Category Archives: health

Catch up on the latest health legislation, honest discussions about our bodies, and “I Have” essays from women’s personal experiences. Whether mental or physical The Frisky discusses each disease, concern, or condition to encourage open conversation.

This Is A Photo Of Eight Men Discussing A Ban On Women’s Reproductive Health

Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett snapped this photo Wednesday at a House of Representatives hearing regarding a proposed nationwide 20-week abortion ban spearheaded by Republican Rep. Trent Franks. If you look closely, you will see a dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, and yup, one more dude. EIGHT MEN! At a hearing on abortion rights! Dudes! Legislating women’s bodies! [TwitterHuffington Post[Photo via Laura Bassett]

Republican Politician Shames Woman For Abortion, Said She Should Have Delivered Severely Disabled Baby

AR Abortion Ban Blocked
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Arkansas ban on abortions after 12 weeks temporarily blocked. Read More »
Tricked Into Abortion
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Boyfriend tricks girlfriend into aborting pregnancy with pills. Read More »
Bachmann Urges Warfare
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Rep. Michele Bachmann urges "spiritual warfare" against liberalism. Read More »
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Yesterday, a woman named Christy Zink testifed before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcomittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice to discuss a bill proposed by Rep. Trent Franks to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Zink spoke about her difficult decision in 2009 to have an abortion at 22 weeks after she learned the fetus she was carrying was severely disabled.

In response to her testimony, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, also a Republican, publicly shamed Zink and her family for terminating a late-term pregnancy and suggested she should have carried the possibly nonviable pregnancy to term just on principle. Keep reading »

Arkansas Ban On Abortions After 12 Weeks Temporarily Blocked

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  • A ban on abortions after 12 weeks in Arkansas — the earliest abortion ban in the country — has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge. [Politico]
  • The state government of Illinois has advanced a comprehensive sex ed bill that requires teachers to teach “medically accurate and age-appropriate lesson[s]” on sexual health. What a novel idea! [Rockford Register Star]
  • New York State has introduced a bill to prosecute sex traffickers. [Stop Human Trafficking NY]
  • Dove, Vistaprint and Audible.com are all ignoring an online campaign by feminist activist group Women, Action & Media (WAM) to encourage Facebook to remove content that is violent against women and girls. [Feministing, WAM]
  • Meet Rep. Krysten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, who is openly bisexual and agnostic. [ELLE] Keep reading »

Kermit Gosnell, Late Term Abortion Provider, Found Guilty Of Three Counts Of Murder

Generation Roe
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Q&A with Sarah Erdreich, author of the book "Generation Roe." Read More »
My Abortion
This author says her abortion was the best decision of her life. Read More »
Our Favorite Republican
Alan Simpson
... says male legislators "shouldn't even vote" on abortion bills. Read More »
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Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia doctor whose clinic gained attention for his criminal performance of late-term abortions, was found guilty yesterday of three counts of first-degree murder. He had been accused of killing four babies and one woman, but was found guilty of only three of the babies’ deaths.

Gosnell, 72, operated an illegally-run clinic in Philly that provided late-term abortions to low-income women. He was accused of killing live babies after delivery with scissors, as opposed to terminating the pregnancies during standard late-term abortion procedure. Gosnell’s case became a lightening rod for anti-abortion activists who attempted to paint Gosnell as the standard in abortion care. Similarly, abortion rights supporters underscored the reason abortion needs to be safe and legal is to keep patients safe from doctors like him.  Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My OBGYN Visit In Iran

My STD
One woman talks about getting an STD. Read More »
Pap Smear Guidelines
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Kindly inform your ladybusiness that Pap smear guidelines have changed. Read More »
My Boring Vagina
This woman has a boring vagina. Read More »

As I am getting ready to leave for the doctor’s office, Auntie Shadi gives me a warning: “Now don’t expect to be seen exactly on time. This is not America.”

“Oh. Ok,” I say, instead of admitting that we don’t necessarily get seen exactly on time for our doctor’s appointment either. During this one-month stay in Iran I have learned to choose my battles with misconceptions. I only correct the important ones, like the one where they assume that anyone who lives in America has lots of money without working.

Since I had left a lucrative career as an oral surgeon to become a writer, money was tight and most of my activities were on hold. When dad invited me to Iran on an all-expense-paid trip, I gladly accepted. As most everything is cheaper in Iran, I decided to get some of my annual medical exams out of the way, too. My father takes a particular pleasure in going to the doctor. It’s his fear of hospitals that makes him so diligent in preventative care to the point that when he runs out of things to do, he just pops in for some blood work. So, hearing about my interest in seeing a doctor (any doctor, really) was good news. He secretly wanted to show off the excellence in Iran’s medical care.

A routine check up at the OB/GYN could not be that complicated, I reasoned. Besides, nowhere in the United States does a specialist visit cost $16. Keep reading »

North Carolina Pols Actually Thought Requiring Parental Consent For STD Testing Was A Good Idea

Vaginal Probe Ad
NC candidate co-stars with vaginal probe in new campaign ad. Read More »
NC Vaginal Probe
Today's Lady News
North Carolina's ultrasound-before-abortion law challenged. Read More »
Abortion Provider Death Threats
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NC politician calls for public hanging of abortion providers. Read More »

Thank God somebody in North Carolina’s state legislature has some sense: the Health and Human Services Committee has pulled a bill that would require teens get parental consent for STD testing and treatment, as well as other healthcare. The Republican-controlled committee had advanced the bill on Tuesday, to an explosion of WTF ARE YOU SERIOUS?!? on the Internet.

The bill would have required teens to get notarized parental consent for STD testing and treatment, pregnancy care, mental health counseling, or substance abuse treatment. Anyone with half a brain would know that teenagers don’t want to talk with dear old Mommy and Daddy about weird stuff going on in their genitals, their cutting problem, or their dependency on popping pills. But North Carolina Republicans? Apparently they don’t understand basic human psychology. Keep reading »

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