Blogs Indication On Supreme Court News, Pregnant Prisoner Health Care, Withdrawal Method, Other Topics
The next summarizes selected women's health-related blog entries.
~"Considering Common Ground and Our Modern Supreme Court Nominee," Cristina Page, Birth Control Watch: Leaf writes that the fact that appeals court Court Sonia Sotomayor, Obama's nominee to moderate retiring Supreme Court Amends David Souter, has served on the board of Childbirth Connection is of extensive interest, on account of Sotomayor's own views on women's health could mirror those of the organization. Page explains that the organization "takes no policy position on abortion, on the contrary it is very all the more a proponent of women's rights during childbirth." According to Page, Sotomayor's effort with Childbirth Connexion "stands out" on her resume as "the onliest entry that does not have a purely legal focus." Period writes, "To me, it's an substantial sign, and one from which pro-choice and women's health advocates can derive some comfort," as the aggregation is "dedicated to identifying and promoting first practices in women's health based on rigorous scientific evidence." She adds, "If Sotomayor's connection to the congregation is any indication of the value she places in science and her fear for the field of medicine, her nomination is good news for women's health." Sheet very provides a link to audio of her appearance on a radio show to converse "common ground" in the abortion-rights debate. She writes that David Gushee, an abortion-rights enemy who as well appeared on the show, was genuinely "reasonable and looking for solutions." Page adds, "Listening to him gives me faith in this dewy and albeit inadequate movement of pro-lifers who genuinely yen to advice policies that help lower the compulsion for abortion" (Page, Birth Government Watch, 5/27).
~ "Unshackling Female Prisoners in Labor," Abigail Kramer, Salon's "Broadsheet": Remain week, the Fresh York management Legislature passed a measure that would prevent the state's prisons from using handcuffs or shackles on pregnant female inmates during labor. Similar laws exist in three other states. Kramer writes, "Handcuffs and shackles for women in labour pose problems beyond the obvious snafu of duration brutal, inhumane and bat's balls freaking crazy." She continues, "Having a baby is generally understood to be a wee bit uncomfortable," adding, "Not continuance able to proceeding can increase the pain and slow down or complicate labor" and "restraints can foundation a delay provided a woman has to be rushed off for an emergency C-section -- which, as a doctor points elsewhere in Amnesty's autochthonous announcement on institutional coercion against women prisoners, can lead to brain damage for the baby." In addition, "women giving birth bear not turned absent to pose a tremendous flight risk to the nation's criminal [justice] system: When Amnesty International asked prison administrators to provide examples of preceding in-labor escape attempts, they came up with exactly... well, zero," Kramer concludes (Kramer, "Broadsheet," Salon, 5/28).
~ "Be Responsible: Accord Your Partner Drugs!" Norah Hazelton, National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association's "Family PlanIt": "One business I elicit pretty clearly from female ed in high academy health troop ... was that whether one person in a couple is diagnosed with an [sexually transmitted infection] and gets treatment, it's authentic important to get the other partner tested and treated because otherwise you can equitable location up passing it back and forth," Hazelton writes. She continues, "Trouble is, a lot of STIs don't enjoy symptoms and it can be onerous getting someone with no symptoms to take the extent (and money) to push gawk a doctor." Hazelton writes, "Thankfully, expedited partner therapy (EPT), the practice of treating partners without a medical assessment, is fitting augmented and aggrandized popular." She adds, "With 19 million latest cases of STIs each year in the U.S. (costing an estimated $15.9 billion annually), any options that could diminish those numbers must to be considered seriously." Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended and endorsed EPT, "there are all the more manifold legal barriers," according to Hazelton, who adds that "EPT is imaginable prohibited in 11 states, and its status is unclear in 24 states as great as the Local of Columbia and Puerto Rico." However, "the tide does seem to be turning in favour of legalizing EPT," as 15 states already obtain fully legalized some form of EPT, with several additional states considering similar laws. She concludes, "Gotta ardency it when legislative trends favor sensible, medically sound options that employment to ameliorate people's reproductive health!" (Hazelton, "Family PlanIt," Civic Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, 5/28).
~ "Exit Strategy," Dana Goldstein, The American Prospect's "Tapped": A cutting edge paper published in the magazine Contraception argues that the "withdrawal approach -- known colloquially, of course, as 'pulling out' before ejaculation" -- is "actually nearly as effective as condoms in preventing pregnancy," Goldstein writes. She continues, "Against the back-drop of a rising teen pregnancy degree and ongoing political fights over the Obama administration's decision to incision some abstinence-only funding, habitual health experts are sharply divided on the implications of the recent paper, especially with regard to sex education." While some advocates "believe teenagers should be encouraged to knowledge withdrawal in some contexts" -- for example, if they don't acquire a condom or if their religious views oppose hormonal birth control -- "others caution that emphasizing withdrawal's do rate ignores teen boys' relative lack of self-control compared to human race men, and downplays teen girls' demand to share management over contraception," Goldstein writes. Furthermore, she continues, there is "no reliable check on the method's success ratio among adolescents in particular," and "talking positively approximately withdrawal takes the center off condoms, which are the alone pathway to protect against" sexually transmitted infections. Much the paper's lead author, Rachel Jones of the Guttmacher Institute, warns that anecdotal evidence shouldn't be relied upon when assessing withdrawal. Jones says that "it does considerably chop the risk of pregnancy." Debra Hauser, executive vice president of Advocates for Youth, concurs, stating, "When men is held out as forbidden fruit, fledgling people are not prepared for planning it. It just category of happens. If at that point, all you have is withdrawal, then my goodness, withdraw!" Martha Kemper, vice president of SIECUS, adds, "I think everything should be talked about with teens." According to Goldstein, "As the political consensus shifts elsewhere from abstinence-only, debates approximating this one will credible be remodelled more common." She adds, "Even those skeptical of the reported withdrawal arrival rates divulge dispute over the method provides a whole fighting chance to discipline teenagers the charitable of critical thinking and evidence-assessment cold in creation health decisions" (Goldstein, "Tapped," The American Prospect, 5/26).
~"Supreme Court Adjustment Pretends Pregnancy Discrimination Doesn't Harm Women," Kay Steiger, RH Verisimilitude Check: Steiger writes, "Few things underscore the Supreme Court's exigency of diversity more than the advanced ruling in a pregnancy discrimination case, AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen," in which the court ruled that AT&T's policy -- allot prior to subject of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978 -- of defining clear maternity for employees as personal green light allows the association to grip such dispensation outside of women's pensions. In Hulteen, "the court was primarily concerned with 'seniority systems,'" and thanks to AT&T's accommodation of "treating pregnancy assent as personal liberty was considered legal at the time, the company is not required to amend its pension development now," Steiger says. According to Steiger, "One of the most disturbing things" about the ruling "is that it seems to suggest that pregnancy discrimination is not women discrimination. That determination could chalk up vast and reaching impacts on women in this country." In addition, she writes, the "underlying context" in the contingency is that pregnancy discrimination cases "are becoming harder and harder to win." Steiger continues, "It's not beside the point to comment that the court is composed mostly of fair men." She adds that Head of the state Obama's nomination of a female judge to interchange retiring Justice David Souter "is well justified if the interests of victims of discrimination are to be exceptional protected by the Supreme Court" (Steiger, RH Facts Check, 5/27).
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Added: June 1, 2009
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