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Last week we attended a public meeting at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where we testified in front of supporters and opponents on behalf of the FDA’s proposed rule on Supplemental Applications Proposing Labeling Changes for Approved Drugs and Biological Products.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Young v. UPS, a pregnancy discrimination case that will have major impact on the health and economic security of women and families.

I’m sure you’ve turned on the television and seen ads marketing drugs for male sexual dysfunction like Viagra. The pharmaceutical industry spends millions marketing these drugs for men, but have yet to come up with a safe and effective drug treatment for women. An article in the March/April issue of The Women’s Health Activist entitled…

Did you know that there are over a quarter of a million women and girls living with HIV in the U.S.? Low income women of color – African Americans and Latinas living in the South in particular – have disproportionately borne the brunt of the domestic HIV epidemic due to social, political and economic factors.

Early Wednesday morning the National Women’s Health Network braved the cold and the rain to rally in front of the Supreme Court in defense of the ACA.

Join the National Women’s Health Network this coming Wednesday, March 4th on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court as we rally to defend access to affordable health insurance. As many of you already know, on Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for King v. Burwell, a case that could take away access…

Know the Truth

By: Cindy Pearson ,

How many times have you seen slick advertisements peddling the latest miracle drug (with a litany of nasty side effects quickly noted as an aside)…only to then see ads promising legal action for those harmed by the very same drug? If you can’t trust Big Pharma, the FDA, or sometimes even your own doctor, who…

Did you know that there are only 32 days left until February 15th, the deadline to enroll in health insurance coverage via the insurance marketplaces?  If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to get covered.  Enrolling in comprehensive and affordable health care coverage is a critical first step to protecting your health. …

Thank You, We Did It

By: Cindy Pearson

We did it!  All with your hundreds and hundreds of donations.  From the $5 dollar donation all the way up to the multi-thousands—we were able to meet our challenge match and raise more than $50,000!  With this goal, we will get our dollar-for-dollar match and have $100,000 to improve women’s health. Thank you from all…

I’ve been thinking a lot about weather lately — bad weather. A big storm can make getting around difficult, disrupt our plans, and delay our arrival at our intended destination. Doesn’t that sound like what we’ve experienced recently with the politics of women’s health?

About the Author

Cindy Pearson

Cynthia A. Pearson (Cindy) has served as the NWHN’s Executive Director for more than 20 years. Cindy is one of the nation’s most experienced and respected women’s health advocates. During her tenure, Cindy has led campaigns to protect women from risky drugs and devices; require the government to research conditions that affect women; ensure that women have access to full information about medical products and clinical trials; expand women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care services; and protect women against coercion and abuse.

Cindy protects the independence of the NWHN’s voice on women’s health issues by cultivating a thriving national membership that enables the NWHN to remain one of the few women’s health organizations that will not accept financial support from pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, insurance companies or the tobacco industry.

Cindy regularly testifies before Congress, the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration and is a frequent speaker at conferences. Cindy has appeared in print and on the air as a consumer expert on women’s health issues, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Nightline, Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, and the Melissa Harris-Perry show.

Cindy is a transplanted Californian, where she obtained her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She began her career at Womancare, a feminist clinic, and worked as an abortion rights organizer for Colorado NARAL. She continues to support independent abortion providers through her service as the President of the Board of Directors of Women’s Health Specialists in far northern California.