• The Trumpcare #zombiebill is back!
    April 27, 2017
    The Trumpcare #zombiebill is back!
      Like the zombie in a bad horror movie that keeps rising, again and again, the Trumpcare bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is once again threatening our health care. With Donald Trump’s 100th day in office just two days away, the media-obsessed White House has been in a panic to notch a win—even ...
  • NWHN Shines a Spotlight on Scott Gottlieb – Why He is Wrong for Women!
    April 4, 2017
    NWHN Shines a Spotlight on Scott Gottlieb - Why He is Wrong for Women!
    This Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will consider the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a floor vote possible at the end of April. Gottlieb has made millions of dollars consulting for and investing in the pharmaceutical industry and continues to be ...
  • Weighing Your Options: Depo-Provera and HIV Risk!
    March 31, 2017
    Weighing Your Options: Depo-Provera and HIV Risk!
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow Researchers studying the link between contraceptive use and HIV have uncovered a connection between using the Depo-Provera and contracting HIV. In light of these findings, the World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its safety classification for injectable contraception. Depo-Provera is the most widely used injectable contraception around the world, and ...
  • Ending the Endometriosis Silence
    March 24, 2017
    The 4th annual Worldwide Endometriosis March will take place on March 25th. Endometriosis is a chronic disease that affects women during their reproductive years. It occurs when uterine-lining tissue is found growing outside of the uterus, typically resulting in immense pain during and between periods, heavy and long menstrual cycles, gastrointestinal upsets, and fatigue. There ...
  • The ACA Turns 7 Today! What Has It Meant for Women?
    March 23, 2017
    The ACA Turns 7 Today! What Has It Meant for Women?
    Today we celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the biggest leap forward for women’s health in a generation. Those first two words of the law’s name are often dropped for convenience but as we reflect on everything the law has done, it’s important to remember that “patient protection” ...
  • Why Insurance Doesn’t Work Like a Salad Bar
    March 16, 2017
    Why Insurance Doesn’t Work Like a Salad Bar
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow One of the most controversial debates stemming from Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been over maternity coverage and who should pay for it. Under the ACA, coverage for maternity and newborn care—like coverage for mental health care, prescription drugs, and more—is part of the essential ...
  • Young Feminist: That’s DOCTOR Gomez, thank you!
    March 15, 2017
    By Anna Gomez I am going to be a physician. It is important for me to make this statement without any qualifiers or conditionals, because lately I have been adding both when explaining my career plans. I’ll say, “I’m thinking about going to medical school,” or “We’ll see, this is the plan right now.” This is ...
  • Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Right to Decide? How Women’s Health Advocates Might Shape End-of-Life Policies
    March 15, 2017
    By Ninia Baehr Advances in health care have made it possible to increase the quantity, if not always the quality, of many people’s lives. There is a growing right-to-die movement in the United States. I have been working on exploring whether, and how, veterans of the women’s health movement might engage with and shape the right-to-die ...
  • Abortion Without Provider Involvement: Exercising Autonomy Beyond Partisan Politics
    March 15, 2017
    The NWHN defends women’s sexual and reproductive health and autonomy against anti-choice threats that seek to undermine access to contraception and abortion care. As an organization, we place the utmost value on women having the autonomy, information, and resources necessary to make decisions that are best for them and their family—in fact, we were founded ...
  • Domestic Abuse and Brain Injury in Women
    March 15, 2017
    By C. M. Shifflett Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a concussion (a blow or jolt to the head) or loss of blood and oxygen supply to the brain. TBI survivors are often told that they may have a headache and be a bit emotional for a few days. In fact, the consequences of even supposedly ...