Our Bodies, Our Blog

What Do You Want Congress to Know About Women’s Bodies & Health?

By Rachel Walden |

We’ve been amazed by — and grateful for — the comments left by supporters of the Educate Congress campaign about why the site matters to them and what they want Congress to know about reproductive and sexual health.

During the recent election cycle it became all too apparent that there is a *lot* that some members still need to learn. Speaking from my experience, I want Congress to understand read about the science behind conception. Rep. Paul Ryan … Read

Savita Halappanavar’s Death from Being Denied an Abortion Leads to Shame and Searching

By Rachel Walden |

The story of Savita Halappanavar, who died last month as a result of Ireland’s abortion ban, has sparked much debate over Ireland’s abortion laws and, in a broader sense, the issue of access to reproductive health care.

Savita went to a hospital in Ireland while experiencing severe back pain. The medical staff diagnosed her with miscarriage of a fetus with no chance of survival, but refused to perform an abortion because they detected a fetal heartbeat.

Several days passed before … Read

In the Boston Area? Come See Judy Norsigian This Sunday at the Jewish Book Fair

By Rachel Walden |

Do you live in the Boston area? If so, come on out this Sunday to see Myhags founder and executive director Judy Norsigian at the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Boston Jewish Book Fair happening in Newton, Mass.

Judy will participate in the “Up Close and Personal” discussion session led by Judith Rosenbaum of Jewish Women’s Archive.

Naomi Wolf, author of the new book “Vagina: A Cultural Exploration” (which Jaclyn Friedman and many others have reviewed) will also … Read

Questions Remain about Osteoporosis Drugs and Unusual Fractures

By Rachel Walden |

Bisphosphonates, a category of drugs that includes Fosamax and Boniva, are commonly prescribed to treat and prevent osteoporosis. Unfortunately, concerns have been raised about possible adverse effects of these drugs when used for longer than 3 – 5 years.

There are many unanswered questions about the long-term use of bisphosphonates.  A 2012 New England Journal of Medicine … Read

Our Bodies, Our Votes: Election 2012 Highlights

By Rachel Walden |

Last night, the War on Women suffered a setback — due largely to women voters who used the ballot to re-elect President Barack Obama and to push back against absurd, insulting and just plain offensive comments about rape and women’s bodies.

As Veronica Arreola posted on Facebook:

Two of the biggest losers last night were the gentlemen who claimed that women have magic wombs that stop pregnancy from occurring during legitimate rape and if it does … Read

What Today’s Election Means for Women

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Health care reform. Access to contraception. Increased protections for women against violence. Equal pay.

A lot hangs on this presidential election.

On the state level, personhood amendments that grant fertilized embryos all the rights of a born human didn’t make it onto any ballot, but two states, Florida and Montana, have put restrictive abortion initiatives before voters.

The National Women’s Law Center has published a Read

Indiegogo Promotes Educate Congress Campaign!

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

En Español

We are over-the-moon thrilled today to announce that Indiegogo is featuring the Educate Congress campaign on its homepage. What an honor for Myhags!

A huge thanks to all our supporters for donations and driving attention to our efforts — all of you helped to rock the gogofactor!

Read good news: we’re also almost one-third of the way to our goal of $25,000! Think we can reach 40 percent this weekend? With your help, we may make … Read

What’s Scarier, Creepy Cats or an Uneducated Congress? Take the Quiz!

By Rachel Walden |

by Rachel Walden & Christine Cupaiuolo

This Halloween, ask yourself: Which is scarier — Furry creatures that scamper in the night? Or a Congress ignorant of how reproduction and women’s bodies work?

Unsure? Take a quick quiz to find out which frightens you read!

1. (A) Possessed Vampire Kitty

OR

(B) Legislators claiming that pregnancy from “legitimate rape” is really rare because women’s bodies can just “shut that whole thing down,” and suggesting that pregnancies resulting from rape are “Read

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry: New Documentary on History of the Women’s Movement

By Rachel Walden |

A new documentary, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” chronicles the history of the women’s movement from 1966 to 1972, including the genesis of Myhags, the founding of NOW, and other historical milestones.

The filmmakers are running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish the project, and have a little read than a month to go. Check it out to learn read about the project and consider supporting their efforts.

The creators note that the film doesn’t aim to romanticize the women’s … Read

Educate Congress – Highlights from Myhags at the National Press Club

By Rachel Walden |

Marion McCartney, Cindy Pearson, Diana Zuckerman, Judy Norsigian, Erin Thornton, Vivian Pinn with National Press Club organizer Debra Silimeo / Photo: Angela Edwards

It’s official: Washington knows we’re coming.

Myhags kicked off the Educate Congress campaign Monday at the National Press Club, joined by some of the smartest and most influential experts on women’s health. The campaign aims to deliver “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to every member of the U.S. House and Senate.

Judy Norsigian, My founder and executive director, spoke about the … Read