Different takes: the impending ban on abortion is already affecting training in obstetrics and gynecology; The next step is to ban abortion pills
Opinion writers examine abortion and covid.
Los Angeles Times: What if you miscarry in a state that bans abortion?
We get a clearer picture every day of the devastating effect of Texas’ near-total abortion ban. Many people travel out of state for abortion services, and some have come to San Francisco, where I work. With the Supreme Court now poised to strike down the constitutional right to abortion in weeks, the national impact will be huge as many more states ban abortion care. One consequence with which we have not fully considered is how these anti-abortion laws will affect the training of healthcare workers. (Jody Steinauer, 5/13)
Chicago Tribune: Looming Abortion Pill Battle Threatens Cherished Freedoms
Following the leak of a majority opinion draft, expectations are high that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon overturn the Roe v. Wade’s 1973 affirming women’s constitutional right to abortion, and we have an idea of what the enemies of abortion will next target: pills. In recent years, a two-drug combination approved by the Food and Drug Administration has become a common method for terminating first-trimester pregnancies. (5/12)
The Star Tribune: Attack on Abortion Rights Threatens All Sexual Freedoms
The leaked Supreme Court opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, which would overturn Roe v. Wade, marks a devastating setback for reproductive justice in the United States. It also highlights how the right to abortion is linked to other fundamental sexual freedoms and civil rights. Whatever happens in the wake of this likely decision, we are already witnessing the failure of more than a century of successful efforts to expand and protect individual rights to sexual and gender expression. (Rebecca L. Davis, 5/12)
Kansas City Star: Missouri’s out-of-state abortion ban is likely unconstitutional
While the United States Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade looks increasingly likely and in fact imminent, the battle lines of the nation’s abortion wars are changing rapidly. A major confrontation will likely center on the extent to which anti-abortion states can restrict the right of citizens to travel to pro-choice states for an abortion. Missouri has already begun drafting such a law, SB 603. I believe such laws would violate the US Constitution. Fifteen years ago, I worked on a law review article in the St Louis University Law Journal written by my brother, Alan Howard, a professor of constitutional law at the law school, addressing the issue of the constitutionality of such an anti-travel, anti-abortion law. The article argued that there are two provisions of the US Constitution that the courts could and should interpret to prohibit such a law, both in Section 1 of the 14th Amendment. (Bruce Howard, 5/13)
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Bloomberg: US Covid death toll hits 1 million and Americans still confused
About a million people have died of Covid-19 in the United States. The country now faces a new surge of BA.2 and BA.2.12.1; other variants will probably follow. Yet Americans are now packing their bags at restaurants, parties and exercise classes like it’s 2019. It’s easy to blame Covid fatigue, but that might not be the issue. People are confused, uninformed and cynical for good reason – the public health establishment has repeatedly let us down, downplaying the risk early on, setting rules that were as much for show as protection and blaming us for their failures. (Faye Flam, 5/12)
Chicago Tribune: COVID-19 cases among TSA agents show effects of end of federal mask mandate
On April 18, a federal court judge terminated the federal mandate for face mask transportation, considering it an overstepping of the authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost immediately, airlines responded by making face masks optional on flights. The White House continues to urge travelers by all modes of transportation (air, rail and public transit) to continue wearing face masks to reduce transmission of the virus, especially for those most vulnerable to developing a case. severe from COVID-19. (Sheldon Jacobson, 5/12)
The Washington Post: Stop dismissing the risk of a long Covid
The covid-19 pandemic is over. That’s what most Americans seem to believe as they rally for Formula 1 in Miami, sell out basketball stadiums and fill restaurants without masks. This conventional wisdom is seriously flawed. I will continue to wear my N95 mask, limit my air and train travel, and avoid eating in indoor restaurants. When I teach, I use a HEPA filter and require all my students to wear N95 masks as well. (Ezekiel J. Emmanuel, 12/5)
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