How Yoga Can Heal a “Fractured Body Image”

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During every yoga class, my teacher said it: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” Given that this is true, why do so many American yoga practitioners look the same? Why has “doing yoga” and “wearing yoga pants” become ready joke fodder about slender, young, sorta-clueless, upper-middle-class white women? Yoga has become a modern […]

Breast Cancer Industry Month Is Here!

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Pink pink pink pink pink!! You must have noticed the vast influx of pink promotional products lining the aisles of supermarkets, adorning the logos of well-known brands, accessorizing the uniforms of football players and overtaking ad space. Breast Cancer Industry month is upon us! You may know it more familiarly as Breast Cancer Awareness month—a […]

More Bad News About Abortion in Texas

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If you’ve been following the saga of recent legal challenges to Texas’ extreme anti-abortion laws, you’ll know that things have heated up in the last few weeks—and not in a good way. The state’s omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB2, includes a number of provisions designed to limit women’s access to reproductive care. Different parts of the […]

Surprise! Abortion Restrictions Are Bad for Women

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Anti-choice legislators introduce TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) and other restrictions on women’s access to abortion, saying they’re simply trying to protect women’s health and lives. Pro-choicers raise the red flag, pointing out that the safest bet for women is to be in control of their […]

What Happens if Your Health Plan Provider is Catholic?

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Reprinted with permission from Kaiser Health News. Read the original article here. Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn’t have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs. But what […]

California Takes Small But Healthy Step Toward Paid Sick Days

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Six and a half million Californians had reason to celebrate on September 10 when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act (AB 1522). For 44 percent of the state’s population who don’t earn a single paid sick day, this simple act moves them a step closer to catching up with the rest […]

The Top 5 Scariest Toxins in Your Personal-Care Products

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How often do we really think about the products we slather on our faces, spray on our hair and apply to our nails? Personal-care products are such a part of our everyday lives that most use them without pause, assuming that these products are safe and regulated. In reality, the Food and Drug Administration is […]

A New Generation of HIV/AIDS Activists is Born

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I’m at the 20th International HIV/AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week. It brings together people from all around the world to join hands in continuing and expanding the fight against HIV/AIDS. For me, the conference has been a complete eye opener into a world I hadn’t previously known much about. I was born in 1996, the […]

The Court Decision That Could Challenge Obamacare

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If a court decision made this week stands, affordable health insurance could soon be out of reach for some of America’s poorest. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the government cannot provide Obamacare subsidies to residents of states that never set up their own health insurance exchanges. […]

States Prescribe Bad Medicine for Women Seeking Abortions

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Days before senators testified on behalf of a bill to protect women’s health services, the National Partnership for Women and Families released a report detailing just how threatened these services are. Aptly titled “Bad Medicine,” the report focuses on a specific threat to women’s healthcare: laws restricting doctors’ professional discretion and mandating how abortions are […]