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Morning Roundup: PP of the Heartland Can Continue Telemed Abortions

An Ohio abortion ban may be on the way, Rep. Pence explains his ludicrous Title X legislation, regular screenings essential to early detection of cervical cancer, NYC school chief under fire for flippant remark on birth control, and the Iowa Board of Medicine will not sanction PP of the Heartland for telemed abortions.

  • Ohio is poised to ban abortion after 24 weeks, 22 weeks with a “viability” test, with an exception for only a woman’s physical health. The bill will explicitly state that a woman’s mental health may not be taken into consideration.
  • Rep. Mike Pence explains his reasoning for introducing legislation that would ban organizations that provide abortion from receiving Title X family planning funds. Let me summarize; he’s totally not against family planning (yeah, right), he just has a visceral hatred of Planned Parenthood. Also, it’s a “moral issue.”
  • Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and can be detected early by regular screenings. (January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.)
  • New York City Schools Chancellor Cathy Black is in hot water with some constituents, after saying the answer to school overcrowding is, “Can we just have some birth control for a while? It could really help us all out.” The Chancellor’s spokesperson has called it an “off-color joke.”
  • The Iowa Board of Medicine will not sanction Planned Parenthood of the Heartland for its telemedicine services that provide medical abortion by webcam in offices where abortion is not typically offered. Operation Rescue has asked the Board of Medicine to investigate. OR has an ally in State Rep. Matt Windschitl, who “said he plans to introduce a bill that would ban telemedicine abortions. The Missouri Valley Republican said his ultimate aim is to block abortions in general, but he said he wants to ensure safety in the meantime.”

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