Daughter of TX Legislator Shares Personal Story of Being Forced to Bury the Remains of Her Miscarriage

The Texas Observer has published a gruesome story about fetal burials, a practice mandated by many Catholic hospitals and, if Republican lawmakers have their way, state governments: A woman named Blake Norton, after miscarrying in 2015, was treated at Seton Medical Center Austin at the recommendation of her OB-GYN,…

FDA Places New Restrictions on Essure Contraception Device in Response to Extreme Side Effects

Since it was approved in 2002, “permanent contraceptive” device Essure has been the subject of thousands of complaints from women who have had the device implanted. Complaints about the device range from headaches to hair loss, brain fog, heavy bleeding, abdominal pain, perforation of the uterus, and even pregnancy…

Trump Administration Opens Title X's Doors to Crisis Clinics and Abstinence-Only Education 

During last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), speakers on the “Are Conservatives Serious About Defunding Planned Parenthood?” panel spoke enthusiastically about abstinence programs supported by the Trump administration, as well as growing interest in federal support for crisis clinics,…

ACLU Sues Arkansas Over Law That Could Require Rape Victims to Seek Rapists' Permission Before Abortion  

During Arkansas’s 2017 legislative session, the state passed House Bill 1566, a bill ostensibly about the disposal of fetal remains. On its surface, HB 1566 is typical of fetal burial bills that have been passed by numerous state legislatures since David Daleiden released his deceptively edited (and perhaps illegal)…

My Day at the Jovial, Vital Gathering of Midwives From Around the World

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…