Health Alerts For Women

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


May 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the Self-Help Women’s Health Information Sharing Blog. Please post your comments, questions, and experiences in women’s health. Share with other women health issues that are important to you – they will likely be important to other women as well. Over the years, as self-helpers have learned that women share commonality of experiences and concerns. […] Read More

The Birth Control Patch and Strokes

July 17, 2005 | 0 Comments

On July 17, 2005, the Associated Press (AP) published an article on deaths and serious health risks of strokes that may be related to the birth control patch. The birth control patch is a square patch that is placed on the skin. It contains hormone-like drugs, similar to those found in the birth control pill, which […] Read More

Health Care Reform: A Case for Single Payer Reimbursement for Abortion

January 1, 1970 | 1 Comment

The Chilling Effect of Managed Care on Women Who Seek Abortions The two questions most commonly asked by women when they call an abortion clinic for services are “Is abortion safe?’ and “Is my appointment confidential?” The issues surrounding abortion, unlike other medical procedures, are unique for women. The stigma of […] Read More