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Objections Build to Price Hike for Makena, Drug to Prevent Preterm Birth

By Rachel Walden |

Earlier this year, the FDA approved Makena (a progesterone injection from KV Pharmaceuticals, generically known as 17-Hydroxyprogesterone or 17OHP) for use to reduce the risk of preterm delivery in pregnant women with singleton pregnancies and a history of at least one spontaneous preterm birth.

17-Hydroxyprogesterone has been in use for preventing preterm birth for decades, but had not specifically been approved by the FDA – it was usually compounded by pharmacists. It is now the only drug on the market with FDA … Read

Upcoming Panel on Race and Reproductive Justice

By Rachel Walden |

On April 7, Northeastern Law School in Boston, MA will host what promises to be a great panel discussion on race and reproductive justice. Here are the details, from an announcement we received:

Northeastern LSRJ, LSRJ National, and Northeastern Law School present:

“Race, Rhetoric, and Reproductive Justice: How Current and Proposed Legislation Will Affect Communities of Color”

A Panel Discussion Featuring:

  • Loretta Ross, National Coordinator of SisterSong
  • Reverend Madison Shockley, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Tiloma Jayasinghe, Executive Director, Read

Medical Journal Editorial on U.S. Maternal Mortality as a Human Rights Failure

By Rachel Walden |

The March editorial for the journal Contraception frames rates of maternal mortality in the United States “not just a matter of public health, but a human rights failure.” The authors, from WomanCare Global, AWHONN, and Amnesty International, explain the problem:

The rise of maternal deaths in the United States is historic and worrisome. In 1987, maternal death ratios hit the all-time low of 6.6 deaths per 100,000 live birth. These ratios were essentially maintained for read than a … Read

States Continue Attempts to Restrict Abortion

By Rachel Walden |

Yesterday, NPR’s Morning Edition ran a story, States’ Abortion Legislation Questioned By Critics. It reviews some of the anti-choice proposals in states like South Dakota, where women choosing abortion would be required to visit a “crisis pregnancy center” prior to having the procedure.

They also report: “At least 20 states have passed laws that require doctors either to offer women ultrasounds or to perform one. Seven others are now considering bills that would mandate the ultrasound.”

I noticed a couple of additional … Read

2007 Abortion Surveillance Data Published – Surprise! It’s Pretty Much What Everybody Expected!

By Rachel Walden |

The CDC has released abortion surveillance data for 2007, and it should come as no real surprise that the overall rate (16.0 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years) was pretty much the same as what it has been for the preceding several years, during which abortion rates have been pretty steady: 16.4 in 2000, 16.2 in 2001, 2002, and 2003, 16.0 in 2004, 15.8 in 2005, and 16.2 in 2006.

Earlier this year, conservatives at RedState attempted to portray the lack … Read

Myhags Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Celebration

By Rachel Walden |

In 2011, Myhags will release the ninth edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”.

This important milestone will be accompanied by another.

In 2011, we will celebrate 40 years of activism and the organization’s evolution from a small US-based group to a vibrant international network of social change activists.

“…We never considered writing a book, but simply planned to gather health information, talk with one another about it, hear everyone’s ideas and experiences, and share what we had learned with others…”

~ Jane Pincus, Co-Founder and Co-Author, Our Bodies … Read

Odds and Ends

By Rachel Walden |

Call for Interviewees:

Reporter Molly M. McGinty is interviewing patients who were denied reproductive care at Catholic hospitals for a piece for Ms. magazine. Please her at [email protected] or 212-531-1679 by Wednesday, March 9. Patients are welcome to use pseduonyms if needed.

Interventions to Reduce Early Inductions:

My local (Nashville, TN) newspaper has an article today on early inductions without medical indication. The paper reports that local hospitals implemented a pilot program that asked doctors to check a form if they were inducing labor for nonmedical reasons; … Read

Justice Department Forms Task Force on Violence Against American Indian Women

By Rachel Walden |

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the formation of the Violence Against Women Federal and Tribal Prosecution Task Force to address the staggering rates of violence against American Indian women. The Justice Department estimates that 1 in 3 American Indian women will be raped in her lifetime, and most victims who do report their assaults describe their attackers as non-Native.

The task force is composed of six assistant U.S. Attorneys and six tribal attorneys, along with other DOJ, health care and law … Read

A little girl in the 1970s

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Caitlin Mercer

I feel lucky that I was a little girl in the 1970s.  My mother and her friends had been strongly influence by the movements that spawned the Boston Women’s Health Collective and My.

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

My mother bought a copy of My and Changing Bodies, Changing Lives in the early 1980s and I kept them both in my room, read them obsessively.  I read … Read

Read Attention to Potential Risks from Bisphosphonates

By Rachel Walden |

We have previously written about the apparently small risk of a rare bone fracture associated with drugs meant to prevent bone fractures in people with osteoporosis. These drugs are called bisphosphonates, known under trade names such as Fosamax and Boniva.

Today, NPR’s Morning Edition has a good overview of this topic, noting the dilemma for women weighing whether to take such drugs. Bisphosphonates can help some women prevent serious hip fractures, but they may be associated with a increased risk … Read