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By Cynthia Pearson, Executive Director
by Amy Allina
In November 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was adding a “black box” warning to the label of the contraceptive shot, Depo-Provera. The new label highlights research showing that Depo-Provera may cause loss of bone mineral density (BMD) and cautions women not to use Depo for longer than two years unless other birth control methods are 'inadequate'.
By William Smith
By Adriane Fugh-Burman, M.D.
By Daisy Reyes
The Declaration of Sexual Rights was created by the World Sexology Association in 1999 and has been adopted by the World Health Organization. The Declaration describes access to comprehensive sexual education as a primary human right. As a nation, Americans agree on the importance of sexuality education: fully 80 percent support proving health education to young people.
By Judy Costlow
The National Women’s Health Network returns with its second summer reading feature! We asked three of our favorite women to recommendation a great book to us. We hope you enjoy their suggestions as much as we have.
By Amy Allina
By Cynthia Pearson
Young Women of Color and Reproductive Rights-Research Commissioned by the Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP)
By The Pro-Choice Public Education Project
By Claudine Isles Wallace
I came of age in the era of hormonal contraception. I, and almost everyone I know, have taken oral contraceptives for close to my entire sexual life.
Many of my friends were prescribed the Pill from the time of their first periods to alleviate debilitating cramps and nausea. Birth control pills are accepted as a modern convenience for women, one that emboldens us in our sexuality and provides a sense of control over our own fertility.
In the fall of 2004, researchers incorrectly reported that birth control pills reduce women’s risk of cardiovascular disease and several cancers; this misleading information was picked up and promoted by many newspapers across the nation.
By Nicole Winbush, M.D. & Renee Crichlow, M.D.
America’s small towns and rural areas are facing a mounting health care crisis. Most of the nation’s health care infrastructure is located in metropolitan areas, at some distance from America’s more isolated areas. In these communities, limited economic opportunities and social isolation can combine to create seemingly insurmountable obstacles to accessible and high-quality healthcare. The result is a growing gap between the health of rural and urban Americans.
By Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D.
My cousin’s child, at about age 4, didn’t make it to the bathroom in time, and burst into tears of embarrassment because she had piddled on the floor. “It’s just an accident, nothing to worry about,” I said, in an effort to soothe her. “You know, even grown-ups have accidents.” The tot was so astonished at this news that she stopped crying, mid-sob.
By Stephanie Donne
In the 1980s, conservatives launched a high-powered and successful attack against the federally-funded National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Their modus operandi: highlight a few NEA-funded works with unusual and cutting-edge sexual themes, then use the resulting negative publicity to tar the entire agency. Using Robert Mapplethorpe’s homoerotic photographs, and Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ,” the campaign worked admirably, and federal funding for the arts has declined significantly.
By Cynthia Pearson, Executive Director
As I write this column, President Bush begins his second term and NWHN begins our 30th year. NWHN was founded with the belief that women can improve their own health by becoming informed and active, and improve everyone’s health by networking and demanding change. Thirty years ago we hoped and believed change could happen quickly.
By Deana Tucker
During the Vice Presidential Debates this past October, moderator Gwen Ifill asked the candidates about their response to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among American women of color. Ifill described the disease’s devastating impact on African American women, noting that they are 13 times more likely to die of AIDS than are Caucasian women. Mr. Cheney admitted he was unaware of the toll HIV/AIDS has had on this community, and shifted his answer to the international arena.
By Amy Allina
By Katie Schleeter
A grainy, black and white photo sits on my nightstand, an image simultaneously terrifying and inspiring. The photograph shows a young female runner in baggy, grey sweats and sneakers, with the number 261 pinned to her chest. She is turning toward a figure dressed in all black, a balding attacker whose face is twisted with rage. A burly male athlete next to her shoves the aggressor away as the woman’s eyes flash a powerful mix of fear and determination.
By Rebecca Kirsh
The American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting is held every year in Washington, and provides an unequaled opportunity for public health professionals and activists to network with their peers, learn from one another, and share strategies for improving the health of the American public.