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The War on Women’s Health Care: Judy Norsigian Joins Discussion on Influence of Conservative Groups

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

On Monday night, My Executive Director Judy Norsigian discussed the politicization of women’s health on Al Jazeera with Hadley Heath, a senior policy analyst with the Independent Women’s Forum, and Tara McGuinness, senior vice president for communications at the Center for American Progress.

“Inside Story” host Shihab Rattansi was well prepared for what turned into a very interesting discussion. The questions on the table included: Is women’s health being damaged by politics in the U.S.? Has … Read

Pink Ribbons, Inc. – A Closer Look at Breast Cancer Marketing

By Rachel Walden |

With all of the criticism of Komen’s defunding of Planned Parenthood last week, many people are starting to take a read critical look at the organization and its pink ribbon campaigns, asking how much good is really being done for women in breast cancer prevention, research, and treatment.

The timing seems perfect, then, for showings of “Pink Ribbons, Inc.,” a documentary film directed by Léa Pool that takes on corporate pink ribbon campaigns, pinkwashing, and what really happens as a result of … Read

Komen’s Conflicts: Defunding Planned Parenthood Exposes the Politics of Breast Cancer’s Biggest Fundraiser

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The fallout over the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates reflects a growing anger across the country over the intrusion of political ideology in matters concerning women’s health.

It’s fair to say the well-funded foundation had not thought through, or vastly underestimated, the criticism it would receive for making a thinly veiled political decision to cut off funding for breast-screening exams for low-income women. And based on … Read

Help Knock Out Barstool Sports, Advocates of Rape for, You Know, Fun

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

by Meg Young

Everyone can agree that rape is not a joke, right? Apparently not, based on the popularity of the blog Barstool Sports.

At first glance, the blog appears to be a collection of comedic sports commentaries interspersed with predictable photos of scantily clad women, or “smokeshows,” to use the vernacular. However, this archive of good, clean misogynistic fun has a darker side. Many of the postings make jokes about rape and sexual assault, such as Read

Lesbian and Bisexual Women With Breast Cancer History Sought for Study

By Rachel Walden |

Via Susan Love’s Army of Women project, we learned about a breast cancer research study headed by Boston University researchers that is currently recruiting lesbian and bisexual women. The goal of the study is to learn read about quality of life and well-being issues for lesbian and bisexual women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and to use that information to inform services and reduce health disparities.

From the email announcement:

It is widely known that a breast cancer diagnosis can have far reaching … Read

My 40th Featured in The Women’s Health Activist

By Rachel Walden |

We’re delighted to see a piece on our recent 40th anniversary global symposium in The Women’s Health Activist, the newsletter of one of our favorite organizations, the National Women’s Health Network. In The Spiral of Women’s Health Activism, NWHN Program & Policy Director Amy Allina talks a bit about our history and reports on panels and presenters from the day, remarking:

Early in the day, Jaclyn Friedman, the symposium’s mistress of ceremonies, explained her belief that women’s health activism moves … Read

El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) aprueba los anticonceptivos como servicio preventivo

By My |

Escrito por Rachel. Traducido del orginial en inglés Jan 20, 2012.

My has received funding to make blog entries available in Spanish. We hope to expand outreach efforts in the coming year.

La secretaria del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, publicó la declaración que establece el reglamento que requiere que los planes de seguro cubran el uso de anticonceptivos, sin la necesidad de un copago, un coaseguro, o un deducible.

Este servicio no siempre estuvo garantizado.  El pasado agosto, el HHS adoptó las … Read

State of the Union in LGBT Health

By Rachel Walden |

Last night, President Obama delivered his third State of the Union address, describing accomplishments and challenges facing his Presidency and the nation. Earlier this month, and garnering much less attention, the administration released an accounting of its efforts to reduce healthcare inequality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, and challenges still to be tackled.

Among the accomplishments, HHS Secretary Sebelius lists the development of an Institute of Medicine report on LGBT health, a rule requiring hospitals to accept patients’ … Read

HHS Affirms Contraception as Covered Preventive Service

By Rachel Walden |

Today, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a statement finalizing the rule that requires insurance plans to provide coverage for contraception without charging a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductibles.

It wasn’t always a sure deal. Back in August, HHS adopted the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to include family-planning services as one of the preventive health care items for women that must be covered by newly issued health plans, but it was only an interim rule, subject to comments.

In November, there was a lot … Read