The authors of a new paper noted the reasons why women decide to undergo an abortion include many mental health risk factors, such as poverty, lack of social supports, domestic violence, rape, incest, pre-existing mental illness, and lack of education. But post-abortion, women’s mental health status does not deteriorate, although stress levels might increase if they experience barriers in obtaining the abortion.
The FDA enabled reproductive health providers to prescribe mifepristone, the abortion medication, via telemedicine — at least through the duration of the pandemic. The FDA approved lifting the requirement of in-person dispensing of mifepristone, since the COVID-19 pandemic presents additional COVID-related risks to patients and healthcare personnel when patients visit a clinic solely to receive a prescription.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a new Title X rule to ensure access to quality family planning services. The proposed changes would revise the Trump administration’s 2019 rules that Title X advocates say are harmful to women served by these public health services.
A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could make it more difficult for women to access medication abortions. In an unsigned brief order on Jan. 12, the Supreme Court said a district court should not have compelled the Food and Drug Administration to lift a requirement that mifepristone, the abortion pill, has to be picked up in person.
Family planning providers anticipate positive changes to the Title X program as President Biden announced his administration would roll back the Trump rules that forced hundreds of family planning clinics out of the program.
The authors of a recent study found that Black women in the United States have a lower risk of giving birth to low birth weight babies if they live in states with less restrictive reproductive rights, when compared with women who live in states with more restrictive policies.
Although access to training in medical and surgical abortion has improved over the decades, barriers still prevent some new physicians from obtaining the training, according to the authors of a recent study.
The authors of a recent study quantified the number of medically unnecessary clinical visits for abortion services. They found that more than 31,000 in-person clinic visits would be averted each month if four medically unnecessary state and federal policies were repealed and if 70% of patients received no-test telemedicine abortions.