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Italy approves outpatient use for abortion pill

Aug. 8, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Women in Italy can now use the abortion pill on an outpatient basis rather than be hospitalized to terminate a pregnancy. Italy’s health minister, Roberto Speranza, announced the change in guidelines in a tweet Saturday. He said it was based on scientific evidence and was “an...

Federal agencies appeal suspension of abortion pill rule

Jul. 30, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The Trump administration has asked a federal appeals court to reinstate a rule that has required women to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic. A federal judge in Maryland agreed earlier this month to temporarily block...

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Music Review: Alanis Morissette dazzles on 9th album

Jul. 29, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

Alanis Morissette, “Such Pretty Forks in the Road" (Epiphany Music) The piano is back. The voice is back. The angst is back. A genre onto herself, Alanis Morissette comes out in force with her ninth studio album “Such Pretty Forks In the Road,” where she untangles some of the thornier...

Traditional birth attendant Emily Owino, left, prepares to help Veronica Atieno, right, deliver her baby in Emily's one-room house during a dusk-to-dawn curfew, late at night in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, May 28, 2020. Kenya already had one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world, and though data are not yet available on the effects of the curfew aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, experts believe the number of women and babies who die in childbirth has increased significantly since it was imposed mid-March. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

Pregnant women at risk of death in Kenya's COVID-19 curfew

Jul. 25, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Veronica Atieno remembers feeling her way through the dark alleys between the shacks that make up Nairobi’s slums, picking her way past raw sewage and rusty, razor-sharp metal roofing with trepidation. Her labor pains had crescendoed during Kenya’s coronavirus...

Colorado Rockies left fielder David Dahl puts on a face mask while taking part in drills as the team practiced Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Dahl's health, wife's pregnancy gave him pause before season

Jul. 23, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

On deck: Baby Dahl! Colorado Rockies outfield David Dahl announced on social media Thursday that he and his wife are expecting a baby in January. That news, coupled with being considered high risk with his health, caused him to give serious consideration to whether he would to play this season in light of...

FILE - In this March 1, 1934 file photo, Margaret Sanger, who founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, speaks before a Senate committee to advocate for federal birth-control legislation in Washington. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York is removing Sanger's name from a Manhattan clinic because of the birth control pioneer's ties to the eugenics movement, the organization announced Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo, File)

Sanger's name to be dropped from NYC clinic over eugenics

Jul. 21, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Planned Parenthood of Greater New York will remove the name of pioneering birth control advocate Margaret Sanger from its Manhattan health clinic because of her “harmful connections to the eugenics movement,” the group announced on Tuesday. Sanger, one of the founders of...

In this June 26, 2020, photo, Astrid Galvan poses for a photo with her sonogram for her second child in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)

VIRUS DIARY: Perfect pregnancy plans, ruined by a pandemic

Jul. 16, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — It was the day after April Fool’s when I stared at a tiny window on a pregnancy test and watched a very clear plus sign quickly appear. I sprinted from my side of the house to my husband’s office (see: bathroom), banged on the door like a crazed person and jumped up and down as...

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Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus?

Jul. 16, 2020 4:23 AM EDT

Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus? It’s possible, but it seems to be relatively rare and scientists think they know why that is. Many viruses can cross the placenta and infect a fetus in the womb, and evidence has been growing that the coronavirus sometimes can too. Researchers in...

Hospital settles suit over infection that killed preemies

Jul. 15, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

A major Pennsylvania hospital where three premature infants died in a bacterial outbreak last year has taken the extraordinary step of admitting fault as a condition of a civil settlement announced Wednesday. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, acknowledged the process it was using to prepare...

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Judge: Women can get abortion pill without doctor visits

Jul. 13, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge agreed Monday to suspend a rule that requires women during the COVID-19 pandemic to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland concluded that the “in-person requirements” for...