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Abortion Rights Movement Faces Division and Backlash in Wake of Roe v. Wade Overturn

As the repercussions of the overturn of Roe v. Wade continue to reverberate in the political landscape, the unity of the movement opposing abortion is being tested by internal divisions over how far and how fast to push for further restrictions. The once unified front is now faced with the challenge of navigating the differing opinions within the movement, including calls to punish those who have abortions and proposals to ban contraception and in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Politicians who have aligned themselves with the anti-abortion stance are already facing backlash in certain states.

A recent development in Louisiana highlights the extent of the challenges faced by abortion opponents. A bill in the state has been introduced that seeks to classify abortion pills as controlled substances, targeting individuals who are finding ways to access the drug in a state where abortion is banned. Similarly, abortion providers in Kansas are taking legal action against a new law that requires patients to disclose their reasons for seeking an abortion. These state-level restrictions are having a compounding effect on abortion access, further limiting options for individuals seeking reproductive healthcare.

In the midst of this political turmoil, some Republican lawmakers are attempting to navigate the anti-abortion sentiment among voters leading up to the November elections. Senators Ted Cruz and Katie Britt introduced legislation aimed at protecting IVF procedures by withholding Medicaid funding from states that prohibit the fertility treatment. Meanwhile, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland, who has declared himself as pro-choice, has faced scrutiny for his previous reluctance to address the issue during his tenure as governor.

The specter of former President Donald Trump has also resurfaced in the debate over contraception restrictions. Trump, known for his vague policy suggestions, has made comments that hint at potential restrictions on contraception. During his presidency, Trump’s policies did limit access to contraception, and his allies have proposed further restrictive measures.

In addition to the political developments, this week’s episode of the panel discussion delves into the evolving landscape of abortion rights in post-Roe America. Shefali Luthra of The 19th discusses her new book, “Undue Burden,” which sheds light on the challenges facing individuals seeking abortion care in a post-Roe era.

The podcast panelists also recommend insightful health policy stories for further reading. Julie Rovner highlights an in-depth piece from The 19th on the impact of abortion clinic closures in states with restrictive laws, while Alice Miranda Ollstein points to a Stat article on the coercion of sickle cell patients into unwanted sterilizations by healthcare providers. Rachel Roubein recommends a Washington Post piece on the evaluation of cognitive decline in aging politicians like Biden and Trump, and Joanne Kenen shares ProPublica and The Guardian articles on toxic exposures and microplastics in human testicles.

For more engaging discussions on health policy and critical analyses, tune in to KFF Health News’ “What the Health?” podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, or your preferred podcast platform. Stay informed and stay engaged with the latest developments in healthcare policy and advocacy.

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