Health

FDA Expands Access to Medication Abortion

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made mifepristone (the early option of abortion by pills, or medication abortion) more accessible to women, but still kept in place unnecessary regulations.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Birth Control Case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday—the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—on whether religiously affiliated non-profits can use their religious beliefs to discriminate against women by blocking health insurance coverage for birth control.

House Oversight Committee Holds Hearings on Flint Water Crisis

As the aid package to help Flint residents is stalled in Congress, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held hearings this week to investigate what actions—or inaction—led to the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan that produced a spike in lead poisoning and other health issues.

Obama Declares State of Emergency in Flint Water Crisis

President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan after a water contamination crisis produced a spike in lead poisoning and other health issues, including possibly Legionnaire’s disease, in the city

President Obama Vetoes Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood & Repealing Affordable Care Act

President Obama vetoed a measure today that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and repeal key provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

New NY Law Permits Pregnant Women to Enroll in Health Care Plans At Any Time

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a new bill into law allowing pregnant women to gain access to health care at any time, eliminating the previous requirement that they wait for open enrollment periods to purchase health insurance.
ACA Birth Control Benefit Heads Back to the Supreme Court

ACA Birth Control Benefit Heads Back to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear arguments from religiously affiliated non-profits challenging women’s right to access insurance coverage for birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
American Indian Women Granted Increased Access To Emergency Contraception

American Indian Women Granted Increased Access To Emergency Contraception

Indian Health Services decides: American Indian women will finally have improved access to emergency contraception.
New Report Details Growing Threat of Politicians 'Playing Doctor'

New Report Details Growing Threat of Politicians ‘Playing Doctor’

In a new report health and safety experts urged policymakers to consider the growing influence of US politicians in their electorate's most personal and private spaces: exam rooms.
Abuse Victim Advocate Blasts Pope’s Remarks on US Bishops’ ‘Courage’

Abuse Victim Advocate Blasts Pope’s Remarks on US Bishops’ ‘Courage’

In a statement released Wednesday by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, president Barbara Blaine blasted Pope Francis for his praise of US bishops’ “courage,” accusing the pontiff of doing “little if anything” to meaningfully address the Catholic Church’s decades-long sex abuse crisis.
Planned Parenthood Clinic Blaze Ruled Arson As Legislative Attacks Continue

Planned Parenthood Clinic Blaze Ruled Arson As Legislative Attacks Continue

Physical attacks join legislative attacks; as a Planned Parenthood clinic blaze in Washington is ruled arson, Republicans in Congress call for a full defunding of the women's health organization.
Claims Against Planned Parenthood Repeatedly Proven Bogus

Claims Against Planned Parenthood Repeatedly Proven Bogus

Five states have now concluded investigations into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and every single investigation has concluded no wrongdoing. These investigations were stimulated by highly doctored and deceptive videos falsely claiming PPFA has been selling fetal tissue. State agency representatives from Georgia, South Dakota, Florida, Indiana, and Massachusetts have independently confirmed that all...
Women Are Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Contraception Following the ACA's Implementation

Women Are Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Contraception Following the ACA’s Implementation

Since the Affordable Care Act took effect, women have saved dramatically on birth control and emergency contraception.
Successful Family Planning Initiative In Colorado Is At Risk

Successful Family Planning Initiative In Colorado Is At Risk

Colorado’s Family Planning Initiative (CFPI), which offers teenagers and poor women free and low-cost intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants and has significantly reduced the state’s teen pregnancy and abortion rates, may soon disappear. The CFPI’s private grant is set to run out this year, and Colorado state representatives have eliminated the program’s funding by voting...
Supreme Court Decides: Obamacare Lives

Supreme Court Decides: Obamacare Lives

In a momentous victory, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” and protected access to health insurance for millions of families and individuals.
China's Maternal Mortality Rate Has Decreased Dramatically

China’s Maternal Mortality Rate Has Decreased Dramatically

The National Health and Family Planning Commission released a report this month showing that China’s maternal death rate has dropped by over seventy-five percent in the past twenty-five years.
New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation

New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation

Despite the progressive action, many say that it will take years for FGM practices to cease due its cultural pervasiveness.
This Seattle High School Just Changed the Face of Birth Control Access for Students

This Seattle High School Just Changed the Face of Birth Control Access for Students

A public high school in Seattle will now be offering services for its students to provide long-lasting birth control, such as IUDs or hormonal implants, at the school-based health center. In 2009 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices as the most effective method of reducing unintended pregnancies for...
High School Student Wins International Award for Creating HIV Test

High School Student Wins International Award for Creating HIV Test

Nicole Ticea, a teen from Vancouver, Canada, won a top prize at the Intel International and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition for her invention of a simple and low-cost HIV test. Ticea, who is just 16, created a simple and inexpensive HIV test that can be sold over-the-counter at very...
Obama Administration Clarifies ACA Birth Control Benefit After Reports of Conflicting Policies

Obama Administration Clarifies ACA Birth Control Benefit After Reports of Conflicting Policies

The Obama administration announced yesterday in new guidance to health insurance companies that insurers are obligated to cover all forms of birth control under the Affordable Care Act.