There Are No Abortion Providers in Guam — the Governor Wants That to Change

(HONOLULU) — Lourdes Leon Guerrero vigorously defended abortion rights as she campaigned to become the first female governor of Guam. She won, but now no doctors are willing to perform the procedure she fought so hard to defend. The last abortion provider in the heavily Catholic U.S. territory retired in May 2018. That’s forcing women seeking to end their pregnancies to fly thousands of miles from the remote Pacific island — a costly and sometimes prohibitive step. “I truly believe that women should have control of their bodies,” Gov. Guerrero, a former nurse, told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday. “I’m very sad and very nervous about what’s happening across the nation.” Several conservative states like Alabama and Missouri have passed tough abortion restrictions as they take aim at the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion across the United States. Guam’s law, which Guerrero described as “very restrictive,” allows abortion, but doctors also have the legal right to deny services unless it’s a medical emergency. Abortions are allowed within 13 weeks, but anyone who terminates a pregnancy without help from a doctor can be charged with a felony. Guerrero said she believes that doctors in Guam would still perform abortions if a woman’s life were in danger, but she’s concerned that other women will be forced to seek illegal or dangerous alternatives. “That&...
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Publication date: Available online 19 July 2019Source: The American Journal of SurgeryAuthor(s): Tyler Gaines, Nina Harkhani, Hegang Chen, Rena D. MalikAbstractBackgroundThe aim of this study is to evaluate the components of current parental leave policies in surgical practice and evaluate surgeon perceptions of parental leave.MethodsPracticing surgeons were recruited to complete a survey via social media outlets and e-mail. Participants were asked questions regarding existing policies and their perspectives towards parental leave.ResultsThe survey was completed by 431 surgeons, of which 90% were female and 45% in academic...
Source: The American Journal of Surgery - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Publication date: October 2019Source: Molecular Immunology, Volume 114Author(s): Jean F. Regal, Jenna M. Lund, Cameron R. Wing, Kate M. Root, Luke McCutcheon, Lynne T. Bemis, Jeffrey S. Gilbert, Sherry D. FlemingAbstractPreeclampsia is characterized by new onset hypertension and fetal growth restriction and is associated with aberrant activation of the innate immune complement system and stressed or ischemic placenta. Previous studies have suggested a role for both endothelin and complement system activation products in new onset hypertension in pregnancy, but inter-relationships of the pathways are unclear. We hypothesize...
Source: Molecular Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Authors: Shukla A, Saxena P, Yadav A Abstract Objective: To evaluate if serum Glutathione-S Transferase-Alpha (GSTA) can be used as a biomarker of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (IHCP). Methods: 45 pregnant women with IHCP and 45 age and weight matched pregnant women as controls were enrolled and liver function tests including serum GSTA were measured. All cases and controls were followed for their maternal and foetal outcomes till delivery. Statistical analysis included unpaired t test, Mann-Whitney test and chi square test. Results: IHCP group showed higher mean serum GSTA concentrations compared t...
Source: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Assoc Physicians India Source Type: research
The objective was to evaluate the relationship between insulin resistance and serum homocysteine in subjects with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Material and Methods: Cross sectional Case Control observational study done in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, KGMU Lucknow. Cases were 50 PCOS women as a study group and 40 women with infertility due to isolated male cause as a control group. Serum homocysteine levels compared in PCOS patients. Results: Mean homocysteine raised in cases (11.8 ± 5.5μmol/L) than control (7.8 ± 2.2 μmol/L), p
Source: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Assoc Physicians India Source Type: research
This article reviews the clinical features and management of some of the common severe neurological emergencies in pregnancy. PMID: 31315330 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Assoc Physicians India Source Type: research
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Source: Danish Medical Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Dan Med J Source Type: research
Even with a special program in place to prevent conception in women taking Accutane , each year up to 300 women in the U.S. become pregnant while taking it, researchers find.
Source: CBC | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news
Pregnant women who work nights or long hours may be more likely to have a miscarriage or preterm delivery than mothers with day jobs, a research review suggests.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Journal of Adolescent Health - Category: Child Development Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
(Reuters Health) - It's long been known that the highly effective acne medication isotretinoin - marketed as Accutane and Roaccutane - is tied to the risk of severe birth defects. But even with a special program in place to prevent conception in women taking the drug, each year two to three hundred women in the U.S. become pregnant while taking it, a new study shows.
Source: Reuters: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
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