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ACNM Condemns SCOTUS Decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
ACNM’s position remains steadfast; abortion care is healthcare. Access to abortion is a key component of comprehensive reproductive healthcare. The ability to choose if, when, and how to give birth is linked to a person’s economic success, educational attainment, and general health and well-being. Certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives provide safe and effective abortion services, including options counseling, ultrasound, comprehensive abortion care, and post-abortion care. The ACNM Position Statement on Midwives as Abortion Providers further affirms, for midwives and all in the health care space, the fact that individuals have the right to decide what is best for their health, bodies, lives, and families.
Read the entire position statement here: https://www.midwife.org/statement-acnm-condemns-scotus-decision-dobbs-v.-jackson-women-s-health-organization
ACNM: ABORTION IS HEALTHCARE https://www.midwife.org/abortion-is-healthcare
ACOG Statement on the decision on Dobbs vs Jackson
“Today’s decision is a direct blow to bodily autonomy, reproductive health, patient safety, and health equity in the United States. Reversing the constitutional protection for safe, legal abortion established by the Supreme Court nearly 50 years ago exposes pregnant people to arbitrary state-based restrictions, regulations, and bans that will leave many people unable to access needed medical care. The restrictions put forth are not based on science or medicine; they allow unrelated third parties to make decisions that rightfully and ethically should be made only by individuals and their physicians. ACOG condemns this devastating decision, which will allow state governments to prevent women from living with autonomy over their bodies and their decisions.”
Read the whole position statement here: https://www.acog.org/news/news-releases/2022/06/acog-statement-on-the-decision-in-dobbs-v-jackson
ACOG: ABORTION IS HEALTHCARE https://www.acog.org/advocacy/facts-are-important/abortion-is-healthcare
State Facts about Abortion in Minnesota (Guttmacher Institute)
In Minnesota, the following restrictions on abortion were in effect as of June 28, 2022:
- A patient must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage the patient from having an abortion, and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
- The parents of a minor must be notified before an abortion is provided.
- An abortion may be performed at or after viability only if the patient’s life or health is endangered.
- Additionally, not noted in Guttmacher, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (like nurse-practitioners and nurse-midwives) cannot perform abortions or prescribe abortion medication.
Action plan for post Roe Minnesota
Unrestrict Minnesota has a clear action plan for how to keep abortion safe and accessible in our state. Their three primary objectives are as follows:
- Repeal Minnesota’s Unnecessary Restrictions on Abortion Care
- Protect Patients and Providers from Post-Roe Attacks
- Ensure Equitable and Affordable Access to Abortion Care
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National Abortion Status and Midwife Scope of Practice for Services