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Blogs comment on repro rights and access under the new administration, protecting Roe v. Wade and more

Read the week's best commentary from bloggers at Bustle, Ms. Magazine blog and more.

CONTRACEPTION:

"Should I [consider] get[ing] an IUD before Donald Trump Takes office? Bustle's panel of reproductive rights experts answers your questions," Emily Shire, Bustle: Following the outcome of last week's elections, "many women have expressed concern over what will happen to their health care, especially when it comes to their reproductive rights," Shire writes. For instance, she cites "worries over whether women should get [intrauterine devices] before [President-elect Donald] Trump takes office," given his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148). In addition, Shire notes there are "questions over how abortion access could be impacted if Trump sticks to his plan to appoint" Supreme Court justices who oppose abortion rights. In response to these concerns, a Bustle panel of reproductive experts "discussed how women can prepare for any concerns they may have for a future under President Trump and" a conservative Congress, but they "also stressed that they have been having to fight for women's reproductive rights well before the election outcomes." The panelists closed by outlining how abortion-rights supporters "can help protect women's reproductive rights, from donating to volunteering to speaking up in [the] community." As one panelist -- Raegan McDonald-Mosley, a physician and chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood -- said, "Fight back against the hateful rhetoric that is being spewed around our country, and let people know that this is not the America that we stand for" (Shire, Bustle, 11/17).

What others are saying about contraception:

~ "IUD sales set to soar after Trump win," Kevin Drum, Mother Jones.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS:

"A Trump/Pence administration is a threat to women, science and human rights," Serra Sippel, Ms. Magazine blog: President-elect "Donald Trump's attempt to moderate his public rhetoric cannot mask Vice-President Elect Mike Pence's extensive record of eroding the health and rights of women, members of the LGBT community and immigrants," Sippel writes. She notes that Pence, who "will play a pivotal role in shaping not only the cabinet but also will be deeply involved in setting White House policy," has long "been a vocal and active proponent of anti-women and anti-rights legislation and regulations." For example, according to Sippel, he has supported abortion restrictions, such as a bill redefining rape and a measure permitting "hospitals to deny women abortion access even in life-threatening situations." In addition, Pence has expressed support for reinstating the Global Gag Rule, supported abstinence-only sex education, indicated he would like to overturn Roe v. Wade, "pioneered the defunding of Planned Parenthood with the Pence Amendment in Congress" and was in place as governor of Indiana while the state prosecuted Purvi Patel for "feticide." Sippel concludes, "Make no mistake: [The new] administration is a threat to the health and rights of women and girls in the U.S. and globally" (Sippel, Ms. Magazine blog, 11/17).

ABORTION-RIGHTS MOVEMENT:

"On overturning Roe: 'We're not going to let it happen,'" Women's Law Project blog: Citing President-elect Donald Trump's comments in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, the Women's Law Project (WLP) blog reiterates WLP's pledge "to battle any efforts to overturn" the landmark ruling. According to the blog, overturning Roe and allowing states to determine the legality of abortion could force women to travel across state lines to access abortion care, a scenario that "ignores the reality that many women would not be able to afford the time off or travel expense to do so." Citing research showing that "criminalizing abortion does not affect abortion rates," the blog states that such a scenario would only "determin[e] who has access to ... safe and regulated" abortion care. "We don't need to speculate what would happen if [this scenario] becomes a reality, we already know from before Roe, and current public health analysis of other countries where abortion is criminalized and therefore not regulated," the blog continues, noting, "Around the world, 68,000 women die of unsafe abortion annually, making it a leading cause of maternal mortality (13%)." According to the blog, "Roe v. Wade didn't make abortion legal; it enshrined abortion in the Constitutional right to privacy, thereby prohibiting states from criminalizing it outright." Noting that "[a]t least 11 states have unenforced, pre-Roe bans that threaten to cast the legality of abortion into doubt in those states should Roe be overruled," the blog concludes, "If ... the issue of abortion was returned to the states, access to safe and affordable abortion would be determined by geography -- and income" (Women's Law Project blog, 11/15).