Amie Newman is a communications officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Amie’s professional advocacy for women started at the Northwest Women’s Law Center (now Legal Voice) and continued at Aradia Women’s Health Center where, for seven years, she directed the feminist women’s health center’s communications and outreach activities. Amie was also the Submissions Editor for the amazing publication Our Truths/Nuestras Verdades and a former editor of Rewire. Amie lives in Seattle with her family: her designer/musician husband, two beautiful and crazy children, two dogs, two chickens and a pair of fire-bellied toads.
Earlier this month, the New York City Council passed a bill which requires limited service pregnancy centers, also known as crisis pregnancy centers, to disclose the services they do and don't provide. These centers which are not health care facilities, have a history of lying to women and disseminating misinformation in service to their anti-abortion agenda.
The American Life League's newest TV ad opposing our federal safety net program for family planning, Title X, features...a little bunny. Planned Parenthood's ad focuses on a woman who received life-saving medical care from a Planned Parenhood health center. We're fighting cute little bunnies now?
Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta, GA) of "rape victims aren't victims" and, now, miscarriage is "prenatal murder" infamy, is not simply a "Lone Ranger," as some call him. He's exactly what happens when we allow a GOP full-scale war on women, girls and families to get this far.
Washington DC proposes birth control from pharmacists without a prescription; newly-created UN Women director speaks at the opening session of Commission on the Status of Women; GOP budget slashes foreign aid for HIV/AIDS programs and AIDS advocates say it will mean the loss of babies' lives; Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a physician who provided abortions turned passionate-anti-legal-abortion-advocate dies.
HR 358, the bill which does anything but protect life, is on its way to a full vote in the House of Representatives where legislators can vote on whether a pregnant woman has more of a right to life than a provider has to his or her religious belief.
Maine's newest anti-choice legislation; Mike Huckabee wants you to forget you don't have a job or health care and that the value of your house is plummeting - because the most important issue we face is legal abortion for women; CBS News correspondent is sexually assaulted while covering Egyptian protetsts and more.
If the GOP push to eliminate Title X is successful, along with their attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, low income Americans in need of family planning services in states like Washington State will have nowhere to go.
The "Protect Life" bill is not a debate; Can an iPhone catch you sinning?; Texas sonogram law moves forward; and Right Wing Watch brings you the men and women taking part in the Planned Parenthood smear and defunding campaign.
HIV exposed babies who don't contract the disease face greater danger from other diseases; Texas reels back a heinous abortion bill to be something minorly less heinous; Ohio Right to Life says no thanks to the "heartbeat" bill; and more Democratic Senators speak out against the wave of anti-woman, anti-health care mania that's swept the GOP.
In a new bill, Washington State says if a woman has been a victim of domestic violence and seeks to extend a protection order against her abuser, the burden of proof needs to be on the abuser to show he's no longer dangerous - not on the victim to prove that her fear is "reasonable" or not.
The first FDA approved drug to reduce the risk of preterm birth; Egyptian women are empowered by the protests; the abortion statistics controversy that isn't; more anti-choice maneuvering in Minnesota.
Rep. Chris Smith's bill may have the "forcible rape" language removed but the truth is he still wants millions of women to go without access to safe, legal abortion care: from women serving in the military to women who purchase their own private insurance coverage.
Teen birth rate in the U.S. continues to decline; former anti-abortion leader/Catholic excorcist accused of "inappropriate relations" with women; Florida "Choose Life" law may be re-written; new Lifetime show presents natural chidlbirth as moronic; and the battle over homosexuality all over Africa.
Today Washington State advocates for and against a bill mandating limited service pregnancy centers provide accurate, clear, honest and timely information about their services turned out by the hundreds. If the legislation passes, Washington State will become the first in the nation to legislate crisis pregnancy centers statewide.
"#dearjohn" and Republican hypocrisy over rape and abortion; the rights of Egyptian women and girls in a post-revolution Egypt; and Utah's unbelievable proposed bill for college-age women in the state.
A federal judge ruled the health reform law unconstitutional on Monday for requiring all Americans to be covered for health care. The White House says the ruling is out of mainstream judicial opinion. It won't stop Senate Republicans from rallying for their own repeal law, with a new found power.
Is Tunisia a mecca for equal rights?; Extreme anti-choice legislator, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, announces a run for governor; President Obama's report card for the state of women and girls in the U.S.; and Wal-Mart's ongoing pay discrimination case before the Supreme Court.
Republican anti-choice legislators continue to introduce time and money wasting measures like the "Life At Conception Act" which have no chance of passing; lady health workers in Pakistan; another study which finds abortion does not carry a higher risk of mental health problems; and sexual violence against Native American women on reservations.
The Walgreens pharmacists who placed a woman's life in potential danger by refusing to fill a prescription for methergin - a medication which stops uterine bleeding - and who also refused to refer a nurse practitioner to another pharmacy will walk away without discipine from the Idaho Board of Pharmacy.
