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We were ready to respond to a bad decision, but it’s much more rewarding to respond to a good decision. Now is the time to press forward and finish the job we started.

Some day soon, you may be offered a shot for osteoporosis. If you’re a woman who is already being treated for osteoporosis, or who has been being encouraged to take medication to prevent bone loss, the prospect of a shot may seem very appealing.

For the first time ever, a committee of scientific advisors has recommended the FDA approve a libido drug for women. “Female Viagra” could be on pharmacy shelves by early next year if the FDA follows that recommendation.

I think I was sitting on the subway when I first read the phrase “reversible abortion.” Wherever I was, I did a double-take to make sure I’d read it correctly. Yep, that’s what it said! Apparently, politicians have created a completely non-existent medical condition – “reversible abortion” — and, what’s worse, passed laws mandating doctors and advanced practice nurses “inform” women that it’s possible to reverse an abortion.

During the last few weeks, I’ve had a chance to talk to several members about the Network’s newsletter. Some wanted to tell me that they liked the new look. (We do, too!) Others had compliments or criticisms about a specific article that ran in a recent issue. Mostly, though, people had suggestions about topics they’d…

If you’re one of the lucky ones — a working adult whose employer offers good health insurance at an affordable rate — then you you’re also likely to have all the information and tools you need to get your health insurance coverage and to stay covered from year to year.

Two years ago, proponents of the “critical period” theory of menopause hormone therapy (HT) told women that HT could improve cognition, and possibly protect their hearts, if treatment began shortly after menopause. Two years later, we’re finding out that these statements weren’t backed up by evidence, contrary to claims made at the time.

Food and Drug Administration Scientific Workshop on Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder

I’ll say it again: I’m mad as hell — and I’m going to vote! I’m just plain furious about recent attacks on women’s health. From the Supreme Court to the state legislature, women’s health is being undermined by decisions that limit our ability to get the services and coverage we need in order to maintain our health.

As this issue of the newsletter went to press, all of us at the Network were spending many hours and days glued to our computer screens, watching a live blog report about the opinions being announced by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.