October 9, 2014 — We've compiled top comments from key stakeholders in women's health, including remarks on the abortion clinic closures under HB 2, the use of long-acting reversible contraception by adolescents and more.
"Given the efficacy, safety, and ease of use, LARC methods should be considered first-line contraceptive choices for adolescents." -- American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement, recommending for the first time that LARC be considered as first choice contraceptive options for sexually active adolescents (AAP policy statement, 9/29).
"The irony and tragedy is any woman of means can have a safe abortion somewhere in the United States. But women lacking the wherewithal to travel can't." -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, discussing the role of legislatures and courts in protecting low-income women's access to abortion (New Republic, 9/28). Ginsburg added that any effort to protect such access "must start with the people" because legislatures "are not going to move without that kind of propulsion" (Women's Health Policy Report, 9/30).
"Unfortunately, in spite of its increased availability, emergency contraception remains an underused prevention method in the United States, especially for survivors of sexual assault." -- Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), introducing a bill (S 2876) that would require hospitals that receive Medicaid or Medicare funding to offer sexual assault survivors accurate information about EC as well as access to the drugs, regardless of ability to pay ("Floor Action," The Hill, 9/23).
"Women's constitutional rights and access to safe, legal abortion care have been dealt a devastating blow." -- Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup, on the closure of Texas abortion clinics under a provision of a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) (Politico, 10/6). CRR on Monday filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court on behalf of the closed clinics to reinstate an injunction against the provision (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/7).
"[I]f we can inspire even a small portion of the people who take the course to take steps in their communities to increase access to safe abortion and decrease stigma about abortion, then we have been totally successful." -- Jody Steinauer, on a new online course she is offering at the University of California-San Francisco that will be the first among U.S. universities to focus on abortion care and access (Daily Beast, 10/6). Steinauer said the class would be offered at no cost and that more than 3,000 individuals had enrolled so far (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/7).