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The State-Level War on Choice: Updates from South Dakota

By Rachel Walden |

Attention to recent attacks on reproductive rights primarily has focused on the national level, as Congressional Republicans have pushed bills and amendments to and eliminate federal support for Planned Parenthood,  covering abortion, and possibly , even in life-threatening situations.

We hope and expect, of course, that these measures will fail to make it through the Senate, or that they will be … Read

Update on Anti-Choice Legislation

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, about current federal legislative attempts to restrict women’s access to abortions. Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce committee voted to pass one of those pieces of legislation on to the House for a full vote, (the ironically named “Protect Life” Act). The bill would limit women’s ability to buy their own insurance coverage for abortion and could potentially mean that women seeking emergency care might be denied medically necessary abortions even if … Read

Quick Hits: News Coverage of Nitrous Oxide for Birth, IRS on Breast Feeding Supplies

By Rachel Walden |

The IRS that breast pumps and supplies that assist in lactation do quality as medical care and are therefore deductible medical expenses that can be paid for through Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and other medical spending accounts.

The American Academy of Pediatrics had previously requested that the IRS rule that these supplies be added to the list of qualifying FSA items, but received a denial stating that breastfeeding did not constitute medical care. The new ruling does not decide that breastfeeding is medical … Read

A gift from my dad

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Anna Hensley

I received my first copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves when I was 12. At the time, I was living with my single father and my younger brother. My dad gave me a copy of My that he had purchased, I believe, as part of a Women’s Studies class he had taken in college. While my father has always been very open about talking about puberty, sexuality, and health with his children, he gave me My in hopes … Read

Hearings Held on Anti-Choice Bills HR3 and HR 358

By Rachel Walden |

Yesterday and today House committees are holding hearings on two controversial pieces of proposed legislation, , and , both of which attempt to reduce access to abortion.

 

Jennifer Steinhauers’s piece in the New York Times has the most succinct explanations of the two bills I’ve seen anywhere. On HR3, for which the hearing was held yesterday:

One bill, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” would eliminate tax breaks for private employers who provide health coverage if their plans offer abortion services, and … Read

Raised by My

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Kyra Zola Norsigian

I had the honor of being raised by My—the women, not the book—though the two are inextricably intertwined.

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

This Collective of amazing women, and the people who supported them, shaped my childhood in ways that words could not describe. I am the person I am today in great part thanks to their role-modeling, advice, support, and knowledge.

Thank you to the women of My … Read

Finding our own answers

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Danielle Schuman-Olivier

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

As an ex-nun and priest, my bewildered parents didn’t exactly know how to talk with their four, teenage daughters about things like our changing bodies and our sexual natures. But they were (and still are) very open-minded people and always had strategic reading material lying around the house.

The chapters in our Our Bodies, Ourselves captured my attention and normalized so many of … Read

A cat named Schuster

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Margie Sved

Happy Anniversary!! Rubies and Red dresses!!

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

I found my second edition, which I dated as having bought in July 1978. I have no idea what’s happened to my first edition; I thought I had kept it. And, I first saw that first printing, before the first book, sometime around 1972, while in college.

The funny story around when the first edition came out, I … Read

A very cool history teacher

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Debbi Ali

I was 15 in 1970, and I had a very cool history teacher, who was young and interested in the women’s movement and all things associated with it. I remember in particular that we had a formal debate in class on abortion. It was that year and, I believe, through her that I got my first copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

It was … Read

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Find Free Testing

By Rachel Walden |

Today is the 11th annual , intended to promote testing, treatment and action in Black communities. As part of the day, many places throughout the United States offer free HIV testing, education and other community events; a state-by-state directory at for finding events and test sites near you.

Related resources:

  • – released today by the Black AIDS Institute
  • – … Read