When You’re Homeless and Menstruating

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The following is a reprint from the latest issue of Ms. To get the entire magazine in your mailbox or inbox, subscribe now! When you think of survival items a homeless person may need, menstrual- hygiene products probably don’t immediately come to mind. The reality is that pads, tampons and liners often aren’t readily available to women […]

Teen’s Collarbones Launch Controversy Over Dress Code


Stephanie Hughes, a student at Woodford County High School in Kentucky, found herself in the principal’s office on the very first day of school this year. Her crime? Exposing her collarbones. Stephanie’s mother, Stacie Dunn, arrived at the school to to find “a group of female students standing in the office due to being out […]

Menstrual Merchandise—For When Tampons Just Aren’t Enough


Everyone knows about pads, tampons and the Diva Cup—but the world of period products and services is much more innovative than you might think. From tampon-replacing underwear to reusable pads, menstruation is a new frontier for pioneering companies—often helmed by women entrepreneurs—that embrace women’s sexuality and health as well as work to further ethical practices. Let us know if you think we’ve missed […]

Myth Busted: Women Don’t Regret Abortions


Last week, new data was published showing that more than 95 percent of women who’d had abortions felt the decision was right for them—immediately after termination and three years later. Via semi-annual phone calls over a period of three years, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, UC San Francisco’s think tank and reproductive well-being research group, collected responses from 667 women who […]

Iowa Supreme Court Rules Telemedicine Abortion Ban Unconstitutional


The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last week that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland may keep using a telemedicine system, the first of its kind in the nation, to dispense abortion-inducing pills. Since 2008, more than 7,200 Iowa women have used the system, which allows Planned Parenthood doctors in Des Moines or Iowa City to interact […]

Griswold and Me: A Love Story


Reprinted with permission from the American Constitution Society blog. Read the original here.  On Sunday, I’m getting married. As I prepare for this milestone and draft my vows, I’m thinking about our life together and the family we might someday create. About the promises we’ll make to support each other through life’s twists and turns. And […]

The Problem With Lauren Conrad’s “Body Positivity”


In a recent blog post entitled “June Shape Up,” crafty fashion and beauty mogul Lauren Conrad informed fans that her editorial team will no longer use “body-shaming terms” like “skinny,” “slim” and “thin,” and will instead replace them with words like “fit,” “toned” and “healthy.” Unfortunately, that’s not all. In the same blog post, LC […]

The 5 Biggest Myths About Menstruation


Whichever way you look at it, menstruation is still a taboo—and that taboo is affecting women’s lives. Many women have to hide their pads and tampons (should someone—shock, horror!—realize that they are on their period) and some girls are unable to attend school, practice their religion or prepare food for 20 percent of their adult […]

Is Your OB-GYN a Member of this Anti-Choice Group?

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Anti-choice obstetricians and gynecologists. Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? How can a group of people with such a deep medical knowledge of women’s bodies support anti-abortion legislation that endangers women’s health and their lives? The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) houses this alarming contradiction: It’s an organization of doctors, nurses and other medical […]

In Some States, Access to Abortion Care Is Expanding


Last week, Girls actor Jemima Kirke shared her story of getting an abortion in 2007 at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Rhode Island. Kirke explains in the video (below) that she decided to get an abortion after becoming pregnant with a boyfriend she wasn’t sure she wanted to be bound to long-term. Kirke was a student at […]