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The Medical (and Political) Problem with 20-Week Abortion Bans

By Rachel Walden |

Protest rally in Austin against anti-abortion legislation / Photo by Mirsasha

The recent wave of anti-abortion legislation has caused much confusion and concern over what the future of reproductive healthcare might look like in a few years. Texas recently enacted a 20-week abortion ban, and 13 states have passed similar bans. In Congress, Republican senators are pushing to bring a 20-week abortion ban up for a vote after the August recess, reports Read

Egg Donors Create Support Group for Women and Push for Read Safety Data

By Guest Contributor |

by Raquel Cool

co-founder of We Are Egg Donors

I recently decided to retire as an egg donor.

This choice is clearly right for me, and although I speak for myself and note that the views expressed below are my own, I know that there are others who share my concerns.

Months ago, I viewed a slideshow by Dr. Jennifer Schneider in which she said that donors are treated read like vendors than patients [Ed … Read

Clear Channel Won’t Run Ads for Women’s Health Clinic, Cites “Decency Standards”

By Rachel Walden |

Following a successful campaign urging Facebook to apply its community standards toward pages and groups promoting rape and other violence against women, Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) has launched a new effort: calling on Clear Channel to lift a ban on radio ads promoting a Wichita, Kan., women’s health clinic that provides abortions.

“At a time when access to reproductive health services, including … Read

Single-Size Diaphragm Now on the Market in Europe

By Rachel Walden |

Diaphragms are one of the least popular forms of contraception used by women, according to CDC data, but a new type of diaphragm aims to increase its appeal.

Diaphragms are a barrier method of contraception that block sperm from entering the cervix. They are typically used with added spermicide for extra protection against pregnancy.

Compared to hormonal contraception, the diaphragm has a higher Read

Night Sweats: A Memoir on an Unplanned Pregnancy

By Rachel Walden |

Librarian Laura Crossett has just published a memoir of her unplanned pregnancy, “Night Sweats: An Unexpected Pregnancy.”

I’d recommend it on the merits alone, but here’s another reason: Laura is donating half of her proceeds from book sales to Myhags.

Crossett describes her experience as a 35-year-old single woman — one month into a relationship and six months into a new job — facing a very unplanned pregnancy.

As the book description notes, her predicament is not uncommon, though her story is:

Almost … Read

Women Make Movies: New Releases Include Films on Virginity, Women in Prison and Body Image

By Rachel Walden |

Tired of not seeing women’s stories, told by women?

Women Make Movies, a non-profit founded in 1972 to address the representation of women in media, has just released it’s 2013 catalog of films.

We haven’t seen these yet, but here are a few films that might be of interest:

“A Girl Like Her” by Ann Fessler: The haunting story of over a million women in the United States who were pressured into surrendering their babies for adoption in the … Read

CIR Prison Investigation Opens Another Chapter on Sterilization of Women in U.S.

By Rachel Walden |

We learned this week of an appalling story involving coerced sterilization of women — an issue that never seems to disappear completely from view despite a long and painful history.

The Center for Investigative Reporting found that at least 148 female inmates in two California prisons were sterilized between 2006 to 2010 — and there may be 100 read incidents dating back to the late 1990s.

Due to supposedly strict limits on sterilization of inmates, state approval was … Read

Lessons Learned: Why Midwives Should Matter to Everyone

By Guest Contributor |

by Eliza Duggan

“Interesting! … What’s that?”

This is the typical response I received when I told people, especially my peers, that I was writing my senior thesis on midwifery. I became accustomed to saying, “I’m writing on midwifery — midwives,” since most people have at least heard the term “midwife.”

The initial lack of knowledge was discouraging; however, the best parts of my project were the conversations that followed. The read I researched and wrote on midwifery, the read it became clear to me that not only are … Read

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Egg Donation is Made to Look Easy, but Questions and Health Risks Remain

By Guest Contributor |

First in a series on egg donors and the egg donation process.

by Ryann Summers

Recently, a former co-worker and his romantic partner sent me a text message that left me reeling.

It essentially read: Hey, can I have ur eggs? Thx.

Few couples would be better equipped to raise a well-loved child than these two men, and I fully supported their decision to start a family. But I wondered how we had arrived at the point where this request has become so casual that it can be communicated … Read