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Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, more Americans think their state should allow a woman to get a legal abortion for any reason, a new poll finds.

Just over 6 in 10 of those questioned say women should have that right, compared to just under 50% of Americans who held the same belief in 2021, the new

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 9, 2024
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  • The U.S. Supreme Court appears ready to rule that, for now, emergency abortions be allowed in Idaho when a woman's health is at risk, an opinion that was briefly posted on the court's website on Wednesday shows.

    The unsigned opinion, published first by Bloomberg News, only dismiss...

    Post-Dobbs bans and restrictions on abortion are having a spillover effect in reducing the use of birth control and emergency contraception in those states most affected, a new study shows.

    Why the troubling trend? The study's author believes the demise of Roe v. Wade in 2022 triggered the closure of many family planning clinics.

    "Because 11% of women rely on such clinics for the ...

    Following state legislation passed in 2021 that essentially banned abortion in Texas, the rate of infant deaths rose by almost 13%, compared to a much smaller 1.8% rise nationwide, a new study finds.

    The number of Texan babies whose deaths were specifically linked to birth defects also jumped by 22.9% in 2022, the year after the ban was put in place. In the rest of the United States, suc...

    Women don't need an ultrasound to have a safe medication abortion, a new study says.

    Women who received abortion pills by mail without getting an ultrasound first did just as well as those who were examined and given the drugs in person, researchers found.

    "This study adds to a growing and robust body of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness and safety of medication abortion with...

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a case that aimed to curb access to the controversial abortion drug mifepristone, saying the plaintiffs who brought the case to the court had no legal standing to do so.

    In a unanimous vote, the nine judges ruled that ...

    Louisiana has become the first state to pass a law that designates abortion pills as dangerous controlled substances.

    Once Gov. Jeff Landry signs the bill into law, as he is expected to do, possession of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol ...

    While some states have moved to severely curb women's access to abortion, including abortion pills, over 8,000 women living in those states are getting the pills by mail each month from states without such restrictions.

    That's according to new data from a #WeCount survey conduc...

    Women who get abortion pills through the mail receive care that's as good as those who are required to get them in person from a clinic or doctor's office, a new study says.

    Using a mail-order pharmacy to deliver the drugs after an in-person assessment was both safe and effective, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

    Patients also appreciated the priva...

    As the battle over abortion continues to rage in the courts and American politics, a new report estimates that one in every four U.S. women will undergo the procedure during their lifetime.

    The study was issued by the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization focused on sexual and reproductive health that supports access to abortion. 

    Researchers there surv...

    An increasing number of young men and women have decided they never want parenthood in the wake of the Dobbs decision revoking the constitutional right to an abortion, a new study finds.

    The number of young adults opting to undergo a permanent sterilization procedure abruptly increased nationwide following the June 2022 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that overturned Roe v. Wade, resea...

    In two separate rulings on Monday, the Florida Supreme Court backed that state's abortion ban while also allo...

    Following oral arguments presented on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court looked poised to rebuff a legal challenge to women's access to the abortion pill.

    Mifepristone is part of a two-drug regimen now used for the 

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 27, 2024
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  • As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could determine nationwide access to the abortion pill, a new study finds requests for the medication made outside the traditional health care system surged after Roe v. Wade was overturned.

    There were about 26,000 more self-managed medication abortions than expected, based on trends before the ruling, researchers...

    Following the historic reversal of Roe v. Wade in June of 2022, the number of abortions in the United States has risen to more than a million per year, with medication abortions representing nearly two-thirds of those cases.

    The numbers come from a new report...

    Abortion rights will play a pivotal role in determining how people will vote in the 2024 election, a new KFF poll has found.

    About one in eight voters (12%) now say abortion is the most important issue for their vote in the upcoming elections.

    Further, around half of voters overall say this year's presidential election (51%), Congressional election (53%), and which party controls th...

    CVS and Walgreens announced Friday that they will start dispensing the abortion pill mifepristone this month.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has certified the nation's two largest pharmacy chains to dispense mifepristone, and they plan to make the medication available first in states where abortion is legal.

    The chains will not dispense the medication by mail, they told news ...

