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New Developments in OTC Emergency Contraception Court Case

By Rachel Walden |

First, a quick refresher:

A couple of months ago a judge ordered that emergency contraception pills (like Plan B) be made available over the counter (OTC) without age restrictions. The U.S. Justice Department appealed that ruling, and asked for a stay so that OTC access wouldn’t take effect during the appeals process.

Around the same time, Read

New Survey on Childbirth Details Experiences, Problems with Hospital-Based Births

By Rachel Walden |

Childbirth Connection, a nonprofit organization that produces evidence-based information and resources on pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period, has released its third major survey on the experiences of childbearing women in hospitals across the United States.

The results of Listening to Mothers III provide insights into numerous issues, including childbirth education; the use and need of government services such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); medical interventions during birth; provider choice; and health disparities.

The … Read

Reproductive Justice: The Movement Whose Time Has Come

By Rachel Walden |

The Reproductive Justice: Activists, Advocates, Academics in Ann Arbor (“A3 in A2”) conference taking place this week aims to foster learning, dialogue and collaboration around reproductive justice issues. My Executive Director Judy Norsigian, one of the conference advisory board members, is leading a session on informed consent and moderating Friday’s final panel.

Until recently, the term reproductive justice was used mainly by a relatively small number of people involved with abortion rights and women’s reproductive health. The phrasing is read inclusive than abortion rights and takes into account … Read

Campaign Against Gender-Based Hate Speech on Facebook – Activists Win!

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, Women, Action and the Media (WAM!), The Everyday Sexism Project, and writer/activist Soraya Chemaly — with the backing of read than 100 organizations, including Myhags — issued an open letter to Facebook calling for the social media giant to address hate speech targeted at girls and women.

Facebook pages that had been allowed, despite the company’s existing anti-violence Read

What Women Need to Know About Health Care Reform and Insurance Coverage

By Rachel Walden |

In the Spring issue of Ms. magazine, Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women’s Health Network, outlines 10 Things Women Need To Know About Health Reform. Some final provisions of the Affordable Care Act are set to take effect in January 2014; Pearson explains how these affect women’s access to coverage, including protections against higher insurance costs for women.

For example, midwives and birth centers can now be covered by Medicaid, and Pearson provides important details on preventive health services now covered for … Read

Adapting “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for Iranian and Vietnamese Women and Girls

By Ayesha Chatterjee |

Committed friends of the Vietnamese My project Susan Bailey (left) and Roslyn Feldberg and Nancy Hammett (right), join Project Director Khuat Thu Hong (center) and My’s Judy Norsigian and Sally Whelan.

The Myhags Global Network is a dynamic coalition of social change organizations, all of whom talk the talk and walk the walk when it comes to the health and human rights of women and girls.

This year, My welcomes two new partners into its growing network.

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Supporting Women – At Home and Around the World

By Ayesha Chatterjee |

First in an occasional series by My staff about their work and their lives.

Ayesha and her daughter, Tara

I was welcomed into the Myhags family in January 2006, soon after I moved to Boston from India. As a die-hard reproductive justice advocate (and unabashed “Our Bodies, Ourselves” fan), I was euphoric to join the team.

The My Global Initiative, which supports women’s organizations developing and using culturally specific materials based on “Read

“Educate Congress” Accomplished: Every Member Now Has a Copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

By Judy Norsigian |

Every member of Congress has pages of accurate information on women’s health at their fingertips – read than 900 pages to be exact – now that they have the latest edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

Thanks to supporters of My’s Educate Congress campaign – inspired by a road trip to deliver “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to then-Rep. Todd Akin – we hand-delivered or … Read

Angelina Jolie, Breast Cancer, and You: How to Make the Right Decisions for YOUR Health

By Judy Norsigian |

Angelina Jolie certainly has good intentions in sharing her experience with breast cancer genetic testing and her decision to have a prophylactic mastectomy, and her announcement marks another welcomed example of well-known women coming forward about personal health issues.

But it is now up to women’s health advocates to ensure that the media coverage and public debate that follows does not offer false information or false hope — which I fear it will, if … Read

Truth in Medicine: Vast Majority of Assisted Reproductive Technologies Fail

By Guest Contributor |

by Miriam Zoll

In an essay recently published in the Wall Street Journal, Sarah Elizabeth Richards, author of the new book “Motherhood Rescheduled,” encourages women to ward off age-related infertility by simply freezing their eggs — like she did.

Between the ages of 36 and 38, Richards spent $50,000 to freeze 70 eggs that she plans to thaw, fertilize, and insert into her uterus when she is 44 or 46.

“Egg freezing,” she said, “stopped the sadness that … Read