October 4, 2013


"Under Texas' New Restrictions, More Than 22,000 Women May Be Denied A Safe Abortion Next Year," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": Culp-Ressler highlights a study that found abortion-restricting laws in Texas "will result in about 22,286 Texas women left unable to legally terminate a pregnancy -- which works out to be about one in every three women trying to get an abortion." The study is part of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, a three-year initiative that examines the impact of state laws restricting abortion and defunding family planning. She writes that the findings have been submitted to a federal court this week in an effort to block the latest antiabortion law, which requires abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, from taking effect (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/3).

What others are saying about Texas:

~ "Wendy Davis: Yes, She Can," John Nichols, The Nation.

~ "NEWSFLASH: Texas Clinics Attempt To Block Anti-Abortion Law," Anita Little, Ms. Magazine blog.

~ "Wendy Davis is Running For Texas Governor!" Jos Truitt, Feministing.


"Telemed Abortion Ban Isn't About Women's Safety, Says Planned Parenthood," Robin Marty, Care2: Marty writes that "Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has followed through on their threat to take the new [Iowa] telemed abortion ban to court, demanding a judicial review of the Board of Health decision to end the program despite no reports of any complications." She notes that the rule could eliminate access to abortion at 15 abortion clinics, leaving only five in operation. "Unless the courts intervene, the ban will go into effect" on Nov. 6, Marty writes, concluding, "If that happens, the groundbreaking program will be over, and telemed abortion will be almost non-existent in the U.S." (Marty, Care2, 10/2).

What others are saying about access to abortion and reproductive health care:

~ "What Sandy Wrought, Part 2: In the Wake of Disaster, Reproductive Health Care Falls by the Wayside," Sarah Jaffe, RH Reality Check.


"Advocacy Group Seeks Immediate Release of Involuntarily Detained Pregnant Woman," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: National Advocates for Pregnant Women on Wednesday announced it has filed a federal lawsuit "seeking the immediate release from state custody of a pregnant Wisconsin woman who was involuntarily detained at a drug treatment facility despite no evidence she was using drugs while pregnant," Mason Pieklo writes. According to Mason Pieklo, the woman was detained after confiding "in health-care workers about her prior use of painkillers and her efforts to end that use." Under a 1997 law, the state has the power to forcibly detain any pregnant woman who "'habitually lacks self-control' and poses a 'substantial risk' to the health of an egg, embryo, or fetus," Mason Pieklo writes. NAPW's petition "asserts violations of numerous constitutional rights, including the right to physical liberty, the right to due process notice, privacy in medical decision making, the right to carry a pregnancy to term, the right to have an abortion, the right to privacy in medical and personal information, the right to be free of illegal searches and cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to equal treatment under the law" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/3).