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

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Confusion Lingers Over Breastfeeding and IQ

December 11, 2006

“Decades of medical research prove that mother’s milk has extraordinary health benefits for babies. But does breast-feeding also make babies smarter, as…

Friday Double Dose: International Flavor

December 8, 2006

Bike Messengers: A group of female college students in India recently completed a week-long motorbike trip to raise young people’s awareness about…

NYT Round-Up: From Gay Ordination and Mary Cheney’s Pregnancy to Way Too Heavy Bags

December 7, 2006

There are so many interesting stories in The New York Times today, a round-up is in order. First up, an anti-abortion bill…

The Season for Giving … Women’s Health Around the Globe

December 6, 2006

Before you finish your shopping list, take a look at what Our Bodies Ourselves has in store for your favorite feminist. Yes…

Going Back to School on Gender Identity and Children

December 5, 2006

Accepting children “who do not conform to gender norms in their clothing and behavior” is becoming more common, but integrating those children…

Health News Update: Paxil and Pregnancy, Fluoride and Infant Formula

December 4, 2006

In other medical news, one year after the FDA identified concerns about the antidepressant Paxil and the increased risk of birth defects…

Critics Claim Indigent Pregnant Women Put at Risk

December 4, 2006

Today we’ll look at some recently released health updates, but first some disturbing news concerning a study for the drug valacyclovir that…

Friday Double Dose: Katha Pollitt Pens List, Business of Beauty and 16 days of Activism

December 1, 2006

Let’s Hear it for New Hampshire: This week, New Hampshire became the first state in the country to announce plans to provide…

Best Holiday Gifts Ever: Center for New Words Auction

November 30, 2006

Is there someone on your shopping list who deserves a once-in-a-lifetime gift or opportunity? (Maybe that someone is you?) Head on over…

In Nicaragua, Activists Say Abortion Ban Has Claimed Its First Victim

November 29, 2006

The Washington Post yesterday ran a front-page story about Nicaragua’s total ban on abortion. Opponents of the law say that it has…

Will An Unbiased Supporter of Eric Keroack Please Stand Up?

November 28, 2006

Today’s women’s health policy report published by Kaiser Network has a terrific round-up of newspaper editorial and opinion pieces responding to the…

Plan B: Now At a Drugstore Near You

November 27, 2006

Chalk it up to Thanksgiving excitement, but I missed the news last week that Plan B, aka the morning-after pill, has been…

Friday Double Dose: More on Keroack, Pelosi’s Clothes and Notable Books

November 24, 2006

The Doctor Is In: Amanda Schaffer writes for Slate about Bush appointee Eric Keroack, the anti-family planning advocate who was put in…

Airport Nurse-Ins Take Place Across Country

November 22, 2006

More moms staged nurse-ins at airports yesterday to protest the treatment of a Santa Fe woman who was kicked off a Freedom…

Getting Over O.J.: Real Truth Stories About Domestic Violence

November 21, 2006

By now you’ve heard that the O.J. Simpson book deal/interview special is off, thank goodness. Just when it seems that the surrealism…

“Ugly Betty”-Palooza

November 20, 2006

I confess that I’m a couple episodes behind in “Ugly Betty,” but it’s not for lack of enthusiasm about the groundbreaking show…

FDA Approves Silicone Breast Implants — With Mention of Additional Surgery

November 18, 2006

In 1992, the FDA banned the cosmetic use of silicone breast implants, according to the Washington Post, “after many women who had…

Friday Double Dose: Breastfeeding Mom Kicked off Plane, “Women,” Not “Womyn” and A Very Wrong Egg

November 17, 2006

Get With the Program: You’d think by now all employees of every store/airline/restaurant would be better trained in dealing with breastfeeding moms…

The “Weaker Sex” and the Gender Gap

November 17, 2006

“It’s not that we ‘could be’ the weaker sex — we are the weaker sex,” said Dr. Robert Tan, one of the…

Holiday Shoppers Go Hormonal?

November 16, 2006

The strangest of press releases crossed my desk today, offering “a surprising new way to combat the stress of holiday shopping –…

Health Organizations Seek Limit to Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertising

November 15, 2006

A consortium of 38 health and women’s organizations are asking Congress to limit direct-to-consumer advertising, Molly M. Ginty writes in Women’s eNews…