health

El Salvador Delays On Lifesaving Abortion For 22-Year-Old Mom

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2013
Amnesty International has warned that a 22-year-old woman is going to die if the government of El Salvador does not give her a lifesaving abortion. Abortion is illegal in the country under all circumstances, even to save the life of the mother. More »


MSNBC Host Mika Brzezinski Opens Up About Exercise Bulimia

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2013
MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski has opened up about an eating disorder she has struggled with throughout her life: exercise bulimia — a compulsion to binge eat food and then overexercise to burn off the calories. People with exercise bulimia will exercise several times a day, multiple days a week even when they're sick… More »


Domestic Violence Victims Screwed Over By PA Town’s “Three Strikes” Disorderly Behavior Ordinance

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2013
Most folks would be happy if their neighbors got evicted after three different "disorderly behavior" instances in less than three months. No one wants to deal with that much partying, dog barking, or loud music, right? But a "three strikes" disorderly behavior ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is now being challenged by the American Civil Libertie… More »


New Sexual Assault Medical Examination Guidelines Issued By Department Of Justice

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2013
The Department of Justice issued new national medical guidelines yesterday revising the 2004 standard of care for victims of sexual assault. Instead of focusing on the criminal justice aspect of evidence collection during the medical exams, the emphasis now is to support the victim's health needs — including offering female victims yemergency contraception or informatio… More »


The Right To Protected Sex: Bill Introduced To Decriminalize Condom Possession

By: Sarah Gray / April 23, 2013
Anti-trafficking advocates, LGBT organizations, lawmakers and public health advocates have gathered in Albany, New York today to push for new legislation about condoms.  Yes, condoms. Currently 39 million male condoms and two million female condoms are distributed for free in New York State. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, "Consistent and correct use of… More »


This Creepy Real-Life Barbie Infographic Makes The Doll Ideal Very Unappealing

By: Rachel Krause / April 23, 2013
In case you had somehow forgotten just how bizarre and unrealistic the Barbie ideal actually is, this new infographic makes the whole crazy thing very, very clear. Check out all of the statistics at the source. [The Fashion Spot via Rehabs.com]… More »


El Salvador Will Not Allow Lifesaving Abortion For Young Mother

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2013
A 22-year-old mother of one in El Salvador faces jail time for seeking an abortion on a nonviable pregnancy because her fetus  is developing without a brain. The woman, identified as Beatriz, cannot get an abortion because terminating a pregnancy is illegal in El Salvador under all circumstances, even though the pregnancy is posing a… More »


West Virginia Student Katelyn Campbell Stands Up To School’s Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

By: Sarah Gray / April 18, 2013
Meet Katelyn Campbell, a high school student council vice president, Wellesley College-bound senior, and sex education rabble-rouser who is filing an injunction against her principal for threats he made after she boycotted and spoke out against an abstinence-only sex-ed assembly at her school. According to ThinkProgress.org, Principal George Aulenbacher at George Washington High School in West Virginia threatened to call… More »


Take Two Tylenol For Your Existential Crisis And Call Me In The Morning

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 17, 2013
In what might be the most wonderful study about existential angst to ever be performed, researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered that the same pill that helps soothe your stress headache may help mitigate the sense of doom you feel when confronting the meaning of life. That's heavy. Let that sink in. Tylenol… More »


Anti-Abortion Activists Hold First “Leave The Abortion Industry Day”

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013
Anti-abortion activists have many approaches to stopping abortion. One is to spread lies about the science around reproductive health. Another is to pressure women to feel guilty for terminating pregnancies, regardless of their reason. Another is to restrict abortion access through the courts. And yet another is to target the employees and property of abortio… More »


Girl Talk: On The Stigma Of Mental Illness In The Asian Community

By: Kelly Kanayama / April 12, 2013
It was a workday of minor annoyances. Everything at my temp job had gone normally, except for a snippy email from IT and a laminator malfunction that forced me to dig out a half-laminated page with a fork. So why was I crouched in a bathroom stall, hyperventilating, sobbing, and trying not to scream? A… More »


Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

By: Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013
Abortion foes in the Arkansas State Senate passed a bill yesterday to ban certain funding grants to Planned Parenthood.  The chosen grants heading to the chopping block?  Sex education. Which sucks, because Planned Parenthood provided the state's sex ed. According to Think Progress, Arkansas lacks a codified set of sex education requirements, which is why… More »


Oh, Good: Alabama Restricts Abortion Rights Even More

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2013
Alabama's governor signed legislation placing more restrictions on abortion providers, including requiring them to have admitting privileges at the local hospital. [Yahoo] Michigan lawmaker House Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican, said transgender protections "violate the privacy rights of women and children," saying that bathrooms should have to post signs saying "woman and girls may be… More »


Judge Strikes Down Age Limit On Morning-After Pill

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2013
Fathers, lock up your daughters: the government is going to be forcing slutty slut pills down their throats! That will be the Fox News version of events. But here in Reasonable, Common Sense-land, the story is different: a federal judge — a man! — has struck down the age limit on the morning-after pill, meaning… More »


Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

By: Sarah Gray / April 4, 2013
Finally, something positive happening for the reproductive rights of women in Kansas. Four years after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was fatally shot by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in Wichita, Kansas, his clinic is re-opening. Activist Julie Burkhart, who worked with Dr. Tiller for seven years, started the nonprofit organization Trust Women Foundation in 2010.  The foundatio… More »


France Will Now Reimburse The Cost Of Abortions, Provide Free Contraception To Teen Girls

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2013
Beginning yesterday, France will provide access to free birth control for teenaged girls ages 15 to 18 without parental notification, as well as reimburse the cost of abortions to all women over age 18. Pinch me. Am I dreaming? It's not still April Fools' Day, right? More »


10 Things Our Gynos Told Us That Blew Our Minds (As Told In GIFs)

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 1, 2013
As a woman in her '30s, I thought I knew pretty much all there was to know about my body. If you had asked me, I would have sworn I was well-informed. And then I started going to a new gynecologist and she literally blew my mind when she told I'd been checking my breast… More »


Boston College Halts Condom Distribution

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2013
Boston College students are facing possible discipline for distributing condoms both on- and off-campus. The school, a Jesuit college, no longer wants birth control distributed on its campus because it doesn't align with Catholic teachings. [Boston Globe,  Feminist.org] Five ways to make the "Lean In" movement more inclusive of low-income women. [xoJane] Mississippi's governor nominated… More »


Don’t Panic! 7 Reasons Your Period Might Be Late (Besides Pregnancy)

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 25, 2013
For the last week or so, I've been somewhat convinced that I'm pregnant. For the most part, this belief was paranoid, but also not entirely outside the realm of possibility. I had a proper French affair when I was in Paris a few weeks ago and at one point there was a broken condom situation,… More »


6 Kinda Embarrassing Questions You’re Too Afraid To Ask Your Doctor — Answered!

By: Megan Reynolds / March 18, 2013
Your annual visit to the lady doctor isn't necessarily the most pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Between the poking, prodding and your casual evasion of pointed questions like "How many drinks do you have a week?", going to the the gynecologist is a necessary but not entirely awesome experience. I usually leave the gynecologist… More »


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