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Access To Contraception Is A Human Right, United Nation Declares

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Access to contraception is a universal human right, the United Nations has declared. The annual report “State Of The World Population 2012,” released today by the U.N. Population Fund regarding women and children in the developing world, is the first ever to describe contraception as a human right. By doing so, the Associated Press explains, the UN has declared that preventing a woman from access to family planning services (whether through politics, religion, etc.) is an abuse of her rights. Keep reading »

Irish Woman Savita Halappanavar, 31, Dies Because Hospital Refuses Abortion

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Savita Halappanavar

A young dentist named Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland because University Hospital Galway repeatedly refused to perform an abortion. Doctors would not terminate the clearly-failing pregnancy while she was undergoing a painful miscarriage because the fetal heartbeat was still present. Her fetus was eventually removed from her body when the heartbeat stopped, but not after she suffered over three days in pain. After her liver, heart and kidneys slowed and were barely functioning, Halappanavar died at age 31 of septicemia (blood poisoning) and E.coli ESBL. Keep reading »

An Open Letter To My Period On The Occasion Of Coming Early

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Dear My Period On The Occasion Of Coming Early,

You’ve been arriving like clockwork for 15 years. I was never a woman that had a problem with you coming a few days late. You always showed the telltale signs: I’d feel bloated, I’d want to eat junk, and I’d be weepy. But I didn’t put the pieces together last week, when the following incidents occurred:

  1. All I wanted to listen to on Spotify were Disney songs.
  2. I only wanted to eat potato chips and onion dip for dinner on Wednesday night …
  3. … and then I randomly got super-horny afterwards.
  4. On Thursday, I started crying in the office, which I have never, ever done before …
  5. … and then I felt so bloated and puffy in my stockings that Ami had to snip the elastic on top for me.

But Friday morning when I woke up and saw you ruined a pair of panties in the night, I finally understood: you came early. YOU BASTARD. Keep reading »

Study: Female Genital Mutilation Ruins Sex Lives

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  • Today in No Duh News: women who are forced to have their genitals cut as young girls have more sexual dysfunction as adults, according to a new study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. FGM or female circumcision removes all or part of a girl’s clitoris and labia for the purpose of restricting her enjoyment of sex. One-hundred-and-thirty million women have been cut, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. [Reuters]
  • Why casual sexism in science matters. [Boing Boing]
  • This white woman wearing a huge black Afro wig and writing about it on her blog Before And Afro is a joke, right? [PostBourgie]
  • Mormon feminists exist and they are for Obama. [Reuters]
  • Nerds! What do we think of these new PCs designed “for women by women”? Unless it is a chocolate bar shaped like a PC, I am not sure why I need a different computer than a man. [CNET] Keep reading »

I Love My IUD, So Why Didn’t My Doctor?

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This woman uses birth control for medical reasons. Read More »

The first time I went in to get my intrauterine device, or IUD, my doctor asked me if I was in a relationship.

“Um, kind of?” I stammered. “I mean, no. But you know, I hear this is the way to go as far as, you know, protectiveness.”

“Hrm,” she said, flipping her chart closed. This was the first time I’d been to this gynecologist, who ran her practice in my tiny suburban hometown. I was 20, home from school on Christmas break, and tired of frantically eyeing the moon and waiting for my period once a month. Keep reading »

India To Outlaw Sex-Selective Abortions Of Girls

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A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »

Even though India worships female goddesses, some of India’s expectant mothers have been pressured by a culture that privileges males into aborting their female fetuses. Authorities believe eight million girls may have been aborted in India in the last decade alone. Now the government is taking charge and planning to jail entire families for up to seven years if they abort a fetus just because it’s female. Additionally, clinicians will be fined from 1000 Rupees or sentenced to three years in prison if found performing ultrasounds to ascertain the sex of the fetus. Keep reading »

Doctors Complete First-Ever Mother-Daughter Uterus Transplant

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  • Doctors in Sweden have done the first mother-daughter uterus transplant, which can be useful if the daughter is experiencing fertility problems. Trippy! [NBC News]
  • Mitt Romney’s campaign debuted a new ad targeted towards women called “Dear Daughter.” [Feministing]
  • A historian at Harvard Divinity School has announced there is a piece of papyrus that refers to Jesus’ “wife.” [New York Times]
  • Did you hear Adele might design a line for Burberry? Here’s more on how fashion is expanding to accommodate plus-size women’s bodies. [Businessweek] Keep reading »
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One women's experience with IVF. Read More »

5 Mysterious & Bizarre Symptoms Explained

One of the upsides to being a nurse is that I can generally tell you WHY you feel a certain way. One of the downsides is that I can generally tell you WHY you feel a certain way, which is why I rarely mention my medical background to people who don’t know me. After that one weird time on the train when someone wanted to show me their rash, I’m a little wary.

But you’ve got some weird symptoms going on, right? And maybe you’re scared because you don’t know what they mean and you’re REALLY hoping you don’t end up on an episode of “House.” Here are some possible reasons for your your bizarre and inexplicable symptoms. Read more…

Virginia Passes Regulations That Seem To Shut Down Abortion Clinics

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  • Virginia’s Board of Health has voted to pass building regulations pushed by anti-abortion advocates on things like hallway sizes and ventilation systems that will force many abortion clinics in the state to close. Just awful. [Huffington Post]
  • More on the accused Central Park rapist’s history of attacking elderly women. [ABC News]
  • Another politician has compared abortion to slavery. That seems sensible. [Think Progress]
  • Proof that Goddess has a sense of twisted humor: Jessica Valenti, feminist and author of Why Have Kids?, was approached by a major news outlet to promote her feminist analysis of parenthood and asked to write about “how she lost the baby weight.” (The fact that she “lost the baby weight” by giving birth to a three-months-early preemie is another story entirely.) [JessicaValenti.Tumblr.com] Keep reading »

Teen Girl Escapes After Two Years Of Being Held Captive & Sexually Assaulted

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Disturbing news out of Illinois today: a teenage girl from Missouri escaped from a home in which she had been held captive for the past two years.

The young woman, who was 15 when she went missing, said she had been sexually assaulted and beaten almost daily by an older man. She became pregnant by her rapist and gave birth to a two-year-old child.  Keep reading »

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