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Latina Week of Action Blog Carnival Round-Up

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, we marked the third annual , this year themed “¡Soy Poderosa!” (“I’m Powerful!”) and coordinated in part by the .

As part of the event, the NLIRH held a blog carnival, encouraging writing on the theme of Latina civic power. There are many great posts from carnival participants listed here. A few highlights:

  • Bloggers at Raising Women’s Voices and talk about the Affordable Care … Read

Getting the Word Out About Female Condoms

By Rachel Walden |

How did one guy come to love using the female condom? Science journalist David C. Holzman answers that very question in a .

Holzman describes his own iffy approach to male condom use, and how his experience of improved sensation with the female condom  made him a convert. He also talks about some reasons why female condoms may not have yet taken off, and how they may offer better protection than male condoms against sexually transmitted … Read

World Breastfeeding Week

By Rachel Walden |

August 1st through 7th, 2012 marks the 20th anniversary , an international event intended to promote breastfeeding around the world.

The observance is headed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, along with and the .

To learn read about breastfeeding and how you can support women’s choices to breastfeed, check out:

The Women’s Health Initiative Studies, Ten Years Later

By Rachel Walden |

Although the , which studied different aspects of postmenopausal women’s health, began in 1991, the real game-changing results from the trials happened 10 years ago, in 2002, when the trial of estrogen progestin hormone therapy was . The trial was stopped because those responsible for monitoring trial safety found an increased risk of breast cancer, along with risks for heart attacks, strokes and blood clots to the lungs and legs.

This was major news at the time, … Read

Women on Waves Launches Global Directory of Sexual/Reproductive Health Services & Abortion Providers

By Rachel Walden |

Women on Waves works to increase access to safe abortions for women in countries with restrictive abortion policies. The organization offers  for information, details on  (drug-induced rather than surgical) via the web, and with summary info on each nation’s abortion laws and misoprostol (a medication that induces abortion) brand names and availability.

The organization also sometimes runs , in which women who can’t get abortions in their home countries ride out to international … Read

Live in Massachusetts? Take 2 Minutes to Support Bill Regulating Certified Professional Midwives

By My |

Myhags has partnered with in support of this important legislation. Please take a moment to learn how you can help improve the health of mothers and infants in Massachusetts. Thank you! – Judy Norsigian, My Executive Director

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If you care about mothers and babies, the Commonwealth needs your help TODAY to PASS

Prosecuting Pregnant Women

By Rachel Walden |

This year, you may have seen news on the case of , an Idaho woman who was arrested for obtaining RU-486 from the internet and inducing her own abortion, apparently a felony under Idaho law even though abortion and RU-486 themselves are legal. Jennie was reported to police by a friend she confided in about her experience.

And then there’s the case of Bei Bei Shuai, who ingested rat poison in an attempt to commit suicide. This was believed to lead to … Read

HIV and Black Women

By Rachel Walden |

PBS’s FRONTLINE recently aired “,” which looks at disproportionate rates of HIV infection among Black Americans and related factors, addressing, among other issues, poverty, needle reuse and exchanges, policies that have harmed public health, churches and stigma.

In a related , “Endgame” director Renata Simone talks about delays in diagnosing women with AIDS, and how those delays affect women both physically and economically:

So the fact that we were not diagnosing women as having full blown AIDS … Read