Another code may have been cracked in how autism occurs in children: children that were born from labor induction or speeding up the birth with drugs were more likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study. The study conducted by Simon Gregory from Duke Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, found the education records of about 678,000 babies, where a note would indicate whether the children had been diagnosed with autism; they then looked into their mothers’ inducement of labor during childbirth. Women who had labor-inducing drugs were 23 percent more likely to have kids who were later diagnosed with autism. Correlation not being causation, though, the study does not prove that speeding up the labor process causes autism. Because there was no direct link found, medical procedures for inducing labor will not change. Additionally, other factors may contribute to autism in children, including a woman’s use of folic acid and epilepsy drugs during her pregnancy. For now, autism still remains a mystery. [Reuters; TIME] [Image of a pregnant woman via Shutterstock]
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A new study suggests that girls suffering from anorexia display similar personality traits to those with autism, such as lack of empathy, high focus on detail, and rigid behavior. In some instances, girls with anorexia scored five times higher in autistic qualities than non-anorexic girls on the Autism Spectrum Quotient. Keep reading »
This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The first half of our conversation about contraception ran yesterday.
The participants are:
- Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You can find them on Twitter, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and many other social media platforms as ‘rosefox’.
- Carrie Murphy is a poet, freelance writer, and birth doula. She tweets @carriemurph.
- Patricia Valoy is a civil engineer, writer for Everyday Feminism, and host for Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio. You can find her on Twitter or read her blog on feminist issues from the perspective of a Latina. Keep reading »
- North Carolina has suspended the license of the one abortion provider in the state that is able to stay open following the passage of new abortion restrictions. Femcare, in Asheville, is expected to reopen once it improves upon 23 violations. [Huffington Post, RH Reality Check]
- On things that look like feminism but aren’t. [MSNBC]
- Rape culture at Yale University is more fucked up than we previously thought. [Jezebel]
- How better childcare options will improve birth rates. [The Atlantic]
- Five pieces of anti-abortion legislation that assume women are stupid. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
David Cross is a convincingly scary paternalistic gynotician — aka a politician masquerading as an OB-GYN qualified to make reproductive health decisions. He’s got a BA from Todd Akin Non-Technical Institute in Biological-ish Studies In Rhetoric with a minor in Online Poker. Also, at the end of the video it credits them as Amber and David Tamblyn. Did he take her last name when they married? LOVE. [YouTube]
- Abortion rights activists called Stop Patriarchy are going on a “freedom ride” (a reference to the Civil Rights movement that I’m not quite sure is appropriate) this summer and will visit the 14 states across the country which only have one abortion clinic. [US News & World Reports]
- Clear Channel wouldn’t allow an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, to run advertisements for their services because it violates “decency standards,” although they are more than happy to run ads for sex shops and “male enhancement” products. Uh huh. [Women Action Media]
- A guide to anti-abortion concern trolling. [American Prospect]
- How not to talk to a woman who likes cars. [Jalopnik]
- Frisky contributor Melissa Petro on how we pardon men like Eliot Spitzer, who fancies paying for sex, but we villanize former sex workers. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
Womanhood is a glorious, many-petaled flower. (Or something.) But there are some times when being a lady really sucks. Like, say, when you know you put a tampon in the night before and you know you didn’t take it out and now you can’t find it. It’s really missing. Seriously, where did that little bugger go?! Join me on every step of this special journey, after the jump… Keep reading »
- In her own words, here is one of our personal heroes, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis on why she stood up for TX women by filibustering an anti-abortion bill for nearly 13 hours. [Washington Post]
- On Massachusetts’ approach to curbing domestic homicide (i.e. murder via domestic violence) by focusing on the perpetrators and not the victims. [The New Yorker]
- The busiest abortion clinic in Virginia has shut down as a result of new laws placing increased restrictions on abortion access. [Talking Points Memo]
- Only one-third of bisexuals said that most or all the important people in their lives know their sexual orientation, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. [LA Times] Keep reading »
A 11-year-old girl in Chile, who was impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend, told a TV interviewer recently that giving birth to a baby would be like “having a doll.” Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who opposes abortion, has praised the fifth grader publicly for her “depth and maturity” in carrying the pregnancy to term.
Oh, and did I mention that in Chile, abortion is super-duper illegal? Keep reading »
- Well, they finally did it. Tomorrow, the Texas State Senate committee will vote on whether or not to send its version of the abortion restriction bill to the Senate. [CNN]
- On the Obama administration’s push for a broader definition of sexual harassment at colleges to push for more reporting. [TIME]
- At least 100,000 children are being used in the domestic U.S. sex trade, according to a new report from the National Colloquium on Shelter and Services for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims. [U.S. News & World Reports]
- LOL: a black woman who owns a cafe in England posted a sign on the door warning racist patrons that “If you are allergic to black people, don’t come in.” Cheers to handling assholes in a funny way! [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »