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Lawsuit: Staten Island Hospital Forced Patient Into C-Section Against Her Will

The lawsuit is believed to be the first to raise a claim under a New York public health law detailing the rights of patients at hospitals in the state.

A lawsuit filed by a New York woman against a local hospital alleges that she was forced to undergo a c-section against her will. The suit is believed to be the first to raise a claim under a New York public health law detailing the rights of patients at hospitals in the state, but experts worry that such cases could become more common.

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New York Reproductive Health Act Blocked in Senate Committee

The New York State Assembly Chamber

A key piece of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda failed to pass a senate committee vote Tuesday. The Women’s Reproductive Health Act, which would have expanded access to abortion care in the state, was blocked by Republicans and seems unlikely to pass the legislature this session.

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This Week in Sex: New York Takes on Condoms-as-Evidence, and the FDA Approves New Use for HPV Test

New York state lawmakers are taking on the policy of using condoms as evidence of prostitution.

This week, New York state lawmakers took on a policy of using condoms as evidence of prostitution, a plan to sell condoms in middle and high schools in China met some skepticism, and the FDA approved a panel suggestion about HPV test. Plus, happy Masturbation Month!

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Cecily McMillan’s ‘Occupy’ Trial, and the Fight Against Sexual Assault at Protests

Cecily McMillan

Cecily McMillan is now on trial for defending herself at an Occupy Wall Street protest after she felt someone grab her breast. McMillan’s decision to fight back—both immediately after she was groped and now, in court—is brave, and sends a powerful message that women should not be blamed for defending themselves.

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New York’s Teen Pregnancy Campaign Quietly Gets Made Over, Still Misses the Mark

The city's original teen pregnancy prevention campaign website is now gone.

When the Bloomberg administration unveiled its teen pregnancy prevention campaign last March, it was met with immediate backlash. Now the city has updated the campaign website, but the site doesn’t abandon all of the problematic language featured in the previous campaign.

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New York Bill Would Outlaw Bosses From Discriminating Based on Employees’ Reproductive Health Decisions

The New York State Assembly chamber.

The “boss bill” is designed to close a loophole that could make room for employer discrimination; it would prohibit an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of the employee’s (or a dependent’s) reproductive health decisions, including a decision to use or access a particular drug, device, or medical service.

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It’s Nearly Unanimous: Pregnant Workers Deserve Fair Treatment

In recent months, several cities and states have passed measures to strengthen protections for pregnant workers. But the way in which these laws passed—with overwhelming, bipartisan support—may be almost as notable as what they will do.

In recent months, several cities and states have passed measures to strengthen protections for pregnant workers. But the way in which these laws passed—with overwhelming, bipartisan support—may be almost as notable as what they will do.

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Businesses Must Improve Their Family Policies—For ‘Distressed Babies’ and All Workers

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

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Stoking Fire: ‘Laboring,’ A Midwife’s Tale

Cover of Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife.

Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife provides an anecdotal look back at Ellen Cohen’s nearly three-decade-long tenure as a midwife. By turns, the book is heartbreaking and exhilarating.

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This Week in Sex: Celebrating National Condom Week

condoms

As National Condom Week (which started on Valentine’s Day, of course) comes to a close, we focus on news about our prophylactic friend.

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