Topic: reproductive health

Religious Leaders In Ireland Are Furious That The Government Won’t Force Pregnant Women To Die For Their Unborn Children

Religious Leaders In Ireland Are Furious That The Government Won't Force Pregnant Women To Die For Their Unborn Children

The government in Ireland has officially passed legislation to allow abortions when the life of the mother is in jeopardy. Politicians there are obviously trying to ensure that deaths like those of Savita Halappanavar, who died in the hospital after being denied a life-saving abortion, don’t happen again. After all, that horrible tragedy generated lots of bad press for Ireland. However, Irish religious leaders don’t seem to care that a woman lost her life needlessly. More »

Hey Girl, Paul Ryan Wants To Quash Your Reproductive Rights

Hey Girl, Paul Ryan Wants To Quash Your Reproductive Rights

Newly-anointed Mitt Romney running-mate Paul Ryan has made his name as a fiscal conservative with a strong vision for Medicare and Social Security. But he’s no slouch in hardcore conservative social ideology, either–as folks have been quick to point out. That his social agenda is highly at odds with his Hayek-and-Rand-tinted small government outlook for money matters seems to surprise some people, but .. eh. That’s just the rhetoric of the Republican party in the 21st century: Hands out of my health care and onto your uterus. What was anyone expecting?
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Pre-Testing Embryos For Genetic Abnormalities Does Not Create ‘Designer’ Babies

Pre-Testing Embryos For Genetic Abnormalities Does Not Create 'Designer' Babies

What on earth is a “designer” baby? Are we talking about the little ones in the new Dolce & Gabbana underwear ad wearing D&G diapers? Maybe the offspring of actual fashion designers?

No, according the Daily Mail, “designer” babies is the new way to describe children born through in vitro fertilization who were pre-screened for genetic abnormalities before they were even implanted. Apparently enormous leaps in medical technology need catchy PR campaigns to gain attention. More »

C-Section Babies At Higher Risk For Obesity (Moms Still At Higher Risk For Death)

C-Section Babies At Higher Risk For Obesity (Moms Still At Higher Risk For Death)

A new study says that Caesarean sections could contribute to childhood obesity risk—which sounds like custom-made comment bait for parenting blogs, what with all the reference to hot-button issues of obesity and mothers’ bodies. But on closer look, I think it’s probably an attempt to get more parents and doctors contemplating the real health risks associated with C-sections, which have reached an all-time high.

Researchers observed 1,250 women from before their 22nd week of pregnancy to birth (25% of which were by C-section) at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. The babies’ height and weight was measured at three months and three years; by age three, 16% of the c-section toddlers were obese, compared to 7.5% of those born by vaginal birth. Researchers said the results were independent of their birth weights, and of their mothers’ weight. More »

Ask An OB/GYN: What’s ‘Normal’ Pregnancy Weight Gain And Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

Ask An OB/GYN: What’s ‘Normal’ Pregnancy Weight Gain And Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

Did Jessica Simpson gain too much weight during her pregnancy? Did Victoria’s Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio not gain enough weight? Did Beyoncelose her post-baby weight too quickly? Plenty of people think they have the answers just by looking at them and judging their appearance pre- and post-baby. But what are the real health concerns and medical guidelines for pregnancy weight gain?

On behalf of women everywhere who may be feeling pressured to have the perfect body while pregnant and fit back into those skinny jeans a few weeks later, we set out to get answers from a qualified professional–instead of snarky media headlines. We consulted with Dr. Myra Wick, a OB/GYN from the Mayo Clinic to get the real scoop on healthy pregnancy weight gain and weight loss. Take a look at what she had to say: More »

Science Tells Us How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy; Should The Law Punish Women Who Don’t?

Science Tells Us How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy; Should The Law Punish Women Who Don’t?

Everyone agrees that a pregnant woman shouldn’t smoke crack or snort meth, right? And the consensus that they shouldn’t smoke cigarettes or throw back a six-back every night is fairly ironclad, as well. Beyond obviously harmful behaviors like alcohol and drug use, however, things get more complicated. And with good reason: Mothers’ own needs and health must be carefully balanced with the needs and health of potential children they’re carrying. After all, pregnant women aren’t simply baby incubating machines. But try telling that to the state of Alabama.

Of course no one wants pregnant women to be using drugs. And the advances in our knowledge about neonatal development and what affects it are a great thing. I’m glad we’re learning more and more about how what happens in the womb can have incredibly long-lasting effects. But the question now is: What do we do with that knowledge? Do we use it to try and help pregnant women make the best decisions they can? Or do we use it to punish pregnant women who don’t? More »

Abstinence-Only Education: Now Comparing Non-Virginal Vaginas To Backwash

Abstinence-Only Education: Now Comparing Non-Virginal Vaginas To Backwash

Brad Seng, an anti-abortion activist who teaches abstinence-only education in Colorado public schools, has an interesting way of engaging his students: backwash. He asks them to chew a mouthful of food, spit it into a cup of water, and offer it to other students. When students predictably refuse to sip each others’ backwash, he explains that having sex with someone who’s had premarital sex. But he says that he’s in not being judgemental…or pushing a sexist agenda.

As Slate’s Amanda Marcotte points out, Seng’s demonstration is a pretty thinly-veiled symbol for a dirty vagina, but the group he works for—Real Choices Pregnancy Care Center—isn’t all that bashful about directing their shame towards women, specifically. Under a litany of warnings about various Sexually Trasmitted Infections, their website includes a special warning for girls: More »