Legal Round Up: What a Year!
2021 is on track to be the worst legislative session for abortion restrictions in decades. Since January, 549 abortion restriction bills have been introduced in 47 states, and 69 of them have been enacted. Worst of all, in May the Supreme Court announced it would hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, a case challenging a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi. This ban is in direct violation of the precedent established by Roe v. Wade. A silver lining in all this: the FDA agreed to review its excessive restrictions on mifepristone, one of the medications used in medication abortion.
It is important to understand how these various cases, laws, and regulations impact clinicians and health care organizations providing reproductive health care. We thought we’d share some of the insight we shared with our clinician community.