The Wall Street Journal FAIL on federal funding for abortion; planned homebirth and ACOG; Kansas' new abortion reporting bureacracy; and expanding family planning for more Americans is (surprise!) a tremendous benefit to women's health.
The 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a day to acknowledge the importance of safe, legal abortion care as an issue of justice for women. It's also a time to recognize that barriers to this care still exist for far too many women in this country.
A $3.5 billion maternity care problem; another Catholic hospital gets to expand and limit its services to women; female domestic partners on their babies' birth certificates; and Wal-Mart's wage discrimination case.
Physician who provides abortions indicted for murder; health reform law repeal vote in the House today; parental consent in Kansas; breast-feeding promotion from the U.S. Surgeon General; and crisis pregnancy centers are in trouble in Texas and Washington State.
Women's groups are clear: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is critical to women's health and health care access. From eliminating pre-existing conditions as a way to prohibit coverage to ensuring access to preventive health care, the health reform law is crucial to women's health. Still, anti-choice Republicans are using it as a way to attack reproductive rights.
It's the law for many women: a space to breast-feed or pump at work, but where and how?; Most Americans support access to contraception yet increasingly the political winds are blowing the other way; New Hampshire's parental notification bill and more...
Another fight is brewing over Catholic hospitals and reproductive health care - this time in Maryland, where a dispute over building a hospital may result in fewer options for abortion care, contraception, fertility treatments and other health services.
BPA linked to polycystic ovary syndrome; anti-choice "Black Children Are An Endangered Species" campaign headed to California; Rep. Pence's "No Title X For Abortion Providers" bill will increase abortions; and more.
One year after the earthquake in Haiti: what does it look like for women and girls in the camps?; Kanye West's disturbing new music video; why exactly the ethnicity and sexuality of the Arizona shootings hero does matter and more.
In a less well-known but no less controversial effort to find "common ground" a Home Birth Consensus summit seeks to bridge a divide between those who support and those who oppose expanded access to homebirth.
Speaker John Boehner is like a super-hero to the anti-choice crowd but will he really be the "most pro-life Speaker in history"?; UN Chief leaves half the world's population out of his end-of-the-year wrap up.
It's the bill advocates are calling "the solution to the Illinois home birth maternity care crisis" and some have been waiting 30 years for its passage. But a strong and active state medical association is blocking the bill at every turn. Why?
The birth of a new feminist web site; Haitian women see some real advocacy in the fight against rampant post-earthquake sexual violence in the displacement camps and President Obama helps out the nursing mamas!
It's the dawn of a new year and with it comes new stories on the same old issues, I'm afraid. Republicans in the House are looking to pass a repeal of the health reform law, a new study shows a surprising percentage of "abstinent" teens with STDs, and Iran is gearing up for HIV/AIDs prevention efforts with a new campaign targeting women and young people.
Happy Holidays! Welcome to the last afternoon roundup of 2010! Birth control usage may prevent ovarian cancer; microbicides as HIV prevention as a top ten achievement for 2010; and the New Jersey Senate says yes to family planning access for all - even those who can't afford to pay.
Congratulations to our Gay and Lesbian servicemembers today - and to all Americans who believe in justice for all - as Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal is signed into law; it's not really those birth control pills which are responsible for increased estrogen in our water supply; and a Colorado physician is in hot water over a prescription for medical marijuana for a pregnant woman.
The majority of pregnant women will experience some nausea or vomiting. For a some the extreme, nausea and vomiting is unrelenting. For an unlikely few, that condition becomes extreme - requiring an IV and treatment to ward off potential malnutrition. Some women turn to marijuana for relief - and evidence shows it works. But can we have a "real" conversation in this country about the risks vs. benefits of illegal drug use during pregnancy?
One less way for women to treat breast cancer; global anti-choice propaganda; what happens when domestic terrorists commit acts upon abortion clinics; and more on WIkileaks' Julian Assange's sexual assault charges.
A woman births her fourth child at home, against the wishes of her doctor, after having had three prior c-sections and being told she'd need to have another; The ACLU urges the superintendent of the California school district where a young teen committed suicide from anti-gay bullying, to do something about it; and reproductive justice advocates in Minnesota fear they are in for a rough haul this upcoming legislative session.
In November 2009, a young mother of four was given a life saving, emergency abortion from doctors at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Bishop Thomas Olmstead of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix called it "immoral" and is now threatening the hospital president in an effort to make sure they never save a pregnant woman's life again.
International Violence Against Women Act moves one step closer to passage; a San Francisco birthing center is owed $20,000 by the state of California; and the utterly compelling life and times of sex activist Ida C. Craddock...what, you've never heard of her?
Wisconsin anti-choice advocates bullying of an entire city - from medical doctors to hospital administrators to women seeking care - results in a hospital's decision not to provide abortions; Gay and Lesbian advocacy groups protest a NYC public service announcement on HIV prevention; the ACLU files a lawsuit against the government to gain access to records on rape in the military.
