Arizona doctors required to give substandard care for medical abortion

Imagine you want health care. You go to your doctor who recommends a medication. Your doctor tells you that the medication used to be prescribed one way 14 years ago, but very rigorous, more recent studies indicate a lower dose is just as effective. And has fewer side effects. And is less expensive. You are …

Anatomy of a coat hanger abortion

The coat hanger isn’t sterile. It isn’t even clean. If the woman, or girl, is alone she thrusts it blindly upwards into the vagina. She’s hoping it will get into her uterus and do something. She may or may not know that to get into the uterus the coat hanger has to navigate the small …

OB/GYNs denounce Texas abortion legislation as dangerous precedent

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released the following statement today about Texas Senate Bill 1 and House BIll 2:   Washington, DC — The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) strongly opposes Senate Bill 1 (formerly Senate Bill 5 in the previous session) and House Bill 2 under consideration in the Texas …

Mandatory ultrasound law was germane to filibuster of sb5

Last night people around the country were riveted by Sen. Wendy Davis (D- Fort Worth) and her filibuster against Texas Senate Bill (sb5). This bill would have resulted in legislation that dangerously interferes with the practice of medicine, could risk the lives of women, and would essentially limit abortion to 5 clinics in the state. …

When judges force doctors to abandon evidence based medicine

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a press release today regarding legislative interference and health care decisions. Specifically, the release states that: Government should not interfere with the patient-physician relationship without a substantial public health justification. The full Statement of Policy was approved by ACOG’s Executive Board. Some recent examples of government …

Dear Ireland, the answer to allowing medical necessary abortion isn’t an inquisition

The coroner and jury in the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar arrived at the same conclusions that I have long held: that the prohibitive Irish abortion law played a role.Ms. Halappanavar needed her uterus evacuated before Wednesday (preferably on the Monday), but under current Irish law a woman apparently has be waiting in …

Savita Halappanavar’s inquest: the three questions that must be answered

Savita Halappanavar was admitted at on a Sunday to Galway hospital at 17 weeks into her pregnancy with ruptured membranes, a dilated cervix, and an elevated white blood cell count (a marker of infection). It is clear that her diagnosis was chorioamnionitis, an infection of the fetal membranes. When left untreated the bacteria of chorioamnionitis march …

North Dakota, the irony of aiming for illegal abortions and cheap cigarettes

North Dakota state legislators sent two highly restrictive abortion bills to the governor to sign: banning all abortions at 6 weeks and banning all abortions for genetic anomalies. Rep. Bette Grande introduced the bills, because apparently she looks at legislation “from the life side of things.” Except smokers. Grande and North Dakota legislators aren’t concerned …

Can Georgia law force a woman to have a c-section for a non viable, premature fetus?

The new crop of laws in the Unites States using the premise of “fetal pain” to restrict abortion can only be described as unscience (an Orwellian theme that sadly fits). The latest is the new Georgia abortion law HB 954, which the OB/GYN Society of Georgia states is “murky” and difficult to interpret. HB 954 …

The Affordable Care Act facilitates State-level abortion restrictions

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation regarding abortion does not take effect until 2014. Under the ACA, insurers who participate in health insurance exchanges will be free to offer plans with abortion services or not. Individual plans can also choose their degree of abortion coverage (life of mother/rape/incest, have broader coverage for genetic anomalies, or …