November 19, 2015 — In today's clips, NBC Justice Correspondent Pete Williams breaks down what likely would happen if the Supreme Court upholds or strikes down parts of a Texas antiabortion-rights law. Elsewhere, NBC News Medical Contributor Natalie Azar, a physician, discusses the increase in long-acting reversible contraception use among U.S. women.
In this clip, NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams talks about the Supreme Court's decision to hear a challenge to parts of an omnibus Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) in "the most notable abortion case in what could be two decades." According to Pete Williams, the lawsuit challenges HB 2's building code regulations, which require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and HB 2's requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Williams says, "[T]he importance of this case goes well beyond Texas." He explains that similar restrictions "have been passed by about a dozen other states, [and] about half of those are on hold because of court challenges." He notes, "[I]f the Supreme Court upholds what Texas did, you can be sure that other states will try to do the same. Conversely, if the Supreme Court says Texas went too far, then those efforts in the other states will have to stop" (Williams, MSNBC, 11/13).
Natalie Morales, an anchor on NBC's "The Today Show," speaks with Natalie Azar, a physician and NBC News medical contributor, about a new CDC report that found "a big increase in the number of women who use long-acting reversible contraceptives."
Azar credits the increase in LARC use to "much improved safety," high efficacy and the increasing number of gynecologists who are "recommending [LARC] as first-line therapy in the last decade." Azar also quells safety concerns about the methods, noting, "[T]he science says that they are safe, they are over 99% effective, they are reversible ... and [have] very, very few side effects" (Morales, "The Today Show, NBC, 11/10).
Yahoo! News' Katie Couric tours a new Planned Parenthood facility in Queens, N.Y., with Latasha McGriff, a center director for Planned Parenthood of New York City.
McGriff explains that "one of the reasons why we decided to expand to Queens is because there were very few resources for people." McGriff points out various parts of the facility to Couric, including a metal detector "to ensure that everyone is safe when they enter [the] clinic," the waiting area, surgical abortion rooms and the recovery area.
According to McGriff, patients can come to the clinic for abortion care, cervical exams, HIV testing, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, wellness visits and other services. She adds that patients who feel undecided about having an abortion can chose to speak to a social worker on staff who "will let them know that they have many options" (Couric, Yahoo! News, 11/11).