Posts tagged "womens health"

Everyone Thinks Rep. Todd Akin Is A Moron, Except For Those Who Don’t

Amelia is still down on the floor of her bathroom with her hand mirror, trying to find that anti-pregnancy rape mechanism thingamajig [APRMT] inside that will keep her from getting pregnant if she’s raped. I keep telling her that no such body part actually exists in a woman’s body and Missouri Rep. Todd Akin i…

Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2012

Longtime Tennessee Abortion Clinic Forced To Close

A longtime abortion clinic in Tennessee is shutting down as the result of a new law called the Life Defense Act, which requires doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Center in Knoxville has provided women’s health care to TN women for 38 years but had to close because the…

Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2012

Girl Talk: I Had An Abortion

This piece first appeared on Eyelid’s LiveJournal and has been reprinted with her permission. You can read some clarifying background info here.

So uh, don’t freak out, but I was pregnant and had to have an abortion last weekend.

Yes, yes I know, my uterus is ruled by Murphy’s Law.  Patrick and…

Eyelid / August 17, 2012

Former Susan G. Komen Exec Karen Handel Writes Anti-Planned Parenthood Book

God bless America, the land where you can resign from your job in shame after doing something douchey and then turn around and blame it on the victim of your attack.  I speak, of course, of Karen Handel, an anti-abortion ex-politician and former executive of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who resigned i…

Jessica Wakeman / August 14, 2012

Gay Rights, Planned Parenthood On Agenda At Democratic National Convention

Next month the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Democratic delegates will nominate President Barack Obama for their candidate. Such events are not just about nominating a candidate, though, but an overall PR blitz for their party’s values.

Politico has seen drafts (“a starting point”) of convention-planning document…

Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2012

5 Reasons I’m Going To Planned Parenthood’s Youth Organizing & Policy Institutes – And You Should Go, Too

I’m one of the hundreds of people signed up to go to Planned Parenthood’s Youth Organizing & Policy Institutes this fall.  Here are the top five reasons I hope you’ll be joining me there.

Elizabeth Reaser / August 10, 2012

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2012
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