Tag: Abortion

New report shows continued growth of Catholic health systems that refuse to provide essential care

New report shows continued growth of Catholic health systems that refuse to provide essential care

One in six hospital beds are governed by rules set by Catholic bishops, not doctors, putting lives and health at risk.

If Catholic health systems continue expanding their reach at the current rate, an alarming number of Americans won’t have access to the full spectrum of healthcare services considered standard of care at non-Catholic hospitals. In some cases, that lack of care access could be life-threatening.

MergerWatch and the ACLU have released an update to their 2013 Miscarriage of Medicine report. This new report gathered updated information, and improved its data analysis by looking at a broader range of hospitals that are governed by Catholic doctrine, including those that were previously Catholic-affiliated and continue practicing Catholic doctrine under secular ownership, and those that list their ownership as public, or governmental, but are actually owned or affiliated with a Catholic health system.…

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“Fetal tissue” bills in the Michigan Legislature could hinder medical research and care

“Fetal tissue” bills in the Michigan Legislature could hinder medical research and care

By pushing legislation they may not fully understand, lawmakers would be harming more than abortion providers.

There’s a reason legislators should leave the medical decision-making to doctors and patients: medical care isn’t their area of expertise.

And in their haste to appease anti-choice voters, Michigan legislators are pushing poorly written legislation that could have serious unintended consequences — including hampering the work of hospitals and researchers.

Since I wrote about SB 564 and SB 565 — a set of “fetal tissue” bills that would outlaw the already-illegal practice of selling fetal tissue for a profit — it has been voted on and passed in the Michigan Senate.…

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Michigan Senate to vote on “fetal tissue” bills for no good reason

Michigan Senate to vote on “fetal tissue” bills for no good reason

A crusade that will waste time and taxpayer money will do nothing but appease those who oppose legal abortion.

You’ve heard all the lies about Planned Parenthood — you know, the ones peddled in those deceptively edited videos that claimed Planned Parenthood sells baby parts?

Despite the fact that these allegations have been proven false in state after state, and the fact that Michigan’s Planned Parenthood clinics do not participate in the legal donation of fetal tissue for research and other medical purposes, Michigan legislators still plan to push through legislation that would make it a crime to profit from fetal tissue.…

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Michigan legislators use women’s health as a bargaining chip ahead of primary deadline

Michigan legislators use women’s health as a bargaining chip ahead of primary deadline

House vote on ‘abortion coercion’ bills held to appease Right to Life.

Supporters of choice have been wondering when the other shoe was going to drop on the deceptive anti-choice “abortion coercion” bills that passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in September 2015.

That shoe hit the House floor on March 24, with a vote almost entirely along party lines in support of House Bills 4787 and 4830. These bills claim to be an effort to protect women against being coerced into having an abortion — something that is already illegal in Michigan. In reality, these bills are part of a decades-long public and political anti-choice campaign to market the false theory that abortion is harmful to women.…

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Extremists indicted for Planned Parenthood attack videos as Michigan Republicans hold hearing on bill to stop nonexistent funding

Extremists indicted for Planned Parenthood attack videos as Michigan Republicans hold hearing on bill to stop nonexistent funding

Earlier this week, the anti-abortion extremists behind altered videos attempting to smear Planned Parenthood found the tables turned when the grand jury investigating the health services provider indicted them on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a felony, and on a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs. The two men had selectively edited a secretly-taped video to make it appear that Planned Parenthood was selling dead baby parts for profit.

A grand jury here that was investigating accusations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood has instead indicted two abortion opponents who made undercover videos of the organization.

Prosecutors in Harris County said one of the leaders of the Center for Medical Progress — an anti-abortion group that made secretly recorded videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials trying to illegally profit from the sale of fetal tissue — had been indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a felony, and on a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs.

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An inside look at restrictions on Michigan abortion care providers

An inside look at restrictions on Michigan abortion care providers

Laws and regulations imposed on clinics have nothing to do with patient care — and everything to do with limiting abortion access.

