I have 75 unread messages in my inbox, and they are all stories for this blog. I am sick of them clogging my inbox (newest to oldest, mostly):
Bush has threatened to veto any bill that loosens restrictions on abortion. Most importantly, this affects USAID funding. One of the big problems with the global gag rule is that it needlessly separates treatment. For example, a pregnant woman with HIV cannot go to a full-service women's clinic that does abortions for her health care (like a Planned Parenthood).
Slate goes over the no-"period" pill and comes to the conclusion that it will lower a woman's risk of endometrial cancer. Not ovulating also reduces the risk of ovarian cancer. The article also mentions a study that debunks the previous studies about breast feeding leading to lower rates of obesity. Slate also reviews a book on the social problems of IVF. On another site, a book about the cultural history of impotence. Speaking of Slate, there's been a lot of talk regarding Saletan, one of Slate's reporters. Also, a book review on the meaning of "virginity."
Oh, and speaking of fertility, women can freeze tissue from their ovaries to use later - this will extend her fertility. And the "designer babies" that are free from the breast cancer genes (via). Someone used MySpace.com to find a baby to adopt. Male births on the decline in the US and Japan.
RHRealityCheck fills us in on everything, including that abortion clinic threat in Austin (the cops arrested a suspect), second trimester abortions in the UK, and the Advocates for Youth ad campaign lambasting ab-only ed. Similarly, I think this is old, but I saw these French HIV ads.
Women who have c-sections have future placenta problems. Texas will not require the HPV Vaccine, Muslims have their own Dr. Ruth, there are semi-identical twins, paralyzed men can father children, the British health system is going to cover a patch that boosts women's sex drives, an article on the word "slut," the Texas Senate has approved a bill that would force a woman to see an ultrasound before having an abortion (Georgia is doing the same thing), girls are being taught about their cycles, and some people are upset.
Guttmacher has it's first quarter round-up of state legislative trends with respect to abortion. Romney talks about Giuliani's position on abortion. A woman keeps her dying son on life support while the doctors fight to remove it, as allowed under Texas law. Guttmacher also has a report on post-partum contraceptive use in Mexico.
Remember that guy who contracted with his girlfriend to have sex with the girlfriend's daughter? He was convicted.
Okay! Later: CEDAW.