Reproductive Health

Reproductive health problems remain a leading cause of illness and death for women, particularly in developing countries. A leading cause of maternal death is lack of access to health services and prenatal care. Health begins with accurate and comprehensive sex education during adolescence – education that needs to continue throughout adulthood. Researchers in our network are currently working to disseminate evidence-based information and increase access to the full range of reproductive health services so that women can lead healthy and productive lives. Studies have demonstrated the advantages of comprehensive sex education compared with abstinence-only or other programs in preventing teen pregnancy, raising the age of initial sexual activity and lowering rates of sexually transmitted disease. More effort is needed to address the health needs of marginalized populations, particularly immigrant women, who are less likely to seek pre-natal and preventive screenings and care.

Teen Feminists Really Do Care About the Budget

By Talia Weisberg

I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a NOW webinar moderated by Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, “The Budget Deal is a Feminist Issue.” The webinar discussed how Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) 2012 budget deal would cut several social services. Programs on the chopping block include Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, Pell grants, job training, Head Start, childcare programs, and WIC nutrition programs. Women are overrepresented in each of these program’s recipient pools.


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Reproductive Justice in Action Volume 6

 Reproductive justice is an inclusive framework for thinking about reproductive freedoms, holistic well-being and comprehensive justice. Organizing for reproductive justice encompasses a multiplicity of issues; the individuals and networks working in this model are just as diverse in their missions, constituencies, and methods of action. Reproductive Justice in Action is the result of a collaboration between the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Groundswell’s Catalyst Fund, the New York Women’s Foundation and seventeen of their grantee partners doing reproductive justice work in New York City. Seeking to explore the ways in which these seventeen organizations think about their mission and work, we jointly embarked on a participatory action research project in order to better understand how the organizations relate to (or feel limited by) the model and language of reproductive justice.

URL: 
http://bcrw.barnard.edu/wp-content/nfs/reports/NFS6-Reproductive-Justice-in-Action.pdf

New Fall/Spring 2011 S&F: Critical Conceptions: Technology, Justice, and the Global Reproductive Market

 This issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online, edited by Rebecca Jordan-Young, brings together some of the most esteemed scholars whose works tie analyses of reproductive technologies to frameworks of reproductive justice. "Critical Conceptions: Technologies, Justice, and the Global Reproduction Market" considers what kinds of reproductive technologies are deployed by and for whom, and locates individual decisions and choices within a global political economy that aggressively reproduces relations of inequality based on race, class, gender, sexuality and physical ability.

Read it here.

URL: 
http://barnard.edu/sfonline/reprotech/index.htm

Calling All Repro Rights Bloggers

For all bloggers who take interest in repro rights, NCRW is happy to announce and support another of the National Women’s Law Center’s blog carnivals .This blog carnival  “Birth Control” We’ve Got you Covered” will be hosted July 21st, 2011, and is an exciting opportunity to create change for birth control and health care by convening the multiple voices of passionate bloggers. As you may know, in the upcoming months the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will decide on which preventive services will be covered without co-pay in new health insurance plans- and various women’s rights organizations are working hard to make sure birth control is included.


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"Birth Control" We've Got you Covered" Blog Carnival

Date/Time: 
07/21/2011

 

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