Healthy Options 8/3/22: How are local clinics here dealing with the overturning of Roe V. Wade?

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall

Healthy Options: For Well-being & Being Well

Host Rhonda Feiman speaks with Lindsey Piper and Mareisa Weil from Maine Family Planning to discuss the evolving situation in Maine- and what striking down this law means for reproductive rights here and nationally.

1. What has changed in Maine since Roe versus Wade has been overturned?
2. What is safe reproductive health care?
3. What is the difference between the morning after pill and a medication abortion using pills?
4. Is using the medication in a medical abortion safe and effective?
5. What is the timeframe for a safe medical abortion?
6. What is an ectopic pregnancy? Can an ectopic pregnancy be life-threatening?
7. What is the difference between early pregnancy loss, and a miscarriage?
8. How have restrictive laws affected medical personnels’ ability to treat and save the lives of women experiencing ectopic pregnancy or miscarriages?
9. What is the federal Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA)? How does that law protect providers?
10. What is age-appropriate sex education? How is MFP working with young people?
11. How has the overturning of Roe versus Wade affected reproductive health care and access to medical care?
12. What is a typical day in the life of a Maine Family Planning practitioner? What has changed since restrictive laws are being enacted in many states in the US?

Websites of Interest:

Maine Family Planning
Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA)
National Network of Abortion Funds
Plan C Pills
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Guest/s: At Maine Family Planning, Lindsey Piper is a nurse practitioner specializing in sexual and reproductive health and Mareisa Weil is Vice President for Development & Community Engagement.

About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.