Posts tagged "womens health"

Abortion Restrictions Finally Pass Texas House Of Representatives

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013

Wisconsin Judge Blocks Abortion Law

A federal judge in Wisconsin temporarily blocked an aspect of a new law restricting abortion which would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinics.  A similar restriction is in the anti-abortion bill currently under debate in Texas. [NYMag.com] The ACLU filed a lawsuit today seeking to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2013

A True Account From Monday’s “Stand For Texas Women” Rally

After attending the “Stand With Texas Women”  rally in Austin on Monday, I think I have to reconsider my aversion to calling myself a Texas woman. The pro-choice rally, which brought together over 5,000 women, men and children to speak out against the SB5 anti-abortion bill which would shut most abortion clinics in the state,…

By: Daley Quinn / July 4, 2013

Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

Last night, Ohio's Governor John Kasich signed a host of restrictions on abortion into law, which went into effect today. Like other Republicans before him, Governor Kasich placed these legal restrictions on women's reproductive rights flanked by a bunch of old, white men.

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2013

5 (Scary) Things To Know About Exploding Breast Implants

New thing to be afraid of: exploding breast implants!  The trauma is not unheard of, but the particular way in which one Beijing woman’s implants combusted just might be. After lying on her stomach for four hours playing a game called Dragon Summon on her phone, the woman experienced severe pain in her chest and…

By: Mary Odell / June 30, 2013

FDA Approves Morning-After Pill Plan B One-Step For Over The Counter Use

In an enormous victory for women and girls across the nation, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved the Plan B One-Step brand morning-after pill for over-the-counter use. Plan B One-Step is a one-pill version of emergency contraception and this approval covers women and girls of all ages. Like all EC, it is more effective…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2013

Obesity Is Now Recognized As A “Disease” By The American Medical Association

Lesley Kinzel from xoJane on how the American Medical Association classified obesity as a "disease" yesterday, but that really doesn't mean a whole lot in a society with such a warped image of women's bodies. [xoJane] A Christian college in Pennsylvania can exclude the morning-after pill and birth control from the college health plan, a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2013

The Soapbox: Why Men Need Abortion As Much As Women Do

Liberal guys like me are often kind of squeamish when it comes to talking about abortion. I mean, we support it. We describe ourselves as pro-choice. We share the ridiculous things that asshole Republicans say on Facebook. (Did you hear the one about the masturbating fetus…?) If we’re straight, and we maybe decide to joi…

By: Dan Solomon / June 19, 2013

House Of Representatives Passes Ban On Abortion After 20 Weeks

Yesterday, the Republican-dominated House of Representatives advanced a so-called "fetal pain" bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Fortunately, it is not expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama would veto the bill. Thus, the bill is largely symbolic. The Orwellian-worded bill called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2013

Wisconsin Governor Supports Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasounds For Abortion [UPDATE]

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is supporting an anti-abortion bill that is making its way through the state legislature which would require some women seeking first-trimester abortions to have transvaginal ultrasounds, which are performed by inserting a probe into the vagina. The forced transvaginal ultrasounds are medically unnecessary and are a popular ploy of anti-abortion folk…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2013

Not This Crap Again: Republican Trent Franks Says Pregnancy From Rape Is Rare

Wait, I thought the GOP attached nodes onto all white male Republicans' balls to deliver electric shocks as soon as their lips start to form the words "rape" and "pregnancy"? What happened? How did Rep. Trent Franks dodge that?! At a House Judiciary Committee hearing today, Rep. Franks of Arizona said his ban on abortio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2013

Victory! Obama Administration Backs Off The Morning-After Pill

Ending a years-long losing battle against making the morning-after pill accessible to all, the Obama administration has finally conceded to the wisdom of the masses and will stop fighting against emergency contraception.

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2013

Some Morning-After Pills Available Over The Counter, Appeals Court Rules

The two-pill version of the morning-after pill must be immediately available over-the-counter without age restrictions, a federal appeals court has ruled today. However, the court also upheld a "stay" on the one-pill version of emergency contraception (called Plan B One-Step), essentially agreeing with the Obama administration that its use for young teens needs further review.

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2013

Beatriz, El Salvador Woman, Finally Has Emergency Abortion

Beatriz, a 22-year-old pregnant woman in El Salvador with serious health issues, has finally had an abortion that will hopefully save her life. The mother of a 14-month-old was 26 weeks pregnant with a fetus missing parts of its brain and skull; doctors had warned that Beatriz, who has kidney issues and lupus, could be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2013

El Salvador Will Allow Beatriz An Emergency Abortion After All

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of El Salavador refused an appeal by a 22-year-old woman with serious health issues to have a lifesaving abortion. Beatriz is 26 weeks pregnant with a fetus missing parts of its brain and skull; it is not expected to live for more than a few hours after birth. Her doctor…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 31, 2013

El Salvador’s Supreme Court Refuses To Allow Sick Pregnant Woman Beatriz A Lifesaving Abortion

Beatriz, a 22-year-old woman in El Salvador with severe health problems, was refused a lifesaving abortion of a fetus with severe birth defects by the Supreme Court of El Salvador yesterday. The country has a strict ban on all abortions, regardless of any threat to the health or life of the mother. Beatriz, who ha…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2013

Roman Polanski Gripes The Birth Control Pill Has “Masculinized” Women

I know you care about the opinions of a man who, in 1977, gave a Quaalude and champagne to a 13-year-old girl before he raped her. This weekend, filmmaker Roman Polanski said that the birth control pill has "masculinized" women and taken the "romance" out of our lives. You know, the romance of yore, like giving…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2013

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 25, 2013

Arkansas Ban On Abortions After 12 Weeks Temporarily Blocked

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2013

Women Don ’60s “Mad Men” Costumes To Protest North Carolina Birth Control Refusal Bill

North Carolina's state house is set to debate a bill that would allow employers to refuse coverage of employees' birth control. In protest, a bunch of women dressed up in '60s-era "Mad Men" garb and sat in the audience! [RH Reality Check, Huffington Post] A bakery in Oregon is refusing to provide a cake to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2013
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