Our Bodies, Our Blog

Have You Thanked an Abortion Provider Today?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Dr. Suzanne Poppema ran an abortion clinic near Seattle in the 1990s. She writes at RH Reality Check this week that while her job was rewarding, she often worried she was a member of an endangered species: “Like the spotted owl, our habitats were being invaded and destroyed — not by loggers but by anti-choice protestors.”

At the same time, fewer medical schools and residencies were educating students about abortion and were limiting training opportunities at outside clinics. “Many doctors continued working past retirement age … Read

Female Condom Receives FDA Approval

By Rachel Walden |

The Female Health Company is announcing today that the FDA has approved the company’s FC2 Female Condom for preventing pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections.

The company notes that the approval will “enable the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to procure FC2 for distribution to global HIV/AIDS programs,” and that changes in the material and manufacturing as compared to their original female condom should make the product read affordable. The device has been available in other countries since 2006, but FDA approval apparently means … Read

Quick Hit: Online Commenting Open on Rescinding the “Conscience” Rule

By Rachel Walden |

Regulations.gov now has the proposed rule to the rescind Bush administration’s last minute “conscience” rule. It’s all ready to receive your online submissions of public comments, which are due by April 9, 2009.

To comment online, click on the little yellow “speech bubble” beside the text, “Add Comments.” You can view the entire proposed rule by clicking on the html or PDF icons beside “Views.”

Welcome, Akimbo!

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

There’s a new blog on our blogroll that everyone should visit: It’s called Akimbo, and it’s brought to you by the International Women’s Health Coalition.

Created to be an open forum for exchanging ideas about how to secure the health and rights of women and girls worldwide, Akimbo features daily posts written by IWHC staff and their global partners. The engaging writing and visuals make it a must-read.

Check out this post about attending the 53rd Commission on the Status … Read

Double Dose: Where’s the Media Coverage of Breast Cancer and Environmental Causes?; New Report on Sex Education in Florida; Gender Neutral Prounouns; Domestic Violence and Technology …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Overlooking Evidence: “When it comes to breast cancer, why is it so hard to get the most influential media to pay attention to the possibility that, in addition to better-understood risks, unnatural substances entering women’s bodies might also be a factor?” That’s the million-dollar question in this Fair! analysis on the surprising dearth of news coverage on environmental hazards and breast cancer. An excellent report by Miranda Spencer.

Skimping on Care: Read than a third of people surveyed have skipped medical check-ups or dental … Read

ACOG Issues Committee Opinion on Rural Women’s Health Disparities

By Rachel Walden |

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued a committee opinion on the health disparities faced by rural women in the United States, highlighting problems of access to care (with emphasis on access to reproductive health) and encouraging physicians to become involved in efforts to reduce and eliminate these problems. The organization explains that “lack of access to adequate women’s health care puts rural women in the US at a greatly increased risk of poor health outcomes compared with women in urban areas.”

In summarizing … Read

Political Diagnosis: Obama to Lift Stem Cell Research Restrictions; Republicans Attack Health Programs; Fox News on the Provider Conscience Rule – Say What?; Health Care Reform Hits the Road …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Stem Cell Funding: “President Obama’s decision to lift restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, scheduled to be announced Monday, is expected to provide a major boost to one of the most promising but controversial fields of biomedical research in generations,” reports the Washington Post in what will be a page-one story on Saturday.

Congress Hits Spending Roadblock: Congress on Friday passed a stop-gap bill to keep the government running for another five days. The legislation was needed because Republicans on … Read

Quick Hit: Sanjay Gupta Withdraws as Possible Surgeon General Pick

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

CNN just announced that Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, has decided he’d rather stay on the media side than join the Obama administration as surgeon general.

Gupta was considered a front-runner for the position, and his interest prompted discussion about his qualifications and views, as well as talk about whether a doctor best known for his TV work would make an effective surgeon general. Rachel weighed in here with some concerns.

FoxNews quotes the director of the group … Read

International Women’s Day: Events, Tweets and “A Powerful Noise”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

International Women’s Day is this Sunday, March 8. As of today, 884 events in 58 countries have been added to the website; you can search to find activities in your area.

The United Nations formally started celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 in 1975 (the UN focus this year is on violence against women and girls), yet IWD can be traced back to the labor struggles of women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Feminist Peace … Read

Summit on Health Care Reform Kicks Off With Many Participants, Agendas

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The White House convenes its summit on health care reform today. It will be shown on C-SPAN starting at 1 p.m. (EST). HealthReform.gov will also provide a webcast.

Around 120 lawmakers, insurers, doctors and advocates are expected to attend. C-SPAN published the full list of participants and attendees.

The House’s leading advocate for single-payer universal healthcare, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, finally got an invite, as did Dr. Oliver Fein, president of Physicians for a National Health Program. Earlier … Read