Genetic conditions have made their way into public dialogue in recent years, but not many people understand the decisions patients, particularly women, have to make once they have their diagnosis.
After winning a settlement that opened the door for thousands of women to initiate malpractice lawsuits against Dalkon Shield, the IUD that caused my sterilization, I naively thought we had seen the end of sterilization atrocities. Unfortunately, that is not so, at least in California.
Operation Rescue holds breath, stamps feet about Planned Parenthood funding, Arkansas legislature introduces “fetal pain” bill, will GOP choose budget cuts or denial of women’s rights, and a Montana judge orders a hysterectomy against a woman’s will.
I was told, before I had my hysterectomy, that I was a traitor to feminism and a bad person. I’m here now, five years later, to tell you that my hysterectomy was the best medical decision I’ve ever made.
Are hundreds of thousands of women in the U.S. undergoing unnecessary hysterectomies without proper informed consent? Women’s health advocate, Rep. Carolyn Maloney says possibly.
One in three women has a hysterectomy before her sixtieth birthday. Is such major surgery medically necessary for all those women? And if not, how did this procedure become commonplace?