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

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Depo-Provera Linked to HIV Risk? Women Need to Know

March 30, 2017

by Anna Forbes This article was originally published at Rewire and is reposted with permission. Does using Depo-Provera (an injectable contraceptive) increase a woman’s risk…

In the News: Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

March 28, 2017

Last week the media discovered that breast implants can cause cancer. Rather than causing breast cancer, experts now say that breast implants…

The Opioid Epidemic: Why Are Women At Risk?

March 24, 2017

The United States is experiencing a devastating drug epidemic. In 2015, 52,404 Americans died of drug overdoses, more than any other year…

3 Reasons Why Criminalizing Pregnant Women for Drug Use is a Bad Idea

March 16, 2017

by Amie Newman The research is clear: criminalizing pregnant women who use or abuse drugs doesn’t help them or their babies. A…

Repeal and Replace is a Women’s Issue

March 13, 2017

The Republican plan to eliminate or change substantial portions of the Affordable Care Act is likely to have a disproportionately deleterious impact…

Putting Prevention in the Hands of Women: Combining Contraception with HIV & STI Prevention

March 8, 2017

by Bethany Young Holt This International Women’s Day, it is clear that the global community needs to act boldly to maintain progress we…

What Does A Day Without A Woman Look Like (And Why Is It Needed)?

March 6, 2017

At the historic women’s marches on January 21, nearly 5 million people around the world came together to protest a new administration…

Repealing the Health Care Law Could Impact Women of Color Hardest

March 2, 2017

Women of color have the most favorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of all Americans, according to a recent Kaiser…

Seven Stories of Street Harassment

February 23, 2017

By Dylan Campbell “It’s like that sick, sinking feeling you get when you’re walking down the street minding your own business and…

The DES Archives: Learning from a Public Health Tragedy

February 21, 2017

By Su Robotti The history of the drug DES and the organization DES Action includes court battles that changed laws, grassroots organizing…

Trump’s Plan For The FDA Will Make Patients Less Safe

February 16, 2017

Perhaps you’ve heard President Trump say he’d like to “loosen” regulations on drugs and devices in the U.S., vowing to streamline the Food…

“No One Warned Her”: The Unexpected Effects of Breast Reconstruction

February 10, 2017

“I had a bilateral mastectomy a year ago… If I had known — been specifically told — that I would never again…

Survivors of Forced Sterilization Deserve More Than An Apology

February 2, 2017

It’s past time for California to provide reparations to the approximately 800 survivors of compulsory sterilization who are likely alive today in…

In The News: The “Radically Expanded” Global Gag Rule

January 27, 2017

Only days after millions around the world marched to protect reproductive freedom, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reinstate the…

#WhyIMarch: Dispatches from the Women’s Marches

January 24, 2017

On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of people gathered at the National Mall in Washington D.C. to proclaim that women’s rights…

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

by Minnah Stein For generations, Our Bodies Ourselves has empowered women to understand and embrace their bodies and the health issues they…