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, […]

Emergency Contraception Comes With A Brand-Name Price

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On Monday night, Teva Pharmaceuticals received exclusive rights from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell the emergency contraception pill Plan B One-Step over the counter and without age restrictions until April 2016. A cheaper generic version will also be available—but only with a prescription and to women 17 years or older. This […]

Indecent for Radio? Change the (Clear) Channel!

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When the South Wind Women’s Center (SWWC) opened its doors in April, it became the first clinic to offer abortions in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller’s  murder four years ago. One of only three abortion clinics in Kansas, it’s also one of only three health clinics in Wichita to offer subsidized birth-control for low-income individuals. As […]

The Texas Abortion Bill May Not Pass After All

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UPDATE: Davis’s filibuster was a success! The bill didn’t pass!! Remember that crazy abortion bill in Texas that would shut down all but five clinics in the state? Well, thanks to awesome state senator Wendy Davis (D- Fort Worth), there is a chance that the bill will not become law. Davis has begun a filibuster […]

Yaz and Yasmin: An Unacceptable Level of Risk?

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Don’t feel bad if you missed last week’s headline news about the deaths of 23 young women from their birth control. It was a top story for CBC news and a few other Canadian sources, but it was barely a blip on the radar of most U.S. news outlets. Yaz and Yasmin, two similar new-generation […]