Organizations like SPARK, ReproAction and Abortion Access Front are exposing the deceptive tactics of fake abortion clinics and organizing to stop them from harming women.
At the UN Generation Equality Forum in Paris, stakeholders committed billions of dollars for the advancement of reproductive health and rights around the world. Panelists throughout the event shined light on where the fight for reproductive autonomy needs to go.
On the evening of July 28, the House of Representatives adopted a State Department, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022 that includes a multitude of funding and policy provisions that would be tremendous advancements for global sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) if enacted into law.
Whether Roe survives this Supreme Court, the power to protect reproductive rights and enact reproductive justice currently rests with Congress.
Dr. Sophia Yen, M.D., M.P.H., CEO and co-founder of Pandia Health, recently sat down with Ms. to discuss contraception access in an age of women’s health defined by the precarity of Roe v. Wade. Here are 10 pieces of crucial information Yen shared about pregnancy prevention, emergency contraception and periods.
The United Kingdom recently allowed over-the-counter sale of birth control pills for the first time since the medication’s approval in that country 60 years ago. Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) still requires Americans to go to their doctors to get a prescription and then go to a pharmacy to obtain birth control pills.
For older adults, experiences of ageism and ageist microaggressions—which have been shown to be acutely stressful for women, perhaps in connection with ageist beauty standards—can trigger a cascade effect of stress responses that can have an ongoing, negative impact on health, including inflammatory effects, depression and heart disease.
While widely known as an abortion pill, mifepristone is very effective for treating fibroids and may also be effective for treating endometriosis and depression. Yet the drug is not available to use for these serious conditions because the FDA tightly restricts the medication due to intense anti-abortion pressure.
But that may soon change.
It’s been a little over a week since Texas Democratic state legislators decamped to Washington, D.C., in protest over Gov. Greg Abbott’s uncompromising agenda during the state’s special legislative session. Republican attempts to pass extreme voter suppression legislation are taking up the bulk of media attention—understandably. But the fight isn’t just for voting rights: It’s also about reproductive rights, which are under severe attack in the Lone Star State.
Texas state Rep. Donna Howard is one of the Democrats that fled the state. As a registered nurse and current chair of the Texas Women’s Health Caucus, Howard spoke to Ms. late last week to discuss the flawed assumptions behind the Republican push to restrict abortion access in Texas and the real-life impact of these laws on everyday Texans.
The overseas voter mobilization group Democrats Abroad and NARAL Pro-Choice America are organizing to inform American Democrats living abroad about the alarming state of abortion rights in the U.S. and what they can do stop anti-abortion laws and increase abortion access for people living stateside.