Wisconsin bill would ban abortion training at university OB-GYN program

Republican Wisconsin state Sen. Andre Jacque introduced a bill that, if passed, would put the University of Wisconsin-Madison OB-GYN residency program’s national accreditation at risk. The bill, which was introduced in April as AB 206, would ban faculty from training their resident physicians in abortion care.

The Journal-Sentinel reports:

Jacque’s bill, introduced in April, would prohibit UW-Madison employees from performing abortions as well as training others or receiving training in performing abortions anywhere other than a hospital. Since the training requires participating in abortions and government dollars can’t be used to facilitate abortions, the training can’t take place at the university hospital. That would leave nowhere for UW-Madison residents to obtain it. They would have to join another residency program if they wanted to become a certified OB-GYN.

If passed into law, this would exacerbate the current OB-GYN shortage in the state, according to local medical groups. Calvin Bruce, a retired family doctor,

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Trump administration secretly cuts $213 million in funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs

Just in case you were wondering, the Trump administration has zero plans to support programs that help teens make healthy choices and not get pregnant. It’s already clear that Trump and his Republican buddies are doing everything humanly possible to deny access to abortions and contraception to women around the country—and in Texas, this has caused the abortion rate among teens to increase. But now, in sinking to a new and despicable low, they’ve gone and cut $213.6 million from teen pregnancy prevention programs and research. 

The Trump administration has quietly axed $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research at more than 80 institutions around the country, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University.

The decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will end five-year grants awarded by the Obama administration that were designed to find scientifically valid ways

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Republicans defunded Planned Parenthood in Texas and abortions rose among teens. Who’s surprised?

Republicans have been trying with all their might to stop women from having abortions—by any means necessary. Even though it’s absolutely none of their business what a woman chooses to do with her body, especially since we have the right to contraception and family planning (which includes safe, legal abortions), it hasn’t stopped them from their ridiculous crusade to defund Planned Parenthood and limit funding for family planning all around the country. 

In Texas, they’ve been masterful at this. So far, over the course of several years, they’ve managed to reduce the budget for family planning by millions of dollars which has resulted in the closing of more than 80 women’s health clinics. And, as it turns out, their efforts have only made the teen abortion rate rise

[A study, conducted out of Texas A&M University by economics professor Analisa Packham,] shows that in the first three years after Texas Republicans slashed the family

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Republicans defunded Planned Parenthood in Texas and abortions rose among teens. Who’s surprised?

Republicans have been trying with all their might to stop women from having abortions—by any means necessary. Even though it’s absolutely none of their business what a woman chooses to do with her body, especially since we have the right to contraception and family planning (which includes safe, legal abortions), it hasn’t stopped them from their ridiculous crusade to defund Planned Parenthood and limit funding for family planning all around the country. 

In Texas, they’ve been masterful at this. So far, over the course of several years, they’ve managed to reduce the budget for family planning by millions of dollars which has resulted in the closing of more than 80 women’s health clinics. And, as it turns out, their efforts have only made the teen abortion rate rise

[A study, conducted out of Texas A&M University by economics professor Analisa Packham,] shows that in the first three years after Texas Republicans slashed the family

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Oregon passes comprehensive reproductive health bill that covers the most marginalized communities

Republicans do not want women having control over their own bodies and their reproductive choices. This is clear, not only from their views on abortion in general, but also from the sheer number of laws they have attempted to pass in order to defund women’s health programs—not just domestically but globally. They make no secret of the fact that their views on women and sex are nothing short of puritanical and their obsession with our uteri is not only disturbing, it’s also dangerous and life-threatening. And with Republicans now in control of the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives, reproductive justice for women seems very unlikely at the federal level. 

Luckily, Democrats are taking up this fight in their respective states. Leading the way is Oregon, which just passed the Reproductive Health Equity Act, requiring health insurance companies to cover a wide range of reproductive services. The bill is currently up

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Democrats and Republicans hold dramatically different views on abortion which increase over time

Americans continue to deeply disagree on abortion. Fifty-seven percent of Americans believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases while 40 percent believe it should be illegal in all or most cases. Unsurprisingly, that number changes dramatically when looking at how people identify politically. Republicans overwhelmingly believe that abortion should be illegal and that number has grown over time, while Democrats have shown an increase in believing that abortion should be legal. 

By a wide margin (65% to 34%), Republicans say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. In 1995, Republicans were evenly divided (49% legal vs. 48% illegal).

Views among Democrats have shown less change over the past two decades. Today, 75% of Democrats say abortion should be legal in at least most cases; in 1995, 64% favored legal abortion in all or most cases.

It’s truly curious how Republicans have become even more conservative over time and it looks

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Democrats and Republicans hold dramatically different views on abortion which increase over time

Americans continue to deeply disagree on abortion. Fifty-seven percent of Americans believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases while 40 percent believe it should be illegal in all or most cases. Unsurprisingly, that number changes dramatically when looking at how people identify politically. Republicans overwhelmingly believe that abortion should be illegal and that number has grown over time, while Democrats have shown an increase in believing that abortion should be legal. 

By a wide margin (65% to 34%), Republicans say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. In 1995, Republicans were evenly divided (49% legal vs. 48% illegal).

Views among Democrats have shown less change over the past two decades. Today, 75% of Democrats say abortion should be legal in at least most cases; in 1995, 64% favored legal abortion in all or most cases.

It’s truly curious how Republicans have become even more conservative over time and it looks

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Abortion providers put themselves at risk of violence and sexual assault for simply doing their jobs

Abortion providers are at risk for all kinds of violence for doing their jobs and making sure that women have access to safe, legal abortions. We often hear about the fanatical pro-lifers who protest, stalk and harass people who work at clinics that provide reproductive health services for women. We know that they make these workplaces incredibly unsafe for these employees. But we don’t ever hear about how that work also targets them for sexual assault and abuse. 

Calla Hales is the director of A Preferred Women’s Health Center, which operates abortion clinics in North Carolina and Georgia. In 2015, she went on a second date with a guy who wanted to know the specifics of her work in what she described as “women’s health.” She got a strange feeling from him during their date. After he abruptly ended their dinner, and asked her to go home with him,

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Abortion may or may not be in Trumpcare, only McConnell knows—and lobbyists, apparently

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Senate rules might preclude provisions related to abortion (including one year’s defunding of Planned Parenthood and a ban on tax credits being allowed to purchase insurance plans with abortion coverage) from being included in the Senate’s version of Trumpcare. As of now, “several lobbyists” are telling Roll Call that the provisions that were in the House bill have been dropped, but since there isn’t actual language yet and leadership isn’t talking, that’s not been confirmed.

A number of GOP offices would not confirm whether those provisions are still in the legislation and several aides cautioned that the working draft is still undergoing multiple revisions and that those measures could still be included.
If those provisions were not incorporated, however, Republicans could face intense backlash from conservative groups who have demanded their inclusion. Several aides said it could also affect the support of conservative senators, calling into question whether

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Delaware gov. signs law ensuring right to abortion if a Trump Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Delaware on Friday became the first state to enact legislation to ensure that abortion remains legal, and other states are also considering similar laws. The law codifies the protections found in the 44-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.

We applaud Governor [John] Carney for sending a strong message that state policymakers will protect women’s access to critical reproductive health services in the face of threats at the federal level,” said Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Elizabeth Nash, an analyst at the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks abortion policy, said the law makes a statement that women are valued citizens in Delaware.

“It says to women that you are important, you have the ability to decide when to have a child and the state supports you in making the decision that is best for you and your family,” Nash said.

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Abortion provision could derail Trumpcare in the Senate, but don’t count on it

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The Senate parliamentarian—the person who reviews legislation and determines if it can be moved under Senate rules—has told Republican leadership that the House Trumpcare bill has an anti-abortion provision that is unlikely to be allowed.

The parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, has flagged language that would bar people from using new refundable tax credits for private insurance plans that cover abortion, according to Senate sources.  
If Republicans are forced to strip the so-called Hyde Amendment language from the legislation, which essentially bars federal funds from being used to pay for abortions except to save the life of a mother or in cases of rape and incest, it may doom the bill. […]

The abortion language that conservatives want in the healthcare bill may run afoul of a precedent set in 1995, when then-Senate Parliamentarian Robert Dove ruled that an abortion provision affecting a state block grant program failed to

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Experts say ‘abortion reversal’ claims have no scientific basis, and state mandates may be harmful

In several states, crisis pregnancy centers—forced-birther storefronts with a record of manipulating women with lies about their options, including abortion—receive government money to spread their propaganda. That’s not the case in California, which passed a law in 2015 requiring that the centers prominently post a notice about the availability of abortion and birth control to women who seek their assistance.

But that hasn’t stopped Dr. George Delgado of the CPC called Culture of Life Family Services in San Diego from spreading the word about a controversial procedure he claims can reverse two-step medication abortions when a woman changes her mind after the first step. Physicians interviewed by Nina Liss-Schultz at Mother Jones view the procedure with suspicion and concern. 

Medication abortions require the use of two pills in sequence: mifepristone, which ends the pregnancy, followed by misoprostol, which expels the fetus. Women typically take the first pill in a doctor’s office and the second at home. That doesn’t

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Texas lawmakers spent so much time bickering over abortion, they failed to address pregnancy deaths

Texas Republicans have done a bang-up job when it comes to passing incredibly outrageous and restrictive abortion legislation this year. Last month, they passed a series of dangerous anti-abortion bills that could actually become law including a ban on insurance coverage for abortions. Then they went so far as to try to make it legal to charge anyone connected with an unlawful abortion with a crime—and by anyone this includes the person who drove the woman to the procedure, and even the receptionist who booked the appointment. But as for addressing pregnancy deaths and trying to actually save women’s lives? Well, that’s too much of a stretch for these lawmakers.

Lawmakers in Texas largely failed to take any significant action to address the state’s skyrocketing rate of pregnancy-related deaths just months after researchers found it to be the highest in not only the U.S., but the developed world.

Legislators introduced proposals to

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Kansas lawmakers go full harassment mode: mandate typeface size, style for abortion disclosure forms

Kansas  legislators have reached a new low in meddling. They will soon be commanding abortion providers which typeface size and font they must use on disclosure forms given to patients. The bill, SB98, is awaiting the governor’s signature. 

Since 2011, state legislators nationwide have introduced more than a thousand bills to add new anti-abortion restrictions to the already long list. Governors have signed into law more than 250 of these. All these laws ultimately are meant to do one thing: control women’s sexuality by making it harder, more expensive, more time-consuming, and more privacy-invading to obtain what the U.S. Supreme Court has for 44 years said is a woman’s right. Nothing to do with a woman’s health, her safety, her physicians’ skills. 

As a Guttmacher Institute report pointed out early this month, a big proportion of the laws “lack a foundation in rigorous scientific evidence.” In fact, the authors write, a third of American

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Texas Republicans look to pass bill that could make driving a woman to an abortion a crime

If you’ve ever been to Texas, you know that Texans pride themselves on doing just about everything bigger. This dangerous obsession with size also extends to how far Republicans are willing to go to stop a woman’s right to access abortions. Earlier this month, Texas Republicans in the House and Senate passed a series of anti-abortion bills that are in the process of making their way to becoming law including a ban on insurance coverage for abortions. And now, since they simply refuse to untangle themselves from the inside of a woman’s uterus, they also want to make it legal to charge anyone involved with an unlawful abortion with a crime—including the receptionist in the clinic, the person who drove the woman to the clinic, the clerk she spoke to in the convenience store where she bought a bottle of water on the way to the clinic, nearly anyone who had contact with her while she

