In a significant decision last month, an Oklahoma County District Court ruled that a 2008 anti-choice law violated the state constitution. The law in question (SB 1878)
was more burdensome than any prior bill regulating pre-abortion
ultrasounds passed in the country, requiring women to undergo an
ultrasound and listen to a doctor describe fetal characteristics before
consenting to the procedure. Opponents argued
that the law invades a woman's right to privacy and violates doctors'
freedom of speech.
Here's one way states can lower health care costs: reduce the most commonly performed surgery, namely Cesarean sections, or C-sections, to deliver babies -- roughly half of which are performed unnecessarily.
Even as Planned Parenthood, MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation team up in a campaign to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STD), state legislatures are acting to ensure students' access to comprehensive sex education and are rejecting federal funding for failed abstinence-only programs. Half of all sexually active people will have an STD by the age of 25 with 19 million new STD cases occurring each year. These statistics highlight the need for improving youth sex education.
are suing the federal government to stop a last minute rule by former
President Bush that pre-empts state laws guaranteeing women's access to
reproductive services, including abortion and emergency contraception.
The so-called "provider conscience regulation" became effective on
Tuesday shortly after President Obama's swearing-in and allows health
care workers who object to abortion and contraception to deny women
care. This pre-empts state laws designed to ensure access to necessary reproductive care and threatens womens' health, as detailed by the National Women's Law Center.
A significant victory in Massachusetts today, where the Associated Press is reporting that a state law requiring pharmacies to stock medicines frequently soughty is being used by the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy to require Wal-Mart to stock emergency contraception.
The decision was spurred by a lawsuit brought by three women against Wal-Mart a couple weeks ago.