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Double Dose: Mass. Mothers Get Breastfeeding Protection; NABJ Conference on Health Disparities; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Clinic; The Cutting Edge of Opera; Studies on IVF, Fosamax …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Who Decides? A State-by-State Analysis: NARAL Pro-Choice America has released its 18th edition of “Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States.” The report summarizes the state of women’s access to reproductive healthcare nationwide, including legislation considered and enacted in 2008. This year’s edition also examines attacks on choice in the states and in the courts and highlights pro-choice legislative and non-legislative victories, including NARAL’s Prevention First initiative.

Trading in “Barefoot and Pregnant” for Economic and Reproductive Justice: “The relevance of barefoot … Read

The Maternal Health Gap

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

“The difference in pregnancy risk between women in developing countries and their peers in the industrialized world is often termed the greatest health divide in the world.”

That’s from a new UNICEF report on child and maternal health, which puts forth the depressing statistic that women in developing countries are 300 times read likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries.

“Every year, read than half a million women die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth … Read

Our Small Town, Ourselves: The Return of “Friday Night Lights”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Just in time for the third season of “Friday Night Lights,” BuzzSugar looks at the five most essential episodes, including the one where Landry tries to impress with a copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

*Swoon.*

I’ve already watched the third season on DirecTV, and it’s a triumphant return to the themes of season one (season two was overly melodramatic; it was a bad call, to use the appropriate sports metaphor).

The cast of “FNL” includes a number of young … Read

Study Says Single-Payer Healthcare System Would Stimulate Economy

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Want to restore jobs and stimulate the economy? A new study ) released by the California Nurses Association says that establishing a national single-payer healthcare system would do both — in addition to providing health insurance for 47 million uninsured individuals.

According to the study, expanding Medicare to include the uninsured, and those on Medicaid or employer-sponsored health plans, and expanding coverage for those with limited Medicare, would have the following immediate impacts:

  • Create 2,613,495 million new permanent good-paying jobs (slightly exceeding the number … Read

Dr. Julie Gerberding, First Female CDC Director, Resigns

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, submitted her letter of resignation, effective January 20. Gerberding has held the position since 2002. She was the first woman director of the CDC, and has been listed by Forbes as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women.” According to reports, her resignation was one of several requested as part of the transition process.

Articles on Gerberding’s resignation have referred to her legacy as “mixed” and “fractured,” citing concerns about … Read

The Surgeon General and the Sex Talk

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

In last week’s Double Dose we referenced discussions concerning President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta as U.S. surgeon general.

I missed including Kay Steiger’s piece at RH Reality Check, “But Can He Talk About Sex?“, which plumbs where Gupta stands on reproductive health issues.

Steiger looked at episode transcripts and found that the country’s most famous surgeon has largely avoided the issue on his popular CNN program “House Call With Dr. Sanjay Gupta“:

In a … Read

New Moon Seeks Nominations for Beautiful Girls

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

New Moon, the terrific magazine for girls age 8-12, is seeking nominations for its annual 25 beautiful girls issue. Maybe you know someone you’d like to recommend.

The deadline is midnight (CST) on Monday, Jan. 19, so get going now. Here’s the lowdown from New Moon founder Nancy Gruver:

Each girl has her own inner beauty: the beauty of action, caring, creativity, passion. Tell us about the inner beauty of your daughter, granddaughter, niece, neighbor or student and help us to inspire … Read

Legislators Seek Funds to Defend a Non-Existent-For-Now Abortion Ban in Utah

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

“Conservative legislators are backing away from costly plans to take on Roe v. Wade this year — given Utah’s tight budget — but they want to start stockpiling donations for a future court fight against abortion,” reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

“We are looking at wanting to ban abortion in Utah, period, end of story. However, we want to do it correctly,” said Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman. “We’re not going to back away from abortion. We’re never going to let it die.”

Three legislators are … Read

Women’s Health, Immigrant Rights, and Reproductive Justice Organizations Write the CDC to Oppose HPV Vaccination Requirement

By Rachel Walden |

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is coordinating the creation of a letter to the CDC opposing the newly-imposed requirement that female immigrants ages 11 to 26, seeking permanent residence or entry to the U.S. be immunized against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

We’ve written about this issue in the past, noting that the CDC has indicated that they did not intend for this vaccine to be required for legal status, and the National Women’s Health Network’s action alert requesting calls … Read

Double Dose: House Passes Bills Improving Access to Equal Pay; Blogging for Lesbian Health; Is There an Easy-Bake Oven in Your Vagina?; Nine Easy Steps to a New You (Ha!); And Much, Much Read

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Job Bias Bills Pass the House: The House on Friday passed two bills related to sex discrimination and workers’ pay. From The New York Times:

One, approved 247 to 171, would give workers read time to file lawsuits claiming job discrimination.

The bill would overturn a 2007 decision by the Supreme Court that enforced a strict 180-day deadline, thwarting a lawsuit by Lilly M. Ledbetter, a longtime supervisor at the Goodyear tire plant in Gadsden, Ala. Three Republicans voted for the bill.

The other bill — … Read