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I’m Pro-Choice and I Vote

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

RH Reality Check has gathered all of its political coverage by D.C. correspondent Dana Goldstein and packaged it in one easy-to-find location: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/tag/prochoice-vote

Articles include an anti-choice ballot initiative watch; a look at pro-choice candidates fighting for Senate seats; and a discussion of whether the GOP is a mixed-choice party.

Read election coverage can be found here.

Missouri Supreme Court Ruling Makes Midwifery Legal

By Rachel Walden |

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri reversed a lower court ruling in a 5-2 decision and upheld a 2007 law that would allow legal midwifery in the state. The law states that “any person who holds current ministerial or tocological certification by an organization accredited by the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) may provide services” – this would include both CNM/CMs certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and CPMs certified by the North American Registry of Midwives.

After the … Read

Healthy Food Advice Welcomed

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

This is a little off the beaten path, but it is most definitely health-related.

My 5-year-old niece visited for a sleepover this weekend, and despite being told that getting her to eat vegetables was pretty much impossible, I decided we’d make a build-your-own veggie burger.

She selected a black bean patty for the head; I chose a portobella cap. We both added carrot sticks for the arms and the legs, kale for the skirt or shorts, chopped garlic scapes for the eyes and nose, and a yellow … Read

Women Charged Higher Health Insurance Rates

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Women insured by Blue Shield of California recently received a double whammy: Not only is the cost for individual health insurance cost going up, but now under a new two-tier system women will pay read than men for the same coverage. The change goes into effect July 1.

“It’s not about pregnancy,” writes L.A. Times columnist David Lazarus. “No, this is purely a matter of Blue Shield deciding that women, as a general rule, are read expensive to insure than men.”

Perhaps this is partly because … Read

AMA’s Resolution on Homebirth

By Rachel Walden |

As you may have heard by now, the American Medical Association recently met and adopted a resolution similar to ACOG’s position on homebirth, stating

“That our AMA support state legislation that helps ensure safe deliveries and healthy babies by acknowledging of the concept that the safest setting for labor, delivery and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex, that meets standards jointly outlined by the AAP and ACOG, or in a freestanding birthing center that meets the … Read

Double Dose: Abstinence-Only Funding Survives Another Vote; Statement of Black Men Against the Exploitation of Black Women; UN Addresses Rape as War Crime; Debate Over Islam and Virginity; Shopping for Breast Cancer and Read …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Best Headline: “Abstinence-only funding is like an evil Energizer Bunny,” courtesy of Vannesa at Feministing. Why the evil? The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies voted to continue funding the Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) program, an abstinence-only education funding stream, despite all the research that’s it’s a waste of money and resources. Scott Swenson of RH Reality Check has a good wrap-up here.

Share This: Via Brownfemipower, I found an online petition — Statement … Read

Studies That Scare Women – Or, How to Get Through Pregnancy Without Stressing Too Much

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The New York Times health blog Well features this headline: “Mother’s Diet May Affect Daughter’s Puberty,” on top of a story about a new study that concludes what women eat during pregnancy and nursing may affect the age at which their daughters start puberty.

How do researchers know this? Because of rats.

The investigators, from the University of Auckland, fed pregnant rats a high-fat diet throughout pregnancy and lactation. Another group of rats received a regular diet of rat chow. After the baby rats were … Read

Blog Update

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

As some of you have experienced, we’ve been having technical trouble posting comments (and blog entries, too), which often results in a delay before comments appear on the site. Our apologies!

The good news is we’ll have a new WordPress platform in place soon, at which point we’ll introduce some new features. And, yes, comments will post immediately. We hope to have it rolling in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Video of Preterm Birth Conference Now Available

By Rachel Walden |

The Surgeon General’s Conference on the Prevention of Preterm Birth was held on Monday and Tuesday of this week, with goals of increasing awareness of preterm birth, reviewing the evidence on the topic, and creating recommendations for advancing understanding of the causes and risk factors of, and approaches to, preterm labor and delivery.

For background, the CDC estimates that 1 in 8 babies in the United States are born prematurely, and that “being born preterm is the greatest risk factor for infant mortality (death … Read

Hundreds of “Spouses for Life” Wed in California on First Full Day of Legal Same-Sex Marriage

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Congratulations to Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 84 — longtime gay rights activists who were the first to wed in San Francisco Monday, on the eve of the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout California.

“When we first got together we weren’t thinking about getting married,” said Lyon before cutting a wedding cake, according to The New York Times. “I think it’s a wonderful day.”

It was actually their second wedding — their first took place four years ago, also in San Francisco, when Mayor … Read