In honor of #ThxBirthControl Day, Ms. magazine sat down with Dr. Gillian Sealy, Dr. Megan Stubbs and Dr. Staci Tanouye to chat about birth control, why it matters, how it can be used for much more than controlling pregnancy, and more.
On Thanks, Birth Control Day, we give thanks for the many opportunities birth control has and continues to make possible for women, families and society since the Supreme Court made it legal for married women in 1965 and all women in 1972.
Until we start treating health care as a human right, we’ll continue to struggle to achieve equality and reproductive freedom.
November’s elections saw trans candidates make unprecedented gains in statehouses across the country. But despite this, several statehouses are setting out to deny the rights of transgender people in their 2021 sessions.
Telemedicine abortion startups are springing up across the country after a federal court in July temporarily suspended FDA restrictions on distribution of the abortion pill during the pandemic. In total, people in 19 states and Washington D.C. now have legal access to telemedicine abortion from a doctor within their state.
“This is a very safe early option. You can have a telemedicine appointment with a doctor in the comfort of your home and you get something mailed to your home. … To have that ability to be able to take care of yourself at home, I think that’s just an amazing service. And it should continue to be an option.”
Sexual and reproductive health advocates need to hold the Biden-Harris administration and congressional lawmakers accountable to undo the harms of the last four years, push for progressive and equitable policies, and make 2021 a turning point for sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice.
In this edition of The Weekly Pulse: New research offers evidence that masks protect the mask wearer, not just those around them; early data from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trials show promising results; a look at the future of women’s health under the incoming Biden administration; and a rundown on the state of reproductive rights.
Examining nursing homes, prisons, jails, psychiatric hospitals and immigration detention centers through a disability lens allows for creative redesigns that question the very function of these institutions. It’s time to unite the movements for abolition, decarceration and defunding police, and invest in long-term, community-based solutions—rather than disconnected, piecemeal reforms.
Human rights organizations have documented dozens of accounts of immigrants receiving inadequate medical treatment, pregnant women and newborns held in custody beyond the time limits allowed by law, and inhumane conditions for those forced to give birth in custody.
The coronavirus surge is likely to get worse over the coming weeks and months. The U.S. has a long history of taking on challenges and leading by example. We still have a chance to seize this unique moment to completely change the way we care for the health of our citizens.