Our Bodies, Our Blog


By My |

Submitted by: Molly

When I think of My, I think, Empowerment! My means knowing your body, your personal power, and taking control of your health care and your reproductive rights. My is an essential voice for women.

In this series, readers tell their stories about their experiences with the book and its impact on their lives. You can view read stories and submit your own.

Petition: Let Justice Be Done in Sexual Assault Case

By Rachel Walden |

You’ve probably heard of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund who has been indicted on attempted rape and other charges in connection with the sexual assault of a hotel worker at a Manhattan hotel.

Joan Ditzion, an My co-founder, alerted us to a petition on change.org “to unite people in support of the alleged rape victim.”

Available in English, Spanish, and French, the petition, which so far has read than 2,200 signatures, is a statement of international support for “a … Read

A book of wisdom and self-being

By My |

By Inna Hudaya

Quinn fuller, my beloved American friend, is the first who introduce me to My. She and I started a weekly workshop and self-help group in Yogyakarta in 2009.

My work focuses around abortion issues in Indonesia, and as a counsellor I found that less education and information on sexuality and reproductive health leads to unwanted pregnancies that end in abortion. Unsafe abortion is the common option for women in Indonesia, especially for unmarried women, women in rural areas and poor women.

Based on these … Read

Vermont Passes Law Providing for Insurance Coverage of Home Births and Midwives, Birth Certificate Changes for Transgender Individuals

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill requiring that any health insurance and health benefit plans that provide maternity benefits (including Medicaid and public health care assistance plans) must provide coverage for midwifery services in hospitals, other health care facilities, and at home.

As I read the legislation, it includes coverage for both certified professional midwives and certified nurse-midwives.

The Governor remarked, “Access to midwifery care and home birth should not be limited only to those who can … Read

Canadian Court Ruling Allows Donor Offspring to Find Biological Parents

By Rachel Walden |

Many of us have at least heard of controversies over open vs. closed adoption laws, and the efforts by many to make adoption read open so children can find out about their biological parents. One of many arguments for open adoptions relates to health – children may want or need to find out about their family history and risk for medical conditions that may affect them.

Until recently, I hadn’t heard that the same debate is raging with regards to “donor offspring” – people conceived as … Read

New Guttmacher Video Tackles Misconceptions About Women Who Choose Abortion

By Rachel Walden |

There are plenty of stereotypes about women who have abortions, and things most people don’t realize – such as that the majority of women having abortions are already mothers. The true picture is apparent in the CDC abortion surveillance data, but let’s face it – these detailed reports aren’t exactly catchy or easy reading.

The Guttmacher Institute has put out a much simpler version of the facts about women who have abortion in the United States, with clear information about who … Read

Health Literacy Resources for Providers

By Rachel Walden |

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the IHA health literacy conference, where many experts spoke about ways to make health information read understandable to read people.

Health literacy is a complex topic that I’m still learning about, but it encompasses read than just reading skills. According to a common definition, health literacy is “The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” Encompassed in that … Read

Stirring the Pot – How Has Obama Done on Choice?

By Rachel Walden |

We’re all pretty used to hearing about anti-choice, anti-reproductive justice Republican proposals that do little to promote the health of all women, but how is our current Democratic President doing on these issues? That is the theme explored by the current issue of Conscience, the magazine of Catholics for Choice, which explores the question of President Obama’s record of pro-choice action.

In the first essay, Jodi Jacobsen of RH Reality Check asks, “Is Obama Prochoice?” and focuses on the topic by looking at the … Read

What Medicines Are Pregnant Women Taking?

By Rachel Walden |

An increasing number of women are prescribed medications while they are pregnant, and unfortunately, far too often, too little is known about the safety of the medicines during pregnancy. A new article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology looks at what medicines pregnant women are taking, and how that has changed over time, with a goal of showing the need for further research on the risks of medication use during pregnancy.

Researchers used data on women and their children from the Slone … Read

Celebrating All Mothers, Everywhere

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Motherhood and Justice: This special series, published at RH Reality Check in partnership with Strong Families, examines various issues at the intersection of justice and motherhood.

Recent stories include: “The Up and Down Journey of Motherhood: Let’s Lift As They Climb,” by Marlene Sanchez; “Supporting Her Journey: A Full-Spectrum Doula’s Look at the Politics of Motherhood,” by Lauren Guy-McAlpin; and “Mother’s Day 2011: Why Reproductive Justice Is a Black Thing,” by Walidah Imarisha.

Strong Families, a project of Asian Communities … Read