Medical exceptions to abortion bans often exclude mental health conditions
More than a dozen states now have near-total abortion bans following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, with limited medical exceptions meant to protect the patient’s health or life. But among those states, only Alabama explicitly includes “serious mental illness” as an allowable exception. Meanwhile, 10 states with near-total abortion bans (Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming) explicitly exclude mental health conditions as legal exceptions, according to an analysis from KFF, a health policy research organization.
Many women can’t access miscarriage drug because it’s also used for abortions
Mifepristone remains widely unavailable to patients experiencing pregnancy loss — even in states that do not otherwise restrict abortion.
Fertility health coverage is still hard to come by in many states
As fertility rates drop and more women postpone childbirth into their 30s and 40s, more states are considering mandating that private insurers cover fertility treatments to help people start a family without the crushing out-of-pocket expenses. Such laws would help people such as Miraya and Andy Gran of Bloomington, Minnesota, who ended up spending $102,000 to have their […]
Experts warn of the mental health toll if Roe v. Wade is overturned
On May 3, the day after Politico first reported a leaked draft opinion that showed the nation’s highest court was set to strike down the ruling, the American Psychological Association said in a statement that it was “deeply concerned” about the prospect, citing potential “harm to women’s mental health.”
A look at Women’s health in Pa. | The Numbers Racket
While Women’s History Month is a time to reflect on the unique achievements and accomplishments of women of all races, ethnicities, creeds and orientations, it is also a time to discuss key issues affecting women in the United States and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Roe v. Wade gave people who can get pregnant a choice about having children. Here’s how that changed their lives | Opinion
Roe v. Wade greatly improved the lives of generations of women across the U.S. in the last decades of the 20th century and early in the 21st.
Wolf taps OB-GYN to serve as new Pa. Physician General
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that he has nominated a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist to serve as Pennsylvania’s next Physician General. Dr. Denise Johnson, the former chief medical officer of Meadville Medical Center, in Crawford County, and past director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape has been tapped to succeed Dr. Wendy Braund, who served […]
Pa. Dems were right: It’s time for lawmakers to prioritize women’s, family health | Opinion
It is time to prioritize the health of Pennsylvania residents by passing proactive bills that will positively impact their lives.
Let’s work for – not against – women’s health in 2021-22 | Opinion
Let’s craft, discuss and pass legislation that helps all women, all children, all families.
Philly nonprofit works to end period poverty
By Ayana Jones PHILADELPHIA — When Lynette Medley encountered women who were using newspapers and socks because they couldn’t afford menstrual supplies, she took action. Medley established a bank of free feminine hygiene products and in-home delivery service in Philadelphia. She and her daughter, Nya McGlone, deliver the products to women in poverty throughout Pennsylvania, […]