adequately put into words the trauma & despair that comes with waiting to either lose your own life, your child’s, or both.'

Amanda Zurawski, who's suing the state of TX after being denied an abortion due to restrictive laws, testified before Senate members Wednesday.

Zurawski explained how her health deteriorated to the point of going into septic shock as she was forced to carry her non-viable pregnancy.

3:06 ( )
NowThis @nowthisnews

huhtikuu 26, 11:50 am

>42 margd: Her medical teams should testify as well.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 27, 3:48 pm

>43 2wonderY: She's lead plaintiff in TX lawsuit. I'm sure MDs will testify in court, if not in Congress.

The Plaintiffs and Their Stories: Zurawski v. State of Texas
More about the Texas women and physicians who are plaintiffs in the case.

...The Center for Reproductive Rights filed Zurawski v. State of Texas on behalf of seven plaintiffs: five Texas women denied abortion care—who as a result faced risks to their health, fertility and lives—and two Texas obstetrician-gynecologists...

huhtikuu 28, 11:57 am

'Immense And Needless Suffering': Idaho’s Abortion Ban Is Creating A Crisis Of Care
The threat of prison time under Idaho's near-total abortion ban is forcing providers to leave the state — and pregnant people are paying the price.
Alanna Vagianos | Apr 26, 2023

...Nearly 50% of maternal health doctors in Idaho are considering leaving the state in the next year, according to a survey conducted by the Idaho Coalition for Safe Reproductive Health Care. An additional 27% responded they are “maybe” considering leaving the state...

huhtikuu 28, 7:57 pm

This is all insane. The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade has shaken the crazies out of the trees. No right to abortion under the Constitution? Also no clear right to an appendectomy or a driver’s license.

toukokuu 3, 7:07 am

Surely this is a bridge too far?

The Next Front in the GOP’s War on Women: No-Fault Divorce
Steven Crowder is part of a growing right-wing chorus calling for an end to modern divorce laws
May 2, 2023

...Researchers who tracked the emergence of no-fault divorce laws state by state over that period found that reform led to dramatic drops in the rates of female suicide and domestic violence, as well as decreases in spousal homicide of women. The decreases, one researcher explained, were “not just because abused women (and men) could more easily divorce their abusers, but also because potential abusers knew that they were more likely to be left.”

Today, more than two-thirds of all heterosexual divorces in the U.S. are initiated by women.

Republicans across the country are now reconsidering no-fault divorce. There isn’t a huge mystery behind the campaign: Like the crusades against abortion and contraception, making it more difficult to leave an unhappy marriage is about control...

toukokuu 4, 12:28 am

Crazy. Like all the others

toukokuu 13, 9:39 am

Texas man kills girlfriend after she had an abortion in Colorado (Guardian)

A 26-year-old woman from Texas was shot and killed by her boyfriend after getting an abortion in another state, Dallas police said. He was jailed on a murder charge as of Friday...

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 13, 12:17 pm

>49 John5918: Yessir, nothing like living in a state where the 4F's* are worshiped and glorified (...and, of course, in Texas, be sure to add a final "K" to the letter list). I'm sure Abbott is already processing the pardon papers.

*Find 'em, Feel 'em, F!!! 'em, Forget 'em ...and if you get 'em pregnant and you don't like their response to the situation, then Kill 'em.

toukokuu 14, 7:28 pm

South Carolina women Democrats offer more than 1000 amendments to the proposed abortion ban bill:

toukokuu 22, 12:18 pm

More women sue Texas, asking court to put emergency block on state's abortion law
AMANDA SEITZ AP | Mon, May 22, 2023

...More than a dozen Texas women in total have joined the Center for Reproductive Rights' lawsuit against the state's law, which prohibits abortions unless a mother's life is at risk — an exception that is not clearly defined. Texas doctors who perform abortions risk life in prison and fines of up to $100,000, leaving many women with providers who are unwilling to even discuss terminating a pregnancy.

“Our hope is that it will allow physicians at least a little more comfort when it comes to patients in obstetrical emergencies who really need an abortion where it's going to effect their health, fertility or life going forward,” Molly Duane, the lead attorney on the case, told The Associated Press. “Almost all of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit tell similar stories about their doctors saying, if not for this law, I'd give you an abortion right now.”

...Roughly 25 Texas women have contacted the organization about their own experiences since the initial lawsuit was filed in March.

The women who joined the lawsuit describe being elated about finding out they were pregnant before the experience turned catastrophic...

toukokuu 28, 5:27 am

I doubt it will happen that soon, but, somewhere in the world, some day...

