Sunday, September 27, 2015
RH Reality Check (9/22): Lawsuit Asks Oklahoma Supreme Court to Block Anti-Choice Omnibus Bill, by Jessica Mason Pieklo:
Continuing its pro-choice advocacy in Oklahoma, the Center for Reproductive Rights has petitioned the Oklahoma Supreme Court to block a TRAP law that is scheduled to come into force on November 1st. Pieklo writes:
SB 642 includes language that advocates claim could be interpreted to bring felony charges for any violation of the more than 140 statutes targeted at physicians and medical facilities providing abortion.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of one of only two abortion providers in the state.
Friday, September 25, 2015
CNN: Essure Sterilization Method under Fire, by Elizabeth Cohen:
More than 5,000 women have complained to the Food and Drug Administration about Bayer's Essure, a sterilization device, saying it caused problems including unintended pregnancies, stillbirths and debilitating pain and bleeding. The manufacturer placed blame on about 1/3 of the complainants, claiming that "[w]omen are supposed to return to a doctor's office in three months to make sure the device is working and are supposed to use another form of birth control in the meantime." Some commentators believe the FDA rushed the device's approval.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
AL.com with ProPublica: Alabama Leads Nation in Turning Pregnant Women into Felons, by Nina Martin:
This is a comprehensive analysis of Alabama's "chemical endangerment of a child" law, the country's toughest criminal law banning prenatal drug use. In recent years, Alabama authorities have been aggressive about removing newborns from the custody of mothers who abuse drugs,typically placing a baby with a relative or foster family under a safety plan that can continue for months or years.
The law was passed during Alabama's war on methamphetamine and specifically "targeted parents who turned their kitchens and garages into home-based drug labs, putting their children at peril." But now prosecutors and courts are turning the law on women who used controlled substances while pregnant, "even if [the] baby is born perfectly healthy, even if [the mother's] goal was to protect her baby from greater harm. The penalties are exceptionally stiff: one to 10 years in prison if her baby suffers no ill effects, 10 to 20 years if her baby shows signs of exposure or harm and 10 to 99 years if her baby dies."