Roe v Wade: patients struggle to access drugs as doctors forced to take legal advice | The BMJ


State laws are causing confusion and problems for US patients trying to access drugs, even when they are not for abortions, following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade,1 with some doctors seeking legal advice before treating patients.Since the reversal of the constitutional right to abortion on 24 June 2022, about half of the 50 US states are now severely restricting the right to abortion or plan to do so soon, including medication abortions.In a joint statement2 made on 8 September, the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the National Community Pharmacists Association warned …

 

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This is what occurs when people meddle in politics and the Law and the Law follows political leanings instead of looking after all human rights and the due process of medcial procedures.

For Methetrexate and maybe other medications are now in short supply or medicals are not prescribing them due to fears of creating actions for which legal actions could be taken aginst them, even though the said medications are not being used in these instances, but in other instances they could be.

Methetrexate is a well known medication for treating some forms of arthritis, but as it can also be used in abortions, now it is not readily available for suffers of arthritis. This is causing so much harm and needs to be addressed urgeently.

Americans, especially Republicans desist venturing into areas that you have no comprehension of.

 

 

Source: Roe v Wade: patients struggle to access drugs as doctors forced to take legal advice | The BMJ

Roe v Wade: How its scrapping will affect women worldwide | The BMJ


Yes, the US Supreme Court decision to overturn roe v Wade is a great reduction on the rights of women in the US and could for many women in other countries. It shows how politics and religion should not have as much say in the Law that it does in America. America is now so less ‘Free’ for women in America especially those who are poor and of a non-white ethnicity. The health of these women is now at serious risk and even there lives, but is it a surprise that many Republicans are in favour of the ending of abortion rights, while many who wish for abortions are less likely to be Republicans, perhaps this is another way to reduce the Democrat vote.

Lets do hope that many states in America do not go and restrict or stop abortion totally and that this is not repeated in other countries, women’s rights need to be maintained and now, even, more so.

Source: Roe v Wade: How its scrapping will affect women worldwide | The BMJ

Abortion rights: history offers a blueprint for how pro-choice campaigners might usefully respond | The BMJ


In October 1971, the New York Times reported a decline in maternal death rate.1 Just 15 months earlier, the state had liberalised its abortion law. David Harris, New York’s deputy commissioner of health, speaking to the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, attributed the decline—by more than half—to the replacement of criminal abortions with safe, legal ones. Previously, abortion had been the single leading cause of maternity related deaths, accounting for around a third. A doctor in the audience who said he was from a state “where the abortion law is still archaic,” thanked New York for its “remarkable job” and expressed his gratitude that there was a place he could send his patients and know they would receive “safe, excellent care.” Harris urged other states to follow the example set by New York and liberalise their abortion laws.

Just two years later, in 1973, the US Supreme Court intervened. In the landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, the Court …

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Abortion, an emotive subject whether you agree with abortion or not.

I honestly feel, that if it was males who gave birth, rather than women, then all these anti-abortion actions would be greatly reduced. Males don’t understand or don’t wish to understand the feelings of women and only look at everything from a male perspective. For far too long women have been and in some cultures still are controlled by males, when, really males and females should be equal. While in ma and in many instances this should be so, but as history shows many areas where women have gained more independence and control of their lives. However, hard fought for rights are always there to be taken away, as is seen in America by the overflow of Roe v Wade.

The American Constitution is held in high esteem in America and so it should, but it was written in 1787 and in force by 1789, but that is many years ago and time has moved on and in some ways so as The Constitution, but not as much as the Bill of Rights 1689, which is a somewhat equivalent in England and was in some way an extension of Magna Carta.

But these were written very many years ago and mainly by middle aged white men, based on hard Christian principles of that time. But, as we know time has moved on and so has the cultures both in racial, disability, gender and many others, including religion.

Women, these days have a much greater degree of input into all areas and rightly so, but in America, women, in some respects are still disregarded and certainly are some persons whose ethnicity is non-white. Unlike in 1789 we are now all equal and the Constitutional Rights should encompass that.

