Posts Categorized: Health

Politicizing Sexual Assault Awareness

Trigger warnings: sexual assault, rape, violence, suicide, harassment, sexual violence   Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is coming to a close. April is the designated month for sexual assault awareness, and yet not many Americans seem to be talking about it. In a time where politicians think rape is a component of a great party… Read more »

Wave of Harmful State Legislation Continues, but Some Good Bills Offered

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 »

SCOTUS Playing Politics with Healthcare in King v. Burwell

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 »

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: From Self-Loathe to Self-Destruction

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 »

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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 »

Girls, Young Women at Higher Risk of Concussion Injuries

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 »

Women’s Health Protection Act Would Overturn Harmful Abortion Restrictions

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 »

20-week Abortion Ban is Deceptive, Irresponsible and Dangerous

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 »