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Occasional posts examining the intersection between health, politics, and reproductive justice.

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Dirty Business: Lack of Menstrual Equity in Colombian Prisons

October 25, 2019

By Charlie Ruth Castro Lee este post en español Let’s talk about menstruation – a natural and necessary process among women, but…

Negocio Sucio: Falta de Equidad Menstrual en las Cárceles Colombianas

October 25, 2019

By Charlie Ruth Castro Read this post in English Vamos a hablar de menstruación, el proceso más natural y necesario para la…

Congress Wants to Give Companies the Right to Own Our Genes

June 18, 2019

by Lori Andrews Six years ago, on June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in AMP v. Myriad took a great step…

“Simone de Beauvoir alone would never have gotten me from intellect to action”

June 13, 2019

Note from OBOS co-founder Judy Norsigian: After publication of my reflections piece in the June 2019 issue of the American Journal of…

Refusing to Be Silenced: Federal Gag Rule an Active Threat to All Who Care about HIV

May 3, 2019

by Anna Forbes On April 23, Judge Michael McShane of Federal District Court in Oregon issued a preliminary injunction against a federal…

“A Female Body in this Specific Moment”: Our Bodies Ourselves Exhibition

March 19, 2019

As the 50th anniversary of the first edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” approaches, a New Haven museum has launched an exhibition featuring…

Gender-Inclusive Puberty and Health Education is Life-Affirming for All

March 7, 2019

by Joel Baum and Kim Westheimer A fifth-grade student walks into their first-ever puberty education class. They look around the room: maybe…

Cervical Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

January 25, 2019

by Gary A. Richwald, MD, MPH January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. More specifically, January 21-27 is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, and…

Breast Reconstruction Options: What’s Best for You?

October 16, 2018

Some women decide to forego reconstruction and instead “go flat.” Read more->Women with breast cancer who undergo mastectomies often face difficult decisions…

A Call for Women Who Experience Pain with Sex and for Health Care Providers Who Treat Them

June 15, 2018

by Marta Milkowska My name is Marta Milkowska and I am a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I…

A Message About the Future of Our Bodies Ourselves

April 2, 2018

A letter from Our Bodies Ourselves Board Chair Bonnie Shepard, April 2018 Dear friends, I am writing to you – our longstanding…

Religion-Restricted Healthcare and its Effects on Reproductive Health Needs

March 20, 2018

by Rebekah Rollston In my last year of medical school, I began looking into residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology. My first interview…

Faith, Not Contraception, at the Heart of Trump’s Family Planning Funding

February 28, 2018

Under the Trump administration, Title X — the federal family planning program — will prioritize funding for abstinence and faith-based family planning…

Safe and Supported: Inside the DIY Abortion Movement

February 5, 2018

by Carrie Baker and Emily Bellanca As abortion becomes harder to access, more and more women are taking matters into their own hands…

What Have We Learned From the Survivors of Larry Nassar?

February 1, 2018

On January 24, Dr. Larry Nassar, the former women’s team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, was sentenced to up…

Why One Montana County Wants A “Crackdown” On Pregnant Women

January 18, 2018

On January 11, 2018, the Big Horn County Attorney’s Office in Big Horn, Montana released a statement that launched 2018 straight into…

The Sad State of Sexual Health Education in Physician Training

January 12, 2018

by Rebekah Rollston As a primary care physician, people come to me with all sorts of questions about their sexual health: they…

Will This Black Mother’s Death Spark the Change We Need?

January 3, 2018

Earlier this year, Shalon Irving, a 36-year-old high ranking African American public health official at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), died…

Putting Health First: The Global Business of International Commercial Surrogacy

December 28, 2017

OBOS has long been known for calling attention to women’s health concerns that are overlooked due to financial profit, insensitivity, or simple…

Art Not Just For Art’s Sake

December 6, 2017

There are many extraordinary people among us. In October, the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum celebrated some of…

“Our Bodies, Ourselves” in Luganda: Changing the Course of Ugandan Women’s Health and Rights

November 27, 2017

I first met Diana Namumbejja Abwoye, now a nurse practitioner student at Boston’s Simmons College, in 2013. With her soft voice and…