Repro Legal Helpline is a mobile hotline run by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice that provides free legal advice and criminal defense to individuals who may be criminalized for self-managing their abortions—a practice on the rise in the U.S.
As most states halt nonessential surgeries to create capacity for a rush of COVID-19 patients, governors and other state officials across the U.S. have been deciding whether abortion care is an “essential” health-care service. We break down the latest in these coronavirus-era legal battles, state-by-state.
A series of whiplash-inducing legal twists and turns taking place in Texas courtrooms and briefing rooms the last few weeks has confused and frustrated us all. Having trouble keeping up with the latest in the battle for abortion access in Texas? We were too—but not anymore!
In a demonstration of unity, an historic coalition of women’s rights, civil rights, human rights and reproductive justice groups filed an amicus brief yesterday in the 11th Circuit Court supporting the federal district court’s ruling that Alabama cannot ban abortions as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, March 31, an appeals court allowed the Texasabortion ban to remain in place until the case made its way through the courts. Similar lawsuits are pending in other states as Alabama, Iowa, Ohio and Oklahoma attempt to ban abortions as well.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, women in the U.K. will have access to abortion at home, without traveling to a clinic. Prior to this temporary change, women were required to visit a clinic. Now, in the U.K., after a phone or video consultation with a doctor, patients may have both pills delivered to their homes.
Self-managed abortion—on the rise in the U.S.—means doing an abortion yourself by obtaining abortion pills, and taking them without going to a doctor.
Medication abortion is currently available in 13 states: Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Georgia, New York, Maine, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland and Montana. On March 30, a coalition of 21 state attorneys sent an strongly-worded letter to HHS and FDA to increase access in other states.
Telemedicine abortion combines medication abortion—which uses pills to end a pregnancy—and telemedicine—which allows health providers to supervise the use of abortion pills via videoconferencing or telephone consultations.
In light of confusion as to whether or not Ohio abortion clinics remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, NARAL compiled a list of FAQs to help answer your questions.