Our Bodies, Our Blog

Making the Connection Between Abortion, Pregnancy, and Birth

By Rachel Walden |

As Christine mentioned last week, the D.C. Abortion Fund and Myhags sponsored a recent discussion on “Intentional Motherhood: Connecting Abortion, Pregnancy and Birth.” Speakers included My Executive Director Judy Norsigian, Alexis Zepeda, board member, D.C. Abortion Fund, and Jill Morrison, senior counsel, National Women’s Law Center.

Jill has posted her remarks from the event at the Womenstake.org blog of the National Women’s Law Center. She describes the cases of Angela Carder, a woman dying of cancer at 25 weeks pregnant … Read

How Well Do U.S. Journalists Cover Health News?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Daily news stories about new health treatments, tests, products and procedures may be harmful to your health.

That’s the conclusion of a new study published in PLoS Medicine.

An analysis conducted by Health News Review of 500 stories by major U.S. print and broadcast outlets found that between 62 and 77 percent of stories published during a 22-month period “failed to adequately address costs, harms, benefits, the quality of the evidence, and the existence of other options when covering health care products and … Read

Had a C-Section? You Could Pay Read for Health Insurance, Be Denied Coverage

By Rachel Walden |

Yesterday’s New York Times includes an article profiling Peggy Robertson, a woman seeking individual insurance coverage who was denied by the Golden Rule Insurance Company because of a past cesarean section.

Federal HIPAA law prohibits exclusion based on pregnancy as a pre-existing condition, but this aspect of the law is focused on group health plans rather than individual coverage. The piece reports that another insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, “used to exclude repeat Caesareans, but recently began to cover them … Read

Double Dose: Neither Superwomen Nor Supermoms; Cigarette Taxes Inrease in NY; Screening for Domestic Abuse; The EPA, Percholate and Your Drinking Water …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

New York Governor Faces Suit Over Same-Sex Marriage Order: “An Arizona-based conservative Christian group said on Friday that it planned to sue Gov. David A. Paterson to block his directive to state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside New York,” reports The New York Times.

The group suing is the Alliance Defense Fund, which was founded by the Rev. James C. Dobson and others, all of whom are for limiting marriage to heterosexuals. The story also discusses how Senate Republican leaders plan on … Read

Same-Sex Couples Can Say “I Do” in California Starting June 17; New York to Recognize Marriages

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Much news to cover this week concerning same-sex marriage on opposite coasts. First up, wedding bells will ring for gay and lesbian couples in California starting June 17, the first day marriage licenses can be issued.

That day was decided upon by the state’s Office of Vital Records, in order to allow the state Supreme Court the maximum time to consider any challenge to its ruling before it takes effect, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Office of Vital Records also announced how the new … Read

FDA Provides List of Pregnancy Exposure Registries

By Rachel Walden |

Determining the safety of medications during pregnancy can be difficult, with pregnant women needing to weigh the benefits of a potential medicine to themselves with the potential risks to the fetus. The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists has compiled numerous fact sheets on specific medicines in pregnancy and breastfeeding, and the LactMed database focuses on possible effects of substances (including over-the-counter products) while breastfeeding.

Pregnancy exposure registries collect data from women who have been exposed to a specific drug during pregnancy in … Read

Intentional Motherhood: Discussion on Abortion, Pregnancy and Birth

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The D.C. Abortion Fund and Myhags is sponsoring a book signing and discussion in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 28. It all takes place at the Hawk n’ Dove, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The discussion will focus on “Intentional Motherhood: Connecting Abortion, Pregnancy and Birth.” Speakers include My Executive Director Judy Norsigian, who will sign copies of “Myhags: Pregnancy and Birth“; Alexis Zepeda, board member, D.C. Abortion Fund; and Jill Morrison, senior counsel, National Women’s Law … Read

28 Days to a Bikini Mind …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

It’s that time of year again … when women’s magazines trumpet how to get a bikini-ready body in just eight — no, six! no, four! — weeks.

We found a much healthier countdown plan: 28 Days to a Bikini Mind, written by Marina Wolf Ahmad and published at Shapely Prose.

Ahmad is the founder of Big Moves, which describes itself as “the only producing, training, and service organization in the world dedicated to getting read people of all sizes into the dance studio … Read

FDA’s Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream Warning Disappears (and Reappears) Without Explanation

By Rachel Walden |

On Friday, the FDA issued a warning about Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream (as Christine noted), “because the product contains potentially harmful ingredients that may cause respiratory distress or vomiting and diarrhea in infants.” The FDA warned consumers not to use the product (intended for nursing mothers), explaining:

Potentially harmful ingredients in Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol. Chlorphenesin relaxes skeletal muscle and can depress the central nervous system and cause respiratory depression (slow or shallow breathing) in infants. Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that … Read

Double Dose: Debate Over Domestic Gag Rule; Same-Sex Marriage Update in California; FDA Warning to Nursing Mothers; Legal Rights of the Uninsured …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Bush Ally Orr Leaves Just as Domestic Gag Rule Is Reconsidered: RH Reality Check has good coverage of the surprise resignation of Dr. Susan Orr, the assistant deputy secretary for population affairs. Orr previously worked for the Family Research Council — one of several conservative groups now pressuring President Bush to cut Title X family planning funding for clinics who also provide abortion services.

“Her most notable accomplishment in the year she has served is to defend the abstinence-until-marriage approach in the face of incontrovertible evidence … Read