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Weekly News Round-Up

April 5, 2009

You can nominate your Women’s Health Hero for the Our Bodies Ourselves contest through May 1. There’s also a related Facebook group.

Remember, you have until April 9 to comment on the proposed rule that would rescind the Bush administration’s provider “conscience” rule.

Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General’s Database on Violence Against Women was launched. It contains data resulting from a 2008 questionnaire sent to all UN Member States asking about laws, resources, and approaches to violence against women. The database does not seem complete, but may be a good starting resource for those seeking information about these issues.

Via Mar at The Mongoose Chronicles I learned of the Women’s Health Advocacy Network, “an NGO dedicated to addressing issues of women’s health and sexual and reproductive rights in the Caribbean, and educating women on their patient rights and how to be agents in their own health care.”

Sex, Lies and Photoshop – a video op-ed in the New York Times with a fascinating look at retouching of photos for magazines, including a retoucher himself calling the practice “destructive.” And here’s a related post on the piece at Shakesville. [warning: video will start automatically, a pet peeve of mine]

Weekend Edition on NPR has a two-part story on rape in South Africa – Part 1 | Part 2

From the CDC, QuickStats: Birth Rates for Teens Aged 15–19 Years, by Age Group — United States, 1985–2007

Renee at Womanist Musings has a bunch more links in her newest installment of her regular round-up, Drop it Like it’s Hot.

From libraryland: Laika is poking the UpToDate beehive with a stick.

The Tennessee Files:
The Nation has a piece beginning thusly: “The Tennessee Valley Authority manipulated science methods to downplay water contamination caused by a massive coal ash disaster, according to independent technical experts and critics of the federally funded electrical company.”

That “forced drug testing for some pregnant women” bill is apparently being modified – see here.

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