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9 ways personhood amendments are harmful

Personhood amendments are on the ballot again, this time in Colorado (again, hoping 3rd time isn’t a charm as voters rejected personhood amendments in 2008 and 2010), North Dakota, and Tennessee. For those unfamiliar with exactly what a personhood amendment entails, it is a ballot measure that if passed would change the state constitution to … Continue reading

Rick Perry’s statement on Joan Rivers shows he has no clue about abortion safety

According to Rick Perry if only Joan Rivers had her out-patient procedure at an accredited ambulatory surgical care facility she’d be alive. This piece of poorly researched and decidedly in poor taste drivel was a way of defending/bragging about the Texas TRAP law (bill signed into law by Perry requiring that all abortions be performed in accredited surgical … Continue reading

Why did Wendy Davis call her ectopic pregnancy an abortion? An OB/GYN investigates

Wendy Davis, gubernatorial candidate for Texas, has a new memoir Forgetting to Be Afraid slated for release this week. In it she describes terminating two pregnancies. One termination appears to have been in the second trimester for fetal indications and the other she describes as an ectopic pregnancy. She writes, “The only medical option was to have surgery … Continue reading

An OB/GYN evaluates the feticide case in Indiana

A 33-year-old woman in Indiana, Purvi Patel, presented to an emergency room with vaginal bleeding and when it was obvious that she had very recently delivered a baby the doctors on call notified the authorities. The body of her 28 week gestation infant was recovered. The pathologist believed the baby had taken a breath so … Continue reading

Irish Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act is like a bad board game called forced birth

A woman who recently emigrated to Ireland has provided a sad test case for the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, a piece of legislation passed after the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar. legislation that was supposed to allow for abortion when the life of a pregnant woman was at risk (not health, so … Continue reading

An OB/GYN reviews Obvious Child, the movie

On Saturday I went with my boyfriend and his teenage son to see Obvious Child,  (written and directed by Gillian Robespierre and staring Jenny Slate). The movie is billed as an abortion romantic comedy. I think a better descriptor is a pretty-close-to-real-life romantic comedy. In fact, Ms. Slate’s performance and many of the scenes were … Continue reading

How does Plan B really work? Don’t ask the Supreme Court, ask an OB/GYN

Never has a medication been more misunderstood than poor Plan B (levonorgestrel or LNG), a post coital contraceptive (a.k.a. morning-after pill). It’s not just Justices Alito, Thomas, Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy and Dr. Hobby Lobby who fail to grasp the mechanism of action, but many other people are confused including journalists (the NY Times has an … Continue reading

An OB/GYN’s opinion on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby, and contraception

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Hobby Lobby (and much of the religious right in the United States) and ruled that a closely held private corporation does not have to provide insurance coverage for certain birth control methods. Justice Alito, speaking for the majority wrote: “The owners of the businesses have religious objections … Continue reading

Clinic protests have nothing to do with free speech, they are harassment

Today the Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts buffer zone around abortion clinics, a 35 feet area free of protesters to allow women unrestricted access to clinics that provide abortion services. These buffer zones were created with safety in mind, not only safety for women and their companions as they enter (if they are lucky enough to … Continue reading

Arizona doctors required to give substandard care for medical abortion

Imagine you want health care. You go to your doctor who recommends a medication. Your doctor tells you that the medication used to be prescribed one way 14 years ago, but very rigorous, more recent studies indicate a lower dose is just as effective. And has fewer side effects. And is less expensive. You are … Continue reading

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