    The historic overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022 has not had any significant effect on the number of abortions performed each month in the United States, new data shows.

    The #WeCount report tracks abortion rates across the country for the nonprofit Society of Family Planning, a group promoting research on abortion and contraception.

    Medication abortion can be delivered safely and effectively using telemedicine, a large, new study concludes.

    Women who received abortion pills through the mail following a video visit with a doctor fared just as well as women who visited a clinic, researchers report Feb. 15 in the journal Nature Medicine.

    There were virtually no serious adverse events, with the medication ...

    Two studies that warned of the harms of the abortion pill have been retracted by the journals' publisher over flaws in the data and conflicts of interest among the researchers.

    Complicating matters even further, the papers were cited in a Texas Court ruling t...

    Becoming pregnant as a result of sexual violence is disturbingly common in the United States, a new study reveals.

    Nearly 6 million U.S. women have become pregnant as a result of rape or sexual coercion, researchers reported recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

    This equates t...

    THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2024 (HealthDayNews) -- In the 14 states with abortion bans, there have been nearly 65,000 pregnancies resulting from rape during the time since those bans went into place, a new study estimates.

    To arrive at that troubling number, researchers turned to data from federal surveys on crime and sexual violence. Their findings were published Jan. 24 in the journal

    Women are suffering more anxiety and depression in states that banned abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a new study shows.

    The court's Dobbs decision in June 2022 triggered laws banning abortion in 13 states.

    In the six months after, symptoms of anxiety and depression increased among women living in those states, particularly those ages 18 to 45, researchers r...

    On what would have been the 51st anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, the Biden Administration on Monday announced new measures it will take to further protect a woman's access to abortion.

    "Fifty-one years ago today, the Supreme Court recognized a woman's constitutional right to make deeply personal decisions with her doctor -- free from the interference of politicians. Then, ...

    Abortion bans are intended to preserve the lives of children, proponents say, but a new study has found infants are more likely to die in the states with the most restrictive laws.

    States with the tightest abortion laws had a 16% increased infant mortality rate from 2014 to 2018, compared to the states with the least restrictions on abortion, researchers said.

    "Given the current cha...

    A U.S. online provider of the mifepristone/misoprostol abortion pill combo saw a ten-fold jump in orders when the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade was first leaked in 2022, a new study finds.

    Such orders declined a bit in the months after the decision was officially announced, but have risen once again as women remain uncertain about access to the controversial pil...

    The Supreme Court will review the ability of American women to easily access a commonly used abortion pill, the court announced Wednesday.

    Mifepristone has become central to the response by health care professionals and reproductive rights advocates to last year's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

    The pill can b...

    States that ban abortion could be headed to a brain drain when it comes to up-and-coming medical professionals.

    Three out of four future U.S. doctors say state access to abortion is a key factor in choosing where they'll apply for their residency training, according to a survey published Dec. 5 in the journal Medic...

    New data shows that births rose in the first half of 2023 in states where abortion bans came into effect following the fall of Roe v. Wade in 2022.

    States with bans had an average 2.3% rise in the fertility rate compared to states where abortion remained legal, according to an analysis of preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Con...

    When states have restrictive abortion laws in place, more children end up in foster care, new research finds.

    This happened even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, the investigators noted.

    The study, published Nov. 7 in the journal

  • Robin Foster and Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporters
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  • November 7, 2023
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  • Abortion numbers increased -- not decreased -- slightly in the year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized the procedure.

    Some states immediately banned access and numbers of abortions fell to nearly zero in those with the strictest bans.

    But they increased elsewhere, especially in states adjacent to those with bans, according to a report...

    When some U.S. states made abortion illegal after the Supreme Court overturned the longstanding Roe v Wade in June 2022, women in those areas increased their searches for self-managed abortions.

    To come to that conclusion, researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) analyzed Google search results regarding self-abortion.

    "We found an increased number of searches in s...

    Even before Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022, many U.S. women lived far from a clinic where they could get abortion pills. Now, a new study suggests that telemedicine can help fill that gap.

    The study focused on one reproductive health clinic in Washington state, where abortion was legal at the time of the study and remains so. But even in states where abortion is available, ex...

