Abortion, Doctors, Healthcare Providers, Women's Health

After Idaho’s Strict Abortion Ban, OB-GYNs Stage a Quick Exodus

Later this month, the hospital, founded in 1949 near the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, will stop providing services for expectant mothers, forcing patients across northern Idaho to travel at least an additional hour for care. In June, a second Idaho hospital, Valor Health, in the rural city of Emmett, will also halt labor and delivery services. Those decisions came within months of Idaho’s abortion ban, one of the nation’s strictest.

Photo of an emergency contraception pill in its packaging.
Abortion, Contraception, Drugs, Women's Health

Emergency contraception is often confused with abortion pills – here’s how Plan B and other generic versions work to prevent pregnancy

There are two types of emergency contraception pills. The most widely known is levonorgestrel, which is sold in the U.S. under the brand name Plan B, along with numerous generic versions. The second type of emergency contraception pill is ulipristal acetate, which is sold under the brand name ella. Both Plan B and ella work by delaying ovulation

Abortion, Law, Women's Health

Texas Abortion Ruling Nears, But Blue States Aren’t Waiting to Protect Pill Access

A federal judge in Texas soon could make one of the two pills used in medication abortions harder to come by, even in blue states that support abortion rights.  Officials and advocates in those states aren’t waiting for the judge to rule. They’re trying to ensure continued access to the drugs that a growing number of Americans are using to end their pregnancies at home.