When people hear that I write for Our Bodies Ourselves, they often share stories of their first encounter with the book. Time and again, people credit “Our Bodies, Ourselves” with helping them to better understand their own bodies, empowering them to make choices for their own health, and alerting them to political issues and sexism around women’s health.
All of us at OBOS absolutely love hearing these stories, from long-time supporters and new readers alike.
If you’re reading this post, though, you already know that Our Bodies Ourselves is more than a book. This blog is where we provide information on current research and public policy, and promote action alerts and responses to health topics making news. Along with our outreach on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms, this is where we publish crucial updates between book editions, and where we dive deeper into important topics.
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Earlier this year, thanks to you, we delivered copies of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to every member of Congress, capping off the Educate Congress road trip and campaign, inspired by the epically misinformed Todd Akin. In 2014, we will educate more policy makers at the state level, and expand access access to “Our Bodies, Ourselves” on college campuses and health clinics across the country.
Plans for the new year also include a brand new website and boosting coverage of important topics like contraception, pregnancy and childbirth, body image, abortion and reproductive rights, and politics.
When the first edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” was published, the organization couldn’t have imagined the impact of new technologies on women’s health. Today, we’re covering complex advances such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer gene patents, reviews of mammography guidelines and methods, and updates on assisted reproductive technology (ART) services, and we’re advocating for a database to track the health of young women providing eggs for those using ART.
In conjunction with our global partners, OBOS is also working to address the health and rights of women serving as paid gestational mothers in domestic and cross-border commercial surrogacy arrangements.
The work of Our Bodies Ourselves continues in books and beyond. All of us at OBOS would like to thank each and every one of you for reading, sharing, and supporting this valuable work.
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