FDA Meeting – Development, authorization and licensure of vaccines to prevent COVID-19

Testimony Delivered to the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee October 22, 2020 [Docket No. FDA-2020-N-1898]   News coverage of Sarah’s testimony: Full testimony: TRANSCRIPT My name is Sarah Christopherson. I am the Policy Advocacy Director at the National Women’s Health Network, a nonprofit advocacy organization that has been bringing the voices of women … Continued

GOP Speeds Ahead With Illegitimate Confirmation but We Are NOT Powerless. Here’s What You Can Do.

Cross-posted from our joint Raising Women’s Voices campaign This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its rushed consideration of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, with a committee vote scheduled for next week. Barrett’s refusal to answer even straightforward, factual questions about the law led to little drama but lots of disturbing insight, even as more … Continued

Saving the Supreme Court: The Next Six Weeks Could Change Everything

Cross-posted from our joint Raising Women’s Voices campaign   Late last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a long-time champion of women, died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. But over the last six days, we’ve had little chance to mourn her passing or celebrate her life before jumping into an all-hands-on-deck fight to … Continued

It’s Time to #MailTheAbortionPill

Throughout the U.S., patients are turning to telehealth appointments and online pharmacies for routine medical care during the COVID-19 outbreak without having to leave their homes. But for most pregnant people seeking safe and effective abortion pills, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a Byzantine set of rules that delay or block … Continued

Wash Your Hands! and Other Tips for the Coronavirus

You’ve read about the novel coronavirus in the news but what is it and what can you do to stay healthy and safe?   March 4, 2020 By Mara Lurie and Sarah Christopherson Editor’s note: we have updated the section on facemask usage in response to evolving recommendations from public health experts.   Background Coronaviruses … Continued

Conservative Courts Are Coming for Our Health Care: How We Fight Back

Partially cross-posted from our joint Raising Women’s Voices campaign This week we’re celebrating the 47th anniversary of Roe v Wade, one of the most significant advancements in women’s health, economic well-being, and individual autonomy in the last fifty years. As we’re highlighting the big gains we’ve made under Roe—and reflecting on the areas where its promise … Continued

FDA Meeting – Agile transdermal contraceptive patch AG200-15

Testimony Delivered at the Meeting of the FDA Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee October 30, 2019 [Docket No. FDA-2019-N-3722] Thank you for the opportunity to speak on the Agile transdermal contraceptive patch AG200-15. Being able to space, plan, and prevent pregnancy is vital to women’s health. We appreciate the agency’s interest in fostering … Continued

NWHN in Action- November/December 2019

Raising Women’s Voices (RWV) Having failed to “defund Planned Parenthood” through their ACA repeal bills in 2017, the Trump-Pence administration has settled on the next best thing: driving Planned Parenthood—and numerous independent clinics—from the federal Title X family planning program. Title X helps low-income people access reproductive health care. First proposed in 2018, the devastating … Continued