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Researchers Explain How Anti-Abortion Legislation Threatens Women’s Health

By Rachel Walden |

July 15 protest rally in Austin against anti-abortion legislation / Photo by Mirsasha

There have been a number of recent and campaigns detailing, often from a personal perspective, how legislation restricting access to abortion will harm women’s health.

A new article that will be published in the journal Contraception goes a step further — it draws on research to address the specific hardships women face and urges healthcare providers to push back against … Read

Here’s What ABC World News Did, and Did Not, Get Right in Report on Egg Donors

By Guest Contributor |

by Diane Tober / Associate Executive Director,

joined other media this week in addressing the astonishing 74 percent rise over the past 10 years in young women providing their eggs so that other women can create families.

Correspondent Cynthia McFadden interviews egg “donors” and fertility practitioners to explore the risks of egg retrieval, and chats with anchor Diane Sawyer about the story. While the segment lets several misleading statements stand, it … Read

Guides to Breastfeeding and Working

By Rachel Walden |

The American College of Nurse-Midwives recently published a free , which carries tips for preparing to go back to work full-time, what to look for in a breast pump, how often to pump, and how to store milk.

The suggestions are very practical, although some — such as working part-time or working from home for a while — are not realistic for many women, especially in non-office or hourly jobs.

Newer legal protections for breastfeeding workers, however, should make … Read

The Ultimate Guide to the Legal Battle Over OTC Access to Emergency Contraception

By Rachel Walden |

In , authors from Harvard Law School and Brown University’s medical school trace the legal and political battles over non-prescription access to emergency contraception.

The authors date the legal dispute back to Jan. 21, 2005, when a coalition of organizations in favor of emergency contraception filed a lawsuit accusing the FDA of ignoring the science and safety and applying different … Read

Medical Groups Call on Health Care Providers to Advocate for Reduced Exposure to Environmental Pollutants

By Rachel Walden |

Two major medical societies and an important research group have released a joint  calling on health care providers to advocate for reduced exposure to toxic chemicals and pollutants that can can cause reproductive health problems, harm to pregnancies, and long-term health complications.

The organizations involved — American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Practice Committee, and UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment — state that although … Read

New Study on Youth and Sexual Violence Considers Spectrum of Rape Scenarios

By Rachel Walden |

In a  published in JAMA Pediatrics, nearly 1 in 10 youths in the United States reported committing an act of sexual violence.

As part of a larger Growing Up With Media study on media consumption and exposure, the researchers surveyed 1,058 girls and boys ages 14 to 21 about their experience as perpetrators of sexual violence and their exposure to violent sexual media.

Rather than ask participants if they had … Read

All Pinked Out in October? There’s a Cure for That! Join the Think Before You Pink Campaign

By Guest Contributor |

by Annie Sartor

Policy and Campaigns Coordinator, Breast Cancer Action

Why is the breast cancer epidemic still raging after 30 years of “awareness” and pink ribbon products?

Each year, corporations pack the shelves with pink ribbon products, surrounding us with “breast cancer awareness” messages. These products help to raise billions of dollars in the name of breast cancer, and yet read than 40,000 women in the United States still die of the disease every year.

And many corporations sell pink ribbon products in the name of breast cancer … Read

Studies Look at Access to Family Planning Services Provided at Federally Qualified Health Centers

By Rachel Walden |

A pair of newly published studies in the journal Contraception look at the types and access to family planning services provided at community health clinics that are considered a popular primary care option for low-income women of reproductive age.

The studies, produced by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health, examine the services at  (FQHCs). These health clinics provide primary and preventive care on a sliding scale, primarily to low-income and uninsured patients. It’s … Read

Wendy Davis is Running for Governor in Texas, and That’s a Big Deal

By Rachel Walden |

Democratic State Sens. Sylvia Garcia (obscured), Royce West, Wendy Davis and Kirk Watson after the Senate passed the abortion bill on July 13, 2013. Photo by Callie Richmond / Texas Tribune (Creative Commons)

Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who held off a vote restricting abortion rights by staging an 11-hour filibuster in June, that she will run for governor.

Davis’s … Read