Posts Tagged Health

Quick hit: Moving forward from past reproductive injustices against black women

Dr. Vanessa Cullins (Vice President for External Medical Affairs at PPFA) and Eleanor Hinton Hoytt (Black Women’s Health Imperative President and CEO, featured in the video above) have co-authored an important piece on The Grio framing recent progress in civil and women’s rights in proper historical context which includes reproductive injustice against women of color. This topic is especially timely because of recent revelations by the Israeli government that Ethiopian women were coerced into accepting long-acting birth control shots, likely Depo-Provera. Cullins and Hoytt write (all emphasis mine):

“As we reflect on how this progress was born from injustice, we are reminded of the many black women whose lives or deeds led the way and changed history. Fannie Lou ...

Dr. Vanessa Cullins (Vice President for External Medical Affairs at PPFA) and Eleanor Hinton Hoytt (Black Women’s Health Imperative President and CEO, featured in the video above) have co-authored an important piece on The Grio framing ...

Plan B comes to some New York City Public Schools

New York City’s Department of Education is launching a pilot program making the morning after pill available to high school aged girls. The CATCH (Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health) program will make emergency accessible for girls as young as 14 without parental consent.

New York City’s public schools may be be the first in the nation to introduce such a program:

The National Association of School Nurses could cite no other school district supplying Plan B.

So far, during an unpublicized pilot program in five city schools last year, 567 students received Plan B tablets and 580 students received Reclipsen birth-control pills, the city Department of Health told The Post.

This fall, students can also get Depo-Provera, a birth-control drug injected once ...

New York City’s Department of Education is launching a pilot program making the morning after pill available to high school aged girls. The CATCH (Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health) program will make emergency accessible for ...

Quick hit: Sex strike as a political weapon


The women of Togo have been called to withhold a sex from their husbands and partners for one week in protest to the power and policy of the current regime:

“We have many means to oblige men to understand what women want in Togo,” Ms. [Isabelle] Ameganvi, leader of the women’s wing of the coalition, told the BBC.

She said she had been inspired by a similar strike by Liberian women in 2003, who used a sex strike to campaign for peace.

Some context: Togo has been ruled by the same family for over 40 years. Recent measures by President Faure Gnassingbe, son and successor to Gnassingbe Eyadema (who ruled Togo for 38 years prior to his death in 2005)
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The women of Togo have been called to withhold a sex from their husbands and partners for one week in protest to the power and policy of the current regime:

“We have many means to oblige ...

Quick hit: 90 Days, 90 Reasons

You know it’s getting really mcreally real out there in this election season when writers I know and love get to organizing websites and breaking down policy points on why Obama is good for women (and all of us).

Here’s George Saunders:

Think about that for a second: Obama is saying that a gay woman who gets abused, raped, or assaulted is as worthy of help as a straight woman; that a woman of American Indian descent who gets abused, raped, or assaulted is as worthy of help as a white woman; that a woman who happens to be a student and is abused is as worthy of help as a woman who is not a student; that a woman who ...

You know it’s getting really mcreally real out there in this election season when writers I know and love get to organizing websites and breaking down policy points on why Obama is good for women (and all ...

Birth control coverage under health reform law akin to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor?

Some lovely Republican lawmakers think so, including Rep. Mike Kelly, pictured above.

I think it goes without saying that if you think ensuring women’s access to preventative health services is the same thing as murdering hundreds of thousands of innocent people, you’re probably on the wrong side of this debate.

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Some lovely Republican lawmakers think so, including Rep. Mike Kelly, pictured above.

I think it goes without saying that if you think ensuring women’s access to preventative health services is the same thing as murdering hundreds ...

Better school lunches, please.

While some have praised New York Mayor Bloomberg’s citywide ban on the sale oversized soda and sugary drinks in bodegas and movie theaters, my friend who teaches high school has eyed it with marked skepticism. He notes, ‘I see what they eat. It’s more than just a ban on drink. Sometimes lunch is during 6th period and it’s a bag of chips and soda, or happy meal.’ He continued to list a host of dining options, saying that they buy it because it’s cheap. His observation is that it was less to do with access to sugary drinks and soda, it’s about knowing that some healthy choices for food that tastes good and is filling is affordable.

Public Schools, as ...

While some have praised New York Mayor Bloomberg’s citywide ban on the sale oversized soda and sugary drinks in bodegas and movie theaters, my friend who teaches high school has eyed it with marked skepticism. He ...

Nikki Haley vetoes funding for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention in South Carolina

Nikki Haley is just the worst. She’s not a fan of the health of people with uteri, ladies or girls. Just last month she vetoed a bill that would give parents information on the side effects of HPV and how the vaccine could help. But not only does she hate information or saving people from cancer, Haley goes a step further this week vetoing half a million dollars slated for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. You know, because that market is already just flooding with resources.

Think Progress tells us via the Charlston City Paper that Haley felt this money was “distracting” the Department of Health from protecting public health. Wait, what?

Haley explained these vetoes in the Department ...

Nikki Haley is just the worst. She’s not a fan of the health of people with uteri, ladies or girls. Just last month she vetoed a bill that would give parents information on the side effects ...

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