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Update: Call for Participants to Help Update “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Wow.

Last week in updating the sexual relationships section in the next edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” (Simon & Schuster, 2011). We had no idea what response we would receive to an invitation to join an online discussion that touches on many personal issues.

Would people be interested? Would they be willing to share?

The short answer is an overwhelming “Yes.”

The response has been amazing — we’ve received hundreds of submissions, so many that we’re going to move the deadline up … Read

High Quality, High Value Maternity Care

By Rachel Walden |

A special supplement of the journal Women’s Health Issues highlights two new reports published by Childbirth Connection:  “2020 Vision for a High Quality, High Value Maternity Care System” and “Blueprint for Action.”

The reports result from “an extensive multi-year collaboration with read than 100 maternity care leaders representing industry stakeholders – from hospitals and health plans to consumers and providers” with the purpose of “creat[ing] a framework for revamping maternity care in the US and advancing health care reform.”

Freely available online, the

Scott Roeder Found Guilty in Shooting Death of George Tiller

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

After deliberating for only 37 minutes, a Kansas jury found Scott Roeder guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of .

Watch closing arguments by and the . You can also view the .

Roeder, 51, and admitted killing Tiller, who was one of the few doctors in the country to perform late-term abortions.

“I did what I thought was needed to be done to protect the … Read

Partner Abuse and Unintended Pregnancy in Young Women

By Rachel Walden |

A forthcoming article in the journal Contraception, “Pregnancy coercion, intimate partner violence and unintended pregnancy,” looks at whether adolescent and young women have experienced birth control sabotage, pregnancy coercion, and/or physical or sexual violence.

Researchers from UC Davis conducted a survey of 1,278 16-29 year old women seeking care in five California family planning clinics in 2008-2009. The participating women were Hispanic (30%), Black (28%), White (22%), Multiracial (7%) and “Asian/other” (13%). Pregnancy coercion was defined as being told not to use birth control by a … Read

Informe describe preocupaciones por el trato a mujeres inmigrantes detenidas

By My |

Publicado por Rachel /

My is committed to expanding our audience and in this spirit we’ve asked former board member Moises Russo to translate into Spanish several of our blog entries. We hope to translate read entries in the coming year.

En My estamos comprometidos a expandir nuestra audiencia de [email protected]  y en este espíritu le hemos solicitado a Moisés Russo, ex-miembro de la Junta de My, que traduzca al español varios de los blogs … Read

Want to Participate in Updating “Our Bodies, Ourselves”?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Feel free to re-post this call on blogs, listservs and newsletters. If you have any questions, leave a comment below.

Myhags is seeking up to two dozen women to participate in an online discussion on sexual relationships.

Stories and comments may be used anonymously in the next edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” which will be published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster.

We are seeking the experience and wisdom of heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual and queer women. Perspectives from single women are encouraged, and you may … Read

Juez le indica a la FDA que haga “Plan B” disponible sin prescripción a jóvenes de 17 años, y que considere remover todas las restricciones

By My |

Publicado por Rachel /

My is committed to expanding our audience and in this spirit we’ve asked former board member Moises Russo to translate into Spanish several of our blog entries. We hope to translate read entries in the coming year.

En My estamos comprometidos a expandir nuestra audiencia de [email protected]  y en este espíritu le hemos solicitado a Moisés Russo, ex-miembro de la Junta de My, que traduzca al español varios de los blogs … Read

New Documentary on Young Women’s Sexuality

By Rachel Walden |

I recently learned of a new documentary film that may be of interest to readers. In “Subjectified: Nine Young Women Talk About Sex,” director Melissa Tapper Goldman interviews nine U.S. women from different backgrounds and locations about their sexuality and experiences.

The film attempts to overcome stereotypes and assumptions using women’s own words, “to overwrite some of these associations, with something read real, read nuanced, deeper and read heartfelt.”

Goldman writes:

This project began as a simple question and a simple frustration. I thought I understood the motivations … Read

In Honor of George Tiller: What Does “Trust Women” Mean to You?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

This post was written in connection with the annual Blog for Choice Day, Friday, Jan. 22. Apologies for the delay!

This year marks the 37th anniversary of , and the fifth anniversary of , started by Jessica Valenti and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

NARAL is dedicating Blog for Choice 2010 to the legacy of , who was murdered last May in his church foyer as he welcomed parishioners attending morning mass. Tiller provided abortions to … Read

Why Choose a Midwife? – A Midwifery Advocacy Video

By Rachel Walden |

Myhags, like many other birth organizations and activists, has long believed that all birthing women should have access to midwives and to a midwifery model of care. A new video, “” provides an overview of this model and serves as an advocacy tool for midwifery.

Our own Judy Norsigian was interviewed for the piece, and explains the Myhags position on choices in childbirth:

We want to have read women having … Read