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Weekly News Round-Up, Digital Divide Style

March 27, 2010

Birthing Beautiful Ideas has a criticism of What to Expect When You’re Expecting‘s VBAC “advice.”

The CDC released a report on Recent Trends in Cesarean Delivery in the United States [PDF]. First among the key findings: “The cesarean rate rose by 53% from 1996 to 2007, reaching 32%, the highest rate ever reported in the United States.”

Via a round-up at FWD/Forward, Some Reasons to Provide Transcripts. Also, Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Via RHRC, I learned of a South Carolina bill requiring women to wait 24 hours to get an abortion after seeing an ultrasound. Regular readers know I feel about such laws. The kind of innovative thing, I think, is that women can go get their forced ultrasound anywhere and print time-stamped material from the web that they’ve done it, eliminating the need to go to a specific clinic multiple times incurring time, travel, work, costs. So, the requirement sucks and is paternalistic BS, but at least women really far away from clinics don’t have to make that trek twice or stay in a hotel away from home, and so on.

Also at RHRC, Amie Newman asks Will Cute Bunnies Persuade the FDA to Finally Rule on EC for Younger Women? I don’t know about persuading the FDA, but it they certainly reminded me of an issue I hadn’t been thinking about recently.

There was a conference on breastfeeding and feminism; I don’t see any conference materials online, but you can at least see a list of topics and presenters (so maybe get some ideas of people whose work to look for).

At ScienceBlogs, specifically Culture Dish, Skloot Launches FAQ Blog Series Answering Reader Questions About The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’m currently #25 in line of 98 holds at my public library to read this book.

In other book-y things, Feministing points to the 22nd annual Lambda Literary Award Nominees. And Samhita has a post on Redefining Asians and the Internet: I Am Not Your Fetish. And, back to health things, Vanessa writes about some Catholic nuns standing up for health reform and against the bishops who were calling for more anti-abortion provisions.

A guest blogger at Shakesville writes about the use of “female” as a noun, as in “a female.” This always bugs me about the notices that go out at the larger workplace about self-defense classes “for females.”

I missed posting anything about Back Up Your Birth Control Day, but Frau Sally Benz was on it with great resources at Feministe.

What you’ve all seen already: President Obama Signs Executive Order on Abortion. Relatedly, There’s a petition to ask the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to stop funneling money to the anti-choice candidates like Stupak.

What the what??!? Health bill restores $250 million in abstinence-education funds.

Via disabilitygov on Twitter, information on accessibility at U.S. National Parks.

Amy at Science & Sensibility is calling for entries for the 5th Healthy Birth Blog Carnival.

The Alabama Birth Coalition is asking supporters to contact their legislators regarding Senate Bill 414, the bill to license Certified Professional Midwives in Alabama.

Ms. Magazine has a midwife profile article posted.

Abortion ban proposal to be on Colo. ballot

From the Office of Women’s Health, New $3 Million Federally-Funded Public Health Initiative Aims to Identify and Help Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Prevent Abuse and Unplanned Pregnancy.

From the CDC’s MMWR, Racial and Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration, by State — National Immunization Survey, United States, 2004–2008.

Via Siobhan at Bringing Health Information to the Community, NLM Tox Town has released a Bisphenol A (BPA) page (providing consumer health info on the topic).

From Baltimore, Libraries help fill city nutrition gaps.

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  1. Tay permalink
    April 5, 2010 9:47 am

    Okay. Is it just me or have the abstinence only bandwagon members not seen all the teens and women in general who have been taught abstinence only and still get “knocked up”? Perhaps they should focus on teaching both concepts, a “wait until marriage” message along with a “but if you don’t, here’s how to protect yourself” message. Seems the government is sponsoring irresponsibility and setting the stage for increased STDs and unwanted pregnancies.

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