Since HPV vaccines were introduced almost a decade ago, there has been a fear that vaccinating young girls against sexually transmitted infections will give them license to have sex and increase promiscuity. A new study suggests that the opposite may in fact be true—girls who have been vaccinated are less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than those who have not.
The Healthy Families Act has been introduced in Congress every year since 2004, and every year it has failed to gain traction. But advocates for the bill think that this is their year, and they have some reason to be optimistic.
Despite some facile language about “choice” from anti-vaxxers and individual beliefs held among some of them, the reality is that the anti-vaccination movement has way more in common with those trying to restrict abortion access.
Rachel Maddow and the Huffington Post‘s Ryan Grim discuss how Republican politicians like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) have engaged anti-vaxxers in recent days with their comments downplaying the significance of vaccinations, as the United States faces a growing measles outbreak.
There are not two equal sides here. There are not a number of compelling arguments that should be carefully considered. There is not room for debate. There is, in fact, a right answer to whether people should vaccinate their children, and that answer is yes. Public officials should understand that.
As a longtime advocate for quality child care, I was heartened to hear President Obama’s forceful words on the matter during his State of the Union address. It occurred to me that it had been more than 40 years since a U.S. president had so visibly addressed the issue—and on that occasion, the message had been very different.
After an Instagram photo that showed Kaleb and Kordale getting ready in the morning with their children went viral, the couple faced both praise and criticism. Nikon gave the men an opportunity to showcase their lives and show how their family is as ordinary as any family.
By sharing my story, I hope I can make other families in similar situations feel represented.
Feminism has led to lower divorce rates over the decades, because independent women have better marriages. Yet conservatives keep insisting that the struggle for equality is driving families apart.
North Carolina’s alarming infant mortality rate is a direct result of uninsured women not having access to quality health care. So why aren’t more advocates of Medicaid expansion talking about it?