"Studies cited in case over abortion pill are retracted due to flaws and conflicts of interest"
Sage Perspectives, a medical journal has retracted two studies claiming to show the harms of the abortion pill mifepristone, citing conflicts of interest by the authors and flaws in their research.
Two of the three studies retracted by medical publisher Sage Perspectives were cited in a pivotal Texas court ruling that has threatened access to the pill. The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case next month, with a decision expected later this year. The court's ruling could impact nationwide access to mifepristone, including whether it continues to be available by mail. Medication abortion accounts for more than half of all abortions in the U.S., and typically involves two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. - ABC News
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Conflict of interest
Sage also looked into the concern that the authors had conflicts of interest—finding that they did. All but one of the study's authors were linked to one or more anti-abortion advocacy organization, despite that they all had declared no conflicts of interest when they submitted the article for publication or in the article itself, Sage noted.
Moreover, one of the peer-reviewers—tasked with reviewing the study manuscript and deciding if it was worthy of publication—was also associated with the Charlotte Lozier Institute at the time of the review. Sage determined that the peer review process was compromised and noted that the same reviewer also reviewed two other studies led by Studnicki—the two other studies Sage retracted, one published in 2022 and the other in 2019. - Ars Technica
With barriers to reproductive healthcare increasing—especially for Black, Latino and poor people—and more than 19 million women in the U.S. living in “contraceptive deserts” without easy access to reproductive health clinics, Opill will be a vital tool in the fight for reproductive justice.
Dark money anti-abortion and pay-to-play groups are predictably responding to the FDA’s over-the-counter birth control pill decision with disinformation—deriding this basic action by the federal government to protect the right to prevent unwanted pregnancy. - MS
Follow the dark money
Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, purports to not take a position on abortion. Along with its 501(c)(4) arm called Independent Women’s Voice (IWV), IWF has collectively received more than $6.5 million from groups tied to Leonard Leo, the anti-abortion lawyer who created Trump’s shortlist of nominees for the Supreme Court. These nominees were expressly chosen to overturn Roe v. Wade—and IWF and IWV backed them. - MS
TakeAway: Elections have consequences. You get right wing, extremist justices keen to strip women of their freedoms. Vote for President Biden and Democrats to protect your freedom to choose and control your body.
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