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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 Federally Qualified Health Centers (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, announced on Thursday that she will run for governor.

Davis’s … Read

How the Government Shutdown Affects Women’s Health

By Rachel Walden |

The federal government shutdown is expected to have wide-ranging consequences on the health of women and their families.

Before we get to the bad news, an important reminder: Enrollment for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act is *not* being blocked by the shutdown.

Go to healthcare.gov to learn read about your options and to enroll. If you need additional information, Raising Women’s Voices and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health both have … Read

Concerned About the New “Hookup Culture?” It’s Not So New, or Worrisome, After All

By Rachel Walden |

It seems like every so often, the media and others can’t resist a story about how college students — especially girls — are going wild with lots of meaningless sex. The implication is usually that these young women are destroying both themselves and society.

For example, a 2009 ABC news piece actually uses the word “sluts” in the headline. Almost 15 years ago, Tom Wolfe’s novel “I am Charlotte Simmons” raised some of the same criticism, often focusing specifically on the behavior of young women.

The … Read

“After Tiller” Focuses on Real Life Stories of Abortion Doctors and Their Patients

By Rachel Walden |


“After Tiller” is an important new documentary that explores the controversies around third-trimester abortions in the wake of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller.

Only four doctors in the United States now offer the procedures; the filmmakers explore how these providers “risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients.”

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How Can You Be Sure You’re Getting An Insurance Policy That Covers Maternity Care?

By Guest Contributor |

Michelle Andrews of Kaiser Health News answers an important question about maternity care coverage. Read read from the KHN series Insuring Your Health.

Q. My wife and I are newlyweds. We are looking into family insurance plans and are curious about maternity coverage, rates and any limitations. I’m seeing a lot of companies don’t cover maternity benefits or impose six-month restrictions. It seems really complicated and not helpful, to say the least. Any information you can … Read

Take Action: Reproductive Rights Campaigns

By Rachel Walden |

Draw The Line – #UniteTonight | Sept. 25

The Center for Reproductive Rights is holding #Unite Tonight events around the country on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Flagship events will be held in New York and Los Angeles.

If you’re interested in hosting an event in your home and rallying friends to support reproductive rights, sign up to be an Ambassador. The Center will host a live, interactive online presentation for participants.

And if you haven’t already signed the Bill of … Read

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals Honors Myhags Founder Judy Norsigian

By Rachel Walden |

We are thrilled to announce that the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals selected Judy Norsigian, Myhags co-founder and executive director, as the recipient of the 2013 Irvin M. Cushner Lectureship.

The lectureship honors a layperson, public figure, or health care professional who has raised public awareness of and inspired public policy debate about an important issue in health care. The honoree delivers a presentation at the ARHP’s 50th annual conference, which starts today in Denver.

Judy’s … Read

Headlines about the “Pullout Generation” Are Premature: Studies Show Multiple Methods of Contraception Use

By Rachel Walden |

A recent article in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology has led to some catchy headlines calling today’s young, straight women “the pullout generation.”

The researchers looked at data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth for 2,220 sexually active female respondents ages 15–24 years and found that almost 1 in 3 of … Read

New Book on Birth Control Overlooks Evidence

By Rachel Walden |

The new book “Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control” by Holly Grigg-Spall has generated a lot of discussion and critical response — with good reason.

Grigg-Spall argues that the birth control pill is actually making us sick, and feminists don’t want you to know this.

As a feminist women’s health organization that puts a premium on evidence-based information, we disagree.

As noted in the most recent edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” modern oral contraceptives, which are among the most intensely researched pills in history, … Read