Abortion Access

A district court in Iowa entered an order agreed to by the state and Planned Parenthood, which had sought an injunction to stop a proclamation it interpreted as restricting almost all surgical abortions. The state clarified the proclamation only suspends “nonessential” surgical abortions and also allows for the consideration of whether the timing of a patient’s pregnancy would prevent her from obtaining a legal abortion after the expiration of the proclamation. 

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Abortions During the Pandemic

Federal judges in Alabama and Ohio blocked coronavirus-related orders banning nonessential medical procedures from restricting abortion access. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson found that such an order is likely to “fully prevent women from exercising their righ to obtain an abortion,” given Alabama’s time limits on when women can undergo the procedure.

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Survey of Mayors Confirms Worst Fears of Medical Supplies Shortage

American cities report a nationwide shortage of 28.5 million face masks, 7.9 million test kits, and 139,000 ventilators needed to protect first responders and care for citizens suffering from the novel coronavirus, according to a survey published by the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday.

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