Tag » reproductive health
Last week, I attended an event whose proverbial goody bag was an egg discount. No, not the chocolate kind Cadbury makes or the ones you scramble. Rather, I was gifted with a discount to help me afford insuring my fertility. A mixture of talks, open Q and A and mingling, the event was hosted by Dreamers//Doers, an online community of women with a strong member base in NYC. The group boasts founders of venture-backed companies, women who fill senior roles at start-ups, and many change-makers/influencers (nearly half of the 2014 Forbes 30u30 women are represented). Read More
In this awesome C-Span footage from 2009, Hillary Clinton responds to Rep. Christopher Smith’s question about the role of the U.S. government supporting access to safe abortion, contraception, and education on an international platform. She instantly defends the reproductive rights of women and family planning, stating: “We are now an administration that will protect the rights of women including their rights to reproductive healthcare.” Hillary also touches on the work she did as First Lady and the sorry state of reproductive health after the Bush administration. Read More
    In 2007, then 18-year-old Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder in El Salvador after suffering from a miscarriage. The mother of one was rushed to the San Bartolo National Hospital, a public health clinic, the day she faced complications with her second pregnancy. The doctors almost immediately called the police and arrested her under suspicion of murder. Read More
  Lady Parts Justice, the group organizing and educating voters to put more women and women's rights-friendly politicians in office, is back and you're invited to their next event!  Writer and activist Sarah Sophie Flicker, Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show) and DJ Tennessee Thomas will be hosting a shindig at the Orla Kiely flagship shop in SoHo, NYC (5 Mercer Street) on November 2, from 3-6pm. Read More
Lena Dunham, star and creator of the HBO hit series Girls, is a longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood, which is why they are teaming up with the writer on her book tour. This month the two partner to both promote Dunham’s new book Not That Kind Of Girl in nine cities and to educate women and men about prevalent health issues. Read More
Finally. A new form of birth control for men may be available to the public as early as 2017. Yes, ladies, it is actually going to happen. Cue celebratory dance. According to the Parsemus Foundation, Vasalgel is a non-hormonal contraceptive option that has proved so successful in trials with baboons that scientists believe they’re just about ready to start testing it on humans. The contraceptive requires a single treatment to be effective, as opposed to female oral contraception which necessitates a daily dose. Read More
From not being able to use the word "vagina" on the house floor to taking away funding for Planned Parenthood, it's safe to say there is a war on women's rights waging on in the United States. I hate the term "war on women." It's always seemed too dramatic to me. "Are people dying?" I would question when someone threw the term around. The truth is that they could be. Without the proper resources for prenatal care, safe abortions, or even family planning help, pregnant women and new mothers risk their own and their children's lives. Read More
Once again, women’s rights are under attack. The Medicaid Women’s Health Program, a health-care program for low-income women in Texas, is in danger of losing $35 million dollars of federal funding because Governor Rick Perry won't allow any of it to go to Planned Parenthood.  This program, which funds preventative care (including cancer screenings and contraception), currently serves 130,000 women by donating to many clinics in Texas--including Planned Parenthood. Read More