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Smoke and Mirrors and Women, Oh My

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by Katherine L. Record

Last week, the Supreme Court attracted lots of attention when it heard arguments about whether a corporation can exclude mandatory preventive benefits from its employee health plan, based on a religious objection to certain types of healthcare.

This is a tale as old as time; religion has long been the basis for opposition to reproductive (i.e., women’s) health – including the preventive healthcare now in question, contraception.

Yet this argument has nothing … Read

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Why Contraception is a Health Issue for Everyone

By Rachel Walden |

Some of the media coverage of Tuesday’s arguments before the Supreme Courton the contraception mandate tended to pit women’s rights activists against social conservatives, making contraception seem like a lifestyle choice that only benefits some women — you know, the ones who have sex.

What often gets lost in the debate is why contraception is considered a preventive health issue — and why treating it as such is beneficial for everyone.

During the healthcare debate, the Department of Health and … Read

Experts Discuss Women’s Health Movement and Healthcare Reform

By Rachel Walden |

“We are a very rich country, but we have rationed healthcare in a way that is unconscionable.”

Judy Norsigian, Myhags co-founder and executive director, doesn’t hold back in this March 6 discussion on women’s health with Sonia Pressman Fuentes, National Organization for Women (NOW) co-founder. (Watch the video below.)

Luz Corcuera, program director of Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee, Fla., hosts the dynamic conversation, which covers the history of the women’s health movement … Read

Teen Voices Magazine is Back, Improving the World for Girls Through Media

By Rachel Walden |

For 25 years, Teen Voices magazine has provided a place for journalism and other writing created by and for teenage girls. This great publication, originally based in Boston, was on the brink of shutting down last year, but Women’s eNews took it under its wing, with plans to build upon its mission of improving the world for female teens through media.

The first stories published by the new Teen Voices are now online and tackle diverse issues including Read

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Stillbirths and Infant Health Risks Higher in California’s Artificially Conceived Infants

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by Miriam Zoll

A new study published in the Journal of Perinatology online has found that in California from 2009-2011 there was a 24- to 27-fold increase in multiple births and significantly higher rates of preterm births, lower birth weights, fetal anomalies and stillbirth among infants born through assisted reproductive technologies (ART) or artificial insemination (AI) compared to babies conceived naturally.

The retrospective study was based on 2009-2011 data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and conducted by researchers from the Loma Linda University … Read

It’s all about equality, right?

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by Andrew Gordon

As a lifelong and active liberal, I walked into Dr. Jill Gillespie’s Intro to Women’s Studies class my senior year at Denison University thinking that I knew the gist of what would be taught to me. It’s all about equality, right? Of course women should be treated the same as men. It never occurred to me that the dialogue would have deeper implications, let alone that I would begin to understand some of what drove my own unhappiness within my own heteronormative identity. Up … Read

New Data Shows IVF Use Has Steadily Grown

By Rachel Walden |

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology has released new data on in vitro fertilization (IVF) use in the United States during 2012, and the numbers are up — way up.

The organization, which represents IVF providers, reports that read than 165,000 cycles of IVF were performed in 2012, making it the biggest year ever in terms of both IVF procedures and the resulting babies born. By comparison, doctors performed about 113,000 cycles in … Read


New Study Raises Read Questions About the Value of Mammograms

By Rachel Walden |

A new, long-term study in BMJ provides perhaps the most compelling argument to date that screening mammograms may not be effective in reducing the death rate from cancer and may in fact cause harm from overtreatment in some women.

The study is based on results from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study. For this research, 89,835 women ages 40 to 59 were randomly assigned to receive either … Read