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By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Nurse Pulls IUD Out of Patient; Says IUD Are a Type of Abortion: Trying to understand the logic of why someone against abortion would remove a contraceptive device will hurt your head — trust me. But do read the court story nicely summarized by Tracy Clark-Flory. Understandably, the patient is suing nurse practitioner Sylvia Olona and Presbyterian Medical Services Rio Rancho Family Health Center (Albuquerque, N.M.).

Heroes of the Week: Writing at Women’s eNews, Kristin Bender reports on Read

Teen Voices Interview With Poet Elizabeth Alexander

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Wouldn’t you love to sit down, one-on-one, and talk about writing with Elizabeth Alexander, the nationally-renowned African American poet, essayist, playwright, teacher — and, as the world now knows, President Obama’s poet-of-choice?

Wilza Merzeus, 18, feature editor of Teen Voices magazine, had the opportunity to do just that.

In addition to discussing poetry and feminism during the spring 2008 interview, Alexander offers sound, healthy advice for young poets:

Read all the time; always have a book [with you]. Read widely and diversely; read read than … Read

Quick Hit: Obama to Issue Executive Order on Global Gag Rule Today

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

From CNN:

President Barack Obama will issue an executive order Friday afternoon reversing a controversial abortion policy from the past three Republican administrations, a senior administration official said.

The order comes the day after the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.

The order reverses the “Mexico City policy,” initiated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, canceled by President Bill Clinton and reinstated by President George W. Bush in 2001.

The policy prohibits U.S. money from … Read

Roe v. Wade Marks 36th Anniversary: Round-Up of Political News, Blog Posts and Remembrances

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the news and online.

Live Blog: Pro-Choice Messaging’s New Wave or Passing Ship?: Head over to RH Reality Check at 3 p.m. (EST) today for a live blog discussion about messaging and the reproductive rights movement.

Guests include Gloria Feldt, a leading women’s activist and former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. … Read

Report Describes Concerns Over Treatment of Detained Women Immigrants

By Rachel Walden |

A report released this month by Southwest Institute of Research on Women and the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona expresses concerns about the treatment of women held in immigration detention centers in Arizona.

The report, “Unseen Prisoners” (PDF), describes conditions in three Arizona facilities. The information was obtained through interviews conducted with women currently and formerly detained in the facilities and attorneys and social service providers “who have worked closely with women detainees in the state.”

Delays in receiving … Read

Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare Releases Online Tutorial for Healthcare Consumers and Advocates

By Rachel Walden |

Some of you may be familiar with the Cochrane Collaboration, an international effort to improve healthcare through the creation of systematic reviews that look at and summarize the best available evidence on medical interventions. There is also a US Cochrane Center. It supports the Collaboration and houses the Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE). The CUE’s mission is as follows:

Empowering consumers, public health policy makers, and healthcare providers to make informed decisions based on the … Read

Remembering George W. Bush and the Love of OB-GYNs

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

On the final day of George W. Bush’s presidency, we bid farewell not only to eight years of failed policies but to gaffes like this gem:

At a rally of cheering supporters in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Bush made his usual pitch for limiting “frivolous lawsuits” that he said drive up the cost of health care and run doctors out of business.

But then he added, “We’ve got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice … Read

Update: Petition for Individuals to Oppose HPV Vaccine Requirement for Immigrants

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, we posted about a petition created by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum for organizations to sign on and oppose the new requirement that female immigrants ages 11 to 26, seeking permanent residence or entry to the U.S. be immunized against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

In response to a high level of interest from individuals who also wanted to share their opposition to the requirement, NAPAWF … Read

Let No Good Doughnut Go Unpunished: Anti-Abortion Group Protests Krispy Creme’s “Freedom of Choice” Doughnut Giveaway

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Ready for this one? The American Life League, a Catholic anti-abortion organization, is protesting Krispy Kreme for offering Americans their “choice” of a free doughnut on Inauguration Day.

Here’s the innocuous press release from Krispy Kreme that caused the uproar:

“Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is honoring American’s sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day, Jan. 20. By doing so, participating Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are making an oath … Read