835. That is the number of anti-choice measures enacted in states between 1995 and 2014 according to NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 2014 report, “Who Decides?.” Last year alone, state legislators enacted 27 anti-choice measures across the nation. The trend is alarming and doesn’t look to be slowing down. [EDITOR’S NOTE: A guide to legislation recently introduced… Read more »
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Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for King v. Burwell, the latest Supreme Court case aimed at dismantling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This particular case calls into question one very specific phrase in the legislation, which, until very recently, was not a site of contention for either political party. Ultimately,… Read more »
TRIGGER WARNING: suicide, self-harm, depression, anxiety, eating disorders Does beauty have a trigger warning? I’m asking for a friend. They say the key to success and happiness is self-esteem and the confidence that follows. Self-esteem is only a concept, so the absence of it in my life doesn’t concern me much. The ritual of looking… Read more »
An estimated 30 million people in the US struggle with eating disorders. Eating disorders – including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED) – have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, but only 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder will receive treatment. It’s National Eating… Read more »
We learned this week that concussions among girls and young women are something to take very seriously. Much of the talk in recent years has been focused on concussions among professional football players: there can be serious lifelong ailments and early death among players who sustain concussions. But now we hear that girls and young… Read more »
Right now, the possibility of success is just a gleam in the eyes of women’s reproductive health advocates, but the recently re-introduced Women’s Health Protection Act of 2015, H.R. 448/ S. 217– if it were to become law – would help overturn hundreds of restrictive abortion laws that have been passed in recent years. If… Read more »
January 21, 2015 As a show of the growing strength of anti-abortion forces in Congress and indicating a total disregard of women’s reproductive health and rights, Republican House leaders have scheduled a vote on a 20-week abortion ban bill for Thursday, the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. The bill, misleadingly entitled “Pain-Capable… Read more »
As I’ve written here before, when I talk about abortion I call it abortion care — because that’s what it is. Abortion is essential, effective medical care. During the debate over health care reform, we often heard that health care is a basic human right. That’s true — and just as true is the fact that… Read more »
Legislation from Congress that threatens women’s reproductive freedom is nothing new to a feminist. However, the Hyde Amendment is particularly dangerous to women in need of abortion care. The Hyde Amendment was passed in Congress in 1976 in response to the 1973 landmark case Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. At… Read more »
There’s nothing to be gained by politicizing women’s health, but there’s a lot to lose.
Consider this: Two years ago, the Susan G. Komen Foundation walked into a hornet’s nest when it did something that was fundamentally opposed to its mission. It jumped into a controversy that was all about politics and nothing about breast cancer patients and survivors.