Monthly Archives: January 2009

Family Planning and the Stimulus Package

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed an economic stimulus package. A previous version of the bill had included provisions for supplying contraception to low-income women on Medicaid. When House Republicans objected to the provision, President Obama asked the … Continue reading

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Study Finds C-Sections May Increase Childbirth Complications

The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently published a study that found an increased risk of childbirth complications linked to birth by cesarean section.  The study compared births in 1988-89 to 2004-05, finding that the need for blood transfusions increased … Continue reading

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San Francisco AG Files Suit Over Discriminatory Health Insurance Policies

The City of San Francisco’s Attorney General has filed suit against state health insurance regulators  because of the current regulations’ discriminatory effects on women.  The suit contends that insurance commissioner Steve Poizner and director of the Department of Managed  Health … Continue reading

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Congress Passes Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

On Tuesday, Congress passed the final version of the Lilly Ledbetter  Fair Pay Act in a 250-177 vote.  This comes on the heels of the Senate  passing it last week. President Obama signed the bill into law yesterday at the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Strengthens Protections in Title VII Cases

Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Crawford v. Nashville which strengthened employees’ protections against retaliation by their employers during the investigation of employment discrimination cases. Vicky Crawford was an employee of the city government of Nashville, TN, … Continue reading

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WNBA Star Candace Parker and Pregnant Athletes

The New York Times reports that Candace Parker, of the Los Angeles Sparks, is pregnant and due in the spring. The article touches on the fact that a high-profile athlete’s pregnancy could be a good conduit for talking about the … Continue reading

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What Do Women Want?

The New York Times Magazine recently published a story outlining different approaches to understanding the different experiences of women and men in sex. The article emphasizes the recent surge in research in the field of female sexuality, which was at … Continue reading

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