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Unintended Consequences of SCOTUS Abortion Decision for Patients With Rheumatic Diseases; Urgent Call to Action: Engaging Hospitalists in Family Planning; I Remember Marjorie

The first article discusses the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson and the concerns it raises for patients with rheumatic disease and their clinicians, including access to medically indicated abortion, access to necessary medications that are teratogenic, and laws that interfere with patient–clinician discussions about reproductive issues. The second article argues that hospitalists should be addressing contraceptive needs among inpatients despite possible challenges. In the third article, the author recalls a patient who died of complications from an unsafe abortion.

Use these articles to:

  • Review the implications of the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling on access to pregnancy termination in the state where your institution is.
  • Consult with an OB-GYN and/or review the different types of contraception to help prepare yourself to provide contraception counseling to your patients.
  • Role-play counseling a patient who just learned that she is pregnant about her desire to continue the pregnancy.

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