Map of the Day: “Bad medicine” laws undermine reproductive health care across the country

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new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families explores the common anti-choice restrictions that are forcing doctors to choose between following the law and doing what they know is best for their patients. 

The report focuses on four anti-abortion restrictions–ultrasound requirements, biased counseling sessions, mandatory waiting periods, and regulations on the abortion pill–that they describe as “bad medicine” laws since there is absolutely no medical justification for them. Over 30 states have at least one of these types of restrictions on their books, and half of those states have all four of them. And that doesn’t even include the TRAP laws that are equally medically unnecessary and are shutting down clinics altogether.

“Politics are taking over our exam rooms and that is a dangerous, disturbing trend,” said the group’s president Debra L. Ness. “More and more, lawmakers across the country are enacting laws that mandate how health care providers must practice medicine, without regard to their professional judgment or their patients’ needs.”

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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