Foreign Governments Unite to Counter Global Gag Rule

Since Donald Trump reinstated a revised version of the so-called “global gag rule,” NGOs that provide abortions or abortion referrals to women are now prohibited from receiving federal funding, regardless of whether they use private funds for these services. Although the rule is designed specifically to target organizations that provide abortions, it could also block… Read more »

Male Contraceptive Gel Passes Clinical Trials in Monkeys

The prospect of effective male contraceptives has been discussed for decades, though a successful product has yet to hit the market. Despite news of a hormonal birth control shot for men making headlines late last year, the study was curtailed after subjects reported experiencing “too many side effects” during the initial trials. But now, there’s… Read more »

“Global Gag Rule” Threatens Health of World’s Poorest Women

January 23 marked President Donald Trump’s first full workday in office, and at the top of his list of things to do: restore and expand the so-called Mexico City policy, or “global gag rule,” an order that prohibits international NGOs from receiving U.S. aid if they provide abortion services, or even “promote” abortion as a… Read more »

Arkansas Law Lets Spouses, Parents Sue Abortion Providers

On Thursday, February 02 Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill prohibiting clinics in the state from performing dilation and evacuation procedures—the safest and most common procedures used in second-trimester abortions. The law makes no exceptions for cases of rape and incest. While second-trimester abortions are occasionally conducted by medically inducing labor, the dilation and… Read more »

New York Introduces Legislation to Keep Free Birth Control

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans took the first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act which ensures free access to contraceptives for millions of American women. With replacement plans for Obamacare still shrouded in uncertainty, many women are understandably concerned that they might lose this valuable reproductive healthcare service. Following the election of Donald… Read more »

Over-The-Counter Birth Control Could Be Coming to the US

Since oral contraceptives were first introduced in the 1960s, scientists have conducted extensive research on these popular birth control options that has repeatedly demonstrated their safety and effectiveness. Likewise, many physicians have argued that they should be available as over-the-counter birth control options, rather than medications that require a prescription. This idea has even received… Read more »

Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill” Makes It to Governor’s Desk

Last week, the Ohio state legislature passed a bill that would ban abortions after just six weeks of pregnancy. The bill makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest – only cases where the mother’s life is at stake. The bill is known as a “heartbeat” bill because a fetal heartbeat can first be… Read more »

Birth Control Myths [Infographic]

There are so many myths and old wives tales surrounding sex and birth control that it is impossible to know where they all started. You have probably heard that you cannot get pregnant during your period or while you are breast feeding. Although these statements are said all the time, they are not true, which… Read more »

Clinics Struggle to Meet Demand for Long-Term Birth Control

Driven by fears that a Trump presidency will make it harder to access contraceptive options, women across the country have begun flocking to reproductive health centers to get birth control before President Obama’s term ends. Long-acting options such as IUDs have seen a particularly significant spike in demand since last month’s election. Under the Affordable… Read more »

Abortion Myths [Infographic]

The biggest fear that women have when it comes to abortion is that the procedure is not safe, which is just not true. More than 99.75% of abortions performed in the United States do not cause major medical problems, making them as statistically risky as a colonoscopy. Abortion can be a controversial subject, which unfortunately… Read more »