Women in city and county jails frequently face barriers to accessing contraception, abortion, prenatal care, and disease screening and treatment. But preventive family planning can be improved in jails around the United States by implementing a few core tenets for those incarcerated there.
The world’s largest, most comprehensive and systematic review of mental health outcomes and abortion care shows abortion does not increase the risk of mental health problems, but unwanted pregnancy does. The results led to a British medical journal calling for reversal of the recent HHS decision to deny young women access to emergency contraception.
Anti-choicers have taken to claiming that women shouldn’t have contraception, because “pregnancy isn’t a disease”. This makes as much sense as saying women shouldn’t have access to exercise, because being out of shape isn’t a disease.
“What are they doing out there?” So-called prayer warriors misinform and mislead the public, intimidate clients, and prevent people from exercising their rights to health care.
My own experiences made me realize how important it is to have real choices in contraceptive methods, and to know that my doctor or provider will give me unbiased information based on good evidence.
What if we stopped focusing on the number of abortions and instead focused on the women themselves?
The Canadian government is excluding family planning from its initiative to save the lives and improve the health of mothers in poor countries. One small problem: You can’t address maternal mortality without family planning.
In 140 characters, Penelope Trunk started a controversy around how women should react to a miscarriage. Is it best to suffer in silence? Are you ever allowed to be grateful? And above all, are you EVER allowed to discuss abortion?
Eighteen years ago, Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped and made into a slave, bearing two children after being raped by her captor. Americans are outraged, and rightly so. Her story is horrifying. While this Lake Tahoe headline hit particularly close to home, most of us are perhaps unaware that kidnappings and sexual slavery occur every day in war torn areas.