I hadn't planned on doing another news round up so soon, but I have all these e-mails!
First, though, Happy Birthday to my sister, who, no matter how old she is, will always be my little sister!
Okay, and the news!
So let's go back to some recent news round ups and follow-up on two things. One, the woman who was suing about having time to breast feed during her medical boards won. Also, we talked about the Global Gag Rule. I'm not going to get into it here again, but it's a big political mess, and the chances of President Bush doing right by the women of the world are slim. Nonetheless, urge him to sign the Foreign Ops appropriations bill, with the Boxer/Snowe amendment, should he ever receive it from Congress. The impact of the Global Gag Rule has been well-documented by, among others, IPAS and PAI.
And the new stuff:
I was at a friend's house the other day, and while we were flipping through the TV stations, we heard O'Reilly talking about the Maryland case where the woman maybe killed her fetuses and how she can't be prosecuted, and people were all angry about it, but it's not unique to Maryland. I think all states that have feticide/fetal homicide laws have exceptions for the woman. Including, recently decided, Missouri.
EC isn't available in all NYC teen health clinics, and a federal court has ruled that dispensing EC to teens without parental consent is legal. Speaking of constitutional issues, Verizon has denied NARAL's request to use Verizon for a text messaging program. NARAL already has a campaign going about this. [Ed. Verizon has already reversed its earlier decision!]
CNN gives a run down on gyn disorders and possible treatments, the Beeb tells pregnant women to exercise, but not too strenuously, the oh-so-predictable baby boom 9 months after a blizzard, chewable birth control may become more widely available shortly, enforcement of TRAP law in Missouri blocked.
In Foreign News, Hungary has issued prostitution permits, and the EU has approved GSK's HPV vaccine, Cervarix. Also, biggest baby ever born in Russia (17.5 lbs!), the Archibishop of the Church of Mozambique says that condoms from Europe are infected with HIV to kill off Africans, the UK health system says women should have greater control over their childbirth, man hit by lighting and told he was sterile is expecting a baby,