April 3, 2015 — In today's clips, a Phoenix television station reports on a new Arizona law that requires providers to share medically unproven information with patients seeking medication abortions. Elsewhere, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry and a panel talk about Mississippi's only abortion clinic being vandalized.
Phoenix's KTVK reports on outrage over a provision in a newly signed Arizona antiabortion-rights law (SB 1318) that will require physicians to share medically unproven information with patients seeking medication abortions. Planned Parenthood Arizona's Jodi Liggett says that the provision, which will require providers to state that it's possible to reverse a medication abortion, "enables experimentation upon our patients" and that PPAZ's "doctors are very upset about having to give this information that they don't believe is true." The law is set to take effect in about 90 days (Volentine, KTVK, 3/31).
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry speaks with a panel about Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, which is continuing to see patients after its building was recently vandalized.
Harris-Perry and MSNBC's Irin Carmon also discuss how states that have passed abortion restrictions, including Mississippi, tend to have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148). Harris-Perry argues that this fact runs contrary "to the idea that opposition to abortion is all about protecting women," when Medicaid could improve women's health (Harris-Perry, "Melissa Harris-Perry," MSNBC, 3/29).
HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani and a panel talk about efforts to destigmatize abortion, including a new clinic in Maryland that uses frank advertising and features décor that aims to minimize the medical feel of the setting. Campaign to Take on Hate Senior Strategist Linda Sarsour says that "to be in a place where someone's trying to make you feel comfortable and at ease ... I think is extremely important (Modarressy-Tehrani, HuffPost Live, 4/1).