Weekly Pulse: Pandemic Updates and the Potential for Positivity

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.

In this edition: Pandemic updates as Trump’s unseemly politicking continues, what you should know about wildfires and the air, the repro rundown, and glimmer of hope with pandemic positivity.

Podcast on Self-Managed Abortions: “This Information Has Been Gatekept and It Shouldn’t Be”

Through ups and downs of abortion access during COVID-19, there continues to be little awareness of the existence of abortion pills—let alone that they can be used for safe and effective self-managed abortions.

Antonia Piccone and Anna Reed created “Self-Managed: An Abortion Story in Eight Parts”: a podcast that centers real people’s stories in an effort to demystify the practice of self-managed abortion.

The Abortion Pill Mifepristone Just Became Easier to Get

Last week, a federal judge in Maryland issued an 80-page decision temporarily suspending enforcement of an FDA restriction on the abortion pill, forcing patients to make an unnecessary trip to their health care provider just to pick up the medication and sign a form. U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang ruled the FDA requirement of in-person visits during the pandemic imposes a “substantial obstacle” to abortion health care that is likely unconstitutional. Judge Chuang’s order allows patients to receive mifepristone from their doctors through the mail.