Posts Tagged birth control

Chart of the Day: Birth control efficacy

So, a few disclaimers. Huff Po put together an infographic on women’s birth control use and misconceptions about various methods’ efficacy based on new data from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. There are some problems here. I don’t like that the focus is solely on women because not all people who can get pregnant are women and the partners of those who can should also shoulder the burden of navigating BC options. I’m also not wild about the “What Women Say” vs. “What Science Says” set-up (Silly Moon Goddess of the Earth vs. Facts), which obscures the project’s central critique: our education and health care systems fail to inform people of their best options.

Buuuuuuut. With all that being ...

So, a few disclaimers. Huff Po put together an infographic on women’s birth control use and misconceptions about various methods’ efficacy based on new data from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. There are some problems ...

Poor women of color receive more counseling for emergency contraception

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report showing that black, Latina and low-income women are more likely to receive counseling for emergency contraception. According to this New York Times piece, “Eleven percent of white and Hispanic women and 7.9 percent of black women reported having used emergency contraceptives at least once, but Hispanic and black women were more than twice as likely to have had their health care provider discuss emergency contraceptive options during routine pap smears and pelvic exams. The survey found that 18 percent of Hispanic women, 12 percent of black women and 5.7 percent of white women were given such advice by their clinicians.” The survey also demonstrated that poorer women were more likely ...

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report showing that black, Latina and low-income women are more likely to receive counseling for emergency contraception. According to this New York Times piece, “Eleven percent of white ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Hardly excited about the return of Leslie Knope.

“It was a dirty secret that wasn’t discussed.”

Cultural appropriation’s “greatest” hits.

On the racial empathy gap.

The Brewstar-Douglass Projects are coming down.

No pill. No prob?

The value of suffering.

77% of unpaid interns are women.

Girls and the power of the online petition.

The latest flash point in the abortion wars.

A beginner’s guide to the conflict in Syria.

An autobiography of gentrification.

Respectability politics in the workplace.

Can we get a “hell-yeah” for inclusive sex-ed comics?

Diana Nyad is a BAMF.

Stay-at-home-Dad overhype.

“I’m a young woman, and I ain’t done runnin’ ...

Hardly excited about the return of Leslie Knope.

“It was a dirty secret that wasn’t discussed.”

Cultural appropriation’s “greatest” hits.

On the racial empathy gap.

The Brewstar-Douglass Projects are coming ...

Plan B still not over-the-counter for everyone

Looks like we haven’t fully won the battle over Plan B.  While I have begun to see Plan B over-the-counter in drugstores near me in New York City, that isn’t the case for everyone.  Not only are there logistical setbacks to ensure that all women have access to emergency contraception, the messaging campaign to confuse everyone about the safety of Plan B and what the pill actually does is impacting the ease with which it’s made available to all women.  Conservative states like Oklahoma are blatantly violating the FDA’s instructions, while some stores are resistant to putting Plan B on the shelves because at $50 each, they are afraid of shoplifters.

Via ThinkProgress:

Aside from medical misconceptions about the contraceptive, moving ...

Looks like we haven’t fully won the battle over Plan B.  While I have begun to see Plan B over-the-counter in drugstores near me in New York City, that isn’t the case for everyone.  Not only are ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

U.S. religious leader linked to Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill is sued for committing a crime against humanity. Great work Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG).

Same sex marriage news: The 9-year fight to block same-sex marriage in California is officially and finally over! Yay! In New Jersey a judge will wait til September to rule on the issue. And the Pentagon announced it will extend all benefits received by straight military spouses to LGBT military spouses.

According to a new study from Boston University, African American women who experience more racism have a higher likelihood of getting adult-onset asthma.

In case you weren’t sure, the pull-out method really is

U.S. religious leader linked to Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill is sued for committing a crime against humanity. Great work Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG).

Same sex marriage news: ...

Missouri lawmaker sues to personally exempt his family from the contraception mandate

Missouri state Rep. Paul Wieland and his wife used to opt out coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion services in their state insurance plan. But under Obamacare, the plan is required to cover birth control and they can no longer do so. The Wiedlands have filed a lawsuit, saying their religious freedom is being violated and asking for a personal exemption to the contraceptive coverage mandate.

Rep. Wieland explains, “I see abortion-inducing drugs as intrinsically evil, and I cannot in good conscience preach one thing to my kids and then just go with the flow on our insurance. This is a moral conundrum for me. Do I just cancel the coverage and put my family at risk? I ...

Missouri state Rep. Paul Wieland and his wife used to opt out coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion services in their state insurance plan. But under Obamacare, the plan is required to cover birth control and they ...

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