September 10, 2015 — Media outlets and key stakeholders in women's health comment on a report debunking the misleading video series targeting Planned Parenthood, lambast the latest antiabortion-rights tactics and more.
"[T]he manipulation of the videos does mean they have no evidentiary value in a legal context and cannot be relied upon for any official inquiries." -- Fusion GPS, in a report commissioned by Planned Parenthood, on the Center for Medical Progress' misleading video series targeting the organization. According to the report, the videos are unreliable for any official investigation into Planned Parenthood unless CMP provides unedited materials that are independently assessed and found to be unaltered (Women's Health Policy Report, 8/27).
"These women came to a private health center to have a private health procedure, and that's just not anybody's business." -- Laura Einstein, chief legal counsel of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, discussing a case against an abortion-rights opponent who has asked the state for information on abortion patients. Abortion-rights opponents increasingly are uncovering personal information about abortion providers and women who have received abortion care in an effort to boost abortion stigma and restrict access to abortion (Women's Health Policy Report, 8/26).
"It is hard to imagine any other circumstance in which Americans would tolerate this sort of government intrusion." -- A New York Times editorial, on an Ohio antiabortion-rights measure [HB 135] that "purport[s] to tell a woman that her personal, private reason for ending her pregnancy is not good enough." According to the editorial, measures like the Ohio bill, along with other state-level abortion restrictions, "are part of a larger national effort to undermine reproductive rights and, eventually, to overturn Roe v. Wade in full" (Women's Health Policy Report, 8/25).
"I see the absurdity in all this, the unnecessary waste and obstacles thrown at providers and patients for no reason other than ideology." -- Alan Braid, an abortion provider in Texas, on a new clinic he opened with another provider, Eduardo Aquino, that required $3 million in purchase price and renovation fees to comply with the ambulatory surgical center provision in a state antiabortion-rights omnibus law (HB 2). The Supreme Court put the provision on hold while weighing whether to hear a case challenging certain parts of HB 2, but Braid and Aquino decided to purchase and upgrade the clinic because it was "the only way to ensure we could keep seeing patients and be prepared for when [HB 2] was enforced" (Women's Health Policy Report, 8/24).
"These results are very reassuring -- they show us that women using the most effective methods of birth control continue at high rates." -- Washington University's Justin Diedrich, on a study he led that found women who use long-acting contraception are more likely than women using shorter-acting methods to continue contraceptive use for several years (Reuters, 8/14). The researchers found that after three years, "nearly 70 percent of women who had chosen the hormonal or copper [intrauterine device] were still using it, and 56 percent of women with a subdermal implant still had it," while roughly 30% of women who had chosen non-LARCs still were using them (Women's Health Policy Report, 8/17).