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

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Millions of Women’s Birth Control Depends Upon the ACA

January 19, 2017

Kylie Sparks is a young actress who suffers from a range of medical issues from fibromyalgia to irregular and painful menstrual cycles…

Join Our Bodies Ourselves at the Women’s March!

January 18, 2017

[click here for a hi-resolution image of the above banner] The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our…

The “Option” of a DIY Abortion

January 12, 2017

When you hear the phrase “self-induced abortion,” it’s hard not to envision the iconic image of a coat-hanger, the tool women were…

“Our Bodies, Ourselves” Featured in New Film

January 10, 2017

Have you heard of the new movie, “20th Century Women”? The film takes place in the late 1970s and follows a single…

Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pill On Its Way to the U.S.A.

January 9, 2017

After more than a decade of work, an over-the-counter birth control pill is a major step closer to becoming a reality in…

Sexual Assault: A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

January 3, 2017

  For generations, Our Bodies Ourselves has empowered women to understand and embrace their bodies and the health issues they face. This…

Rewire News: How Pseudoscience “Infiltrated” Public Policy in 2016

December 28, 2016

2016 may come to be known as the year when the importance of facts in United States’ political dialogue died a slow…

Online Health Searches That Lead to Our Bodies Ourselves

December 22, 2016

Each month, nearly half a million people visit OurBodiesOurselves.org to find evidence-based information on abortion, contraception, general reproductive health, sexual pleasure, and…

We Launched a New Website! Surrogacy360

December 14, 2016

As the journey to create a family takes more individuals and couples outside their own country in search of less-expensive surrogacy arrangements…

What the Standing Rock Resistance Can Teach Us About Reproductive Justice for Native American Women

December 8, 2016

Last weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers announced they will halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through Standing Rock Sioux tribal…

5 Things Reproductive Justice Advocates Can (Still) Be Grateful For

November 29, 2016

It’s hard not to give in to the fear of a potential onslaught of restrictions to women’s health care once the Trump…

We Wrote a Chapter and Changed the World!

November 23, 2016

More than 45 years ago, we — the founders of Our Bodies Ourselves — first met to talk about our lives, our…

Will You Join Us to #WriteTheNextChapter on Women’s Health?

November 18, 2016

Like you, we’re just starting to process what the next four years will mean for women’s health and rights. But one thing…

What Will Reproductive Health Access Look Like Under a New President?

November 14, 2016

The results of last week’s presidential election, along with a continued Republican majority in Congress, not only threaten progress on reproductive rights…

To Have or Have Not: Breast Reconstruction and “Going Flat”

November 3, 2016

In a recent video making the rounds on social media, two women proudly show off their scarred, flat chests. Debbie Bowers and…

Debunking the Mythical “Nine Month Abortion”

October 28, 2016

At the third presidential debate last week, Donald Trump made a dramatic statement about abortion. He claimed that you can “rip the…

5 Reasons To Celebrate Planned Parenthood On Its 100th Birthday

October 20, 2016

One hundred years ago, on October 16, 1916, the first family planning clinic in the United States opened its doors in Brooklyn…

Do Hormonal Methods of Birth Control Raise Depression Risk? That’s Complicated.

October 17, 2016

When the birth control pill debuted more than 50 years ago, women wanted to know: Is it safe? There wasn’t much evidence…

A Reason to Celebrate Morning Sickness?

October 6, 2016

Morning sickness does not have a stellar reputation. You’d be hard-pressed to find a woman who recalls nausea or vomiting during pregnancy…

Vagina Dispatches: What Don’t You Know About Your Vulva?

September 29, 2016

Do you know what your vulva looks like? Could you, say, draw it if you were asked? What’s the difference between a…

New Study Says Maternal Health Needs a “Radical Reappraisal”

September 26, 2016

According to a first of its kind global maternal health series published by The Lancet this month, more women survive childbirth now than they…