Our Bodies, Our Blog

Why We Need to Educate Congress

By Kiki Zeldes |

Should medical associations really have to correct members of Congress?

As recent events have shown, clearly they do. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued two statements in the past two months correcting false information about pregnancy and abortion that was promoted by elected officials.

In late August, ACOG responded to Rep. Todd Akin’s comment, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” that sparked the Read

Big Announcement! Myhags Launches “Educate Congress” Campaign

By Rachel Walden |

Remember when Christine and The Ladydrawers took a road trip to deliver “Our Bodies, Ourselves” and other educational materials to the Missouri offices of Rep. Todd Akin and Sen. Claire McCaskill?

This time, with your help, we’re sending the book to every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

We’ve launched Educate Congress, an initiative to raise $25,000 to provide members of Congress with accurate, evidence-based information about women’s bodies and reproductive health — and work to ensure … Read

Study: No Link Between HPV Vaccine and Girls’ Sexual Activity

By Rachel Walden |

In 2006, when the FDA approved the first HPV vaccine for girls and women ages 9 to 26, one of the concerns opponents expressed was that it might make young girls think it’s OK to have sex.

That’s because the HPV vaccine protects against a virus that is contracted during sexual ; specifically, four strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer and some vaginal, vulvar, penile and throat cancers.

In Nashville, where I live, one religious leader Read

Ryan/Biden Debate: Science, Religion and Women’s Health Questions Never Asked

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Last night’s quick-fire sparring between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP candidate Rep. Paul Ryan made for an engaging debate — and a well-organized one, thanks to the moderator, ABC news reporter Martha Raddatz.

Still, there were many subject areas that went left un-touched — immigration, rights of workers and equal pay, environmental regulation, LGBT issues, for starters — and it took quite a while to get to one of the most important … Read

Birth Control Reduces Unintended Pregnancies and Abortions, So Why Do Myths Persist?

By Rachel Walden |

Today in “Yeah, no kidding!”: A new article in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology reports on a study that found when women are provided with free birth control, women choose read effective long-term methods, and unintended pregnancies and abortion rates drop.

Here are the essential details from the study’s abstract (emphasis below is mine):

OBJECTIVE: To promote the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods (intrauterine devices [IUDs] and implants) and provide contraception at no cost to a large cohort … Read

Upcoming Webinars on the Intersection of Reproductive Justice with Environmental Justice, First Amendment

By Rachel Walden |

The National Women’s Law Center and Law Students for Reproductive Justice are co-hosting two upcoming webinars of interest. The October webinar is on the intersection of reproductive justice and environmental justice, while the November webinar addresses the intersection of reproductive justice and First Amendment rights.

You’ll need to register in advance for each session, though both are free. You do not have to be a law student, lawyer, … Read

Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Doctors – What’s the Difference?

By Rachel Walden |

The United States has had a shortage of primary care providers for quite a while, and the doctor shortage is not expected to ease up anytime soon, with read people gaining access to health coverage along with the increased health needs of aging Baby Boomers.

In an attempt to address this shortage, the Affordable Care Act includes provisions to train read primary care providers — including nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA).

Many of us may … Read

My Body is Mine! – Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

By Rachel Walden |

Globally, 47,000 deaths occur each year as a result of unsafe abortion, accounting for 13 percent of all maternal mortality.

Today, activists are calling attention to the need for safe, legal abortion in all countries, urging scrutiny of governments that restrict or forbid abortion.

The Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion campaign site includes a Read

Conversations We Shouldn’t Still Be Having: Pelvic Exams Under Anesthesia

By Rachel Walden |

In the October issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, a medical student writes of his discomfort with a practice many people may be surprised to learn still occurs — medical students practicing pelvic exams, without explicit consent, on women who are under anesthesia for surgery.

The student, Shawn Barnes, writes that the practice left him “ashamed.”

“For 3 weeks, four to five times a day, I was asked to, and did, perform pelvic examinations on anesthetized women, … Read