Medical Misogyny: Kansas Mandates Substandard Abortion Care

April 14, 2015 7:09 PM

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Misogyny is defined as "hatred, dislike, mistrust of women, or prejudice against women." The world's oldest prejudice, misogyny has been institutionalized by governments and religions for millennia. In April of 2015, Kansas repeated this pattern by condemning second-trimester abortion patients in the state to substandard medical care. The safest and most common method of second-trimester abortion in the U.S., dilation and evacuation (D&E), will be illegal in the Sunflower State effective July 1, 2015, thanks to Senate Bill 95. The only exceptions are life endangerment and "substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function."

Evidence-based Medicine D&E became the standard of care across America in the 1970s based on published scientific evidence. Forty years later, the evidence supporting D&E as the preferred method is even stronger. Large case-series reports have shown low complication rates. A large cohort study from ...

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