Posts tagged "womens health"

Elizabeth Banks Stands Up For Planned Parenthood

Actress Elizabeth Banks continues to be a magical unicorn from my dreams with this just-released video in support of Barack Obama's 2012 campaign. Banks talks about why she supports Planned Parenthood — when she was a broke college graduate they helped regulate her heavy flow! — and Obama's overall support for women's health care. (No…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2012

A Brief History Of The Pregnancy Test

I was commenting on how packaged pregnancy tests resemble fruit roll ups when my mother told me scientists once injected bunnies with a woman's urine to determine whether or not she was pregnant. "A rabbit?" I was a little stunned by the idea of poor, floppy-eared, innocent rabbits getting shot up with pee. "Oh yeah!" My…

By: Susan Finch / August 6, 2012

To Fight Bone Loss, Drink Wine!

Move over, milk, there's a more fun drink that helps keep women's bones healthy as they get older: wine. Drinking the equivalent of two small glasses of wine each day helps post-menopausal women retain old bone, making their bones stronger overall and helping to fend off osteoporosis, according to a new study. Read more...

By: Newser / August 3, 2012

Court Block’s Arizona’s Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

Yesterday, a federal appeals court blocked Arizona from enforcing its ban on abortions after 20 weeks except in order to save the life of the mother or to avert "major bodily harm." [Reuters, Politico] EW. Director Alfred Hitchcock ruined "The Birds" star Tippi Hedren's career because she wouldn't have a sexual relationship with him. I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2012

D.C. Abortion Ban Proposed Literally The Day After Different D.C. Abortion Ban Is Defeated

It's not like Congress has anything pressing to do, like encourage job growth! That's the only reason why literally one day after the House of Representatives failed to advance a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks in Washington, D.C., a nearly identical bill has been proposed again in the Senate.

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2012

Ryan Lochte Thinks Women Look Hottest In …WHAT!?

Ladies love Ryan Lochte. And Ryan Lochte loves what on a woman? The (possibly?) most-watched Olympian recently sat down with Women's Health for a quick interview, where he revealed what he thinks -- and probably only he thinks -- is the sexiest thing on a woman. Seriously, it's really weird, dude. When posed with the…

By: The Stir / August 1, 2012

Doctors Must Inform Women Of Nonexistent Abortion-Suicide Link, Court Rules

Doctors in South Dakota must inform women of a nonexistent link between having an abortion and a risk of suicide, a federal appeals court has ruled. The ruling pertains to a 2005 law that will require doctors to tell a woman before her abortion that "the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2012

Judge Keeps Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Open For Now

A federal judge has blocked parts of a law that would effectively force Missisippi's one remaining abortion clinic to shut down. However, the judge allowed certain restrictions of the MS legislature's new abortion-restricitng law to remain. MS had passed a law, which went into effect July 1, that required doctors who perform abortions have admitting…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2012

Texas Wants To Ban Doctors From Even Talking About Abortion

Yes, seriously: Texas wants to ban doctors from even talking about — or as Texas puts it, "promoting" — abortion as an option.  Some people really believe ignorance is a good thing, huh? [Dallas Observer] Mississippi's only abortion clinic will be kept open longer that originally thought after a judge has extended a block o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 11, 2012

“Queen Of Clown Porn,” Hollie Stevens, Dies Of Breast Cancer At Age 30

I thought a post about the passing of an adult film actress who was known as the "Queen Of Clown Porn" could be interesting. But the illness and death of Hollie Stevens, age 30, of breast cancer is nothing short of absolutely tragic. Friends say that Stevens had no health insurance and couldn't access decent health…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2012

Judge Blocks Law That Would Have Closed Mississippi’s One Remaining Abortion Clinic

Women in in Mississippi can breathe easy, at least temporarily: at the eleventh hour on Sunday night, a federal judge blocked a law that would have effectively closed the state's only abortion clinic. A law was set to go into effect on Monday that would have required doctors at the Jackson Women's Health Organization to have…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 2, 2012

Victory For Baltimore “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

"Crisis pregnancy centers" in Baltimore are having their First Amendment rights violated by being required to post notices that state they do not offer abortion referrals or birth control, an appeals court has ruled. "CPCs" are primarily run by anti-abortion activists, located near abortion clinics, and use trickery to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies.

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 27, 2012

Will Mississippi Become The First State Without An Abortion Clinic?

On July 1, Mississippi's only surviving abortion clinic may shut down after a new law goes into effect requiring doctors at the clinic to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. This will likely make it impossible for the clinic to continue operating because three out of four of the clinic's doctors live out of state,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2012

Sandra Fluke Talks Sluts, Rush Limbaugh

[W]hat I’ve learned [after being called a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh on his show] has less to do with Mr. Limbaugh specifically and more to do with a part of our population that has this view. Because frankly, you don’t go on national radio and talk for several days about something that no one want…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2012

Giant Birth Control Pill Package Trailing Romney’s Campaign

A giant pack of birth control called Pillamina can now be found flowing, er, following behind Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and recently showed up at events in Ohio and New Hampshire. Planned Parenthood Action Fund, creator of the costume, hopes the massive pills will draw attention to Romney’s opposition towards President Obama’s birth control coverage…

By: Daley Quinn / June 21, 2012

Anti-Abortion Law Pennsylvania Goes Into Effect

A law restricting abortion rights in Pennsylvania by posing medically unnecessary requirements on clinics has gone into effect. Fourteen of the state's previous 22 abortion clinics have been licensed to provide surgical abortions going forward. The other clinics will provide various other levels of care, although one abortion clinic has actually closed. [Philly.com] A transgender…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2012

OK Doctor Refuses To Provide Emergency Contraception To Rape Victim In ER

An Oklahoma doctor working in an emergency room refused to provide emergency contraception to a 24-year-old rape victim because EC is against her personal beliefs. (Yes, the doctor was a woman.) According to the rape victim's mother Rhonda, the doctor said, "I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my beliefs." And…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2012

Pregnant Mother Of 5 Died After Drinking Vinegar In DIY Abortion

Catherine Furey, 38, of the UK,  died in December 2010 after drinking concentrated vinegar, a DIY abortion she read about on the Internet. Furey had a "violent reaction" to the vinegar, was rushed to the hospital and died. The details of her death have only now come out in relation to a trial against Furey'…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Young Women Aren’t Completing HPV Vaccinations

The amount of young women completing the three vaccinations required for the HPV vaccine is not only low, but also dropping. The journal Cancer has published a report saying young women are not completing the full series of Gardasil, which is the only way to be fully protected from the strains of HPV which lead…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2012

Planned Parenthood Believes It’s The Target Of A Sting Operation By Anti-Choicers

Planned Parenthood Federation of America clinics in 11 states have reported a string of suspicious incidents where women come in asking questions about sex-selective abortions, leading the organization to believe it's being targeted with a "hoax" by an anti-abortion sting operation. Women claiming to be pregnant came into clinics over two dozen times, asking provocative…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2012
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