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The ‘State’ of Midwifery: Pushing for Legalization

Women want out-of-hospital maternity care, and they deserve legal access to it. Yet in 23 states and Washington D.C., Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) face prosecution for serving women who do not want to give birth in a hospital.

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Do Pregnant Women Have the Right to Refuse Surgery?

Last week, a firestorm erupted in the birth and reproductive justice advocacy world over a statement generated by the NIH Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Consensus Development panel implying that in some circumstances a pregnant woman cannot refuse cesarean surgery.

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On Stupak and VBAC: Women’s Reproductive Choices As Bargaining Chips

Whether in regard to access to VBAC or to abortion, legislators, like physicians, have an ethical and professional duty to protect public health and respect women’s rights, not to bow to lobbies who wish to own them.

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