Women & Children First to host release party for Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’

CHICAGO — Women & Children First Bookstore in Chicago is hosting a midnight release party for Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments,” a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” From the Facebook event:
Join us on September 9th for a Midnight Release of The Testaments, the much anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” -Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale. Join us on September 9th for a Midnight Release of The Testaments, the much anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. A portion of the proceeds from September 9th will go to the Chicago Abortion Fund.

AMA abortion lawsuit puts doctors in the thick of debate


By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News

PIERRE, N.D. — The American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors’ group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion. The group, which represents all types of physicians, has tended to stay on the sidelines of many controversial political issues, and until recently has done so concerning abortion and contraception. Instead, it has focused on legislation that affects the practice and finances of large swaths of its membership. But, said AMA President Patrice Harris in an interview, the organization felt it had to take a stand because new laws forced the small number of doctors who perform abortions to lie to patients, putting “physicians in a place where we are required by law to commit an ethical violation.”

One of the laws, set to take effect Aug. 1, requires physicians to tell patients that medication abortions — a procedure involving two drugs taken at different times — can be reversed.

Missouri’s last abortion clinic gets license extension

ST. LOUIS — On Friday, an administrative panel ruled that Planned Parenthood of St. Louis can keep its St. Louis clinic open until August while the fight over its license continues. The Hill reported on Friday that Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission issued a stay allowing the clinic to continue performing abortions without a license.

St. Louis’s last abortion clinic defies state, won’t do second pelvic exam

ST. LOUIS — Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, the last clinic in Missouri that performs abortions, has said it will no longer do the second pelvic exam required by state law. The clinic is currently fighting to keep open as the state holds its license in limbo. A court has ruled that the clinic can remain open until the state makes a decision on the clinic’s license.

Pritzker signs Reproductive Health Act

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act today in Springfield. The act guarantees abortion access as a fundamental right in Illinois. The State Journal-Register in Springfield reported that Pritzker signed the act surrounded by lawmakers. From the Journal-Register:
Surrounded by dozens of lawmakers and abortion rights advocates, Pritzker signed the controversial legislation that he said will ensure that Illinois is “going to be there for women if they have to be refugees from other states.”

“In a time when too many states across the nation are taking a step backward, Illinois is taking a giant step forward for women’s health,” Pritzker said. “Today, we proudly proclaim that in this state, we trust women.

Nevada joins states ensuring abortion access

CARSON CITY — Nevada ensured abortion access with the signing of two bills last week. TV station News 4 reported that Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, signed the bills on Friday. From News 4:
The first, Senate Bill 179 or the Trust Nevada Women Act, would decriminalize outdated abortion laws in Nevada. “I have been disappointed by the recent uptick in efforts in other states to restrict women’s right to choose, and I am especially proud today to be a Nevadan, where we protect a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own body,” said Gov. Sisolak in his comments before signing this bill. The bill would remove punishments for those seeking an abortion and protect doctors who perform them.

Illinois Senate passes Reproductive Health Act

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act last Friday night before the end of the session. The bill, the most progressive reproductive health bill in the country, goes to the governor to be signed. Capitol News Illinois reported that the bill passed after more than 80 minutes of debate. The bill repeals abortion restrictions in Illinois and sets abortion access as a right, in direct opposition to a raft of anti-choice bills passed across the country. 

From Capitol News Illinois:

Sen. Melinda Bush, a Democrat from Grayslake and the bill’s sponsor in that chamber, said she hopes passage of the legislation will make the state “a beacon for the country.”

“I’m so proud that Illinois is standing up and saying, we’re not going back, we’re going to continue to fight and we’re going to make sure that women are equal here. Their reproductive rights are part of that,” she said.

Last Missouri abortion clinic get reprieve

ST. LOUIS — A judge has stopped the state government’s attempt to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state of Missouri. NPR reported that Missouri Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer granted a request to temporarily prevent state officials from revoking the license of a St. Louis clinic operated by Planned Parenthood. The clinic is the last one in the state and the license threat came less than two weeks after the state passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.