Latin America has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, which further entrench abortion stigma and have a disproportionate impact on pregnant people from marginalized communities. Public prosecutors, the gatekeepers of the criminal legal system, can simply stop enforcing criminal abortion laws.
Racism manifested by police stops, microaggressions at work, discriminatory and hostile treatment while shopping for groceries and doing other innocuous tasks, and systemic inequalities in housing and education take an enormous toll—both physically and psychologically.
This week: Biden administration speaks on Black maternal health; all U.S. adults are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination; Derek Chauvin is convicted for murdering George Floyd; Senate passes bill to address anti-Asian crimes; Biden pledges to cut emissions in half; and more!
In the middle of the night on April 2, 2020, buried in a 400-page state budget, a provision to make commercial surrogacy legal in New York was adopted despite a campaign against the move by leading advocates of women’s reproductive health and rights.
Many families will continue to end up in the NICU needing care for an infant born. None of them deserve to experience both the trauma of that NICU hospitalization and the emotional distress of figuring out how to navigate health insurance coverage for their sick baby.
If the unborn have 14th Amendment rights, any loss of pregnancy, whether intentional or not, will become the basis for arrest and prosecution. Pregnant people could be sued, or prevented from engaging in travel, work or any activity that is believed to create a risk to the life of the unborn.
For The Weekly Pulse, we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.
This week: updates on the pandemic as cases rise worldwide; birth control users question the FDA pause on distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine; the Biden administration bolsters reproductive health by lifting medication abortion restrictions and undoing the domestic gag rule; and more.
“Maternal care for Black women is a public health crisis and racial justice issue,” writes Massachusetts state Rep. Liz Miranda. “It is critical that state legislatures—both here in Massachusetts and across the country—pay attention and take action.”
After more than four decades of work, there is unprecedented momentum to end the Hyde Amendment. And today, we are one step closer with the introduction of the EACH Act by U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee, Ayanna Pressley, Diana DeGette, Jan Schakowsky, and U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth, Mazie Hirono and Patty Murray.
The EACH Act would reverse the Hyde Amendment, ensuring anyone who gets their insurance through Medicaid or other federal insurance will be covered for abortion and other pregnancy-related care.
Cisgender women are usually the focus of conversations around abortion, though transgender and nonbinary people access reproductive health services, including abortion, every day.