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How Do You Afford Healthcare in Prison on 50 Cents Per Hour?

By Rachel Walden |

Women entering prisons often have , in part due to poverty and lack of access to treatment for concerns such as addiction, abuse and mental health. An article in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved looks at a different aspect of the health of incarcerated women: how healthcare systems in prison create further harm.

For “,” researchers Holly Harner and Suzanne Riley conducted 12 focus groups … Read

Studies Show How Abortion Restrictions Hurt Women; New Investigative Report Shows Why Read Restrictions Are Medically Unnecessary

By Rachel Walden |

We about the , a research project that involved following women who were denied an abortion because they were past the provider’s gestational age limit and comparing their outcomes to women who received an abortion (either during the first trimester or at near-limit, when the women were almost out of time). Women were recruited for the study from “last stop” abortion clinics — … Read

Breast Cancer, Mastectomy and Breast Implants: A 20-Year History of Images and Attitudes

By Rachel Walden |

CBS Sunday Morning this week looking at breast cancer and body image, especially women’s choices around reconstructive surgery and implants.

Artist and former fashion model Matuschka, whose self-portrait on The New York Times Magazine cover 20 years ago (Aug. 15, 1993) created a shock because it displayed her mastectomy scar where her right breast had been removed, describes her reasons for creating the image — wanting to start a conversation about breast … Read

A Guide to Cervical Cancer Screening & HPV Vaccines

By Rachel Walden |

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. According to , “nearly all sexually-active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.”

But the virus usually clears on its own, without causing any damage — and often without showing any symptoms.

The can prevent infection, … Read

Taking the Stigmatization of Abortion Providers to a New Level

By Guest Contributor |

by Carole Joffe

No school district, employee or agent thereof, or educational service provider contracting with such school district shall provide abortion services. No school district shall permit any person or entity to offer, sponsor or otherwise furnish in any manner any course materials or instruction relating to human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases if such person or entity is an abortion services provider, or an employee, agent or volunteer of an abortion services provider.

The above provision is contained in a Read

Racism, Mistrust in Medical System May Affect Black Women’s Use of Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancers

By Rachel Walden |

Black women in the United States face many health disparities. The CDC recently showing the average life expectancy for black women (at birth in 2010) is 78 — 3.3 years shorter than that for white women.

One of the many diseases for which there are unequal outcomes is breast cancer. Black women are less likely than white women to develop breast cancer, but are Read