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Weekly News Round-Up – More Links Than You Can Handle

August 2, 2009

From some recent event or conference, and via @kgs, “Information is how librarians express love.” Check out the links to information below and consider yourself loved, because there is lots and lots of good stuff this week. 🙂

I’m going to refer you to Our Bodies Our Blog, of course. We’ll be on a bit of a sabbatical this week, but there are plenty of recent posts of interest to catch up on. Via one of Christine’s recent posts, for example, I learned of Oakland-based Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, which “work(s) toward the day when all people have the power and resources to make healthy decisions about our gender, bodies and sexuality for ourselves, our families and our communities.”

It’s World Breastfeeding Week. Check out the link for information about the campaign and this year’s theme of emergency response.

Relatedly, a reference page on breastfeeding laws by state. [via David Rothman] See also The Business Case for Breastfeeding.

There’s also a piece up at Huffington Post on Why Breastfeeding Needs To Be Part of Health Care Reform. [I can’t in good conscience link to HuffPo on a medical topic without also pointing to a critique of their handling of many health/medical topics, such as this one from Orac at ScienceBlogs. If you ever read health-related stories at HuffPo, you really need to read and absorb Orac’s piece.]

Guttmacher has a literature review [PDF] examining the impact of restrictions on Medicaid funding of abortion. The note that the data on this topic is kind of weak. See also the National Network of Abortion Funds campaign, Hyde – 30 Years is Enough! has had a makeover. It looks all 2.0ey.

Speaking of regulations, why on earth hasn’t action been taking on the conscience clause rescission? Okay, so the public comment period closed *only* 4 months ago, but it feels like ages, doesn’t it?

A new issue of On the Issues is available. Do check out the article, Trans Health Care Is A Life and Death Matter. See also Questioning Transphobia’s Results of survey on health of Massachusetts LGBT community published.

The July/August issue of Women’s Health Matters is also available, and I have a piece there about the economy and access to (especially reproductive) health care, and choices made in hard times.

The Center for Reproductive Rights has a report out, Defending Human Rights, on abortion providers and their work to ensure women’s access to accurate medical information, safe procedures, and human rights.

Nicholas Kristoff ponders in a New York Times op-ed whether “paternal mortality” would be a global top priority if men had the babies instead of women.

Coverage of the Girlfriends Project, which uses house parties to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention knowledge among Black women in Pittsburgh.

From ProPublica and the Huffington Post (see my HuffPo issues above), Despite Promises, Some Rape Victims Stuck Paying Exam Bills. According to the piece, all states indicate that they are complying with recently enacted provisions to pay for forensic rape exams, but some individual law enforcement agencies may not be. – an online U.S. government resource with information on disability law, assistive technology, disability benefits, housing, grants and scholarships, health care, and other topics. [via @shamsha]

When you read this AHRQ summary, Childbirth injuries fall sharply but more could be prevented, you’ll have to remind yourself that the authors are not considering c-section *itself* to be a childbirth-related injury or obstetrical trauma – for c-sections, they consider injury “How often a woman experiences a tear (trauma) in her perineum—the area between her vagina and rectum—or to any of the birth-related organs inside her body, during a cesarean (surgical) delivery of a baby.” The intentional tear (surgical incision) to the uterus (a birth-related organ, last time I checked) required to perform a c-section is not counted, or the rate of injury for c-section would be 100%, yeah?

More health in health disparities that sadly don’t surprise us – Individuals living in predominantly white, wealthy, and educated neighborhoods have better melanoma prognosis.

Via the Drug Policy Alliance, an open letter to Congress on ending the war on drugs.

Via myMADRE, The Nicaraguan Abortion Ban Tortures Women. Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz has a post on this as well.

The National Advocates for Pregnant Women on what you can do regarding the demonizing language coming from anti-abortion voices (particularly those who use language of genocide), and an essay from NAPW director Lynn Paltrow, Pregnant Women and Mothers Deserve Better.

At Pushed Birth, Health Care Reform Needs Midwives.

RH Reality Check has more stuff than I can keep up with on health care reform, reproductive rights, and related topics.

Kate Harding from Shapely Prose at We are the Real Deal on those horrible commercials trying to convince people they need a prescription drug for some made up “condition” of not enough eyelashes. Ugh.

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