World Population Day: What Would Margaret Sanger Think of Hobby Lobby?

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Margaret Sanger and Gregory Goodwin Pincus knew there would be days like these. Two decisions in the past two weeks by the Supreme Court offer sharp reminders that while Americans and even American businesses have long embraced birth control, the law has not. Two weeks ago, the nation’s highest court struck down restrictions that had created […]

IUDs and Female Condoms: Woman Power!

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Intrauterine devices (IUDs)—contraceptives that prevent the fertilization of an egg or implantation of the egg in the uterus—have come under attack by the Supreme Court and the Ohio legislature recently. In the Hobby Lobby case, the Court ruled that a for-profit organization can use religious beliefs as an excuse to not cover certain contraceptives including IUDs, and […]

The Clock’s Ticking: Can We Still Meet U.N. Goals for Maternal and Child Health?

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As we approach the 2015 deadline for meeting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000, there is increasing pressure to improve the work on behalf of goals four and five: combating child mortality and improving maternal health worldwide. To this end, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with UNICEF, the […]

Two Women Legislators Try to Make Michigan Less Gynophobic

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Gynophobia: “Fear of or contempt for women.” Otherwise known as the disease currently plaguing the Michigan legislature. Insurance bans and fetal heartbeat requirements implemented over the course of the last year have made Michigan an increasingly toxic place for women seeking abortions. Thankfully, two state congressional representatives are pushing a bill that would at least make […]

Maleficent’s Mastectomy Metaphor?

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The lively discussion of the film Maleficent has focused on the turn of the plot after its title character is drugged by the human she loves and stripped of her wings, her ability to fly and, he presumes, her power. Jolie told the BBC, We were very conscious, the writer and I, that [the scene in […]

Five Years Later: We’ll Never Forget Dr. George Tiller

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On May 31, 2009, the world lost one if it’s bravest and most caring physicians, Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, KS. The abortion provider, who was one of the few to perform late abortions, was murdered at his church by the extremist Scott Roeder. Here, we reprint a tribute to the good doctor from the […]

Trigger-Warning Debate Ignores Survivors’ Voices

Trigger warning: Discusses trauma, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse Dismissing people who suffer emotional distress or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as “insane” or “too sensitive” is definitely not a new phenomenon. Not that long ago, people with certain psychological symptoms were dismissed as having “hysteria” or “shell shock.” And calling someone “crazy” for expressing their […]

Around the World, Mother’s Day is a Call to Action

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Becoming a mother was not the blissed-out, exhilarating experience I thought it would be. It was painful, scary and the only time I have ever felt truly out of control. When I went to the hospital, I was expecting an “easy” birth. My pregnancy had not been particularly difficult, and I was slated to deliver […]

Massachusetts May Unlock the Shackles

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No one believed Kenzie was in labor. As an inmate at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional facility, she was told to wait while her contractions grew more severe. “They just kept denying me, saying I wasn’t really that far into labor because I was not hysterically screaming,” Kenzie told radio station WBUR in a recent interview. “It wasn’t until I had said that I had the urge to push that they decided to take me seriously.” Kenzie was transported to a nearby hospital with shackles on her ankles and cuffs on her wrists. The restraints remained until she could persuade a correctional officer […]

New Report: We Need More Research on WOMEN’S Health

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Sad but true: Women are still woefully underrepresented in medical research studies, despite 20 years of work to right this wrong. Not only does this practice put women’s health at risk, it dampens scientific discovery. For a while there was hope that the decades-long bias of using primarily men for biomedical research would change. In […]