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Pregnant Women Are Mere Vessels Under Irish Law

Until the Irish government repeals the Eighth Amendment and replaces the new unworkable law with policies that facilitate rather than obstruct access to abortion, women will continue to be seen simply as means to an end.

Until the Irish government repeals the Eighth Amendment and replaces the new unworkable law with policies that facilitate rather than obstruct access to abortion, women will continue to be seen simply as means to an end.

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Florida Hospital Demands Woman Undergo Forced C-Section

The hospital has threatened to perform cesarean surgery on Jennifer Goodall "with or without [her] consent."

The hospital has threatened to perform cesarean surgery on Jennifer Goodall “with or without [her] consent.”

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Morning Roundup: Dillard’s Sponsors Event to Raise Money for Racist Billboards

Testing at home for HPV, Montana guts family planning program, Tennessee will reimburse vaginal and C-section births at the same rate, nineteen Senators sign letter supporting Planned Parenthood, and Dillard’s department store is sponsoring a fashion show to benefit Heroic Media, who is raising money for more racist billboards.

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Early Inductions Lead to Higher Neonatal Risks

According to a hospital watchdog group, too many pregnant women in the United States are induced early, unnecessarily endangering their own health and that of their newborns.

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Afternoon Roundup: Wal-Mart’s Wage Discrimination Problem

A $3.5 billion maternity care problem; another Catholic hospital gets to expand and limit its services to women; female domestic partners on their babies’ birth certificates; and Wal-Mart’s wage discrimination case.

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Home Birth “Common Ground”?

In a less well-known but no less controversial effort to find “common ground” a Home Birth Consensus summit seeks to bridge a divide between those who support and those who oppose expanded access to homebirth.

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Advocates Push ACOG to Remove Barriers to VBACs

A coalition of individuals and national organizations focused on promoting evidence-based maternity care sends a message to ACOG to remove yet another barrier to VBACs.

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Are California’s For-Profit Hospitals Pushing C-Sections?

A study shows that expectant mothers in California may face more constrained choices in childbirth depending on whether they choose a non-profit or for-profit hospital.

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ACOG Says Yes to VBACs

Good news from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) yesterday. The group issued updated guidelines on vaginal birth after cesareans (VBACs), hopefully paving the way for more women to choose vaginal birth, after a previous c-section.

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An Unanticipated Choice: VBAC or C-Section?

Having a baby still after a miscarriage still feels so unreal to me that having the decision about whether to undergo a scheduled c-section or attempt a V-BAC is itself surprising.

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