So I still owe you a post about CEDAW, and that is coming. Friday, I promise! In the meantime, there's a whole bunch of stuff you should know about.
The LA Times has a story about how Merck really screwed up pushing so hard for the HPV Vaccine to be covered. Speaking of, the NCI released new data on the vaccine, and it looks good (although I can't read this one, apparently maybe pregnant women shouldn't get the vaccine). But, um, the good news is that if you have herpes, you might not get the plague!
Support staff is improperly doing the work of midwives, and putting women & babies in the UK at risk. Some women, "freebirthers," do the whole thing on their own.
A challenge to Mexico City's new law allowing first trimester abortions will be heard by the Supreme Court. Poland continues to protect abortion to some extent, and decides not to roll back rights.
Interesting frozen embryo case proceeding - so far there's no federal precedent, but embryos are treated as property. And a surrogate in FL won't give up the baby. Eric Rudolph is an ass, even from behind bars.
Brazil is handing out contraceptives; on the other hand, a woman in Montana received this note when she went to fill her prescription (from a company that took out this ad). Also, our government here in the US has included ab-only education its 5 year strategic plan, even though 90% of parents in California support comprehensive sex-ed. Hey, did you know there's an Abstinence Day and a National Abstinence Education Association? Seriously though, how much do we have to beat this dead horse?
Schools for pregnant girls in NY are being shut down, according to this article, for very good reason (hint: geometry = quilt-making)! Speaking of shady dealings, Keroack fudged his credentials for his job with the US government overseeing the ab-only b.s.
A woman has twins at the age of 60 and is the oldest person in the US to do so. People like to donate sperm anonymously; the inability to do so has led to a shortage of sperm. Donor eggs are hard to gather, and can be very expensive. The NYT points out that paying for eggs may raise some ethical issues.
On the opt-in thing, my friend sent me these two articles. Irresponsible blogger I am, I haven't read them yet. And on a personal note, stop being an ass to your single friends! Speaking of single, it was not very nice of me to mention to my newest beau that older fathers have children with specific medical problems, like schizophrenia and autism. But it's still true.
And lastly, the requisite animal contraception article: Kangaroos!