Women's Issues

2024-05-22 18:44:32
by Dan McCue
Senators Say State Abortion Ban Causing Exodus of Women’s Health Care Providers

WASHINGTON — A trio of Democratic senators assailed abortion bans in Republican-led states on Tuesday, pointing to a new report... Read More

WASHINGTON — A trio of Democratic senators assailed abortion bans in Republican-led states on Tuesday, pointing to a new report that suggests those laws are forcing women’s health care providers to turn away patients, shut down practices and abandon those... Read More

Trump Says He Is Open to Restrictions on Contraception Before Backing Away From Statement

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was open to supporting regulations on contraception and that his campaign would release a... Read More

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was open to supporting regulations on contraception and that his campaign would release a policy on the issue “very shortly,” comments that he later said were misinterpreted. The comments, made during an interview with... Read More

2024-05-13 17:07:12
by Beth McCue
Finnish Study Finds Link Between Premature Menopause and Mortality Risk

OULU, Finland — A study by researchers at University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital in Finland found women who enter... Read More

OULU, Finland — A study by researchers at University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital in Finland found women who enter menopause before the age of 40 are more likely to die young, but may lower their risk with hormone therapy.... Read More

2024-05-03 15:29:07
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims to Take the Mystery Out of Menopause

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate bill would provide $275 million to advance federal research and enhance medical services for women... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate bill would provide $275 million to advance federal research and enhance medical services for women experiencing menopause. The bill, the Advancing Menopause Care and Mid-Life Women’s Health Act, was introduced Thursday by Sen. Patty Murray,... Read More

2024-05-01 21:28:40
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Vote Spells End to Arizona’s Archaic Abortion Law

PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers voted to repeal the state’s controversial, Civil War-era ban on abortion on Wednesday with two Republicans... Read More

PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers voted to repeal the state’s controversial, Civil War-era ban on abortion on Wednesday with two Republicans joining with Democrats to ensure the measure passed. The vote in the Republican-controlled Arizona state Senate was 16-14, with every... Read More

2024-04-30 20:21:50
by Beth McCue
It's a Long and Winding Road for Older Women in Search of Health Care

WASHINGTON — Nearly 60 years ago, James Brown told us, “This is a man’s world,” and sadly, it appears as... Read More

WASHINGTON — Nearly 60 years ago, James Brown told us, “This is a man’s world,” and sadly, it appears as true today as it was when the song first became a hit. Despite the efforts of hundreds of thousands of... Read More

Mammograms Should Start at 40 to Address Rising Breast Cancer Rates at Younger Ages, Panel Says

Regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer should start younger, at age 40, according to an influential U.S. task force.... Read More

Regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer should start younger, at age 40, according to an influential U.S. task force. Women ages 40 to 74 should get screened every other year, the group said. Previously, the task force had said... Read More

'Vampire Facials' Linked to Cases of HIV. Here's What to Know About the Beauty Treatment

Three women were diagnosed with HIV after getting “vampire facial” procedures at an unlicensed New Mexico medical spa, the Centers... Read More

Three women were diagnosed with HIV after getting “vampire facial” procedures at an unlicensed New Mexico medical spa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report last week, marking the first documented cases of people contracting the virus through... Read More

2024-04-24 20:20:20
by Dan McCue
First Lady Jill Biden Salutes ‘The Power of Research’ at DC Symposium

WASHINGTON — Even years after the fact, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden recalled the moment with a sense of astonished... Read More

WASHINGTON — Even years after the fact, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden recalled the moment with a sense of astonished disbelief. Biden was second lady, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, at the time, and Maria Shriver was the... Read More

2024-04-24 20:08:40
by Dan McCue
FDA Approves New Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration approved Pivya (pivmecillinam) tablets for the treatment of female adults with uncomplicated urinary... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration approved Pivya (pivmecillinam) tablets for the treatment of female adults with uncomplicated urinary tract infections.  “Uncomplicated UTIs are a very common condition impacting women and one of the most frequent reasons for antibiotic... Read More

2024-04-22 20:48:13
by Dan McCue
New Rules Bolster Reproductive Health Care Privacy Under HIPAA

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is bolstering existing HIPAA health care privacy rules to provide added protection to women lawfully... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is bolstering existing HIPAA health care privacy rules to provide added protection to women lawfully exercising their right to terminate a pregnancy. The rules will also extend to a woman’s family members and doctors. The... Read More

2024-04-22 18:13:10
by Dan McCue
Moderna Suspends Construction on Kenyan Manufacturing Facility

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Moderna said it has paused efforts to build an mRNA manufacturing facility in Kenya due to uncertainty... Read More

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Moderna said it has paused efforts to build an mRNA manufacturing facility in Kenya due to uncertainty over the future demand for COVID-19 vaccines in Africa. According to a statement posted on the drugmaker’s website last week,... Read More

2024-04-09 21:34:49
by Dan McCue
Arizona’s Highest Court Upholds 19th Century Law on Abortion

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court held Tuesday that with Roe v. Wade and the federal right to an abortion... Read More

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court held Tuesday that with Roe v. Wade and the federal right to an abortion it once recognized now null and void, there’s no reason Arizona can’t enforce a 160-year-old law that bans nearly all... Read More

2024-03-26 21:41:01
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Skeptical of Ban on Abortion Pill Mifepristone

WASHINGTON — A hearing Tuesday before the Supreme Court indicated a majority of the justices want to maintain women’s access... Read More

WASHINGTON — A hearing Tuesday before the Supreme Court indicated a majority of the justices want to maintain women’s access to the abortion pill mifepristone despite objections from anti-abortion activists. The doctors and organizations who sued argued the Food and... Read More

2024-03-26 17:02:12
by Dan McCue
NYC to Invest $8M in ‘Substance Use’ Clinic for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

