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
Our Bodies, Our Blog
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
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
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
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
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
If you’re having trouble keeping up with the assault on abortion rights across the states, you’re not alone.
While we’ve been hearing a lot out of Texas, and some from North Carolina and Ohio, many other states have enacted regulations restricting access to healthcare.
These include obstacles such … Read
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
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
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