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Public Comment Period Open on Virginia Midwives Regulation

By Rachel Walden |

A public comment period is currently underway regarding a proposed regulation [PDF] in Virginia that would require the state’s Certified Professional Midwives to:

disclose to their patients, when appropriate, options for consultation and referral to a physician and evidence-based information on health risks associated with birth of a child outside of a hospital or birthing center, as defined in subsection E of § 32.1-11.5, including but not limited to risks associated with vaginal births after a prior cesarean section, breech births, births by women … Read

House Health Care Reform Bill Passes: 220-215

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The passage is bittersweet, but finally it’s done … With 6:51 time remaining to vote, Democrats have secured the 218 “yea” votes needed to pass the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962).

Final tally 220-215; 39 Democrats voted “no.” One Republican — Rep. Joseph Cao, who represents the New Orleans area — voted “yea.”

“Democrats have sought for decades to provide universal health care, but not since the 1965 passage of Medicare and Medicaid has a chamber of Congress approved such a vast … Read

Stupak Amendment Debate Coverage & Results

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The House is debating the Stupak amendment limiting access to abortion services — you can watch it on C-SPAN.org, or follow along on the Twitters (hashtag #stupak), where many of us are quoting the representatives for and against. I’m @cmc2

For read background, read “Abortion Fight Erupts in Health Care Debate” at The New York Times, and “House Democrats Will Consider Stupak’s Abortion Amendment On The Floor” at Think Progress’ Wonk Room.

And in case the current … Read

Is Your Representative On This List? Call Now to Preserve Abortion Coverage

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

We’ve received news that these Democrats are on the fence about the Stupak amendment that would restrict abortion coverage in the health reform bill (read this post for background).

If you live in any of these districts, or know someone who does, please call your representative *now* and let him know (yep, they’re all men) that women’s healthcare should not be negotiable.

Rep. Chris Carney (Pennsylvania – 10th district)

Rep. Ben Chandler (Kentucky – 6th district)

Rep. Jim Cooper (Tennessee – … Read

So This is What It’s Come To: Abortion Amendment Limits Access for Women

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The House is expected to vote today on a $1.055 trillion health care package that would expand coverage for up to 36 million people — but first there will be a vote on an amendment that severely limits abortion coverage in a new government-run insurance plan and through private insurance that is bought using government subsidies.

After a back-room fight last night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to allow the amendment proposed by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI). It reads:

The amendment will prohibit … Read

New Blog, Weightless, Critiques Media While Promoting Well-Being

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

PsychCentral.com has launched a new body image blog called Weightless. From the site description:

Weightless is about well-being, not weight; about fostering body image, regardless of your size. It’s about exposing women’s magazines, other mediums and so-called experts, when they’re touting unhealthy tips and promoting restrictive standards.

The goal of Weightless is to help women develop a better body image and work toward accepting themselves as they are, while being healthy and happy (fad diets and skinny-mini standards prohibited!); and to become sharp consumers, … Read

New CDC Reports on Infant Mortality, Pregnancy Rates, Births

By Rachel Walden |

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released three new reports dealing with pregnancy and birth topics.

Estimated Pregnancy Rates for the United States, 1990–2005: An Update [PDF]

This report provides information on trends in U.S. pregnancy rates from 1976-2005, with an emphasis on the period from 1990 to 2005. Among the findings, it indicates that in 2005 (the most recent year available) the pregnancy rate was 103.2 per 1,000 women, about 11% below the 1990 peak (115.8), but very similar to the rate … Read

Listen to Judy Norsigian Thursday on WBAI Radio

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Interested in learning read about Myhags and the beginning of a worldwide movement for women’s health? Judy Norsigian, My co-founder and executive director, is going to be on WBAI radio (99.5 FM in New York) this Thursday (Nov. 5) from 10 to 11a.m. EST. You can stream the interview at www.wbai.org.

Norsigian’s appearance is part of a special two-hour edition of the Joy of Resistance, WBAI’s multicultural feminist radio show. Expect her to weigh in on … Read

Achieving Global Reproductive Justice: Recommendations from the Frontlines

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

by Kimberly Whipkey, Center for Health and Gender Equity

“At Colectiva Mujer y Salud, we view each woman as a complete person. If a woman comes seeking an HIV test, we will make sure she also receives information about contraception, screening for gender-based violence, education about her sexual health and a better understanding of her rights.”

– Sergia Galván, Executive Director, Colectiva Mujer y Salud, Dominican Republic

Reproductive health care that is comprehensive, accessible and woman-centered is far from a common reality — anywhere in the world. Global … Read