- Vaginal laser surgery? Just say no!
August 16, 2018
By: Cindy Pearson and Abby Miller
In late June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against using lasers (“energy-based” devices) for vaginal “rejuvenation” or vaginal cosmetic procedures. According to the FDA, using lasers in this way can lead to vaginal burns, scarring, pain during intercourse and chronic pain. These devices have been approved ...
- The Future of Health Care Under Brett Kavanaugh: Part 2
August 10, 2018
By: Olivia Lyman
Did you know that the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment? This means that Brett Kavanaugh could undermine women’s health for decades to come. Beyond rolling back access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraception, the Supreme Court will be making decisions surrounding other major health care issues. This includes possibly overturning ...
- The Future of Reproductive Rights Under Brett Kavanaugh
August 3, 2018
By: Olivia Lyman
Trump campaigned with a promise to conservatives that he would nominate to the Supreme Court a justice willing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that established the constitutional right to abortion in 1973. Trump is fulfilling that promise with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s track ...
- Trump’s Title X rule is much more than a gag rule
July 3, 2018
By Alyssa Llamas
On June 1, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule that would drastically change Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. Trump’s rule not only prohibits family planning providers from referring patients for abortion care, but it also instructs Title X providers to offer intentionally confusing information ...
- Model Minority Mutiny
May 31, 2018
By Madelyn McKeague
Throughout my life, there has been an expectation of perfection. Grades, tests, careers, relationships; everyone expected it all to meet a certain standard. I had fallen victim to the model minority myth. The model minority myth is the false notion that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) just naturally succeed and have somehow overcome ...
- Crossing the Intersection of Immigration and Reproductive Justice
May 3, 2018
By Negar Esfandiari and Madelyn McKeague
When we think of reproductive justice, our minds tend to gravitate towards subjects like abortion rights, maternal health, and access to birth control. In Trump’s America, it’s become easy to manufacture divisions among different advocacy issues simply because everyone is fighting to make their communities visible in the face of ...
- We’re Still Here: Why the HHS Censoring Women’s Health Matters
April 6, 2018
By: Negar Esfandiari
The internet is a big part of healthcare in the current moment. If you have a sore throat, you might check WebMD for symptoms of strep throat or a cold. Upon finding a new mole, maybe you’ll take to Google to determine whether or not you should show it to your doctor. Or ...
- The Fake News Behind Fake Health Centers
March 19, 2018
Written by Madelyn McKeague, with NWHN interview by Negar Esfandiari
Imagine you are walking along a road, trying to find a pregnancy clinic. You are looking for the one you found online, the one that promised free services and counseling surrounded by soft colors and pictures of kind-looking women. You stop between Hartford GYN Center and ...
- Restoring Life or Restoring Obstacles: Pence’s Battle Against Legal Abortion
March 8, 2018
By Communications Intern Negar Esfandiari
At a luncheon for anti-abortion organizations in Nashville last month, Mike Pence declared that legal abortion would end “in our time.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise since the Trump administration has been working hard to dismantle access to reproductive health care for millions of people. But Pence’s comments have spurred ...
- The Threats We Know (and the Ones We Don’t)
February 26, 2018
By Madelyn McKeague
On February 14th, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida became the ninth mass shooting of the past 12 months and the 290th school shooting since the tragedy of Newtown.
A week later, with students from Parkland watching, Florida lawmakers rejected a motion to even consider a bill that would ban assault rifles. ...