Posts tagged "womens health"

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Coverage

Today the Supreme Court heard challenges to the Affordable Care Act's mandate to cover preventative care, which was filed by Christian owners of secular businesses who object to covering certain forms of birth control for their employees. Hobby Lobby claims their religious freedom is being violated and they should be exempt, like…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Arkansas’ Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

A federal judge stuck down part of an anti-abortion "fetal heartbeat" law in Arkansas which would ban abortions after 12 weeks. Instead, the judge said that fetal viability should determine the legality of abortion. The other part of the law which requires doctors to perform an ultrasound and notify if the pregnant woman if her…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 18, 2014

Montana Abortion Clinic That Survived A Firebombing Attack Was Broken Into & Vandalized

All Families Healthcare, the only clinic in Flathead Valley, Montana, which provides abortions as well as numerous other reproductive health surfaces to women, suffered a break-in and extensive vandalism on March 3rd. All Families Healthcare experienced damage to its furniture, medical instruments and supplies, file cabinets, sewer line, furnace and water heater. A yellow powder…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2014

While We Fight For Birth Control Coverage, Medicare Is Spending Millions On Penis Pumps

We know that conservative Republicans go batshit insane over the idea of the Affordable Healthcare Act covering preventative health care like birth control. But thanks to "The Daily Show," we now know that America has bigger problems, literally: Medicare is spending millions on penis pumps. The program has spent $172 million in the…
By: Claire Hannum / March 13, 2014

Generic Version Of Plan B Emergency Contraception To Soon Be Available

Two generic versions of the emergency contraception Plan B "morning-after pill" will soon be available over-the-counter for women. The FDA issued a letter on Tuesday stating the purchase of the generic version of EC will not require proof of age but it will carry a label stating it is for use by young…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2014

Kickass Woman of the Day: British Teen Fahma Mohamed Takes A Stand Against Female Genital Mutilation

Fahma Mohamed, a 17-year-old British student, is determined to make female genital mutation (FGM) a thing of the past in the UK. The process is intended to prevent sex from being pleasurable for a young woman so that she remains "pure" until marriage. The most common time for FGM to happen i…
By: Claire Hannum / February 6, 2014

Family Of Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Being Kept Alive By Texas Hospital Goes To Court

Yesterday, the family of Marlise Munoz filed an emergency motion against the Texas hospital asking them to take her off life support so they can bury her body. Thirty-three-year-old Marlise, who apparently suffered a pulmonary embolism in November, did not want to be kept alive on machines. Her wishes, and those of her husband and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2014

Ladies: Mike Huckabee Says If You Use Contraception, You Can’t Control Your Libido

"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government then so be it! Let u…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 23, 2014

Sarah Silverman & Zach Galifianakis Raise $20,000 For The Texas Abortion Fund

Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Retta, Jen Kirkman and others raised around $20,000 at a comedy show on Sunday night called "A Night Of A Thousand Vaginas" to benefit the Texas Abortion Fund. The fund are a group of charities that women in Texas seeking abortions can tap into when facing prohibitive costs and barriers by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2014

Kansas School Removes Sex Ed Poster Because It’s About Sex

Incredible news, everyone! A "concerned parent" in Kansas just discovered something groundbreaking: if you hide the suggestion of sexual activity from 13-year-olds entirely, it will prevent them from engaging in that behavior forever. They will never figure it out on their own. So discovered "concerned parent" Mark Ellis, who successfully had a sexual education poster,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2014

Israel Might Cover Cost Of Abortions Next Year For All Women Age 20 To 33

Throughout 2014, Israel could cover the cost of all abortions for women age 20 to 33, regardless of their reason for needing the procedure. Is it just me or is anyone else's brain exploding?
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2013

Today’s Lady News: ACLU Sues Catholic Bishops Over Abortion Policies At Hospitals

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Catholic bishops for denying medical care to women by refusing to provide the morning-after pill and perform abortions in their hospitals. In some counties, a Catholic hospital is the only place for a pregnant woman to receive medical care. Such was the situation for Tameska…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 3, 2013

WTF: Pregnant Mother With Bipolar Disorder Sedated, Baby Forcibly Taken From Womb Via C-Section

This story is all kinds of fucked up: a pregnant woman in Essex, UK, was sedated and had her baby forcibly taken from her womb via C-section because she was not taking her medication for bipolar disorder. The child is now 15-months-old and in the care of social services. The woman, an Italian who wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 2, 2013

Supreme Court To Take Up Hobby Lobby Birth Control Case

The case filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft store owned by Christians who don't believe in birth control and refuses to cover it under the Affordable Care Act, is headed to the Supreme Court. In March 2014, the highest court in the land will take up the question of whether a company can refuse to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2013

Bad News: The Morning After Pill Could Be Less Effective For Women Over 165 Lbs

A European company making a morning-after pill similar to Plan B says it has found its product, Norvelo, to be less effective for women over 165 lbs. and to not work at all for women over 176 lbs. Obviously, this has implications for American-made emergency contraception and whether it, too, is ineffective for some women.
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 25, 2013

Albuquerque Voters Defeat 20-Week Ban On Abortions

Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico defeated a proposed ban on abortion after 20 weeks in a special election yesterday. The ban would have criminalized all abortions after 20 weeks, including those resulting from incest and rape or in cases when a women's health is at risk. Had it passed, Albuquerque would have become the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 20, 2013

Albuquerque, New Mexico Votes Today On 20-Week Abortion Ban

Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will decide via special election today whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  If the measure passes, Albuquerque will become the  first city in the country to adopt such abortion restrictions. [Albuquerque Journal] Comediennes Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead and a whole host of pro-choice…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 19, 2013

Ireland’s Ban On Abortion Will Be Challenged At The U.N.

Amanda Mellet, a 38-year-old Irishwoman, is filing a petition with the United Nations Human Rights Committee to challenge her country’s ban on abortion. In Ireland, a predominantly Catholic country, abortion only recently became legal if it is necessary to save the mother's life. In November 2011, a pregnant Mellet wa…
By: Claire Hannum / November 13, 2013

Texas Religious Right Now Basically Advocates Kidnapping Women Who Seek Abortions

Fund Texas Women, a nonprofit that helps support women who seek abortions, has warned that anti-choicers are encouraging members of Christian groups in Texas — where abortion rights have just been gutted — to join an email list of volunteers to take women to abortion appointments. But instead of actually…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2013

Not This Crap Again: Horrible Gynecologist Secretly Took Pictures Of His Patients During Exams

How's this for horrifying? A Baltimore gynecologist was found to have taken thousands of secret photos between his patients’ legs during exams over the course of his career. Dr. Nikita Levy, who practiced at Johns Hopkins Hospital, committed suicide earlier this year as investigators started to close in on him. Now, thousands of hi…
By: Claire Hannum / November 7, 2013
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