4 out of 5 maternal deaths in 2017-19 were preventable, the analysis found

The analysis released Monday showed the deaths were disproportionately occurring among women of color, including Black and Indigenous mothers, USA Today reported. Other reproductive health and abortion news is coming from Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Texas and elsewhere.

USA Today: CDC analysis shows more than 80% of maternal deaths in the US are preventable

A staggering number of maternal deaths in the United States have proven preventable, according to a federal analysis of maternal deaths data released Monday. More than 80%, or about 4 in 5 maternal deaths over a two-year period, were due to preventable causes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. (Hassanein, 19.9.)

In Updates on the Fight for Abortion Rights —

Reuters: Planned Parenthood, others urge Indiana judge to block abortion ban

An affiliate of Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups and providers Monday asked an Indiana judge to block the state’s ban on most abortions, which went into effect last Thursday. Kenneth Falk, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, told Judge Kelsey Hanlon in Indianapolis that the ban violated privacy and civil liberties, which Falk said were guaranteed by the state’s constitution. The ACLU, along with Planned Parenthood, sued Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky and others to challenge the law. (Pierson, 9/19)

Detroit Free Press: Michigan pharmacists can prescribe birth control pills, patch, ring

Soon, getting hormonal birth control in Michigan can be as easy as stopping by your local pharmacy. That’s because the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Monday issued a new interpretation of the Michigan Public Health Code that allows physicians to work with pharmacists to directly administer hormonal birth control. (Jordan Shamus, 19.9.)

The Boston Globe: On abortion, NH Republican Senate challenger has message: ‘Get over it’

At one level, the Republican Senate candidate from New Hampshire just said out loud what many political strategists have urged GOP candidates to do: stop talking about abortion and focus on the economy. But in a weekend interview, Don Bolduc, the hard-line retired brigadier general, delivered that advice to his opponent, Democratic US Senator Maggie Hassan, and criticized her focus on overturned constitutional abortion rights. “Get over it,” Bolduc said on WMUR CloseUp. (Ebbert, 19.9.)

AP: Ad spending shows Dems pinning hopes on abortion in the medium term

Democrats are pumping an unprecedented amount of money into abortion rights ads, underscoring how central the message is to the party in the final weeks before the November midterm elections. With the most intense phase of the campaign just beginning, Democrats have already invested more than an estimated $124 million in abortion-related TV ads this year. That’s more than twice the money Democrats’ next top issue this year, “character,” and nearly 20 times more than Democrats spent on abortion-related ads in midterms 2018. (People and Kessler, 9/20)

Likewise –

AP: They terminated wanted pregnancies. Post-Roe, you face new pains.

Ashley Lefebvre hugs her unborn daughter’s urn every night. Sarah Halsey appreciates the tiny hat worn by her baby, who lived just 38 minutes. Abi Frazier moved away from home with a furnished nursery. All terminated intended pregnancies due to serious fetal medical problems. It’s an aspect of abortion that’s rarely discussed in national debates — the termination of pregnancies because of fetal abnormalities or other often fatal medical problems. These abortions often occur in the second trimester, when women have already chosen names, bought baby clothes, and felt a kick in the stomach. They are very different from the most common abortions performed earlier in pregnancies. (Hungarian, September 18)

The Texas Tribune: How Texas abortion laws turned a heartbreaking fetal diagnosis into a cross-country trip

Protesters outside Seattle’s abortion clinic brandished images of bloody fetuses, shouted that she was a “baby killer” and begged her to choose life. Lauren Hall, 27, fought the urge to shout back and tell them how much she wishes life was a choice she could have made. (Klibanoff, 20.9.)

KHN: Texas, Battle Teen Pregnancy, recasts Sexual Education Standards

JR Chester became pregnant the summer before her senior year of high school. She was a bright student with good grades, gave birth, graduated, and was pregnant again by the time she entered college that fall. She was a teenage mom—like her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her school did not teach sexual health and contraception was a foreign word. Her sons are now teenagers. “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any,” said Chester, now program director of Healthy Futures of Texas, a nonprofit sexual health and education organization. (Huetteman, 9/20)

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