Weekly News Round-Up, 10/25
I’m biased, of course, but there’s lots of good stuff at Our Bodies Our Blog (as usual!), including a guest piece from OBOS intern Meg Young on sex education and the UU program on the topic, Our Whole Lives.
Order your free 2010 women’s health calendar (in English or Spanish) from the National Women’s Health Information Center.
Amie at RH Reality Check has a piece on preexisting condition exclusions women sometimes face from health insurance companies.
Arts4Choice uses photographs and sound “to show Canadians that women who have had abortions are their mothers, sisters, neighbours and friends.” The online exhibit reminds us that these women don’t look like the monsters they’re sometimes portrayed as.
MedlinePlus has added some Pet Health information.
Wired ran a good piece on the anti-vaccine movement.
Renee at Womanist Musings has some links to interesting pieces in her weekly round-up.
National Advocates for Pregnant Women announced the winners of their writing contest for law students on pregnant women’s civil and human rights, and you can read a couple of the pieces from links on the announcement.
I Heart Guts has a “Menstrual Flow Chart” – an illustrated explanation of the menstrual cycle. On one hand, it’s kind of cute and lighthearted, what with the cartoony uterus and whatnot. On the other, that’s a whole lot of pink, and when the creator explains its purpose as “so I can justify to my poor husband exactly why I am feeling totally insane,” I cringe more than a little about the implications there about women and also want to refer to this post from FWD/Forward on inclusionary language. [Via Jezebel]
Arwyn at Raising My Boychick has an interesting post on how women who choose to give birth without pain meds are discouraged by others and told the pain isn’t worth it, while most people would not make the same arguments to athletes enduring pain.
HHS released a report, Health Insurance Reform and Breast Cancer: Making the Health Care System Work for Women. The agency also announced a plan “to establish the nation’s first national resource center to assist communities across the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.”
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has a page of information up on H1N1 influenza for pregnant women and their healthcare providers. Tragically, they selected Comic Sans as the font for said page of information.