Congress has the chance to pass historic legislation preventing child marrriage globally; web hosting company GoDaddy.com donates a whopping $500,000 to an HIV/AIDS prevention center for women; the Philippine parliament sells out poor citizens' reproductive health access; Colorado swears in its first openly gay, Latina Supreme Court Justice.
A new campaign from Plan B, the makers of emergency contraception, launch a new campaign urging women to plan for unprotected sex by keeping EC on hand rather than ending up freaking out after the fact, unsure what to do or how to do it.
A federal judge in Virginia has ruled in favor of Virginia's Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli's lawsuit. Judge Hudson, a Republican favorite, determined that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's central provision - that all Americans must purchase health care - is unconstitutional. What happens next?
Don't Ask, Don't Tell falls temporarily - and with it the hopes of a repeal of the military abortion ban; the U.S. fails on almost all measurable goals for improving women's health; Afghan women get a hand from the UN and a new report and more.
Porn actors should wear condoms as a rule; pushing personhood for fetuses in Florida doesn't seem to be a winning idea; the number of premature infants being born in the U.S is decreasing; and a safe-sex flash mob?
Will the Senate vote tonight on a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell? Is the military abortion ban next? It seems we're on the verge of a potentially historic breakthrough when it comes to government sanctioned discrimination.
The Hyde Amendment banning federal funds for abortion care discriminates against low income women and women of color. But is far from the only ban that discriminates against women of color and low-income women.
Newly elected Republicans around the country are hard at work dealing with the troubles afflicting our nation...access to abortion for women; The "Birthornot.com" couple makes a shocking decision; and surgeons gather from around the globe to address an entirely preventable and treatable childbirth-caused condition called obstetric fistula.
Texas wants to balance its budget on the backs of low-income pregnant women and seniors; Wikileaks founder under scrutiny and in the police-eye for...condomgate; and commenting on nitrous oxide for pain relief during labor.
LPGA ditches their "female at birth" policy, Speaker John Boehner has some frighteningly invasive anti-choice legislative plans in store for Americans, BPA may be responsible for infertility problems in women and is the Pope inspiring more religious mind expansion as it relates to condoms and birth control?
Florida is (unsuccessfully) attempting to get a Personhood measure on the ballot, New York's domestic workers are finally guaranteed one day off a week and paid leave, anti-choice advocates succesfully interject anti-choice language into a law about women veterans access to health care and Margaret Cho speaks out about Bristol Palin?
The Pentagon released the results of a review of the military if Don't Ask, Don't Tell were to be repealed. The conclusion? It's time to say good-bye to discrimination based on sexual orientation in the military. Our soldiers can handle it - and so can military leadership.
Republican House leadership feels the need to meet with violent, anti-choice "activist" Randall Terry while a Republican state representative in Minnesota is caught with a gun outside a Planned Parenthood.
Where are the pro-life forces when a pregnant inmate dies from lack of reproductive health care in jail and how can we prevent this from happening to other women? Planned Parenthood sues the state of Alaska, and it seems that physicians are giving women seeking birth control unnecessary pelvic exams...
Nadya Suleman may have been part of a fertility study without knowing it, same sex couples now have full visiting privileges at hospitals that participate in Medicaid and Medicare, a couple places their potential abortion up to a vote and more...
A Lame Duck Congress lives up to its name when it comes to fair pay, William Saletan tells women we should compromise our bodily autonomy because two guys have decided it's a good idea, contraception should be covered for women in the U.S. and more..
Sarah Palin's Alaska belongs to Senator Lisa Murkowski now. The Republican who ran an independent write-in campaign against Tea Party and Sarah Palin-backed candidate Republican Joe Miller will serve another term as U.S. Senator for Alaska.
William Saletan provides some "lessons for the pro-life crowd"; the FDA gets sued over emergency contraception; Rep. Steve Driehaus drops his complaint against the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List and more.
Will Congress be voting for fair pay? Will women soon have access to certified professional midwives in Illinois? And are women in the U.S. really getting the message that we're at risk of contracting HIV?
It's Veterans Day so I'm reminding myself (and others who need it) that our female vets are in need of gender specific health care upon returning home from combat; Sarah Palin and the Tea Party want less government - unless it has to do with abortion restrictions; a drug manufacturer of breast cancer treatment drugs adds cancer-causing agents to its drugs; and anorexic women face more unplanned pregnancies than do women who don't suffer from the disorder.
Katha Polllit writes in The Nation this week that with more anti-choice lawmakers in Congress, we may be looking at a whole host of anti-choice legislation this session. What will it look like? And what can pro-choice women do about it?
Teen girls are facing discimination in athletics, a transgender inmate vows to continue lawsuit against the state, the Massachusetts House sees a growing number of anti-choice lawmakers and more in today's afternoon round-up!
Women are sharing abortion experiences and support via the #ihadanabortion Twitter campaign, and (surprise!) everyone has an opinion. But Steph Herold, the woman behind the campaign, tells Rewire why she did it and why this is "just a start."
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