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The Post-Roe Battleground for Abortion Pills Will Be Your Mailbox

Wired – “If regulation of abortion access falls to the states, it will unleash legal havoc over pregnancy-ending medications that are shipped across state lines. The draft legal opinion leaked from the Supreme Court that promises to overturn the right to abortion in the United States says it will “return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” making abortion access each state’s decision. Having had some time to absorb it, legal experts warn that’s a recipe for chaos—especially for abortions performed via medications, since pills cross state lines via the federally-protected US Mail. Medication abortion—which constitutes ending a pregnancy in its first trimester with a regimen of one or two drugs—has already been a target for red-state legislatures. It accounts for more than half the abortions in the US, and so anti-abortion campaigners accurately perceive it as an end run around restrictions on surgical abortions. During the pandemic, access to the drugs actually got easier: The Food and Drug Administration allowed women who wanted them to make telehealth appointments, rather than the medical office visits some states insist on, and then to receive the pills by mail. The agency made that policy permanent in December. If Roe v. Wade is nullified, that changes. Legislatures in 26 states have indicated they will either ban abortion entirely or restrict it to so early in pregnancy that the procedure becomes essentially inaccessible. Thirteen states have teed up trigger laws that would enact bans or restrictions immediately when Roe is overturned. Seven have banned the use of telehealth plus mailed drugs for abortions. Legislators in Louisiana have proposed, and ones in Tennessee have passed, criminal penalties for providing abortion medications by mail…”

See also Fast Company: Why corporate America is afraid to talk about abortion – “Over the past three months, we asked nearly 200 companies their stance on abortion access. Only 15 responded.”

Why Roe v. Wade must be defended

The Lancet – Editorial | Volume 399, ISSUE 10338, P1845, May 14, 2022. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00870-4: “Abortion presents a profound moral issue on which Americans hold sharply conflicting views.” So begins a draft opinion by Associate Justice Samuel Alito, leaked from the US Supreme Court on May 2, 2022. If confirmed, this judgement would overrule the… Continue Reading

Growing share of Covid-19 deaths are among vaccinated people, but booster shots substantially lower the risk

CNN: “Since Covid-19 vaccines became widely available, there has been a wide gap in deaths between the vaccinated and unvaccinated. But recent Covid deaths are much more evenly split as highly transmissible variants take hold, vaccine protection wanes and booster uptake stagnates. Breakthrough infections have become more common in recent months, putting vulnerable populations at… Continue Reading

Next battle over access to abortion will focus on pills

AP: “It took two trips over state lines, navigating icy roads and a patchwork of state laws, for a 32-year-old South Dakota woman to get abortion pills last year. For abortion-seekers like her, such journeys, along with pills sent through the mail, will grow in importance if the Supreme Court follows through with its leaked… Continue Reading

Here is a great resource for what you can do in the fight for abortion rights in all 50 states

Lit Hub: “A Supreme Court draft opinion was leaked last night in which Justice Samuel Alito lays out the court’s pending decision to overturn Roe v. Wade; should this ruling come to pass it would represent one of the largest roll-backs of personal freedom in the history of this country. If you care about an… Continue Reading

The Resurgence of the Abortion Underground

The Experiment / Podcast Produced by The Atlantic and WNYC Studios/ A transcript of this episode is available.  “There’s a common story about abortion in this country, that people have only two options to intentionally end a pregnancy: the clinic or the coat hanger. They can choose the safe route that’s protected by Roe v. Wade—a… Continue Reading

Prevalence of Long Covid is now estimated to be 51-80% across all infections including asymptomatic, mild and severe.

Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome (PACS) in Adults, Published: April 2022. “Introduction – Public Health Ontario (PHO) is actively monitoring, reviewing and assessing relevant information related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This rapid review concentrates on results from systematic reviews and meta-analyses, updating the evidence on the prevalence of… Continue Reading

Are We in the Middle of an Invisible COVID Wave?

The Atlantic – No one’s actually sure….”At least so far, the official numbers in the U.S. don’t seem to show that a similar wave has made it stateside. But those numbers aren’t exactly reliable these days. In recent months, testing practices have changed across the country, as at-home rapid tests have gone fully mainstream. These… Continue Reading

CDC Launches Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics

“The goal of the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA) is to enable timely, effective decision-making to improve outbreak response using data, modeling, and analytics. To do so, CFA will produce models and forecasts to characterize the state of an outbreak and its course, inform public health decision makers on potential consequences of deploying… Continue Reading