BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 31, 2015
Today in stories about complete violations of a woman’s bodily autonomy: a pregnant Alabama woman in prison was seeking an abortion, and Alabama tried to take away her parental rights.
According to ThinkProgress, an adult woman identified as Jane Doe sought an abortion before she was taken into prison and requested furlough to leave long enough for the procedure to be conducted. The story reached peak media attention on Wednesday, July 29, but by Wednesday afternoon, she reportedly changed her mind about the decision. "After much consideration and counsel, I ... Read More
Women who want notes from their doctors regarding pregnancy must be very, very specific in what they want written down, according to The New York Times. Often, doctors’ notes result in job terminations for pregnant women. These notes, routinely written by doctors to request changes in work duties because of patients’ health concerns, play a key role in pregnancy-related equal opportunity cases. (In roughly 70 percent of these cases, a female employee was fired due to pregnancy-related concerns, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Read More
BY Bee Gray
on Apr 30, 2015
Once upon a time thousands of millennials with unpaid internships and nutrient-deficient ramen-diets bought tickets to SXSW, spent all their money on tattoos, and then decided to have babies. False. The Urban Institute recently published a study that puts statistics to the reality millennials live in: They may be of prime child bearing age, they may have loving romantic relationships, and careers that are slowly taking shape—but they can’t, they won't, or they maybe don't even want to have babies. Read More
BY Hannah Baxter
on Apr 01, 2015
For the first time in the U.S. a woman has been found guilty of feticide and is facing 20 years in prison. A jury convicted Indiana resident Purvi Patel, 33, of felony child neglect in addition to the feticide charge for the death of her second trimester fetus.
In July 2013, Patel entered the emergency room of St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana, with heavy vaginal bleeding. Although she initially denied it, she later told the hospital staff that she had suffered a miscarriage and placed the stillborn fetus in a dumpster. Read More
BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on Mar 31, 2015
Being pregnant doesn’t spare women from the constant criticism about their bodies. In some cases, people feel the need to critique them even more, as newscaster Kristi Gordon has noticed.
This isn’t Gordon’s first time dealing with rude comments. Her experience from her first pregnancy was so bad that after announcing her current one, she asked people to “be nice” to her. Read More
BY Veronica Santos
on Mar 31, 2015
In an open letter written by flight attendant unions to the U.S. Travel Association is an attempt to point out the undeniable wrongdoing within the policies of the Persian Gulf Airlines that include, Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways. Some of these practices go so far as demanding that women ask permission before they decide to marry or become pregnant.
As if that isn't enough, the other issue the unions have voiced is the discriminatory employment denial of anyone in the LGBT community with Persian Gulf Airlines. Read More
BY Veronica Santos
on Mar 19, 2015
A political craze in Detroit, Colorado has taken the shocking form of IUD glitter earrings. These funky pieces of sparkly jewelry are being used to make more than just a fashion statement—they are becoming symbols of support for House Bill 1194, which would give extended funding to the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, originally set to expire on June 30. The bill would provide $5 million dollars to low-income women, giving them access to IUDs and other reversible forms of contraceptives. Read More
on Aug 14, 2014
Throughout my experience as a blogger for BUST, one thing has become increasingly apparent - we are in the midst of an information war. Trolls have infiltrated the cyber world, and have made it their mission to bombard the internet with absurd propaganda in an effort to divert people from the scientific facts. And sometimes it’s less about which side has the better argument and more about WHO CAN SHOUT THE LOUDEST.
Throughout the past 20 years, a lot of pseudoscience has spread over the internet regarding natural child birth. Read More
on Aug 12, 2014
Nowadays, with all the extensive medical care, doctors and pain meds available for soon-to-be-mothers, pregnancy seems like a walk in the park! While about 200 years ago, pregnancy was almost like a death sentence, now the prospect of a childbirth-related death is almost unheard of, right? Actually, wrong.
Each year childbirth complications kill 4.3 million women and babies worldwide (just as a comparison, AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis kill 4.2 million people worldwide each year). Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jul 29, 2014
21 states have signed bills that deem it illegal to handcuff women while in labor and immediately after; however, correctional officers have taken on their own measures to “protect” citizens from these offenders. Despite what doctors have called life-threatening to both mother and child, women are still routinely shackled during and immediately after labor.
A New York Times article written by Audrey Quinn depicts this as regular part of the birthing process in prison. Read More