• NWHN Statement on Contemporary Hormonal Contraception and the Risk of Breast Cancer
    December 7, 2017
    NWHN Statement on Contemporary Hormonal Contraception and the Risk of Breast Cancer The following statement can be attributed to Cynthia A. Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network The Danish Sex Hormone Registry study on the risk of breast cancer with current hormonal contraception provides valuable information to help people making decisions about contraception. The ...
  • Soaring Prescription Drug Costs: Why the price just isn’t right
    December 7, 2017
    By Eliana Kosova Given the divisiveness of our current political climate, it sometimes seems like Americans simply cannot agree on anything. Reducing costs of prescription drug prices may be the exception! A recent public opinion poll revealed that “77 percent of Americans believe that the prices of prescription drugs are unreasonable.” Research also shows that “7 ...
  • We must STOP the GOP Tax Scam!
    November 29, 2017
    Congressional Republicans’ effort to pass their tax bill is under way. Now we must fight even harder to KILL THE BILL! Senate Republicans cleared one of their last procedural hurdles yesterday when the Senate Budget Committee voted to move the GOP tax bill to the floor. The bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual ...
  • How much do different kinds of birth control cost without insurance?
    November 17, 2017
    By Elly Kosova When NWHN’s Policy Advocacy Director Sarah Christopherson was invited to speak at a Women’s Health Magazine panel on contraceptive access, she eagerly accepted, excited to talk to young women about their options. A few days before the event, she emailed me about a new research assignment. I think of myself as a pretty prepared ...
  • NWHN’s Take on Alex Azar: An Interview with Cindy Pearson
    November 13, 2017
    Over the last year, the Trump Administration has repeatedly appointed unqualified individuals to key public health posts. Alex Azar, Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is part of this same trend. Fresh from Eli Lilly, Azar has spent the past 10 years in Big Pharma. We sat down with ...
  • What do we expect when we need pregnancy or abortion help?
    November 9, 2017
    You’ve probably seen ads for “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs, also called “pregnancy resource centers”), those fake clinics designed to appear like real comprehensive reproductive health clinics. Sometimes they set up right next to real clinics, mimicking the real clinic’s name and logo. They advertise under “abortion services,” burying in fine print that they don’t really ...
  • Do YOU Want to Join the NWHN Board of Directors?
    October 30, 2017
    Do YOU Want to Join the NWHN Board of Directors? Who wouldn’t? It’s election time again, and the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) is inviting nominations for our board of directors. We are seeking candidates who understand the NWHN’s mission, support its goals, and are committed to the organization’s activist nature. We value diversity in ...
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    October 20, 2017
    Far too many women, 1 in 8 to be precise, are diagnosed with breast cancer.  Thanks to earlier detection – through screening and increased awareness – and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer has dropped almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015, saving 322,000 lives. Reductions in the unnecessary use of menopause ...
  • Standing up against Trump’s attack on birth control
    October 13, 2017
    Last week the Trump Administration released two new rules to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s contraception coverage, effective immediately. Unless the courts stop them, millions of employers will have the right to deny their employees birth control coverage for any reason—or no reason at all. What has the contraceptive coverage rule meant for women and ...
  • Let Women Get the Abortion Pill (Mifepristone) from Pharmacies
    October 6, 2017
    In exciting news this week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the FDA in an effort to remove medically unnecessary barriers and make medication abortion more accessible. Since its approval in France in 1987, scientists and doctors have known that medication abortion, also called abortion with pills, is a safe and ...