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New California bill protects providers and patients from out-of-state civil lawsuits

Assembly Bill 1666 is ready for signing by Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, and is designed to protect those seeking access to abortion in California. Also: Steps to boost abortion care in St. Louis, delays in treating pregnancy complications in Texas after new anti-abortion laws, and more.

CNN: California Legislature passes bill to protect abortion providers and patients from civil lawsuits

California lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to protect abortion providers and patients seeking abortion care in the state from civil suits brought in another state. Assembly Bill 1666 then heads to the office of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who supports abortion rights. It would take effect immediately upon his signature. The measure would ensure that “the law of another state permitting a civil action against a person or entity who receives or seeks, performs or induces, or aids or abets the performance of an abortion, or who attempts or has intent to engage in such actions” is contrary to California public policy and is unenforceable by California courts. (Stracqualursi, 6/23)

In other state abortion news –

St. Louis Public Radio: Bill would spend St. Louis ARPA funds on abortion access

A group of St. Louis elected officials want to use some of the city’s leftover money from the U.S. bailout to improve access to reproductive health care, including abortions. The measure to be introduced Friday by 8th District Alderman Annie Rice and others sets up a reproductive equity fund and uses $1.75 million in federal coronavirus relief funds as capital priming. Because ARPA is a one-time injection that must be allocated by 2024, proponents hope the fund will be part of the city’s regular budget in the future. ARPA allows local governments to use the funds to support community health, and the Reproductive Equity Fund would do just that, said Mallory Schwarz, executive director of Pro Choice Missouri. (Lippman, 6/23)

The Texas Tribune: Texas abortion law pushes doctors to delay pregnancy care

Doctors worried about being sued under Texas’ restrictive abortion law have delayed treating pregnancy complications until patients’ lives are in danger, according to an article by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project. The law, which allows private citizens to sue anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, has confused providers and complicated treatment for patients facing complications of pregnancy. pregnancy, according to the study. (Klibanoff, 6/23)

The Texas Tribune: Domestic Violence Victims’ Limited Options Will Diminish After Roe

When G. found out she was pregnant for the fourth time, she decided it was time for her to die. She refused to bring another child into the home she shared with her husband, who frequently raped and beat her and her two sons. She had already lost a pregnancy after he kicked her in the stomach in a brutal beating. “I just thought I couldn’t have another baby with this man,” she told the Texas Tribune. “I’m going to kill myself and I can’t wait any longer.” It was 2003, and G., identified in this story by the first initial of her nickname because she fears reprisals from her ex-husband, had been trying unsuccessfully to leave her marriage for more than six years. (Klibanoff, 6/24)

AP: US representative blames abortion supporters for damage to Michigan office

A Republican U.S. Representative has said he believes abortion rights activists may be behind the vandalism at the building his campaign office shares with an anti-abortion group in southern Michigan. Attackers smashed windows and a front door to the apartment building in Jackson, Michigan, early Wednesday, U.S. Representative Tim Walberg’s campaign said. Jackson is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Detroit. (23/06)

On abortion pills —

The Washington Post: Ohio Department of Health fires employee for mentioning abortion pill in newsletter

When she came across a training opportunity on mifepristone, a drug used in miscarriages and early abortions, Jessica Warner mentioned it in the May edition of the newsletter she compiled as coordinator at Ohio Department of Health. An hour after pressing send, her supervisor called. It was the start of an ordeal that culminated in the dismissal of Warner, coordinator of training on sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis, and the punishment of two other employees. An investigative report prepared by Human Resources described abortion topics as “prohibited,” adding that “the mifepristone article in the newsletter is in direct conflict with the agency’s mission and embarrasses the ODH”. He also said the topic was “contrary” to the mission of the state. (Shammas, 06/23)

Axios: Red states crack down on abortion pills

As the Supreme Court considers potentially overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion rights activists are advertising abortion pills as a potential option in places where clinics might have to close — but several red states are already cracking down on the pills. Nearly half of US states have banned or severely restricted abortion pills – two drugs named mifepristone and misoprostol – and more may soon follow suit. Before the pandemic, the FDA said patients seeking abortion pills had to obtain the drug in person at hospitals or medical facilities. (Gonzalez, Gold and Schrag, 6/23)

Also –

AP: American woman who miscarried while traveling in Malta can’t get an abortion

A pregnant American woman who suffered an incomplete miscarriage while vacationing in Malta will be flown to a Spanish island on Thursday for an infection prevention procedure because Maltese law prohibits abortion under any circumstances, the partner said. of the woman. Jay Weeldreyer told The Associated Press by phone from a hospital in the island nation that his partner, Andrea Prudente, was at risk of life-threatening infection if fetal tissue was not quickly removed. … He said she was 16 weeks pregnant when the bleeding started. (D’Emilio, 6/23)

Kansas City Star: Will abortion rules limit doctors’ training on miscarriage?

According to experts, a Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade would have a ripple effect on health care for women who do not attempt abortions. Physicians who provide abortion care use skills and medications similar to those used to treat miscarriages and stillbirths. Medical residents who enroll in abortion training learn skills they use in non-abortion care, such as how to work with emergency patients and how to clean the uterine lining to prevent dangerous complications after miscarriage – also a method used in surgical abortions. (Gutierrez, 6/24)

Reuters: The experiences that led these abortion opponents in the United States to activism

For a Mississippi doctor, it was a glimpse of a fetal arm. For a policeman, it was about the treatment reserved for the anti-abortion demonstrators in front of a clinic. A Catholic leader was galvanized by the civil rights movement. These and other experiences shaped prominent abortion opponents in their decades-long effort to see the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade of 1973 which established the constitutional right to abortion. (Bernstein, Borter and Brooks, 6/23)

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