New Journalist Fellow
Alexa Stanard is a Ferndale, MI, based freelance writer. She writes regularly for Hour Detroit, The Detroit News, Vital and other publications. Her previous professional experience includes working as a writer in the Michigan House of Representatives and as a journalist for The Associated Press in Buenos Aires. She also spent several years working as a medical assistant in women's health clinics, and now writes frequently on health issues. She is also a member of the newly created Oakland County Women's Commission. Stanard holds a bachelor's degree in history and women's studies from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
What would “President McCain” say? In Michigan, women who need contraception aren’t covered under their health insurance while men can pick up Viagra for free.
A teen’s sexual activity doesn’t predict her future risk for HPV, and shouldn’t determine whether she receives the HPV vaccine, University of Michigan researchers find.
Researchers in Michigan say misoprostol, the drug most commonly used with RU-486 to induce an abortion, may have dangerous consequences if taken vaginally but is completely safe when taken orally.
A controversial bill that criminalizes the performance of certain abortion procedures and that faces a veto by Gov. Jennifer Granholm remains in the Michigan House one week after its passage.
Late Tuesday night, Michigan’s Democratic-led House passed Senate Bill 776, a federal abortion ban copy intended as a litmus test for members of Congress in an election year.
A symbolic bill designed to force Michigan state legislators to take a stand on certain abortion procedures appears to be rearing its head once again this week.
Thirty years ago, Dr. Ken Edelin nearly went to jail for performing a legal abortion. Today, he’s speaking out about current threats to abortion rights in the United States.
A symbolic bill designed to force Michigan state legislators to take a stand on certain abortion procedures failed to move last week, representing at least a momentary failure for an anti-abortion group pushing for its passage.
The Michigan House is poised to consider a symbolic bill that would mirror the federal ban on so-called partial birth abortion. Local Planned Parenthood staff say Michigan Right to Life is using the bill as an election-year loyalty test.
Last week’s revelation by the CDC that one-quarter of teen-age girls have at least one sexually transmitted disease came as no surprise to Michigan health providers, who say such an epidemic is the fruit of a widespread failure to teach teens about sex.