In 2011, María Teresa Rivera was arrested in El Salvador. She was accused of having an abortion and sentenced to 40 years in prison on the charge of “aggravated homicide.” Rivera claims she had a miscarriage and did not even know she was pregnant. Attorneys were able to free her, but not before she served four and a…
As if women’s reproductive health services weren’t under threat enough in this country, a social network for physicians called Doximity reported this week that the current Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) workforce is nearing the age of retirement, and its numbers are expected to decline sharply in the coming years.
In a season three episode of Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer comments on the over-politicizing of reproductive rights, remarking aptly that “if men got pregnant, you could get an abortion at an ATM.” But men CANNOT get pregnant, so instead women’s health advocates must spend their time fighting for affordable…
Among North America’s coastal elites, midwifery has become associated with finicky preferences, rigid orthodoxy, and a commitment to doing things right. Regular folks have hospital births. Folks who want to “win” at childbirth by forgoing the epidural, or who turn up their noses at chemicals that course through one’s…
According to a report from Politico, President Donald Trump is set to appoint Teresa Manning as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services. In that position, Manning will oversee the federal funding for family planning programs.
For more than a year, there’s been a pioneering effort underway by students at UC Berkeley to dramatically broaden the access that women on campus have to abortion.
On December 19, 2016, Texas will put into effect regulations requiring that all fetal remains be cremated or buried. This legislation is carried out in spite of vehement protest by both the medical community and reproductive rights activists.
If your gynecologist has turned down your request for an IUD in the past, it might be time for another try—or another doctor. Older rules said that women who had never given birth shouldn’t get IUDs. That changed years ago, and docs are slowly getting the memo.
Employees of Norwegian Cruise Lines were recently notified without warning or explanation that they would no longer have access to emergency contraceptives—for free or for purchase—unless they had been raped or sexually assaulted. The change went into effect on November 1.
The first time Crystal Wang had a gynecological exam was at a large medical center in the central business district of Beijing. When she arrived at the examination area, she was taken aback by a bold red sign that said 处女不能检查, or “virgins may not be examined.”
Just one month ago, six Planned Parenthood clinics allowed women receiving abortions to opt to donate that fetal tissue for medical research; today, just two clinics continue to do so.
Each day, around 800 women across the globe die because of complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Doctors Without Borders, the international medical organization that sends physicians to impoverished areas, recently launched a multimedia project to illuminate the reality of these unnecessary deaths. Because…
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, infecting around 1.4 million people in the United States in 2012. The infection is gnarly: it can lead to ectopic pregnancies, pneumonia, and infertility in women, and can also cause blindness if you get the infection in your eyes (which you should…
Disturbing news out of Nigeria: of the 234 women recently rescued by the Nigerian army after being abducted by Boko Haram last year, a staggering number of them—214—are pregnant.
Welcome to the Internet of Your Ovaries—it's like the Internet of Things but with birth control. Walgreens pharmacy has partnered with a company called Glow to refill your birth control from your smart phone and yes, the robots are coming for us—with tampons, hopefully.
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito revealed on Twitter today that she's been diagnosed with "high-risk HPV," and needs to get a biopsy as soon as possible.
Here's a question: Why aren't IUDs more popular? There's no worrying about broken condoms or forgotten pills, they last for years and they're pretty much the definition of "set it and forget it." Can reproductive health advocates finally convince American women and doctors to consider them?
You may remember that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law that will force all but two of the state's abortion clinics to close. Now RH Reality Check is reporting on a desperate measure that Lousiana women are resorting to: buying the abortion pill on the streets.