Overthrowing Roe v Wade is a retrograde step and the rights of women have been seriously undermined and not only that, as in the States that have now banned abortions, this is effecting the poor rather than the not so poor. As some of the not so poor could travel to other states who still allow abortions, but the poor can’t afford to do so. But banning abortions will not stop then, but it may reduce then, as the poor will more than likely still wish to have an abortion and will therefore find a ‘back street’ abortion, which is more than likely to mean the women and her to be born baby will be at more serious harm. Yes, the baby will still die, but in circumstances which are far from good and there is a very strong likelihood that the women could receive great serious harm and in some instances death.

The anti-abortionist are now elated that they have gotten their way, but at great cost to women and in doing so have returned women’s rights to medieval times, instead of the 21st century.

In reversing Roe v Wade it is not a great achievement, but forcing all to live their lives by strict, outdated Christian principles, which even in the 1600s were viewed to be extreme, hence the Pilgrim Fathers left England to the Netherlands before embarking on their voyage to the New America. In doing so they also seriously infringed the rights and lives of the Native Americans, who they treated abominably, pushing them off their own lands and killing them when they resisted, is that any different to Russia in Ukraine.

If the Pilgrim Father were doing this today, it could be viewed as a form of terrorism.

 

 

Source: Abortion rights: history offers a blueprint for how pro-choice campaigners might usefully respond | The BMJ

Roe v Wade: the religious right has long influenced law in the US – here’s how abortion rights could be challenged elsewhere


Reproductive rights are threatened around the world.

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So the right to have an abortion within the US has been withdrawn and in some respects reference is made to the US Constitution and Christianity, as the Constitution was constructed in 1789 by persons who invaded America in 1620 and were known as ‘The Pilgrim Fathers’ a religious sect based on strict religious principles.

In some respects The Fathers based some of The Constitution on Christian principles with the 10  Commandments having some basis.

However, abortion is not mentioned specifically in either The Constitution or the 10 Commandments, and neither is same sex marriage, LGBT or contraception, so it is down to interpretations.

Murder is mentioned in the 10 Commandments, but, abortion is not within that context as abortion is the ‘termination of a pregnancy by removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus and murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse’ by another human being and a fetus is not classed as a human being.

But, it appears that some forms of murder are authorised in The Constitution otherwise why have the 2nd Amendment, which authorises the right to bear arms ‘supporting the natural rights of self-defense and resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state’. However, in reality it is being used by many to justify individual use, but not in self-defence but the murder of other human beings who are causing no harm to anyone. It was also at a time when there wasn’t a reliable State force, which now there is. So, it appears Americans use what they wish to favour themselves and not America as a whole. That is the basis of anarchy.

So, abortion is not being withdrawn using The Constitution or Christian principles, so it could be down to political fervour which should not have any basis in legal standing. Judges should be impartial in legal situations, but this does not appear to be so in America. Unfortunately, Politics and religion have much to be wary of and to withdraw rights to abortion on these bases is completely wrong and shows no respect for the rights of women.

 

Source: Roe v Wade: the religious right has long influenced law in the US – here’s how abortion rights could be challenged elsewhere

As the US supreme court moves to end abortion, is America still a free country? | Moira Donegan | The Guardian


There is no condition more essential to democratic citizenship than a person’s control over her own body. We can’t call ourselves a free country without it

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The supposed ‘land of the free,’ but if Roe v Wade is abolished it will be a mockery of being free, for free it will not be, that is, unless you abide with all the religious fanatics, many of whom go under the banner of being ‘Republicans’.
It is wrong that the US justice system is so geared around religion than the rights of people to live their own lives.
America is so not free and those saying it is are just fooling themselves.
Those who wish to abolish abortion have no regards for those who wish to have an abortion.
Why anyone wants to live in America is a mystery as the whole environment appears to revolve around death.
The gun laws, the police, the courts, the health system, there is no free in America.

