8 Women Killed, Many Hospitalized After Botched Sterilization in India

On Tuesday, health officials in India reported eight deaths and nearly 70 more hospitalizations following a horrific sterilization procedure in a government run "health camp." While mass sterilizations under unsanitary and inhumane conditions like this have been known to lead to the deaths of women, this marks the… »11/11/14 1:50pm11/11/14 1:50pm

Guess Which RNC Speakers Have Histories of Alleged Abuse?

Last night, the crowd at the Republican National Convention cheered wildly at Mitt Romney's suggestion that motherhood is the most important job in the family. They roared with enthusiasm when the CEO of Staples brought up the idea of onsite child care for working mothers. And Ann Romney's Tuesday evening comments… »8/31/12 5:00pm8/31/12 5:00pm

Getting Your Tubes Tied Is a Giant Pain in the Ass

For women who know deep down that they never want children, that hell no response to the thought of motherhood endures long after the echoes of a temper tantrum in the candy aisle at Target subside. But women who want to be sterilized often face obstacles that aren't present for other medical procedures — obnoxious,… »7/09/12 11:40am7/09/12 11:40am

Rapidly Expanding Religious Hospitals Are Trying to Govern Ladyparts

Some of the nation's largest health networks are run by religious orders. Because of this, they invoke "conscience clauses" in refusing to provide birth control, perform abortions, or sterilize women who want a tubal ligation. But now, some states are attempting to block religious hospitals' expansion, saying their… »2/21/12 4:15pm2/21/12 4:15pm

Horrifying State-Sponsored Eugenics Program Forcibly Sterilized Thousands of American Women

From the 1920's to the late 1970's, the state of North Carolina forcibly sterilized 7,600 people. Most of them were poor women, and a disproportionate number of them were black. At the time, the government justified the surgeries as in the best interest of the state, as those sterilized were classified as "feeble… »11/07/11 2:00pm11/07/11 2:00pm

Want to have no babies forever but don't want to deal with the messiness of getting your tubes tied?

Want to have no babies forever but don't want to deal with the messiness of getting your tubes tied? You're in luck! A new procedure to sterilize women got the thumbs up from an FDA advisory panel this week. The procedure, which involves a device called Adiana, uses "radio signals to create a lesion inside the… »12/14/07 3:30pm12/14/07 3:30pm