Shots - Health News
9:37 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Despite Legal Reprieve On Abortion, Some Texas Clinics Remain Closed

A man walks past the former site of a clinic that offered abortions in El Paso, Texas.
Juan Carlos Llorca AP

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:24 am

Texans on both sides of the abortion issue are taking stock after the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in a lawsuit over a state law that would require clinics that provide abortion services to conform to standards for ambulatory surgery centers.

The court issued an order late Tuesday saying 13 Texas clinics that had to close can reopen their doors for now.

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8:03 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

High Court Places Hold On Texas Law That Would've Closed Most Abortion Providers

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 12:45 am

The Supreme Court has placed a hold on a 2013 Texas law that was threatening to close most of the state's clinics that perform abortions.

NPR's Nina Totenberg reports that the law was already responsible for the closing of nearly 40 clinics across Texas. Nina filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Abortion In Texas
4:59 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Attorneys For Abortion Clinics File An Appeal With SCOTUS

Credit supremecourt.gov

A national abortion-rights group has filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court. The Center for Reproductive Rights is asking justices to reinstate a lower court’s order that blocks the State of Texas from enforcing its ambulatory surgical center requirements.  

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Goats and Soda
3:35 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Abortion In India Is Legal Yet Women Are Still Dying

Seteng Horo with her son Abhishek, 4, in their two-room mud hut. Seteng is married to Kunwar. The couple has two children. Their daughter is 6.
Poulomi Bass for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 10:46 am

One day in the summer of 2013, 25-year-old Seteng Horo found herself on a bus to the nearest public hospital, about four hours away from her remote village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. It's not a trip she can afford to take often — buses are infrequent, the journey is long and the cost of about a dollar roundtrip is not insignificant. But she had no choice. She was running a temperature and had been bleeding for days. The reason: an unsafe abortion performed by a village midwife.

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Goats and Soda
9:25 am
Sun September 28, 2014

What Drives Abortion: The Law Or Income?

Abortions are legal in India. But many are performed by traditional midwives, called dais. Sometimes a dai rubs herbs on a woman's stomach or gives her plants to eat.
Poulomi Basu for NPR

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 1:35 pm

About 50,000 women worldwide die because of unsafe abortions. Five million more are admitted to hospitals with complications after the procedure.

Activists and researchers on both sides of the abortion debate agree that these "back-alley" operations are dangerous for women. It's figuring out the best way to stop them that has been contentious.

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Goats and Soda
3:41 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Even When Abortion Is Illegal, The Market May Sell Pills For Abortion

In the markets of San Salvador, El Salvador, you can have your palm read, you can buy plumbing tools ... and you can purchase abortion pills.
John Poole NPR

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 8:22 am

In the central market in San Salvador, you can buy just about anything you want: tomatoes by the wheelbarrow full. Fresh goat's milk straight from the goat. Underwear. Plumbing supplies. Fruit. Hollywood's latest blockbusters burned straight onto a DVD.

And in the back of the market, in a small stall lined with jars of dried herbs, roots and mushrooms, you can buy an abortion.

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Community Health
4:30 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

South Texas Women’s Health Care Group Splits With Planned Parenthood

Credit Planned Parenthood

For years, the Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County have served the women of their region by providing physicals, pap smears, mammograms, screening for cancer, HIV and sexually transmitted infections and treatment for diabetes, but not abortions.    

But CEO Patricio Gonzales says the stigma of being associated with abortions led to their board's decision to change the group's name to Access Esperanza, Inc. and split fully with Planned Parenthood.

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Shots - Health News
5:01 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Opponents Spar In Court Over Texas Clinics That Do Abortions

Abortion-rights advocates filled the rotunda of the state capitol in July 2013 as Texas senators debated sweeping abortion restrictions. Some of those restrictions are now under federal review.
Tamir Kalifa AP

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 3:36 pm

A federal appeals court in New Orleans is reviewing whether 11 clinics that provide abortion in Texas must immediately close their doors because they don't comply with a state law requiring that they meet all the standards of an outpatient surgical center.

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Shots - Health News
4:36 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

A Doctor Who Performed Abortions In South Texas Makes His Case

Though Reproductive Services of Harlingen has been shuttered for months, the surgery rooms seem frozen in time.
Maisie Crow

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:33 pm

In a Brownsville family clinic, a powerfully built, bald doctor treats a never-ending line of sick and injured patients. He has been practicing for nearly four decades, but family medicine is not his calling.

"For 35 years I had a clinic where I saw women and took care of their reproductive needs, but mostly terminating pregnancies," Dr. Lester Minto says.

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2:05 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Families Losing Hope For DNA Evidence At Tijuana Body Dump Site

The site known as "La Gallera" in Tijuana where Santiago Meza said he dissolved 60 bodies in lye, Aug. 22, 2014.
Jill Replogle

Fronteras: Nearly a quarter of Texas business owners are foreign born. Texas entrepreneurs want more high-skilled visas. The private space company XCOR recently broke ground at the Midland International Airport. Some hope this new industry will stabilize the region’s traditionally oil and gas-based boom-and-bust economy. Some family members of the missing in Mexico hoped to find answers at a gruesome body disposal site discovered in Tijuana several years ago. But hope is dwindling for DNA evidence at this site where bodies were dumped.

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