Health Alerts For Women

Author Rebecca Chalker has written about genital cosmetic surgery

April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Rebecca Chalker’s article, “The ‘Perfect’ Porn Vulva: More Women Demanding Cosmetic Genital Surgery” was recently published in August. It is available to read on AlterNet, and exposes the increase in cosmetic genital surgeries among women, the financial incentives of physicians and women’s mystification about their bodies. Rebecca is the author of The Clitoral Truth (see our books section to find […] Read More

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March 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Kristi Stone, Sacramento, CA

January 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

I was also 18, and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life. At that time, having a child was not something I was ready to do. I do not regret having an early abortion. I feel that women should have the right to reproductive services, and in case of pregnancy, […] Read More

Women Demand Our Rights: Beyond Abortion Ban in Health Care Reform

December 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

This amendment would have permanently banned federally funded abortion, and eliminated abortion coverage from most privately funded health plans — institutionalizing discrimination against women, and further restricting access to abortion services.   The Senate moved to launch debate and ultimately vote on the Senate version of health reform. Fortunately, […] Read More

US Preventive Services Task Force Changes Mammogram Recommendations

November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

Read Breast Cancer Action’s fact sheet on breast cancer screening. Click here to read about the National Women’s Health Nework’s response.

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ACOG Announces New Pap Smear and Cancer Screening Guidelines

November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

Link to ACOG Announcement  about New Pap Smear Guidelines and Cancer Screening Guidelines.

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Laura K. Brown

November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

All of my menstrual extractions were positive experiences without noticeable physical side effects. Also, the fact that we used such a small sized cannula (4mm-5mm) meant that we did not do any extra dilation of the opening to the uterus. In turn, this meant that we did not need anesthetic that meant we […] Read More

Zoe Nicholson, Newport Beach, CA

November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

First I want to tell you that when I was forty-four and my reading eyes weren’t what they used to be, I missed the tiny stamped expiration date on a birth control product that had been in my drawer for over ten years and, to my surprise, I found myself pregnant. I went […] Read More

Carol Downer: Speech on Feminist position of “Islamo-Fascism”

September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

The following speech was delivered by Carol Downer on October 24, 2007, to a gathering outside the Ahmanson Building protesting the appearance of Ann Coulter on the University of Southern California campus. Carol Downer is a member of the board of directors of Women’s Health Specialists, Feminist Women’s Health Center of California, […] Read More

UPDATE ON THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ

September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Media calls the US presence in Iraq a “war”. It is not a war, it is an occupation. The War was over years ago. Remember the toppling of Saddam’s statue; President Bush standing on the aircraft carrier in front of the “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner? If it is a […] Read More

Exposing the Truth about Fake Clinics

September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

Fake clinics, often named Crisis Pregnancy Clinics, Hope Clinic, Women’s Resource Clinics, are funded by right wing and Christian organizations in order to deceive women into coming into their doors. They promote themselves as medical facilites, but their sole purpose is to talk women out of having abortions. […] Read More

Understanding and Exposing Population Control: The Colonization of Women’s Bodies

September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

Strategies to induce or coerce certain social groups to have or not have children are as old as the notion of private property. Power relationships that rely on racial purity, eliminating the poor or quelling revolution seek ways of controlling or influencing who is born. For the patriarch to pass on […] Read More

Justice Kennedy’s CARHART Opinion Points Finger of Shame at American Women Who Have Had Abortions

September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

In the Carhart decision, the US Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a particular abortion procedure in April, 2007, handing abortion opponents the long-awaited victory they expected from a more conservative branch. Justice Kennedy’s opinion is filled with account after account of the of the later abortion procedure.  He specifically […] Read More

No Compromise on Abortion Rights

September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

Feminists Decry Court Decision Criminalizing Some Abortions The US Supreme court, in the Carhart decision, upheld the Federal Abortion Ban on April 18th, 2007 ruling that the abortion restriction does not violate a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. (This is the decision on so-called Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act signed by President Bush). […] Read More

In Honor of Dr. George Tiller

September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

This text below is adapted from a the text of a speech that Carol Downer gave at a vigil for Dr. George Tiller on June 6, 2009, in Los Angeles.   MY NAME IS CAROL DOWNER AND I AM HERE TODAY TO HONOR GEORGE TILLER BY ACKNOWLEDGING HIS HUMANITY AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO […] Read More

A Call to Repeal the Hyde Restrictions on Funding for Abortions

September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

With the election of President Obama and a less conservative legislature, it is time to intensify our work for reproductive justice.  We at Women’s Health Specialists would like you to join us in an effort to repeal the Hyde restrictions.  It is time to restore federal funds, reproductive justice and choice, and safety […] Read More

Renee Samuels, Sacramento, CA

September 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

The idea of carrying this pregnancy to term was completely unacceptable to me. Then, at the age of 21, while working in retail for minimum wage, my birth control failed and I became pregnant again, by a man who had absolutely no interest in becoming a father. I chose to terminate the pregnancy. Thanks to […] Read More

Laurie O’Connell, Redding CA

July 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

But in rural areas like Northern California and throughout most of the country today, access is severely limited by a lack of doctors as well as cultural and socioeconomic challenges. And with anti-abortion terrorism on the rise, it’s even more essential to improve access and ensure our safety. In addition […] Read More

Mucinex and Fertility Awareness

June 26, 2009 | 0 Comments

Alert: Women have reported that taking Mucinex – an over-the-counter medication for reducing mucus for colds – can effect cervical mucus. For women who are using Fertility Awareness as a method of birth control or to become pregnant, taking Mucinex can interfere with detection of fertile mucus. Since mucinex makes Fertility Awareness less effective, women might want […] Read More

Violence Against Abortion Providers

June 1, 2009 | 0 Comments

     On Sunday, May 31, 2009, Dr. George Tiller was assassinated while attending his church in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Tiller has been the target of anti-abortion extremists for decades. His clinic was vandalized, picketed, and bombed, and in 1993 he was shot in the arms by Shelley Shannon (an anti-abortion terrorists in […] Read More