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California Anti-Shackling Law Awaits Brown’s Signature

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The California legislature unanimously passed a bill banning the use of restraints on pregnant women. Will the governor sign it?

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If Every Congressman Had To Take This Test, Birth Control Would Be 100% Free For All Tomorrow

Via UpWorthy: “All Dr. Andrew Rochford wanted to find out whether women or men have higher pain thresholds. His method of testing? Personally undergoing simulated labor pains by attaching low-voltage electrodes to his abdominal muscles….Dudes, if you’re watching this, prepare to gain a whole new level of respect for the women in your lives.”

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Belly Up to the Bar: Pregnancy Tests, Vending Machines, and Access to Contraception

Women’s private and public spheres converged in the bathroom of a bar in Mankato, MN with the recent installation of a pregnancy test vending machine.

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A Transgender Father Challenges Breastfeeding Norms

Transgenderd father Trevor MacDonald and his son

Trevor MacDonald, a trans father in Canada who has breastfed his son for over a year, was rejected by La Leche League as a volunteer leader because of his gender identity.

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Is It Safe? Asking the Wrong Question in the Home Birth Debate

Recent conversations have focused on the question of whether home birth is safe. Here is why it’s the wrong question to be asking. 

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Bei Bei Shuai Rejects Plea Deal: She “Wants To Clear Her Name”

Attorney Linda Pence (left) and Bei Bei Shuai. WISH Photo.

The Indiana woman accused of killing her fetus by ingesting rat poison has rejected the state’s offer to let her plea down to feticide from murder.

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Governor’s Veto Of New Hampshire Bill That Could Endanger IVF Upheld

Although the veto of the so-called “partial birth abortion” ban was over-turned, the Governor’s veto of H.B. 217 was not.

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The Myth of the “Model Minority” and What it Means for Health Care

Myths about the Asian American community — commonly referred to as the “model minority” — often contribute to challenges in uncovering the very real health disparities that exist within the diverse populations that fall under the same statistical umbrella. 

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Preparing for the Trans Baby Boom

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While more and more trans people are considering pregnancy and birth, very few providers in that field are equipped to provide adequate care.

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When Hard Cases Make Good Law: Mass. Supreme Court Upholds the Personhood of Pregnant Women

From a tragic case in Massachusetts has emerged a rule affirming women’s fundamental personhood: “All births, regardless of venue, carry inherent risks; in the ordinary course, competent women who are pregnant may weigh these risks themselves and make decisions about the course of their own pregnancies and childbirths.”

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