In part one of this two-part series, I wrote about TRAP laws in Texas and across the country. The question of whether these sneaky, dangerous laws are Constitutional is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, because they restrict women’s legal access to abortion by forcing abortion providers to adhere to regulations not required of any other medical professionals.

To learn more about Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws and other abortion restrictions in Michigan, I spoke with Renee Chelian, founder and CEO of Northland Family Planning Centers (NFP), and Lara Chelian, director of advocacy and development for NFP.…

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U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Texas abortion restrictions could strengthen Roe v. Wade

U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Texas abortion restrictions could strengthen Roe v. Wade

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt has the potential to ensure a woman’s right to choose — or give abortion opponents more power than ever.

It’s not news that abortion rights are under attack in America. Although seven in 10 Americans support a woman’s right to choose, anti-abortion legislators, lobbyists and extremists will stop at nothing — not a shooting spree, not a multi-year conspiracy to spread lies about abortion care providers — in their ruthless campaign to end access to safe, legal abortion.

This, despite the fact that in 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade held that women have the right to terminate a pregnancy.…

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Michigan Democrats introduce legislation to mandate coverage for ‘abortion rider’ law

Michigan Democrats introduce legislation to mandate coverage for ‘abortion rider’ law

The bills stipulate that all health insurers must make rider policies available to all women.

Women’s reproductive health took a giant step backward in Michigan in 2013, when legislation written and lobbied for by Right to Life passed the Michigan Legislature. The law, which took effect in 2014, requires women to buy a separate insurance rider in case they might need abortion care in the future. But most insurance plans in Michigan don’t offer the rider, leaving women without essential healthcare coverage.

This law is dangerous to women’s health, because women must have the rider in place to be fully covered during a miscarriage or abortion — even in cases of rape and when the woman’s health is in jeopardy.…

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Donate to Lady Parts Justice League on #GivingTuesday and help them score extra cash

Donate to Lady Parts Justice League on #GivingTuesday and help them score extra cash

Help LPJ League win a $25,000 prize for gathering the most donations on December 1st.

Giving is always good, and the #GivingTuesday tradition on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a great reminder that there are organizations out there that rely on charitable contributions to do their work.

There’s no shortage of worthy organizations and I hope folks will give whatever they can to as many as they can.

But there’s one cause I hope you’ll be sure to support this year. Lady Parts Justice League is asking for your donation on #GivingTuesday, December 1, to help them win an extra $25,000 from CrowdRise.

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ACTION: Join Lady Parts Justice League and thank women’s clinics on #PostcardSunday Nov. 29

ACTION: Join Lady Parts Justice League and thank women’s clinics on #PostcardSunday Nov. 29

There’s no easier way to let women’s healthcare clinics and abortion providers know they have your support.

All of us who support a woman’s right to choose and access a full range of healthcare services without the threat of violence were horrified by the terrorist attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday. It’s now clear the gunman had a vendetta against Planned Parenthood, as he was seen uttering “no more baby parts” when he was arrested — clearly a response to the outrageous lies being told about Planned Parenthood following the release of heavily edited videos rife with falsehoods.…

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Catholic hospital system says it can deny women emergency care on religious grounds

Catholic hospital system says it can deny women emergency care on religious grounds

Response to ACLU lawsuit demonstrates, once again, that Catholic hospitals put ideology above patient safety.

When you show up at an emergency room in need of urgent medical care, you have a reasonable expectation that you’ll be given the treatment you need — that the staff will do everything they can to save your life and protect your health. In fact, ERs are required by law not to turn anyone away for any reason.

Unless you’re a Catholic-affiliated health system. At least, that’s what one Catholic hospital system would like you to think, even though they’re dead wrong.

In October, the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of their members against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country, for its repeated and systematic failure to provide women experiencing pregnancy complications with appropriate emergency abortions as required by federal law.…

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