Telemedical abortions allowed in Kansas as judge blocks ban

Shawnee County District Court Judge Teresa Watson on Wednesday issued an injunction blocking enforcement of a Kansas law banning telemedicine abortions. Meanwhile, in Colorado, Kaiser Permanente says it will offer more abortion services because of long wait times at clinics.

KMUW/KCUR: Judge blocks Kansas law banning abortion pill prescribing via telemedicine

Kansas women may soon be able to seek abortion pills through telemedicine appointments after a judge blocked a state law banning the practice. Abortion providers and abortion rights advocates say the decision will help expand access to abortion for people across the state, especially in areas like western Kansas that may be several hours away from the nearest clinic. The state’s five clinics are grouped around Wichita and Kansas City, Kansas. (Conlon, 28.11.)

Abortion News from Colorado, Utah and Idaho

Colorado Public Radio: Kaiser Permanente Offers Abortion Services in Response to Long Scheduled Parenthood Waits

Kaiser Permanente in Colorado is now offering its patients expanded abortion services in response to long waits at abortion clinics. In a statement, the healthcare provider said patients have been referred to outside partners, including Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, for care in the past. But as neighboring states after the repeal of Roe v. When restrictive abortion laws were passed, waiting times at these clinics became longer, limiting options and creating complications for patients. (Cleveland, 11/28)

Idaho Capital Sun: Idaho tries to dismiss satanic temple abortion lawsuit says suit requires pregnant woman

Idaho state attorneys have asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Satanic Temple over Idaho’s abortion laws. … The Satanic Temple lawsuit also does not name specific individuals harmed by Idaho’s abortion laws, Church said, and described no injuries that occurred. (Moseley-Morris, 29.11.)

Salt Lake Tribune: This is how many abortions were performed in Utah in 2020

Fewer abortions were performed in Utah in 2020 than in 2019, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report counted abortions across the United States during the year the COVID-19 pandemic began . Data from 2021 or earlier this year are not yet available. But the CDC report shows that of the 630,327 abortions performed statewide, 2,362 were recorded in Utah — 560 fewer than in 2019. (Miller, 11/28)

From Texas —

Slate: Without an abortion, doctors in Texas are witnessing horrible results

Articles in medical journals are usually science; They bring data to their readers that they can use to provide evidence-based care to their patients. But sometimes evidence is an expression of sadness or even anger. A recent journal article, “Maternal Morbidity and Fetal Outcomes Among Pregnant Women at 22 Weeks’ Gestation or Less with Complications in 2 Texas Hospitals After Legislation on Abortion,” provides such evidence. (Karkowsky, 28.11.)

The New York Times: Was she ready to be a mother? A judge must decide

On a hot Texas morning in 2020, Giselle, who goes by the name G, slipped into a borrowed blazer, flipped up the nose ring in her septum so it couldn’t be seen, and headed into the Coryell County Courthouse. It was her first time in court. She was 17, 11 weeks pregnant and already starting to show. She would ask a judge for permission to request an abortion. Her lawyer had stated that she had to prove that she was mature enough to make that decision. G pressed her lips around her braces and reminded herself not to smile. She didn’t want the judge to see her as a child. Because G was a minor, her access to an abortion was regulated by the state’s “Parent Involvement” law. (Presser, 29.11.)

Vice News: A woman wanted an abortion to save one of her twins. She had to travel 1,000 miles

Early Friday morning, about six weeks into her pregnancy, a woman began vomiting and would not stop for more than 36 hours. She tried to rehydrate drink after drink — ginger ale, tea, Pedialyte — but the woman kept throwing up. As chills racked her body, she decided enough was enough. The woman VICE News calls about privacy concerns had to go to the ER. A., who already has a young son, was already nervous about being pregnant in her home state of Texas. Although A. and her husband had planned this pregnancy, A. feared that the Texas abortion ban would prevent her from getting help should things go wrong. (Shermann, 28.11.)

Likewise –

The Guardian: Google abortion? Your data isn’t as private as you think it is

Following the overturning of the Roe v Wade case by the US Supreme Court, Google has pledged new guidelines to protect people’s abortion-related data. However, new research has shown that the way our location and other personal information is stored remains largely unchanged, raising fears that intimate details of an individual’s abortion search could be used to punish them. (Bhuiyan, 11/29)

NPR: How abortion bans — even with emergency medical exceptions — are impacting healthcare

Christina Zielke was admitted to an emergency room in Ohio with profuse bleeding while experiencing a miscarriage. That was in early September, before the state’s 6-week abortion ban was put on hold by a judge. What happened to her next is an example of how new state abortion laws can affect medical care in emergency situations. Physicians who violate these laws face criminal charges, imprisonment, and the loss of their license to practice medicine. (28.11.)

Fox News: Getting pregnant soon after abortion or miscarriage may have lower risks than previously thought: study

A new medical study conducted in Europe suggests there may be fewer “adverse pregnancy outcomes” for women who become pregnant weeks after a miscarriage or abortion. (Moore, 11/28)

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