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Tim Kaine votes pro-choice so stop freaking out

I’ve seen lots of chatter on Twitter that Hillary Clinton has picked an anti-choice VP in Tim Kaine. Much of this concern seems to have stemmed from his being a Catholic and statements that he has a “faith-based opposition” to abortion. However, Kaine has also stated that he “strongly” supports “the right of women to make … Continue reading

What you learn doing abortions after 20 weeks

Residency doesn’t prepare you for listening to someone you have never met pleading over the phone for help, their breathless desperation as they try to tell their sad story between sobs, intertwined with intimate details. They would say random, heart breaking things like, “What do we do with the crib?” They were similar in many … Continue reading

New study proves fetal tissue needed for research

A new study on a small group of patients with a history of stroke and significant motor deficits has produced astonishing results. Adult stem cells were injected directly into the stroke damaged area of the brain for eighteen patients who were 6 months to 3 years out from their stroke. Patients had clinically meaningful recovery. … Continue reading

If fetal pain is a thing then all deliveries should require general anesthesia

Using the junk science of supposed fetal pain before 24 weeks many lawmakers have enacted laws designed to stop second trimester abortion. There are now 17 states with 20-22 week bans (many of the laws use incorrect terminology and count gestational age from fertilization, which is of course not how we do it in medicine). … Continue reading

Oklahoma State Medical Association’s shameful response to draconian abortion bill

Senate Bill 1552 is on the Governor of Oklahoma’s desk. If signed into law abortion per se wouldn’t become illegal, it’s just if a doctor does one she or he would lose their medical license. There is an exception to save a mother’s life, but no rape exception. If enacted this would be the most … Continue reading

Check your privilege and your facts before discussing sex selective abortion

Dr. Brian Goldman, in his blog for CBC radio, wrote about the new article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on the sex ratio after induced abortion in Ontario, i.e. sex selective abortion. The article in the CMAJ confirms what is no surprise to me as an OB/GYN, that the ratio of male to … Continue reading

Ted Cruz says women aren’t the people who get to decide on abortion, unveils plan to punish women

Ted Cruz was interviewed on Fox about how he is so much better with the women than Donald Trump. Look he married one, see! When asked about abortion, given Trump’s recent flip flops (I think he’s had six or is that seven positions this week?), Ted Cruz said “the people” should decide. And that Roe … Continue reading

The new Utah abortion law anesthesia requirement makes no sense and that’s what’s scary about it

The new abortion law in Utah, SB0234, makes no sense and that is bothering me. Okay, I know most all abortion laws make no sense medically (some can’t even calculate gestational age correctly) and they are designed to restrict care, but this one has an added issue. The bill has been labelled by many as … Continue reading

Dear Mr. Trump, is a perforated uterus punishment enough for an illegal abortion?

Dear Mr. Trump, I just heard you on Chris Mathews discussing abortion. “Should the woman be punished for having an abortion?” you were asked. You waffled and tried to deflect, but Mathews called you out. What does an abortion ban mean, he wanted to know? You then called abortion “a very serious problem” and suggested … Continue reading

There is no safe DIY herbal abortion

The New York Times just published a fascinatingly tragic piece entitled The Return of the D.I.Y Abortion. The article looks at Google searches for inducing an abortion at home and for 2015 the author found 700,000 related Google searches in the United States. Searching for this information was more common in states with more barriers … Continue reading

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