Posts Tagged reproductive health

Report finds Latinas face human rights violations in Texas

The Texas legislature has made a name for itself as a foe of reproductive justice. The state has passed, then struck down, then reinstated some of the most draconian laws designed to prevent people from accessing abortion care. Of course, these tend to be low-income people of color, immigrants, and otherwise marginalized people.

The Texas legislature has made a name for itself as a foe of reproductive justice. The state has passed, then struck down, then reinstated some of the most draconian laws designed to ...

Beatriz survived her pregnancy, but at what cost?

Remember Beatriz? Remember Savita? Or rather, remember #RememberSavita?

Media has a funny way of making one story sound like the most important thing in the world, and then dropping that story like a hot potato a week later.

Savita was the woman who died in an Irish hospital after having been denied a life-saving abortion. Since then, Ireland passed its first abortion bill, making the procedure legal in a few limited circumstances, including when there is a threat to the mother’s life. Just last month, the country’s first legal abortion was carried out, saving a woman’s life.

Beatriz lives in El Salvador, and for months was denied a life-saving abortion by her government, which bans the procedure ...

Remember Beatriz? Remember Savita? Or rather, remember #RememberSavita?

Media has a funny way of making one story sound like the most important thing in the world, and then dropping that story like a hot potato a week ...

Native women gain better access to emergency contraception–but still not enough

While women of color may receive more counseling on emergency contraception, they certainly don’t always have access to it when they do need it. From the age restrictions that were finally lifted after a court order to pharmacists who spread misinformation or refuse to stock the drug, we know is still not as easy as it should be to get your hands on some EC in many places. And for many Native American women, it’s been all but impossible. As MoJo explained last year:

On many reservations, the only medical facilities are the Indian Health Service centers, which are a federally administered division of the Department of Health ...

While women of color may receive more counseling on emergency contraception, they certainly don’t always have access to it when they do need it. From the age restrictions that were finally lifted ...

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 ...

Update on Wichita radio station’s refusal to air ads for abortion clinic

As we’ve reported in the last few weeks, Clear Channel in Wichita, Kansas, has been refusing to air ads for the local reproductive health clinic, South Wind Women’s Center. The ads, Clear Channel says, are “indecent.” Not indecent? Ads for “male enhancement,” and for local adult book shops (man, that’s a lot of euphemisms. Boner pills and porn, folks).

But, the awesome Women Action and the Media, helmed by friend of the site Jaclyn Friedman, launched a big campaign to get Clear Channel to reconsider their position. A petition, tweets, emails, and a fair bit of totally-merited public shaming, because there is nothing indecent about healthcare, and the people of Wichita shouldn’t be kept in the dark ...

As we’ve reported in the last few weeks, Clear Channel in Wichita, Kansas, has been refusing to air ads for the local reproductive health clinic, South Wind Women’s Center. The ads, Clear Channel says, are ...

Why young women are still relying on partners to “pull out”

As ThinkProgress reports, new research has found that a third of young women are still relying on the “withdrawal method” to prevent pregnancy. As those of us lucky enough to have benefited from a more comprehensive sex education probably know, this method is far from reliable as a form of birth control. According to the report:

“Researchers at the Duke University Medical Center analyzed data from 2,220 participants in between the ages of 15 and 24, and found that 31 percent of those women had used withdrawal as a form of birth control at least once. Twenty one percent of the women who had used the “pull out” method experienced an unintended pregnancy, compared to only 13 percent of ...

As ThinkProgress reports, new research has found that a third of young women are still relying on the “withdrawal method” to prevent pregnancy. As those of us lucky enough to have benefited from a ...

Chart(s) of the day: Americans consistently support abortion rights, but attitudes vary by region

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you might have the impression that everyone and their mama, no pun intended, wants to slash abortion rights.

Not true, according to recent data collected by the Pew Research Center. In fact, according to a national survey conducted July17-21 among 1,480 adults (that’s sound methodology, folks!), over half of all Americans (54%) say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. But as Pew researchers explain it, “while the balance of opinion toward abortion nationwide has remained largely steady over the past 20 years, there are widening disparities in public attitudes on the issue across different regions of the country.”

The researchers ...

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you might have the impression that everyone and their mama, no pun intended, wants to slash abortion rights.

Not true, according ...

Coverage of reproductive rights features almost no reproductive health experts

On cable news, coverage of the Texas abortion restrictions has been light on medical experts. Via Media Matters:

I think there’s something to be said for including political commentators in conversations about an issue that is so clearly political. I’m also grateful when advocates for reproductive justice are given a place at the table, since, again, this is a justice issue and not just a medical one. But I also want doctors, and public health experts – people who can explain why abortion bans are medically harmful and why forced vaginal ultrasounds are medically unnecessary. The more viewers know about that stuff, the better they can understand the politics of the situation. But based on ...

On cable news, coverage of the Texas abortion restrictions has been light on medical experts. Via Media Matters:

I think there’s something to be said for including political commentators in conversations about ...

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