June 11, 2013
"Doctors' Group Slams Anti-Abortion Laws for 'Imposing a Political Agenda on Medical Practice,'" Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists "has publicly come out against the state-level abortion restrictions that impact the way doctors are allowed to treat their patients," Culp-Ressler writes, explaining that ACOG's "Executive Board has issued an official statement opposing all laws that 'unduly interfere with patient-physician relationships' and compromise patients' health care for political gain." She continues, "The OB-GYNs point out that these type[s] of laws allow legislators, instead of doctors, to set medical protocol," which obstructs their ability "to provide their patients with the best quality of care" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/10).
"Nonsurgical Abortion Access To Return to Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: Following an injunction clarifying how Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin could meet the state's "new statutory requirements [Act 217] on providers of nonsurgical abortions," PPWI "announced Friday that it will restore access to medication abortion services at three clinics in Milwaukee, Madison and Appleton," Mason Pieklo writes. She explains that while the ruling "is a win for reproductive access in Wisconsin, the process of actually getting a nonsurgical abortion in the state remains burdensome and complicated." Women "can only access [medication abortion] services after meeting a state-mandated examination and counseling session with a physician and satisfying the state-mandated 24-hour waiting period," Mason Pieklo writes. She notes, "The injunction will remain in place while a trial on the merits of the law moves forward" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 6/7).
What others are saying about abortion access:
~ "War on Women Continues," Dorothy Samuels, New York Times' "Taking Note."
~ "Branstad To Approve Medicaid Abortion Cases Individually, Says He'll Be 'Thoughtful,'" Robin Marty, RH Reality Check.