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

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Friday Double Dose

November 3, 2006

Poll Shows Opponents of South Dakota Abortion Ban Leading: “The latest survey, conducted earlier this week for Sioux Falls television station KELO…

Breast Cancer and OC: What’s the Link?

November 2, 2006

According to a new meta-study published in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, oral contraceptives may increase the risk of breast…

Hyper-Sexualized Media Images: “No Big Deal”

November 1, 2006

The San Francisco-based Women’s Foundation of California last month held nine focus groups with female teens to discuss the influence of highly…

The Halloween Issue

October 31, 2006

According to the Boston Globe, a Hollywood studio survey found that two-thirds of teenage girls consider themselves fans of horror flicks. And…

The National Cost of Teen Pregnancy & Childbearing

October 30, 2006

Last month we noted that the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy had identified the annual cost of teen childbearing in the…

Friday Double Dose: Nicaragua Bans Abortions, Source Editor Wins Lawsuit, Test Tube Babies on TV

October 27, 2006

Nicaragua Bans Abortions: Nicaragua’s National Assembly voted 52-0 to ban all abortions, even in cases where the mother’s life is at risk…

Plastic Politics

October 26, 2006

Today’s New York Times looks at the disparaging remarks Republican John Spencer, who is running against Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate…

New Jersey Decision on Same Sex Marriage … And Hillary’s Evolution

October 26, 2006

Following up on the New Jersey state Supreme Court decision that calls for equal rights for gay and lesbian couples but left…

Researching, Filming & Drawing Cancer

October 25, 2006

The Chicago Tribune has published several interesting stories on breast cancer this week — none of them about the color pink. First…

Faking It: How an “Expert” on Women’s Health Made it All Up

October 24, 2006

Dr. Eric Poehlman, a former University of Vermont professor, is currently serving a year in prison for what The New York Times…

States Questioning Abstinence Only Education

October 23, 2006

“Reproductive rights activists say they are seeing new resistance by states to sex education programs that only teach abstinence until marriage, a…

Friday Extra (The Double Dose)

October 20, 2006

When Good Stories Get Bad Play: The New York Times published an academic analysis of the growing popularity of hypersexualized Halloween costumes…

Get to Planet Gargantua

October 20, 2006

East Coast folks, take note: Big Moves is taking back the universe. Check out this fab dance troupe and their fall extravaganza…

Whistleblower Calls Attention to Safety Issue with Silicone Breast Implants Under FDA Review

October 19, 2006

The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen last week called for a criminal investigation into why Mentor Corp. didn’t send all its data…

New Healthcare Poll, Same Healthcare Focus?

October 18, 2006

Don’t you love how health care is always listed as a top priority for voters — yet once the polls close, healthcare…

Where to NIP in New York

October 17, 2006

It wouldn’t be accurate to say that Daily News reporter Tracy Connor was undercover — though cotton coverups were involved. Connor and…

Hate Crimes Against Girls: “Why Aren’t We Shocked?”

October 17, 2006

The night of the murder of the Pennsylvania school girls, I turned off the television. I’m generally a huge TV advocate who…

In Spite of Hyde: Event Marks 30th Anniversary of Hyde Amendment

October 16, 2006

Boston-area residents, take note. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., the Center for New Words is presenting “In Spite of Hyde…

Friday Extra

October 13, 2006

Is feminism more appealing to the masses when served with apple pie? Check out “Cooking With Feminists,” Stephen Colbert‘s delicious segment with…

Susan B. Anthony Photoshopped for a New Anti-Abortion Agenda

October 13, 2006

As long as anti-abortion advocates work to restrict women’s reproductive rights, the abortion debate will be omnipresent. But two recent arenas for…

Significant Others

October 12, 2006

Every so often a discussion kicks up over whether men can be feminists or if men should call themselves “feminist allies” or…