NEW YORK — The city of New York announced Tuesday that it is investing $8 million in a new health... Read More

NEW YORK — The city of New York announced Tuesday that it is investing $8 million in a new health and substance use disorder clinic specifically to provide care to pregnant and postpartum women and their families. Mayor Eric Adams... Read More

Supreme Court Again Confronts Issue of Abortion, This Time Over Access to Widely Used Medication

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will again wade into the fractious issue of abortion this week when it hears... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will again wade into the fractious issue of abortion this week when it hears arguments over a medication used in the most common way to end a pregnancy, a case with profound implications for millions... Read More

Trump Suggests He'd Support a National Ban on Abortions Around 15 Weeks of Pregnancy

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he’d support a national ban on abortions around 15 weeks of pregnancy, voicing... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he’d support a national ban on abortions around 15 weeks of pregnancy, voicing for the first time support for a specific limit on the procedure. The Republican former president has taken credit for... Read More

Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pill Available to Wisconsin Medicaid Patients

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Medicaid recipients in Wisconsin will have access to the first over-the-counter birth control pill starting Tuesday, allowing them... Read More

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Medicaid recipients in Wisconsin will have access to the first over-the-counter birth control pill starting Tuesday, allowing them to easily receive contraceptive medication with no out-of-pocket costs or doctor's prescription, Gov. Tony Evers announced. Evers, a Democrat, promised in... Read More

Biden to Sign Executive Order Aimed at Advancing Study of Women's Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order Monday aimed at advancing the study of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order Monday aimed at advancing the study of women's health in part by strengthening data collection and providing easier and better funding opportunities for biomedical research. Women make... Read More

Mississippi to Allow Quicker Medicaid Coverage During Pregnancy to Try to Help Women and Babies

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi law will allow earlier Medicaid coverage for pregnant women in an effort to... Read More

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi law will allow earlier Medicaid coverage for pregnant women in an effort to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in a poor state with the nation’s worst rate of infant mortality. The “presumptive... Read More

About as Many Abortions Happening in US Monthly as Before Roe Was Overturned, Report Finds

The number of abortions performed each month is about the same as before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and... Read More

The number of abortions performed each month is about the same as before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the nationwide right to abortion more than a year and a half ago, a new report finds. The latest edition... Read More

2024-02-21 20:00:59
by Dan McCue
Alabama Ruling on Frozen Embryos Has IVF Advocates Reeling

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In an unprecedented move, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday that frozen embryos stored in a fertility... Read More

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In an unprecedented move, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday that frozen embryos stored in a fertility freezer clinic should be accorded the same legal protections as an existing child or a fetus gestating in its mother’s... Read More

Mental Health Emerges as Dividing Line in Abortion Rights Initiatives Planned for State Ballots

CHICAGO (AP) — The weeks after Kaniya Harris found out she was pregnant were among the hardest in her life.... Read More

CHICAGO (AP) — The weeks after Kaniya Harris found out she was pregnant were among the hardest in her life. Final exams were fast approaching for the college junior. Her doctors told her she had an ovarian cyst, and the... Read More

Ending Cervical Cancer Is Within Our Reach, but We Are Losing Ground

In my early 20s I was a successful television producer working in Washington, D.C. I had big dreams for my life,... Read More

In my early 20s I was a successful television producer working in Washington, D.C. I had big dreams for my life, including my career and having a family. But at 25, my world came crashing down when I received the devastating diagnosis... Read More

Biden and Harris Team Up to Campaign for Abortion Rights in Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will share the stage on Tuesday in Virginia as they campaign for abortion... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will share the stage on Tuesday in Virginia as they campaign for abortion rights, a top issue for Democrats in an election expected to feature a rematch with Donald Trump, the former Republican president.... Read More

Anti-Abortion Activists Brace for Challenges Ahead as They Gather for March for Life

A year ago, anti-abortion activists from across the U.S. gathered for their annual March for Life with reason to celebrate: It was... Read More

A year ago, anti-abortion activists from across the U.S. gathered for their annual March for Life with reason to celebrate: It was their first march since the Supreme Court, seven months earlier, had overturned the nationwide right to abortion. At this year’s march,... Read More

2023-12-13 20:14:08
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court to Review Abortion Medication Dispute

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will review a dispute over the popular abortion medication mifepristone, a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will review a dispute over the popular abortion medication mifepristone, a move that could have a sweeping impact not only on its use going forward, but also on the regulatory authority... Read More

2023-12-06 21:22:58
by Dan McCue
Abortion Legal Again in Wisconsin, State Plans Appeal

MADISON, Wisc. — A county circuit court judge in Wisconsin has ruled that the 1849 law on which the state... Read More

MADISON, Wisc. — A county circuit court judge in Wisconsin has ruled that the 1849 law on which the state bases its abortion prohibition does not actually apply to abortion at all. As a result, abortions are now once again... Read More

2023-11-28 18:28:33
by Dan McCue
Maryland Expands Access to Contraceptive Care

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The state of Maryland has entered into a four-year partnership with a Boston, Massachusetts-based nonprofit to eliminate... Read More

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The state of Maryland has entered into a four-year partnership with a Boston, Massachusetts-based nonprofit to eliminate barriers to contraceptive care. In an announcement on Tuesday, Gov. Wes Moore said the cooperative agreements between the Maryland Department... Read More

2023-11-15 16:10:27
by Dan McCue
New White House Initiative Puts Women’s Health Research at Forefront

WASHINGTON — A new initiative announced by the White House this week aims to fundamentally change how the nation approaches... Read More

WASHINGTON — A new initiative announced by the White House this week aims to fundamentally change how the nation approaches and funds research into women’s health, closing a gender gap that has long had serious consequences for more than half... Read More

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