• Protect science at federal agencies
    November 15, 2018
    At the National Women’s Health Network, we are deeply concerned about the state of science under the Trump-Pence administration. Respect for science and scientists at federal agencies has dangerously eroded over the last 21 months. By repeatedly hiding, mischaracterizing, and ignoring scientific data in the rule making process, the administration has threatened public health and ...
  • Removing barriers to voting is essential to the advancement of women’s health
    November 13, 2018
    By: Julia Vitale Women’s suffrage has been an essential factor in the advancement of women’s rights, including abortion, contraception, health care coverage, and protections against discrimination in the workplace. It is no surprise that women’s voting rights, and voting rights in general, still take center stage among feminists and civil rights activists. Even though it ...
  • Getting an IUD: How one size does not fit all
    October 17, 2018
    By: Tessa Ruff In college, getting a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) was in vogue. It seemed like everywhere I went, women were talking about how their IUD had changed their life for the better. I was on the pill, and honestly, I wasn’t that great at taking it at the same time every day because I ...
  • Vaginal laser surgery? Just say no!
    August 16, 2018
    By: Cindy Pearson and Abby Miller In late June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against using lasers (“energy-based” devices) for vaginal “rejuvenation” or vaginal cosmetic procedures. According to the FDA, using lasers in this way can lead to vaginal burns, scarring, pain during intercourse and chronic pain. These devices have been approved ...
  • The Future of Health Care Under Brett Kavanaugh: Part 2
    August 10, 2018
    By: Olivia Lyman Did you know that the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment? This means that Brett Kavanaugh could undermine women’s health for decades to come. Beyond rolling back access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraception, the Supreme Court will be making decisions surrounding other major health care issues. This includes possibly overturning ...
  • The Future of Reproductive Rights Under Brett Kavanaugh
    August 3, 2018
    By: Olivia Lyman Trump campaigned with a promise to conservatives that he would nominate to the Supreme Court a justice willing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that established the constitutional right to abortion in 1973. Trump is fulfilling that promise with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s track ...
  • Trump’s Title X rule is much more than a gag rule
    July 3, 2018
    On June 1, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule that would drastically change Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. Trump’s rule not only prohibits family planning providers from referring patients for abortion care, but it also instructs Title X providers to offer intentionally confusing information if a ...
  • Model Minority Mutiny
    May 31, 2018
    By Madelyn McKeague Throughout my life, there has been an expectation of perfection. Grades, tests, careers, relationships; everyone expected it all to meet a certain standard. I had fallen victim to the model minority myth. The model minority myth is the false notion that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) just naturally succeed and have somehow overcome ...
  • Crossing the Intersection of Immigration and Reproductive Justice
    May 3, 2018
    By Negar Esfandiari and Madelyn McKeague When we think of reproductive justice, our minds tend to gravitate towards subjects like abortion rights, maternal health, and access to birth control. In Trump’s America, it’s become easy to manufacture divisions among different advocacy issues simply because everyone is fighting to make their communities visible in the face of ...
  • We’re Still Here: Why the HHS Censoring Women’s Health Matters
    April 6, 2018
    By: Negar Esfandiari The internet is a big part of healthcare in the current moment. If you have a sore throat, you might check WebMD for symptoms of strep throat or a cold. Upon finding a new mole, maybe you’ll take to Google to determine whether or not you should show it to your doctor. Or ...