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Getting Personal: What It’s Really Like Living With a Sexually Transmitted Infection

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by Jenelle Marie

When you hear the term STD (sexually transmitted disease) or STI (sexually transmitted infection), what do you think of first?

Grotesque pictures of maimed genitalia displayed on a projector during yesteryear’s sex-ed class geared toward frightening you into abstinence? That scene from ” The Hangover” where Sid says, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas … except for herpes. That shit will come back with you”?

Whatever first comes to your mind is not likely to include your neighbor, professor, or best friend living … Read

Evidence-Based Health Information: Resources from Cochrane Collaboration and CUE

By Rachel Walden |

If you spend any time reading about evidence-based medicine, eventually you are going to hear someone mention a “Cochrane” review. These reviews take a systematic look at the research on a health topic, and try to provide answers to questions about best practices.

The Cochrane Collaboration is the international non-profit organization that produces these reviews and works to spread the findings to health care providers and patients. There’s a helpful newcomers’ guide to introduce people to Cochrane, and the video below provides some … Read

When it Comes to Abortion Rights, the Issue is Access

By Rachel Walden |

Although we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Roe last week, access to abortion is not only difficult for many women, but legislators are working to make it even read difficult.

On Saturday, Melissa Harris-Perry opened a discussion on her show with these remarks:

Before 1973’s Roe v. Wade, complications from abortion was the leading cause of death among women of childbearing age. This was especially true for women of … Read

Roe Round-Up: Analysis on the 40th Anniversary of Legalized Abortion

By Rachel Walden |

Lizz Winstead, Daily Show co-creator and producer, has a message for what’s at stake on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

On the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, we celebrate four decades of legal abortion — which has undoubtedly changed and saved many women’s live. Yet we recognize there is still much work to be done.

To help change policy and to ensure that all legislators understand the basics about women’s bodies and reproduction, My has re-opened the campaign to send … Read

Fixing Persistent Liability Concerns in Maternity Care: We Can Do It!

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by Carol Sakala, Director of Programs, Childbirth Connection

One of most commonly cited barriers to improving maternity care is the risk of providers and hospitals being held liable for bad outcomes. Whether it is reining in overuse of tests and procedures, honoring women’s preferences, or increasing interdisciplinary collaboration, good ideas often cannot move forward once the issue of liability is raised.

If we cannot make progress toward read evidence-based, woman-centered care because of liability concerns, then the liability system is functioning poorly. But what … Read

When Pregnancy is a Crime: Arrests, Forced Interventions in the Name of Public Health

By Rachel Walden |

Although this January marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, we know that there is still much work to be done to ensure reproductive justice for all women.

The Guttmacher Institute reports that 2012 saw the second highest number of abortion restrictions enacted in a single year; the Center for Reproductive Justice addresses each state in this Read

The White Ribbon Campaign: Men Working to End Violence Against Women

By Rachel Walden |

In light of Congress’s recent failure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, it’s heartening to hear about the ongoing efforts of White Ribbon, a movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls.

Here in Boston, the Men’s Initiative Project of Jane Doe Inc., a coalition of community-based sexual assault and domestic violence groups, is gearing up for the sixth annual Massachusetts … Read

No Country for All Women: Holding Up Violence Against Women Act

By Rachel Walden |

The 112th Congress ended without reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), threatening the funding of programs and services that prevent and respond to domestic violence, rape, stalking, and other forms of violence against women. It’s the first time Congress has failed to reauthorize VAWA since it was signed into law in 1994.

The failure is due to objections by House Republicans over new provisions adding protections for LGBTQ individuals, Native American women on tribal lands, … Read

Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Events

By Rachel Walden |

This January 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal.

Many local and national pro-choice and reproductive justice organizations will be holding events to mark this anniversary. Here are a couple we know about, including one we’re excited to co-sponsor with many great organizations in our home state. Know of others or want to share your own? Please tell us in the comments!

In Massachussetts, we’re co-sponsoring the Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Legislative … Read

Fan of Female Condoms? Enter International Film Contest

By Rachel Walden |

If you’re a filmmaker with an interest in spreading the word about female condoms, check out this contest from PATH, a global health organization:

Why does the world need female condoms? How can female condoms enhance your life? Submit a short film (1:00–5:00 minutes) that tells a story about what Female Condoms Are to you and your community. The deadline to enter is March 1, 2013.

First prize receives $5,000. Winning entries will also be screened at the 2013 Read