The edition highlights include "The Countdown," our storytelling event from the world of nuclear threats; how TV and telemedicine can make a difference in abortion care; being a protector can help save lives during COVID-19; and the pandemic's mental health impact
With newly appointed conservative Supreme Court justices, legal abortion is the floor, not the ceiling for reproductive health advocates. The pandemic has laid bare the flaws in the health care system when it comes to abortion care.
Since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade provided women with safe and legal abortion, subsequent decisions have resulted in states having enacted a total of 1,142 restrictions to abortion access. This has created a patchwork of laws that impact women’s health inconsistently and impose financial hardship.
The majority of states require parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion—either by notification or consent. Since the Supreme Court ruled that states may not give parents a veto over a daughter’s choice, 36 states allow a minor to petition a judge to waive the requirement to notify parents, or obtain one or both parents’ permission.
For 95% of women who have had an abortion, feelings of relief outweigh any negative emotions. Studies show that women do not regret their decision to terminate a pregnancy—and studies show that these feelings are maintained three years later.
Medication abortion care is a safe, FDA-approved, non-invasive option for ending an early pregnancy. It involves taking two different prescribed medications: mifepristone is taken first, and misoprostol is taken 24 to 48 hours later.
Our fall newsletter featured democracy in a lead role; the 2020 Sentinel Awards gone virtual; Mandy Moore of NBC’s “This Is Us” talking about her character’s “terrifying journey” dealing with Alzheimer’s; how Black women had Georgia on their minds; and Serena Williams investing in moms and babies.
The summer newsletter looks at how to shoot a bedroom scene in a pandemic; our popular series of webinar talks on topics related to COVID-19 wraps up; LeBron James flexes some voting muscle; the lesson of Chernobyl; the latest on the 2020 Sentinel Awards
The Winter 2019 Real to Reel spotlights stories about “fourth trimester” complications and their effect on maternal health; how diversity in clinical research defines better science; older adults and opioids; and the South’s post-Roe landscape when it comes to reproductive rights.
The fall newsletter features stories about a two-wheeled trek across the U.S. to raise arthritis awareness; black patients missing out on promising new cancer drugs; how telemedicine could fill in the gaps on abortion care; the approaching Silver Tsunami; and why some C-sections are a necessary risk.