Shefali Luthra

Shefali Luthra covers the intersection of gender and health care for The 19th. Prior to joining The 19th, she was a correspondent at Kaiser Health News, where she spent six years covering national health care and policy.


Content by Shefali Luthra

Texas denied abortions to these women when their lives were in danger; now they’re suing the state

March 9, 2023, 13:00 PST

How Democratic men are centering abortion access on the campaign trail

It’s a defining issue of the 2022 midterms, but also one on which voters may assume women have more expertise, but Democratic men candidates are talking about it more than ever

October 14, 2022, 6:00 PDT

Kentucky is latest to test whether red states will keep voting for abortion rights

An anti-abortion constitutional amendment identical to one Kansas voters rejected this summer is on Kentucky’s November ballot

October 12, 2022, 6:03 PDT

State abortion bans are preventing cancer patients from getting chemotherapy

Affidavits in Ohio show people had to leave the state for abortions before they could get cancer treatment; it’s an issue across the country

October 11, 2022, 6:00 PDT

Why Kansas’ Democratic governor isn’t talking about abortion on the campaign trail

Despite a huge rejection of abortion restrictions in Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly, up for reelection this fall, isn't talking about abortion rights

September 20, 2022, 7:00 PDT

Democrats urge Biden administration to use HIPAA to protect abortion rights and privacy

In a letter first shared with The 19th, 30 senators wrote to the health and human services secretary urging him to take action

September 14, 2022, 6:00 PDT

Local judges now have more power to decide who gets an abortion

The surge of new bans is expanding the significance of how judges rule on local abortion matters

September 1, 2022, 6:00 PDT

New near-total abortions bans are taking effect in four states this week

Eleven states have outlawed abortion in almost all instances, and the change will contribute to growing regional abortion deserts

August 26, 2022, 6:00 PDT

Kansas voters reject effort to eliminate state abortion protections

In the first abortion-related vote since Roe v. Wade was overturned, Kansans opted to protect abortion access. The state has been a major destination for people seeking abortions

August 3, 2022, 6:00 PDT

‘We feel kind of powerless’: The end of Roe is overwhelming clinics in states that protect abortion

Clinics in a handful of states are now central access points for abortion, but they’re short on staff, facing unprecedented patient demand, and navigating legal quagmires none had anticipated

July 18, 2022, 6:00 PDT

The cost of giving birth with insurance: $2,854, a new study says

The out-of-pocket costs represent insurance-related bills related to pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum care...and "this is maybe the smallest of the costs"

July 14, 2022, 11:00 PDT

Abortion providers are trying to open new clinics as close as possible to states with bans

Providers hope the new clinics can help serve the surge of patients now expected to travel for abortions

July 13, 2022, 13:00 PDT

Biden signs executive order on abortion access and legal backing

The order comes two weeks after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, allowing states to ban abortion

July 11, 2022, 6:00 PDT

State-level abortion bans could restrict care in neighboring states, too—here’s how

A Montana abortion provider decided to limit what kinds of abortions it offers out-of-state patients, which could foreshadow similar moves elsewhere

July 6, 2022, 6:00 PDT

Biden administration officials offer few details on medication abortion protections

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra declined to say whether the department would take legal action to preserve access to mifepristone

June 29, 2022, 6:00 PDT

Supreme Court seemingly ready to remove key portion of Roe v. Wade

A majority of justices seems likely to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, a major weakening of the landmark 1973 case

December 3, 2021, 0:01 PST

Lacking a vaccine for their kids, some parents are continuing to wear masks

Some parents are finding they have to keep wearing masks until their young children can be vaccinated against Covid-19 as well

May 21, 2021, 0:27 PDT

COVID relief bill expands individual insurance subsidies and Medicaid funds

The Affordable Care Act is seeing its first expansion after surviving years of conservative attacks as Democrats try to expand health insurance coverage.

March 9, 2021, 15:03 PST


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