Source: As the US supreme court moves to end abortion, is America still a free country? | Moira Donegan | The Guardian

Oklahoma votes for total abortion ban and penalties for doctors | The BMJ


The Oklahoma state legislature has passed a bill banning abortion “except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency” and penalising healthcare personnel who perform or attempt to perform an abortion with fines and jail time.

1Republican state governor Kevin Stitt has promised to sign every bill limiting abortion.2 The bill will go into effect this summer, 90 days after the end of the current legislative session……..

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So, the ‘land of the free’, is not as free as it was, especially for women who are pregnant.

It takes, at least 2 to become pregnant but nothing is being done to men, but is to the choice of women.

So, an act of minutes can lead to a lifetime for women. It was a long time fight to gain abortion through Roe-v-Wade, where the Supreme  Court said it was  ‘the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction’. But now in Oklahoma and some other States, it appears that they are against the Constitution on the whim of political intrusion and maybe some religious involvement.

The feelings of women are not being considered, surely they have rights of their own body. In some States not even rape is a consideration, perhaps women should abandon these States or even America itself and go to reside in other countries which respect the rights of women better.

Source: Oklahoma votes for total abortion ban and penalties for doctors | The BMJ

Alabama abortion ban: Republican state senate passes most restrictive law in US | US news | The Guardian


Alabama’s Republican-controlled state senate passed a bill Tuesday to outlaw abortion, making it a crime to perform the procedure at any stage of pregnancy.

The strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban allows an exception only when the woman’s health is at serious risk, and sets up a legal battle that supporters hope will lead to the supreme court overturning its landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

The measure contains no exception for rape and incest, after lawmakers voted down an amendment Tuesday that would have added such an exception.

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 25-6, makes it a class A felony for a doctor to perform an abortion, punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison. Women would not face criminal penalties for getting an abortion.

It goes further than any other state has to restrict abortion. Other states, including neighboring Georgia, have instituted bans on abortion after about six weeks into pregnancy.

The vote came after a battle broke out over whether to allow legal abortions for women who become pregnant due to rape or incest, an issue that divided Republicans who otherwise supported outlawing abortion.

Last week, chaos erupted on the floor when Republican leaders stripped out the rape exception without a roll call vote, leading the final vote to be postponed. It got a full vote on Tuesday, but ultimately failed.

 

Source: Alabama abortion ban: Republican state senate passes most restrictive law in US | US news | The Guardian

The plan to overturn Roe v. Wade is already in motion – CNNPolitics


Washington (CNN)Now that President Donald Trump has the opportunity to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court, some abortion opponents hope that Roe v. Wade will end up overturned or gutted — and they have already been working towards that moment.

Over the past year, state legislatures in Iowa, Louisiana and Mississippi have advanced strict limits on abortion that some lawmakers believe could trigger a successful challenge to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
“I think it’s virtually certain that some or all of those laws will wind up before the Supreme Court,” said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “And they will get a much more favorable reception with any of the judges on President Trump’s list of 25 possible nominees.”
When Trump ran for president in 2016, he pledged to appoint “pro-life” justices to the Supreme Court, while his running mate, now-vice president Mike Pence, said that he hoped to see Roe v. Wade end up on the “ash heap of history.”
Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, made after Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, was Neil Gorsuch, who has been a reliable conservative vote. Trump said he will pick from a list of 25 conservative candidates.

 

Source: The plan to overturn Roe v. Wade is already in motion – CNNPolitics

Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies at 69 – The Washington Post


She was desperate for a way out of an unwanted pregnancy when she became the unnamed plaintiff in the landmark case.

Source: Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies at 69 – The Washington Post

If Bernie and Hillary Got Their Way on Abortion These Babies Might Not Be Here


Abortion should not be an easy decision, as there are at least two Rights to be considered, being the human rights of the potential mother and resulting baby.

So in some respects the aspects of choice is far from easy and should the act of conception be also considered, for was the woman in agreement to this act, as in the case of rape this would be no and also in capacity issues. There is also the health of the prospective mother to take into account. So, in total no side of the argument can be fully right or wrong.

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Source: If Bernie and Hillary Got Their Way on Abortion These Babies Might Not Be Here