Alia E. Dastagir USA TODAY Published 4:45 PM EDT Jun 13, 2019 In the first half of 2019, several states have passed some of the most restrictive abortion bans since Roe v. Wade legalized the procedure in 1973. The new laws are part of a nearly decade-long wave of anti-abortion legislation that pro-life activists see as key to reducing and eventually eliminating abortion in the U.S. Is it working? A 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the national abortion rate declined 26% between 2006 and 2015, reaching a historic low. But the CDC did not credit a single driver. Is it the proliferation of restrictive abortion laws? Increased access to contraception? More comprehensive sex education? Mary Ziegler, a professor at the Florida State University College of Law who specializes in the legal history of reproduction, says it's likely all of it. "The picture is messy and complicated and cannot be reduced to … [Read more...] about Abortion law: Fewer women are having abortions. Why?
The national campaign to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy
Opinion In the upside down world that is Washington, abortion opponents are celebrating a big victory that will lead to more unplanned pregnancies and more abortions. Their "victory" takes the form of a new rule for Title X, a half century old federal program that supports family planning clinics serving low-income households. Under the new rule, which was finalized and released on Friday, Title X family planning clinics will be denied funding if they are an abortion provider or refer patients for abortion. This "domestic gag rule" is aimed at cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood, which serves 41 percent of the 4 million patients who benefit from Title X services. But it also applies to other family planning providers receiving Title X grants. By forcing Title X clinics to close, the new rule will jeopardize access to preventive reproductive health care, including contraceptive services, cancer screenings, and testing for HIV and … [Read more...] about Trump’s War on Planned Pregnancies
Preventing maternal deaths and unplanned pregnancyA Texas study released in 2016 found an alarming rate of maternal deaths in 2012. In April, the data was found to be inaccurate due to reporting errors, but the state has still been working on strategies to produce better outcomes for mothers. Texas also had the nation’s highest repeat teen pregnancy rate in 2016 and the fourth highest in 2017, according to the Texas Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy.Long-acting, reversible contraception usually comes in the form of an intrauterine device (IUD) or an arm implant that prevents pregnancy for three to 10 years. The U.S. has five types of IUDs on the market that can be placed within 10 minutes after delivery and one implant, Nexplanon, that can be implanted before a woman is discharged from the hospital. “Being able to provide contraception before the patient leaves the hospital is safe, as well as an effective way to provide long-acting methods of birth … [Read more...] about Birth control minutes after delivery: Good for new mothers, not financially feasible for hospitals
"THE BABY BORROWERS": Contestants Sasha, left, and Jordan pose with the baby they must care for on the reality series. GROWING UP FAST: Alicea Davis and Cory Davila try to care for an infant in the NBC reality show "The Baby Borrowers." Sound The gallery will resume inseconds SHOPPING FOR THREE: Morgan, left, and Daton stock up on supplies in the first episode of "The Baby Borrowers." "THE BABY BORROWERS": A contestant identified as Kelly shops in the first episode. "THE BABY BORROWERS": Morgan watches the baby in her care crawl across the floor. "THE BABY BORROWERS": Austin plays with baby he is assigned to care for on the NBC reality show. PLAYING DAD: Cory Davila holds "his" baby on the new NBC reality show "The Baby Borrowers." "THE BABY BORROWERS": Sasha holds her baby while he feeds on the NBC reality show. "THE BABY BORROWERS": Sean tries to keep an eye on the baby in his care in the NBC reality show. "THE BABY BORROWERS": Alicea Davis … [Read more...] about Teens try caring for babies on a new reality show
By Chris Lindahl | [email protected] | Pasadena Star-News PUBLISHED: November 17, 2018 at 9:08 am | UPDATED: November 17, 2018 at 9:08 am There are unique factors affecting LGBTQ peoples’ access to health care: Case in point, fewer than half of middle-aged LGBTQ people are out to their primary care doctor, according to one study. One solution? Health care providers and institutions are increasingly understanding the importance of not just accepting their patients’ gender identities and sexualities but also educating themselves on how to meet the unique needs of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer — estimated to be at least 1.33 million people in California, according to a UCLA report. That’s why cancer research hospital City of Hope hosted its first-ever summit on health disparities facing the LGBTQ community this week in Pasadena. The conference, which was open to medical professionals across the country, aimed to help bridge … [Read more...] about Pasadena conference: LGBTQ health care for teens, seniors comes with special considerations and needs