• Toxic Personal Care Products and Women’s Health: A Public Health Crisis
    August 5, 2019
    Toxic Personal Care Products and Women’s Health: A Public Health Crisis
    With few exceptions, current federal law does not require makers of cosmetics and other personal care products sold in the United States to get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before their products go on the market. In fact, manufacturers aren’t required to list all of their ingredients, test their products, use ...
  • RWV: Two-Year Budget Deal a Win for Women’s Health? Not If We Lose Title X
    August 1, 2019
    RWV: Two-Year Budget Deal a Win for Women’s Health? Not If We Lose Title X
      Cross-posted from our joint Raising Women’s Voices campaign Today, the Senate is set to pass the two-year budget deal announced last week, clearing it for the president’s signature. The House passed the measure last Thursday, 284-189. The deal will suspend the debt ceiling through July 2021, eliminate the deep automatic spending cuts (known as “sequestration”) set ...
  • Hanging on to Old Opioids? No Judgment—We Are Too.
    July 18, 2019
    Hanging on to Old Opioids? No Judgment—We Are Too.
    By Maggie Gorini Based on an informal poll of 9 staff members, 4 of us admitted to having an old bottle of unfinished opioids on the shelf at home, gathering maybe its 10th year of dust. But how could that be? Aren’t we all knowledgeable health advocates that follow every single up-to-date health recommendation? We try, ...
  • The Scientific Integrity Act and Its Potential to Serve as Legislative Protection for the Queer Community
    July 18, 2019
    The Scientific Integrity Act and Its Potential to Serve as Legislative Protection for the Queer Community
    By Julia Kagan Just under 37 million people worldwide are HIV positive, and the toll on the LGBTQ+ community is disproportionate to that of the general public. The odds of living with a positive diagnosis for transgender women can be up to 49 times that of someone in the general population, and gay/bisexual men make up ...
  • Unregulated Cosmetics, Eurocentric Beauty Standards, and the Effect on Black Women’s Health
    June 26, 2019
    Unregulated Cosmetics, Eurocentric Beauty Standards, and the Effect on Black Women’s Health
    With few exceptions, current federal law does not require cosmetics manufacturers to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration before their products go on the market. In fact, manufacturers aren’t required to list all of their ingredients, test their products, use good manufacturing practices to prevent contamination, or even recall products they know are ...
  • What to Expect When You Stop Expecting: Demystifying Miscarriage and Medication Abortion 
    June 4, 2019
    What to Expect When You Stop Expecting: Demystifying Miscarriage and Medication Abortion 
    In response to the confirmation of two hard-right Supreme Court justices and an increasingly hostile judiciary that threatens women’s access to clinic-based abortion, the NWHN has been working hard to demystify medication abortion for the public and push back against medically unnecessary restrictions imposed by states and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We want ...
  • FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel meeting on Breast Implant Safety
    April 15, 2019
    FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel meeting on Breast Implant Safety
    By Tessa Ruff On March 26 and 27, the FDA convened a meeting of the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel to investigate the safety of breast implants following a reported link between textured implants and lymphoma, as well as a range of reported systemic autoimmune symptoms following implantation, collectively known as breast implant illness (BII). ...
  • Conflating anti-science agendas: anti-abortion is not an argument for anti-vaccination
    April 11, 2019
    Conflating anti-science agendas: anti-abortion is not an argument for anti-vaccination
    By Tessa Ruff In Kentucky this spring, unvaccinated eighteen-year-old Jerome Kunkel sued the Northern Kentucky Health Department when he was blocked from participating in his school’s basketball team following a chickenpox outbreak at his private Catholic school. The health department had implemented a three-week ban for unvaccinated students to attend classes or participate in extracurricular activities ...
  • Protecting and Expanding Medicaid Means Confronting Racism Baked into the Program
    April 3, 2019
    Protecting and Expanding Medicaid Means Confronting Racism Baked into the Program
    I received innumerable calls in the last few months encouraging me to sign up for Medicare. The callers know one important fact about me: I’m turning 65 soon. With a few exceptions, age is all that counts with Medicare. Turn 65 and you’re eligible. The story was different when my 27-year-old daughter enrolled in Medicaid during ...
  • Contraception Self-Advocacy
    March 7, 2019
    Contraception Self-Advocacy
    By Tessa Ruff Human sexuality, pregnancy prevention, and pregnancy intention are all complicated issues. And, people must balance a range of trade-offs when selecting the contraceptive option that works best for their unique situation. Many methods are available, which work differently and have diverse side effects, as well as other important considerations. Complicating matters, what one ...