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Texas Republicans look to pass bill that could make driving a woman to an abortion a crime

If you’ve ever been to Texas, you know that Texans pride themselves on doing just about everything bigger. This dangerous obsession with size also extends to how far Republicans are willing to go to stop a woman’s right to access abortions. Earlier this month, Texas Republicans in the House and Senate passed a series of anti-abortion bills that are in the process of making their way to becoming law including a ban on insurance coverage for abortions. And now, since they simply refuse to untangle themselves from the inside of a woman’s uterus, they also want to make it legal to charge anyone involved with an unlawful abortion with a crime—including the receptionist in the clinic, the person who drove the woman to the clinic, the clerk she spoke to in the convenience store where she bought a bottle of water on the way to the clinic, nearly anyone who had contact with her while she

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Texas moves forward with a range of anti-abortion bills, including a ban on insurance coverage

Slowly but surely, states with Republican majority leadership are working toward ending women’s access to abortion—and they are looking to do it by any means necessary. Last week in Iowa, Republicans managed to pass a law which will result in preventing low-income women from using their state-provided insurance at any provider that offers abortion services. This has resulted in the closing of four Planned Parenthood clinics that serve more than 15,000 patients in the state.

And in Texas, the state Senate is looking to ban abortion coverage in health insurance—nearly everywhere. The ban includes private insurance plans as well as in plans offered to state employees or anyone participating in the Affordable Care Act. Basically, they want zero access to abortions and think women should pay for abortion coverage under separate insurance plans. On Monday night the legislation, House Bill 3124, was added to a Senate bill which had support from all Republicans and one Democrat. 

Supporters

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Iowa Republicans successfully defund Planned Parenthood in preview of what may come under Trumpcare

The War on Women continues and, right now, it’s not looking good. Iowa Republicans just succeeded in limiting women in the state’s access to reproductive choice in a dangerous measure that just became law last week. As a result, four Planned Parenthood clinics in the state will now close which serve over 15,000 patients. This law bypasses Medicaid funds and instead puts in place a family-planning program which does not allow low-income women the ability to use their insurance at any providers that offer abortion services. This is similar to measures that have been making their way through other state legislatures with the intent of punishing women. Missouri lawmakers passed a similar measure last week and have sent it to their governor for signing. What’s also telling is that this could be a preview of what’s to come should congressional Republicans get their way and defund Planned Parenthood under Trumpcare.

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Missouri lawmakers cut uninsured women’s access to reproductive healthcare just to prevent abortions

Republicans in Missouri are so desperate for women not to have abortions that they are willing to cut uninsured women’s access to any kind of family planning services. The budget that lawmakers have passed and are sending to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens for signing prevents hospitals and clinics which participate in the uninsured women’s health services program from receiving state funds if the organization provides abortion services. But apparently, punishing these women isn’t enough. The Republican budget also includes cutting the program by 2.1 million dollars. How’s that for compassion? So much for the party of morality and values.

That means patients insured through the program, like Alecia Deal, 37, may need to find another doctor. Her coverage currently pays for checkups, birth control and cancer screenings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in south St. Louis, which does not provide abortions but can provide a referral. Though limited, it’s the only health coverage she

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Trump regime makes itself clear: When women inevitably die from its abortion gag rule, no big deal

As a follow-up to one of the first executive orders issued by Pr*sident Donald Trump back in January, the State Department made it crystal clear in rules it announced Monday that it’s not just the health and lives of American women that the Trump regime is willing to sacrifice, but that of women across the whole planet.

Adopting the decades-old Republican approach of deceptively naming programs and legislation, this one is called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance.”

Critics, however, have long called it the global “gag rule.” First imposed in 1984 President Ronald Reagan and alternatively known as the Mexico City Policy, the gag rule prohibits funding for any non-governmental organizations that “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.” Merely mentioning abortion is forbidden. Since ‘84, Republican presidents have imposed or reimposed the rule, and Democratic ones have rescinded it.

The latest

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