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Study: No Link Between HPV Vaccine and Girls’ Sexual Activity

By Rachel Walden |

In 2006, when the FDA approved the first HPV vaccine for girls and women ages 9 to 26, one of the concerns opponents expressed was that it might make young girls think it’s OK to have sex.

That’s because the HPV vaccine protects against a virus that is contracted during sexual ; specifically, four strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer and some vaginal, vulvar, penile and throat cancers.

In Nashville, where I live, one religious leader Read

Ryan/Biden Debate: Science, Religion and Women’s Health Questions Never Asked

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Last night’s quick-fire sparring between  made for an engaging debate — and a well-organized one, thanks to the moderator, ABC news reporter Martha Raddatz.

Still, there were many subject areas that went left un-touched — immigration, rights of workers and equal pay, environmental regulation, LGBT issues, for starters — and it took quite a while to get to one of the most important … Read

Birth Control Reduces Unintended Pregnancies and Abortions, So Why Do Myths Persist?

By Rachel Walden |

Today in “Yeah, no kidding!”: A reports on a study that found when women are provided with free birth control, women choose read effective long-term methods, and unintended pregnancies and abortion rates drop.

Here are the essential details from the study’s abstract (emphasis below is mine):

OBJECTIVE: To promote the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods (intrauterine devices [IUDs] and implants) and provide contraception at no cost to a large cohort … Read

Upcoming Webinars on the Intersection of Reproductive Justice with Environmental Justice, First Amendment

By Rachel Walden |

The and are co-hosting of interest. The October webinar is on the intersection of reproductive justice and environmental justice, while the November webinar addresses the intersection of reproductive justice and First Amendment rights.

You’ll need to register in advance for each session, though both are free. You do not have to be a law student, lawyer, … Read

Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Doctors – What’s the Difference?

By Rachel Walden |

The United States has had a for quite a while, and the  is not expected to ease up anytime soon, with read people gaining access to health coverage along with the increased health needs of aging Baby Boomers.

In an attempt to address this shortage, the Affordable Care Act includes  — including nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA).

Many of us may … Read

Conversations We Shouldn’t Still Be Having: Pelvic Exams Under Anesthesia

By Rachel Walden |

In the of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, a medical student writes of his discomfort with a practice many people may be surprised to learn still occurs — medical students practicing pelvic exams, without explicit consent, on women who are under anesthesia for surgery.

The student, Shawn Barnes, writes that the practice left him “ashamed.”

“For 3 weeks, four to five times a day, I was asked to, and did, perform pelvic examinations on anesthetized women, … Read

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Introduced in Senate

By Rachel Walden |

Senators Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) this week  to provide pregnant workers with legal protection against discrimination, similar to protections provided by the existing Americans with Disabilities Act (which does not cover pregnancy).

Many women need simple accommodations like being allowed to sit while working or additional bathroom breaks, and these are not protected under existing laws. As an example,

Ley de Equidad para Trabajadoras Embarazadas Presentado en el Senado

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Escrito por Rachel. Traducido del Sept. 21, 2012.

Los senadores Bob Casey (Demócrata, Pennsylvania) y Jean Shaheen (Demócrata, New Hampshire) presentaron introdujeron la Ley de Equidad para Trabajadoras Embarazadas esta semana para extender protecciones legales a trabajadoras embarazadas contra la discriminación, protecciones a las que provee el Acta de Americanos con Descapacidades (que no cubre el embarazo) .

Muchas mujeres embarazadas necesitan arreglos sencillos en el trabajo: el permiso de trabajar sentadas, o descansos de baño mas frecuentes. Pero estos arreglos no están … Read