Weekly News Round-Up, 4/18
At RHRC, Robin Marty has a rundown of states working to ban abortion coverage in health exchanges related to health reform legislation. This includes Tennessee, where HB 2681 has passed the state House and would “prohibit[s] coverage for abortion services under any health care plan through an exchange required to be established in this state pursuant to federal health care reform legislation.”
More locally, Speak to Power talks about concerns that have been raised about whether this bill could limit contraception coverage as well. My understanding is that local liberal talk radio show Liberadio(!) will be discussing the issue in their Monday show as well.
Speaking of Tennessee, the Unnecesarean has some summary c-section rates by hospital for the state. I’m really curious to know if the >80% rate listed for Baptist Treatment Center of Murfreesboro is a mistake or some weird circumstance (like they usually transfer births that aren’t emergencies, so end up with mostly c-sections) or what – if you have an idea, please share it in the comments over there.
I honestly don’t know if Margaret & Helen are for real, but I liked Helen’s recent post about politics and abortion, particularly paragraph four, which I won’t excerpt here so you have to go read it.
Obama takes on hospital visitation, including asking HHS for recommendations “on actions the Department of Health and Human Services can take to address hospital visitation, medical decisionmaking, or other health care issues that affect LGBT patients and their families.”
Science & Sensibility has The Fifth Healthy Birth Blog Carnival: Push it real good!
The Blog That Ate Manhattan discusses a price increase for one form of birth control, Mirena.
Bound for court: Nebraska makes abortion after 20 weeks illegal based on an unsupported hypothesis about fetal pain. Amanda Marcotte also writes about the bill for Slate. See these pieces for additional coverage of this and a second abortion-related bill in Nebraska.
I thought this post at the Pharma Marketing Blog, If Patients Know Best, then Patient Social Networks Can Help Capture and Report AEs, was very interesting – basically, it talks about how existing drug adverse event reporting tools are underutilized and networks of patients who are already congregating online could be tapped into for faster and better reporting.
The CDC has a new QuickStats table on the Percentage of Women Aged ≥18 Years Who had a Papanicolaou (Pap) Smear Test* During the Preceding 3 Years, by Age Group and Poverty Status [U.S. only, data from 2008].
Also, I went to a great lecture on transgender medicine this week and will have a post up with lists of mentioned resources sometime this week. After mentioning the lecture online, several people referred me to this recent CNN piece, ‘I am transgender, and I want my voice to be heard.’
Lee Wind at I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? has a great guest post, Why Saving the Los Angeles Public Library Matters to LGBT Writers & Readers: A Guest Post By Henry Gambill.