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The Supreme Court's Next Big Abortion Decision


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: abortion politics, health, women's rights, extremist politics, radical right, lunatic fringe, usa, news, government, ethics, politics, americans, obama )

Cal
- 372 days ago - motherjones.com
The high court has agreed to review an Oklahoma law restricting medication abortions



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Dave C. (213)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:44 am
while no one is pro-abortion what saddens/sickens/angers me is that these same states refuse to support family planning i.e. birth control education and easily available options.......safe, legal, rare is still the best answer anyone can give.........
 

ellen m. (233)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 9:43 am
Cal-way off topic here ..
I've been trying to cut/paste the Hi-Tor's Living Social deal for TODAY ONLY, but can't get it to work...maybe you can share it so everyone can see?
I'm ubber busy and forgot to do it when this pos was working okay...my bad ♥
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:35 am
Thank you, Cal! Abortion rates drop drastically when poverty rates are low. There is a solution--living wages for everyone. Thanks to Dave, as well, for the important points.
 

Pia M. (84)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 11:53 am
In my country, 89% of abortions are nowadays induced medically, using a combination of mifepristone (RU-486) and a prostaglandin analog. The medical method is used up to 9 weeks, but it has become a routine also during the weeks 9-12. (After 12 weeks' gestation, abortion is always induced medically, but there are certain legal restrictions after this time limit so generally speaking abortion should normally be performed during the first 12 weeks.) Surgical abortion is an option only during the first trimester. This information is based on the official statistics and recommendations, so I don't understand the "need" to restrict medical abortions in USA. It certainly isn't based on science, but on anti-choice ideology. The medical method is preferred in many European countries because it's safer, easier and cheaper, 93-98% effective - hailed by both doctors and patients alike.

If Republicans really wanted to reduce the abortion rate in the US, they would examine the examples of countries that have succeeded in this. E.g. in my country, 18 abortions per 1.000 fertile women (aged 15-49) were performed annually in the Seventies - today only 8.7 per 1.000 and still slightly decreasing. Hint: the measures to reduce the abortion rate did NOT include teaching abstinence and restricting access to contraceptives and/or abortion.
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 1:18 pm
We can only hope that the supreme court will turn this law down too. But as far as I know it doesn't look at medical abortion as such but only if the law is crafted correctly. Pity, because the supreme court could do with the comment given by Pia M. above. It sums it up beautifully. Green star coming your way, Pia.
 

SJ J. (116)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 2:21 pm
Noted, thanks Cal.
 

Pia M. (84)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 3:16 pm
And one more thing about this artilcle:
"Oklahoma's governor signed the state's medicine abortion law in May 2011, putting in place new restrictions on the use of RU-486 and any other "abortion-inducing drug." The law mandates that doctors follow the exact protocols for the drugs that are described on the Food and Drug Administration-approved label."
If I've understood this correctly, the law prohibits the off-label use of "abortion-inducing drugs" ONLY. If off-label use of drugs is legal, how can Oklahoma restrict it in this way? IMO, it would be best if FDA updated its recommendations about the use of mifepristone and other abortifacients - it would effectively make these restrictions void.
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 4:50 pm
Oklahoma is definitely NOT ''ok."
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 4:50 pm
Thanks Cal.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:09 pm
Why can't the government stay our of women issues?
 

James Maynard (66)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:31 pm
These damn doctor wannabe's need to go put
in the time to get their medical degrees if they
want to interfere in the doctor-patient arena.
Otherwise, why the heck isn't the AMA and
others suing for malpractice??????
 

NICKY MELVILLE (115)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 7:03 pm
Thanks Cal. Noted I too thought that Dave's comment said it all. Naturally, abortion is a horrible option for any womant to take, but for anyone to say that legally you can't have one, even if it is a medical necessity, is just purely cruel in many cases and most certainlyis just one more way that governments can take control of a situation whiich it most certainly should keep it's nose out of. Most politicians have loads of money and can have all the contraception they want and are in an entirely different position to thousands of others who are not that lucky!
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (277)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 12:32 am
It should be up to women
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (277)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 12:33 am
it is up to all women decide what they want to do with their bodies
 

John S. (297)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 4:29 am
It would be up to women, if they paid for it. Once they ask someone else, they should decide to pay or not.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:08 pm
Per the article: How do you "ban" medical knowledge? James' comment above was excellent in saying the AMA should sue for malpractice. The lunatics are running the asylum. Some are getting so sick & tired of this nationwide attack on women's bodies that there is a lot of talk rumbling about considering banning Viagra and other pharms like it. Also, possible laws against male masturbation...because it's killing potential babies. Now, those are petitions I could sign all day! We've been quiet far too long during these severe attacks on women. Let's just say that Wendy Davis and the good women of TX supporting her, is going to be considered a first strike with many more to follow....increasing state-by-state.
 
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