In this prospective cohort pilot study, the authors validated a flow cytometry protocol for detecting fetal red blood cells and determined that fetal red blood cell exposure in first-trimester uterine aspiration was well below the calculated threshold for maternal Rh sensitization.
Essential Access Health has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a February 2020 decision that upheld the Trump administration’s Title X regulations, issued May 22, 2018, which have had a dramatic effect on Title X family planning centers.
As elective and nonurgent procedures were cancelled or discouraged nationwide because of COVID-19, some reproductive health centers found creative ways to continue their services as safely as possible and to keep staff working during a period of low foot traffic.
A recent study revealed that nearly 7% of women seeking abortion services at Texas facilities in 2012 and 2014 reported they had attempted to self-manage their abortion before visiting the clinic. In states like Texas, where most abortion clinics closed because of restrictive state laws, accessing an abortion clinic is challenging. Barriers to safe and legal abortions appeared to be associated with women attempting self-management of abortion.
The recent Title X changes have proven devastating to women depending on family planning centers for their reproductive healthcare needs. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upheld the Trump administration’s gag rule that prohibits Title X providers from referring patients for abortion care or even answering questions about abortion.
In this randomized, controlled trial of more than 3,000 women in developing countries with incomplete or missed abortion at less than 22 weeks’ gestation, antibiotic prophylaxis prior to uterine evacuation reduced infection rates when a strict definition for pelvic infection was used, but not when a more expanded definition was used.