• As Long as it Takes
    I’m writing this just a few hours after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will no longer fight the court order that required the Federal government to remove age limits for purchasing over-the-counter (OTC) Emergency Contraception (EC). While there are still some important details to be worked out — including ensuring that lower-cost ...
  • Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
    Forty years ago, when a woman realized that she needed an abortion, her ability to get a safe procedure depended on where she lived and how much money she had. Forty years later, with abortion legal in all U.S. states thanks to the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, a woman can much more easily ...
  • Challenges to the Contraceptive Coverage Rule: What’s at Stake?
    Since the Obama Administration announced in August 2011 that health insurance plans would be required to cover contraceptive care without charging co-pays, over 50 lawsuits have been filed across the country claiming that requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception violates employers’ religious beliefs. The lawsuits may be making headlines, but the Administration’s rule ...
  • Changed FOR GOOD
    Last year, the NWHN received a generous donation from For Good, an endeavor established by Megan Williams in memory of her sister, Melissa, who passed away in 2007 from pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) in her lungs. Melissa’s family believes the clots were caused by Yaz, the birth control Melissa used.Yaz is an oral contraceptive that ...
  • Device Marketing to Doctors, In and Out of the OR
    By her early 30s, bone disease had deteriorated Katie Korgaokar’s hip so, in 2006, she had surgery to get a DePuy ASRTM metal-on-metal prosthetic hip replacement. The new metal hip prosthesis had been hailed as an innovation that would be more durable, and enable Katie to have more mobility, than a traditional plastic prosthesis. In ...
  • Digital Mammography: Is Newer Always Better?
    You may have noticed last time you got a mammogram that your facility uses digital imaging rather than traditional X-ray film. Why is that? And, is there any benefit to the newer techniques? In 2009, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) reviewed the evidence and updated its recommendations on breast cancer screening, it concluded ...
  • Direct-to-Consumer: Fertility Clinic Advertising on the Web
    The National Women’s Health Network has long argued for stricter regulation and elimination of direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising due to its tendency to overstate drugs’ benefits and understate risks in order to increase pharmaceutical companies’ profits. A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that every $1 the pharmaceutical industry spends on DTC advertising yields $4.20 in ...