• Why doctors don’t openly defy abortion laws, even when patients are at risk : Shots
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    Why doctors don’t openly defy abortion laws, even when patients are at risk : Shots

    American Medical Association President Dr. Jack Resneck recently recounted how doctors around the country are facing difficulties practicing medicine in states that ban abortion. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption toggle caption Nicole Xu for NPR American Medical Association President Dr. Jack Resneck recently recounted how doctors around the country are facing difficulties practicing medicine in states that ban abortion. Nicole Xu for NPR Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, 13 states have banned abortion except in the case of a medical emergency or serious health risk for the pregnant patient. But deciding what cases qualify for a medical exception can be a difficult judgement call for doctors. News reports…

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  • How state abortion bans complicate telehealth abortions : Shots
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    How state abortion bans complicate telehealth abortions : Shots

    Allison Case is a family medicine physician who is licensed to practice in both Indiana and New Mexico. Via telehealth appointments, she’s used her dual license in the past to help some women who have driven from Texas to New Mexico, where abortion is legal, to get their prescription for abortion medication. Then came Indiana’s abortion ban. Farah Yousry/ Side Effects Public Media hide caption toggle caption Farah Yousry/ Side Effects Public Media Allison Case, a family medicine physician, spends much of her time working in a hospital where she delivers babies and provides reproductive health care services, including abortions. Case lives and works in Indiana, where a ban on…

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  • Menstrual health literacy is key in an age of abortion bans : Shots
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    Menstrual health literacy is key in an age of abortion bans : Shots

    Writer and health educator Marni Sommer is co-author of A Girl’s Guide to Puberty & Periods, which aims to help young people ages 9 to 14 understand the changes that happen in puberty and what to expect when. Grow & Know/Screenshot by NPR hide caption toggle caption Grow & Know/Screenshot by NPR Writer and health educator Marni Sommer is co-author of A Girl’s Guide to Puberty & Periods, which aims to help young people ages 9 to 14 understand the changes that happen in puberty and what to expect when. Grow & Know/Screenshot by NPR One thing few people have been talking about since Roe v. Wade was overturned is…

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  • How Texas abortion law turned a pregnancy loss into a medical trauma : Shots
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    How Texas abortion law turned a pregnancy loss into a medical trauma : Shots

    Elizabeth and James Weller at their home in Houston two months after losing their baby girl due to a premature rupture of membranes. Elizabeth could not receive the medical care she needed until several days later because of a Texas law that banned abortion after six weeks. Julia Robinson for NPR hide caption toggle caption Julia Robinson for NPR Elizabeth and James Weller at their home in Houston two months after losing their baby girl due to a premature rupture of membranes. Elizabeth could not receive the medical care she needed until several days later because of a Texas law that banned abortion after six weeks. Julia Robinson for NPR…

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  • Texas lawyers prepare for a wave of abortion criminalization
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    Texas lawyers prepare for a wave of abortion criminalization

    Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. A young woman and her mother are nervously driving through the night when they’re pulled over by law enforcement. Flashlights in their faces, the women are questioned about whether they’re heading for the border and whether the young woman might be pregnant, before being pulled out of the car. This political ad, released ahead of the 2020 election, speculated about what a post-Roe v. Wade future might look like as Republican states sought to crack down on abortion ban violators. In the weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the…

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