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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Misconceiving Reproduction

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Standing on your head after sexual intercourse will not help you get pregnant, a study published recently in Fertility and Sterility confirms. Yet many women hold misconceptions like this about reproduction. The study, the first of its kind according to its Yale School of Medicine authors, surveyed a demographically representative sample of 1,000 women ages […]

Top 5 Roadblocks to Plan B Access

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Confusion about the law is one of the biggest problems when it comes to access for the emergency contraception Plan B. So let’s clear that up first: At the beginning of August 2013, Plan B One-Step became available over-the-counter. Under the new law, it can be purchased by anyone of any age, male or female. […]

Sex and the Single Woman Peace Corps Volunteer: No Equity

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Thirty-one years ago, my former husband Tim and I did what thousands of (mostly) young Americans have done every year since 1961: We set off as Peace Corps volunteers. Unlike most, we had the added adventure of becoming parents while on assignment. Throughout my pregnancy, I had assistance from a supportive Peace Corps network. I […]

Extremists Disrupt Abortion Rights AND Communities

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In the new issue of Ms.magazine, we describe the tactics that anti-abortion extremists such as Operation Rescue have been using in an attempt to shut down the South Wind Women’s Center—the full-service women’s health clinic in Wichita, Ks., that replaced the one that Dr. George Tiller ran before his murder by anti-abortion extremist, Scott Roeder. Now, […]