Monthly Archives: July 2009

Debate Over Screening for Postpartum Depression

The “Melanie Blocker-Stokes Moms’ Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression Act” or more commonly known as the “Melanie Blocker-Stokes MOTHERS Act” is causing a surprising petition war on Capitol Hill. The Act calls for federal … Continue reading

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Rep. Murphy Introduces Bill to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

As a follow up to our recent post on former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s public statements against the policy of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” we bring you good news from the U.S. Congress:  Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA, 8th District), … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood Study Finds Ways to Decrease Infection With Abortion Pill

A new study by Planned Parenthood shows that the risk of infections associated with abortion pills can be decreased by taking the drugs orally (instead of vaginally) and with a concurrently prescribed course of antibiotics.  After infections and some deaths … Continue reading

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Court Requires Pharmacists to Dispense Plan B

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court unanimously agreed that pharmacists are required to dispense Plan B to patients regardless of any personal or religious objections to the drug. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth … Continue reading

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Justice Ginsburg and Women on the Court

In the current issue of the New York Times Magazine, Emily Bazelon interviews Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (PDF) about the importance of women sitting on the Supreme Court bench.  No stranger to the feminist movement, before her appointment to the … Continue reading

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Despite Public Opinion, Anti-choice Democrats Oppose Abortion Funding in Health Care Reform

Last month, 19 anti-choice House Democrats sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi opposing any health care reform that includes funding for abortion. Among the congress members signing the letter were Pennsylvania Representatives John Murtha, Kathleen Dahlkemper, … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

A recent article in the New York Times looks into the life and history of Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, the first Hispanic woman to serve in the president’s cabinet. The article begins with a quote from the speech … Continue reading

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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:” Still There, Still Wrong

Yesterday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and again called for the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy to be reviewed. We have blogged about the wrong-headedness of this policy before, here and … Continue reading

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Checking in on Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, is one of the most powerful women in the world. Since she is also one of the few women leading a country right now, it never hurts to keep track of how she is … Continue reading

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Allegheny County Council Approves Human Relations Commission

Last night, after three hours of comments from community members and debate among council members, the Allegheny County Council voted 8-6 to approve an ordinance banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation and … Continue reading

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