Lab-Grown Babies? Growing Humans From Scratch Could Be Possible in Half a Decade, Japanese Scientists Claim
Kendra Stacy | May 28, 2023

kesäkuu 2, 6:16 pm

Republican Nevada governor signs abortion protections legislation

Lombardo, who ousted Democratic incumbent Steve Sisolak as Nevada governor last year, signed legislation Tuesday that codifies a Sisolak executive order banning state agencies from helping out-of-state investigations into abortion patients who are from a different state. The bill will also make sure that medical governing boards and commissions do not discipline those who provide abortions.

heinäkuu 25, 12:40 am

Third man arrested in firebombing of California Planned Parenthood clinic (Guardian)

The suspects – including a US marine – face up to 31 years for the 2022 molotov cocktail attack on the Costa Mesa clinic...

I find it both ironic and tragic that people who identify as "pro-life"and claim to be against the taking of human lives use potentially lethal violence to destroy health facilities.

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 25, 12:00 pm

Remember how Rs weren't going to jail mothers for abortion?
(ETA: If ever there was a young woman--a teen, not an adult--who needed counsel from medical professionals... This sounds risky for the girl, never mind her advanced pregnancy? Did her mother pressure? Late term abortion, handling of fetus, prison--how can teen emerge unscathed mentally?)

Nebraska teen jailed for illegal disposal of her aborted foetus
Chelsea Bailey | 22 July 2023

A US teenager was sentenced to 90 days in prison after taking abortion pills to end her pregnancy and disposing of the foetus with her mother's help.

Celeste Burgess, now 19, pleaded guilty to illegally concealing human remains after she had an abortion when around 28 weeks pregnant, beyond the 20-week limit then set by Nebraska law.

Her mother, Jessica Burgess, 42, faces up to five years in prison for helping her.

Nebraska now bans abortion at 12 weeks...

heinäkuu 25, 11:19 am

>56 margd: After the Supreme Court ruling the R's were telling everyone that it was just going to be a state by state state's right thing. That didn't last long. These people double and triple on all their culture war shit.

heinäkuu 25, 8:45 pm

>56 margd: This is horrifying. This poor girl and her mother! I can't believe that going to jail is in any way appropriate. They have already suffered enough. I know people who have had to have an abortion and the decision is very painful. This country needs to give them the right to manage their own healthcare and grieve in silence.

elokuu 8, 9:46 pm

Ohio republicans hoping to make it impossible to overturn their anti-abortion agenda went down in flames tonight looks like by about 30 points. Their idea was to raise the bar for overturning legislation from 50% to 60% of legislators and it got crushed. Ohio has been a pretty safe red state for a while. Those who think that the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe isn't still on a lot of people's minds need a reality check. The anti-abortion people do make a lot of noise but they don't represent the majority of voters even in a lot of red states. Makes one wonder whether Ohio possibly will become a swing state again in 2024. Have no doubt our versions of Christian Shariaists will only continue down this road but theirs is a loser's agenda.

elokuu 8, 10:43 pm

>59 lriley: Today was a relief! I hope you are correct about the future! That is the only thing that keeps me going sometimes. Best wishes to all of us!

elokuu 9, 2:31 pm
Ann Coulter Warns ‘By The Time’ The GOP Wakes Up to Reality of Abortion Politics ‘There Will Be No Elected Republicans Left’

Muokkaaja: elokuu 18, 11:06 pm

>61 Molly3028:: Finally! A prediction of Ann Coulter's I await with pleasure.

elokuu 17, 1:22 am

When Ann Coulter is your party's voice of reason 😱

elokuu 18, 11:07 pm

>63 pnppl: I know!! I just read that she doesn't like Donald Trump! What has happened to her?!

syyskuu 1, 2:05 pm

Highways are the next antiabortion target. One Texas town is resisting.
A new ordinance, passed in several jurisdictions and under consideration elsewhere, aims to stop people from using local roads to drive someone out of state for an abortion
Caroline Kitchener | September 1, 2023

...Designed by the architects of the state’s “heartbeat” ban that took effect months before Roe fell, ordinances like the one proposed in Llano — where some 80 percent of voters in the county backed President Donald Trump in 2020 — make it illegal to transport anyone to get an abortion on roads within the city or county limits. The laws allow any private citizen to sue a person or organization they suspect of violating the ordinance.

Antiabortion advocates behind the measure are targeting regions along interstates and in areas with airports, with the goal of blocking off the main arteries out of Texas and keeping pregnant women hemmed within the confines of their antiabortion state. These provisions have already passed in two counties and two cities, creating legal risk for those traveling on major highways including Interstate 20 and Route 84, which head toward New Mexico, where abortion remains legal and new clinics have opened to accommodate Texas women. Several more jurisdictions are expected to vote on the measure in the coming weeks.

...While these restrictions appear to violate the U.S. Constitution — which protects a person’s right to travel — they are extremely difficult to challenge in court, said Mary Ziegler, a law professor at the University of California at Davis who focuses on abortion. Because the laws can be enforced by any private citizen, abortion rights groups have no clear government official to sue in a case seeking to block the law...

syyskuu 6, 1:52 pm

As Abortion Laws Drive Obstetricians From Red States, Maternity Care Suffers
Some doctors who handle high-risk pregnancies are fleeing restrictive abortion laws. Idaho has been particularly hard hit.