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Congress is trying to ban abortion at 22 weeks, not 20. It’s still wrong, but facts matter.

Headlines today suggest that congress is attempting to ban abortion at 20 weeks. Except they’re not. Congress might think they are enacting a 20 weeks ban. Many lay people might think they are. Many news sites might be calling it a 20 week ban. Life News might think it’s a 20 week ban. But it … Continue reading

When there is no one skilled enough to do a D & E

“Dr. Gunter, I think, uh, there’s a fetal skull in the abdomen,” my resident said with that hesitancy that says I want you to tell me I’m wrong. The first time you diagnose something that is very bad you actually hope you are mistaken and want someone more senior to reassure you that you are … Continue reading

Fetal heart beat bills and the babyfication of the embryo

The Ohio House just passed a “fetal heart beat” bill, which is the first step on the road to legislation that would ban abortion after embryonic cardiac activity. Embryonic cardiac activity is typically seen by 6 weeks gestation (42 days into the pregnancy or about 2 weeks after a missed period), which is before many … Continue reading

Your OB can get you jailed for a miscarriage and there’s not much you can do about it

Purvi Patel was sentenced today for having a premature delivery that ended in stillbirth. She was given 20 years in jail, 10 years suspended, and 5 years probation for neglect and 6 years for the feticide conviction that will run concurrently. For those unfamiliar with the case Ms. Patel received no prenatal care and was … Continue reading

If Purvi Patel delivered in hospital she could have declined neonatal care, but she delivered at home so faces jail

Purvi Patel faces 70 years in jail for delivering a premature baby at home and believing her fetus was stillborn. She was found guilty of feticide and neglect. I want to put these frightening abuses of her legal rights aside for a moment… The fact that she was questioned immediately after an anesthetic. We don’t … Continue reading

Purvi Patel faces 70 years in jail for a premature delivery

Purvi Patel was found guilty of both feticide and child neglect in Indiana in February and now faces 70 years in jail. A jury deliberated for about 5 hours even though there are no facts supporting either the feticide claim or the neglect, never mind the travesty that child neglect and feticide are incompatible charges. … Continue reading

A gynecologist sums up 2014

  Another year of blogging has passed, 87 posts to be exact bringing my archive to 376 since inception. It’s really interesting looking back to see what resonated with people and what didn’t. I am (like most years) amazed at what I’ve learned along the way as I read an average of 3 articles for … Continue reading

Why women voting matters today more than ever

Because until things change these five men are your court appointed gynecologists

George Will mansplains women’s GYN rights – I invite him to do that in person

Thank you Mr. Will for mansplaining that the war on women is a fictitious democratic construct. In fact, to speak of things like failure to respond to the epidemic of campus rape, the need to have access to all forms of birth control through health insurance, or to have an abortion in your own county … Continue reading

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

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