Reproductive Rights News Roundup – 9/6/2019

Family planning clinics watch their safety nets vanish
By Alice Miranda Ollstein and Rachel Roubein
Some health clinics that quit the federal family planning program over Trump anti-abortion policies are cutting staff, charging for services that had been free and making other austerity moves to avert a major hollowing out of reproductive health care for poor women.

New abortion laws contribute to sexist environments that harm everyone’s health
By Patricia Homan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Florida State University
The Conversation (Academic rigor, journalistic flair)
Nine states have passed laws in 2019 alone that restrict abortion at the earliest stages of pregnancy. Those of us who study public health are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for negative health consequences of these kinds of policies on women..

Reproductive health clinics serving Latinas grapple with ‘domestic gag rule’
By Nicole Acevedo
NBC News
Latinas who provide reproductive services in areas with few options for low-income women and women of color are grappling with a new Trump administration rule that can limit clinics’ access to federal funding, making it harder to offer affordable care to women.

State Abortion Policy Landscape: From Hostile to Supportive
Staff Report
Guttmacher Institute
Our analysis of the state abortion policy landscape in the United States looks at the extent to which each state’s abortion policy environment demonstrates hostility to, or support of, abortion rights.

The Title X Gag Rule Is Wreaking Havoc—Just as Trump Intended
Rachel Benson Gold and Lauren Cross
Guttmacher Institute
The Trump administration has punched a massive hole in the nation’s safety-net family planning program by driving out many health care providers, including those affiliated with Planned Parenthood.

Need birth control? Planned Parenthood says there’s an app for that
By Kate Smith
CBS News
Weeks after a high-profile exit from Title X, Planned Parenthood has launched a mobile app designed at providing birth control and urinary tract infection (UTI) treatment to women struggling to find time and resources to make it into a clinic.

Collaboration, innovation improve birth outcomes over time
By Lisa Williams-Taylor and Alina Alonso
Palm Beach Post
For five years straight, fewer-than-expected Palm Beach County babies were born too small, according to a statewide study by the Florida Department of Health, which analyzed data from 2013-2017.

The GOP Presidential Candidate Who Supports Abortion Rights
By Lauren Holter
Bill Weld is defying what it means to be a Republican politician in 2019.

Family-friendly business policies should support parents with breastfeeding babies
By Leah Mazur
Tallahassee Democrat
In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August, local breastfeeding advocates hosted a walk around Lake Ella. Mothers, children and other supporters in the community joined together to raise awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding.