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Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi’s top public health official, is named in the Supreme Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which could lead the justices to reverse their landmark decision in Roe v. Wade. But Dobbs has not said what his views are on abortion, and it is the state attorney general who filed the lawsuit. Also, how Roe’s nullification could affect IVF services; what corporate leaders are doing to prepare; and how Texas, where the Roe case originated, remains at the center of the abortion discussion.

AP: Physician named in abortion case has nothing to do with lawsuit

Dr. Thomas Dobbs has never been involved in political fights over reproductive health, but his name has become shorthand for a legal case that could end abortion rights in the United States. If he has feelings about the situation, he pretty much keeps them to himself. He is named Mississippi’s top public health official in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a dispute over a state law that would ban most abortions after the 15th week, but could be used to overturn Roe v. Wade. (Pettus and Stobbe, 6/6)

The Hill: Five biggest issues to watch on the Supreme Court as high-profile term ends

As the Supreme Court’s most controversial term in recent memory comes to an end, justices have yet to decide a whopping 33 cases, including blockbuster disputes over abortion, religion and guns. The justices are expected to finish their work in late June or early July, which means that in the coming weeks the Supreme Court will be making headlines with a list of opinions that have the potential to drastically reshape American life. (Krusel, 6/5)

AP: Abortion rights advocates say they need more male voices

If Donovan Atterberry thought about abortion as a young man, perhaps it was with a vague discomfort, or a memory of the anti-abortion protesters outside the clinic he would pass as a child on his way to the park. It became real for him in 2013, when his girlfriend, now his wife, became pregnant with their first child together. She had had a healthy pregnancy before, her stepdaughter, but this time genetic testing found a lethal chromosomal disorder in the developing fetus, one that would likely result in stillbirth and also possibly put her life at risk during childbirth. . (Hajela, 6/5)

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Stats: How roe dumping could affect embryo testing at IVF clinics

Through their foundation, Allie LaForce and Joe Smith have so far helped families have 17 healthy babies. The group works with prospective parents who have the deadly neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s disease in their families. If someone has the mutation that causes HD, a child has a 50% chance of inheriting it. The foundation, HelpCureHD, helps couples pay for a type of test that allows them to have children without the mutation. Called preimplantation genetic testing, or PGT, the process involves making embryos through IVF and looking at the DNA of the embryos, then selecting only those without the mutation to transfer into a uterus. … If the Supreme Court, as seems likely, strikes down the constitutional right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade, some states could impose restrictions on abortion that could affect other aspects of reproductive medicine, including IVF and PGT. (Joseph, 6/6)

NBC News: How adoption agencies are responding to the potential revocation of Roe V. Wade

With a staff of three, the Choice Network adoption agency in Columbus, Ohio has been working diligently to raise money in recent months to increase its visibility and strengthen its services in anticipation of Ohio’s immediate abortion ban if Roe v . Wade, the historic ruling guaranteeing reproductive freedom is overturned. The agency, which also offers advice on all options including abortion and parenting, anticipates an influx of women once that happens. (Ali, 6/4)

Politician: The doctor who prescribes abortions from abroad

In a few weeks, if Roe v. Wade gets overturned as expected, a Dutch doctor named Rebecca Gomperts may quickly become America’s most controversial abortion provider, even though she’s not in America. Gomperts and her organization, Aid Access, are already the only provider openly providing telehealth abortion services in the 19 states that currently restrict access to such services; if you go [to] On the website of Plan C, a group that provides information about abortion pills by mail, Aid Access is the only provider listed for many of them. (Conaboy, 3/6)

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More about abortion and reproductive health —

Fortune: Abortion benefits are a big corporate trend, but most companies are still figuring out how they would work

Following the leak of the memo indicating that the US Supreme Court may be on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade, several major companies were quick to commit to abortion rights, promising to cover employee travel expenses for abortion care. But much of the logistics are still in the works, and the companies were silent on their plans to roll out those offerings in the coming months. Human resources experts say there will be plenty of pitfalls to consider, as companies trying to do good for their employees have to deal with privacy concerns and general health coverage limitations in the process. (Gill, 6/4)

The Wall Street Journal: Wall Street Is Forced Into the Abortion Debate

Shareholders have placed abortion-rights proposals on the boards of three major retailers this spring: Walmart Inc.; Lowe’s Cos.; and TJX Cos., which owns discount chains including TJ Maxx. Many more could follow next year. … Activist investors submitted shareholder proposals in December. Generally speaking, they require each company to compile a report assessing the risks and costs of restricted reproductive rights, including the hiring and retention of employees. (Au-Yung, 3/6)

The Washington Post: How women’s lives were different before Roe V. Wade

It has been 49 years since the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade allowed the right to abortion. Since then, the women have transformed their lives. They have seen their roles in the US workforce greatly expand and their economic power grow. Many women have much more input at home and in the workforce. Some see those changes at risk after a leaked Supreme Court draft suggested abortion rights could be struck down, limiting their decision on when or whether to have children. Do you know how much women’s lives have changed since before the Roe ruling in 1973? (Shin, Siegel, and Mellnik, 2/6)

And in the state news about abortion…

Stateline: In Texas, where abortion rights began, the GOP builds new barriers

Because Roe’s legal roots were planted in a Dallas courtroom, Texas could be described as the starting point of a half-century of legalized abortions in the United States. But in the decades since the decision, Republicans have steadily unseated Democrats to take over the state’s power structure. In recent years, Texas has produced some of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country. (Montgomery, 3/6)

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The CT Mirror: CT abortion providers brace for influx of patients seeking safe haven

Certified nurse midwife Jennifer Love recalls a scene from a training rotation she did many years ago in Cartagena, Colombia, where abortion was illegal at the time. If women came in with complications after a miscarriage or self-induced abortion, they had to wear a checked shirt and sit in a special area of ​​the obstetric emergency department, where Love worked. “The trauma and the stigma,” she said, “I never thought we would move to where our patients would experience the same sense of fear and shame. It’s terrible. It just breaks my heart. (Jones, 5/6)

San Francisco Chronicle: Two women charged with murder after having stillbirths. Cases are rocking this California county

In early 2018, a 29-year-old woman from the Central Valley became the first person in decades to be jailed in California for the death of her stillborn baby. At the end of 2019, she happened again. Another pregnant woman struggling with addiction gave birth to a stillborn baby who tested positive for methamphetamine at Adventist Health hospital in the Kings County seat in Hanford. She was also singled out by doctors, investigated by local police and charged with murder by District Attorney Keith Fagundes. The cases sparked a national backlash from civil rights groups, who successfully fought to overturn the convictions. But now, as Gov. Gavin Newsom positions California as a reproductive rights sanctuary ahead of the anticipated repeal of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, the cases once again divide residents in a bitter race for district attorney in this corner of California’s heartland. (Hepler, 6/4)

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