    The abortion pill mifepristone should remain legal in the United States, but with significant restrictions on access to it, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

    The decision, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, effectively sets ...

    The President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that's long successfully provided relief to people with AIDS around the world, will now be housed within the U.S. State Department.

    The move comes after years of pressure by anti-abortion groups and some Republican members of Congress to attach abortion-related limits on U.S. health support overseas, including PEPFAR. ...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the nation's first over-the-counter birth control pill, a move that will likely pave the way for far greater access to contraception for Americans.

    Women will be able to buy the progestin-only oral contraceptive at drug stores, convenience stores and grocery stores, the FDA said. There is no age limit.

    Opill, which is made b...

    The U.S. Supreme Court decision ending a nationwide right to abortion one year ago has made it harder for doctors to treat miscarriages and other pregnancy-related emergencies, a new report shows.

    The nonprofit organization KFF surveyed ob...

    Some might think masturbation is all about self-pleasure, but scientists now claim it's far more significant than that.

    Their new findings suggest it could serve an important role in evolution.

    An ancient trait in primates, masturbation -- at least for the males of the species -- increases their reproductive success while also helping them avoid catching sexually transmitted infect...

    A ruling on the abortion pill mifepristone will be one step closer Wednesday when three federal judges hear arguments in the case.

    The three judges at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans have a history of supporting abortion restrictions, the Associated Press reported. They aren't expected to rule immediately.

    In November, abortion opponents in Texas filed ...

    In a unanimous vote, a panel of expert advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday endorsed the over-the-counter sale of a birth control pill, a recommendation that will likely pave the way for far greater access to contraception for Americans.

    Opill, as the pill is called, was first approved by the FDA in 1973. There is no precise information available on how much Opil...

    As a U.S. Food Drug Administration advisory panel prepares to weigh whether to recommend that a birth control pill be sold over the counter in this country, a coalition of advocates on Monday called attention to the safety and effectiveness of the medication.

    If approved, Opill, a daily progestin-only birth control pill, would become the first such drug sold over the counter in the United...

    When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a woman's constitutional right to abortion in June, internet searches for information related to abortion and contraception surged.

    Searches for abortion-related terms increased much more in U.S. states where access to reproductive health care faced imminent restrictions, according to a new study.

    Lead researcher

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 3, 2023
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  • Denying a woman an emergency abortion and risking her life broke U.S. federal law, a federal government investigation contends.

    The woman, who went into premature labor after her water broke at 17 weeks was denied the lifesaving procedure last August at two hospitals that are now the center of an investigation: Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo., and University of Kansas Hospital in Kan...

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the abortion pill mifepristone can remain widely available while litigation over its fate winds its way through the court system.

    In the meantime, the order effectively halts a ruling from a federal judge in Texas that said th...

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday delayed a decision on a federal appeals court ruling that seeks to limit access to the abortion pill mifepristone.

    In a brief order, Justice Samuel Alito Jr. said the pause on any decision would lapse Friday at midnight, giving the court more time to consider the case, the New York Times reported.

    The delay suggests there may be disagreemen...

    In the latest move to restrict access to the abortion pill mifepristone in the United States, a coalition of anti-abortion groups on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to allow an appeals court ruling to stand.

    That ruling, issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of ...

    The Biden administration filed an emergency application on Friday that asks the U.S. Supreme Court to pause parts of a recent federal ruling that limit the availability of the abortion pill mifepristone.

    On Wednesday, a federal appeals court partially overruled Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk's ruling in Tex...

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a bill that bans abortions in that state after six weeks, with exemptions only given up to 15 weeks for rape, incest and the life and health of the pregnant woman.

    The new law will impact women in the state, as well as those in the region where many have traveled to Florida to access abortion...

    A federal appeals court on Wednesday said the abortion pill mifepristone could remain available for now. But the court's judges added some provisions to their ruling: A block on mailing the pill to patients as well as stays on other measures the federal government has taken recently to boost access to the medication.

    The three-member panel partially overruled

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  • April 13, 2023
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  • U.S. officials said Wednesday that they plan to strengthen existing privacy rules to prevent the sharing of private legal reproductive health care information for use in investigations and prosecutions against patients or providers.

    The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR),

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 12, 2023
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