- I’ve been seeing a lot of news about the Trump administration’s rollback on health care protections. What are the most important things to know about these changes?
July 9, 2020
By Julia Kagan
On June 19, 2020, the Trump-Pence administration finalized its changes to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which specifies the civil rights protections that apply to health care settings. First, some background. In 2016, the Obama administration issued regulations implementing Section 1557 of ACA that made clear that discrimination on the ...
- Lift Unnecessary Restrictions: Access to Medication Abortion During the COVID-19 Pandemic
June 1, 2020
The novel coronavirus outbreak, which began in November 2019, has now expanded to touch nearly every nation, with serious public health consequences in the United States. As countries and states have locked down and enforced social distancing, millions of people have been ordered to stay at home for all but essential activities.
It is no secret ...
- Navigating Pregnancy Care in a Pandemic
May 28, 2020
Pregnancy in a pandemic. These are never words I thought I’d use. But here I am, halfway through my pregnancy trying to navigate a global public health crisis. While every pregnancy poses its own challenges, mine has highlighted the ways in which telemedicine in the era of COVID-19 can expand access to quality care when ...
- The FDA’s Convoluted Stance on Abortion Pills Doesn’t Protect Patients — It Endangers Them
May 8, 2020
The FDA says pregnant people can meet with their doctors remotely and have their abortion at home — but first, they must travel during a global pandemic just to pick up their pills.
May 8, 2020
By Sarah Christopherson and Olivia Snavely
Under federal law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can impose Risk Evaluation and Mitigation ...
- As COVID-19 Continues to Spread, It’s Important to Make Safe and Healthy Cosmetic and Personal Care Products Choices
May 6, 2020
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact everyone, it is imperative that consumers make safe choices with regard to the personal care and beauty products they use. The virus can be deadly, especially for those with suppressed immune systems. Doctors have advised avoiding potential exposure to the virus, for example by washing hands frequently and ...
- Celebrities + Sex Drug Promotions: Why is this a problem?
April 13, 2020
By: Oliva Snavely
Celebrity promotions are nothing new – we see them constantly, from athletes endorsing sports equipment to singers promoting skin care brands. Unfortunately, celebrity endorsements of medical treatments are also common, with celebrities like Rumer Willis and Suzanne Somers promoting sex drugs for women. While this type of promotion might seem similar to celebrity ...
- Should COVID-19 Impact the Labor and Delivery Process and the Presence of Support Guests?
March 31, 2020
By: Olivia Snavely
In the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect health care workers, hospitals are enacting increasingly strict policies regarding visitation. But the most restrictive edict so far has come from two New York City hospitals who announced that they would not allow any family members, including partners and spouses, or outside ...
- Does COVID-19 Affect Women Differently Than Men? Here’s What We Know
March 25, 2020
By: Olivia Snavely
As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, one trend is increasingly clear: the disparity in how COVID-19 affects men versus women. Early data in Hubei, the Chinese province where the outbreak began, showed a mortality rate of 2.8 percent for men and 1.7 percent for women, despite the infection rate being evenly distributed across ...
- Wash Your Hands! and Other Tips for the Coronavirus
March 4, 2020
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.
Coronaviruses are a “family” of viruses that can ...
- Why Filling out the 2020 Census is Important for Women’s Health
March 3, 2020
By Gabriela Salas
Every ten years the United States Census Bureau conducts a “decennial census” with the goal of counting every person in the country and where they live. The census also looks to gather information on people’s ages, income, and race/ethnicity.
The census is legally required to be filled out by everyone who is currently living ...