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RH Reality Check Launches “Common Ground” Forum for Discussion on Abortion

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

RH Reality Check launched a new forum today for discussion related to finding “common ground” on abortion and reproductive health.

The forum moderator is Christina Page, author of “How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics and the War on Sex.” Contributors will include Rachel Laser of Third Way; Kirsten Day of Faith in Public Life; Steven Waldman, editor of Beliefnet; Chris Korzen of Catholics United; and Sarah Stoesz, CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

The section was created in response to … Read

Myhags Endorses Single-Payer Healthcare – Best Plan for Women

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

President Obama spoke to delegates at the American Medical Association meeting in Chicago today (transcript), reassuring them the country is not moving toward a single-payer healthcare plan.

It’s too bad, because Myhags today published a detailed position paper explaining why the single-payer model is the most cost-effective and smartest approach to solving the United States’ health and medical care crisis — and why it’s the best plan for … Read

Double Dose: NOW to Elect New President; Celebrity Weight Battles & Alternative “Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere”; “Nurse Jackie” Appalls Some Nurses; Barbara Ehrenreich on the Invisible Poor …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

NOW’s Future: The 2009 National NOW Conference kicks off June 19 in Indianapolis. At issue is who will replace current NOW President Kim Gandy, who is stepping down after eight years: Latifa Lyles, a 33-year-old black woman who has been one of Gandy’s three vice presidents, or Terry O’Neill, 56, a white activist who was NOW’s vice president for membership from 2001 to 2005.

Feministing’s Jessica Valenti is quoted in this Associated Press story on the election and NOW’s generational divide.

Plus: I don’t think … Read

Political Diagnosis: Single Payer Advocates Get Hearing; Obama to Speak Before AMA; Congressional TriCaucus Takes on Health Disparities; Healthy Families Act …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Confused About Health Care Reform? Start Here: Check out the Kaiser Family Foundation resources explaining the basics of health care reform. It’s worth pointing to each week, especially since it’s continually updated.

Arguments for Single Payer Make the Record: Single-payer advocates finally got a hearing last week before the House Education and Labor Committee’s subcommittee on health, employment, labor and pensions. C-SPAN has the video.  Dana Milbank brings the snark.

Obama Meets the AMA: President Obama today will address delegates at the American Medical Association meeting … Read

Legislative Action Alert: Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act

By Rachel Walden |

Just a quick reminder that H.R.2358, a bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require Medicaid coverage for freestanding birth center services, has been introduced in the House. The American Association of Birth Centers explains that “it is critical that we remember that until this bill is passed, payment for birth centers and access to care are at risk, subject to the whim of your state politicians and administration staff,” and has compiled the following suggestions for … Read

Dr. George Tiller’s Clinic Closes for Good

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Ed. note: We’ve updated the collection of writings about Dr. George Tiller with read news and policy analysis.

The family of Dr. George Tiller announced today it will not re-open the health clinic where Tiller provided abortion services for three decades.

The family’s lawyers said in a statement that the clinic, Women’s Health Care Services, will be permanently closed, effective immediately:

The family of Dr. George Tiller announces that effective immediately, Women’s Health Care Services, Inc., will be permanently closed. Notice is being given today to … Read

The Treatment and Mistreatment of Chronic “Urgency and Frequency”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

In 1970, Kay Zakariasen sought treatment for a bladder infection. The resulting diagnosis (a too narrow urethra) and treatment (surgical dilation) set her on a course of pain and frustration for the next three decades.

In an article published at the National Women’s Health Network and at Myhags, Zakariasen describes what it was like living with the constellation of bladder and pelvic pain symptoms that is often referred to as interstitial cystitis.  And she laments the lack of effective, evidence-based treatments:

Studies touting … Read

Political Diagnosis: Single-Payer Advocates Get Hearing; Sen. Kennedy’s Bill Makes the Rounds; Obama and the Common Ground Fail; Time to Repeal Hyde Amendment …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

President Obama is taking the health care debate to the people (starting with Saturday’s weekly radio address, which irked Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley. And it looks like there could be a major shift over taxing employer-sponsored health insurance (read on what that means). In other news …

The single-payer model will finally get some attention on Wednesday when the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee of the House Education & Labor Committee holds … Read

How to Manufacture an Artificial Cat Fight

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Far be it from us to add to unfriendly female fodder, but does it really make sense to call out “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for not focusing read on female consciousness raising parties — or for the book cover being pink?

Granted, most modern activism doesn’t involve mirrors, but has the author read feminist blogs or seen Twitter and Facebook? There’s plenty consciousness-raising happening, and plenty of feminist media critiquing our all-too critical culture.

Plus: Speaking of a consciousness raising party, if you’re lucky enough to … Read

I Am Dr. Tiller: New Website Shares Stories of Abortion Providers and Reproductive Health Advocates

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

A new website launched today to spotlight stories of individuals working to make abortion safe, legal, healthy and accessible to women and girls: http://IAmDrTiller.com

Steph Herold, an abortion counselor at a women’s center in Pennsylvania who last month was inducted as an Myhags Women’s Health Hero, and her partner, Yahel Carmon, created the interactive site. (Herold was nominated by her sister, who submitted a video interview and wrote that her older sibling is “a college senior who already … Read