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No, Abortion Doesn't Cause Anxiety or Depression

No, Abortion Doesn't Cause Anxiety or Depression | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A new study finds there’s no evidence to support mandatory abortion counseling that warns women about the negative mental-health impacts of abortion.
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Pregnancy Is Not 9 Months. It’s 40 Weeks. Why Can’t We Accept That?

Pregnancy Is Not 9 Months. It’s 40 Weeks. Why Can’t We Accept That? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
One doctor’s plea against this inaccurate—and misleading—way of talking about human gestation.
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Northern Irish women on abortion: 'people feel they can't trust anyone'

Northern Irish women on abortion: 'people feel they can't trust anyone' | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Fear and suspicion widespread after the prosecution of a young woman in Belfast whose flatmates reported her to police
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Why Attacks on Abortion Clinics Should Be Prosecuted as Terrorism

Why Attacks on Abortion Clinics Should Be Prosecuted as Terrorism | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
After killing three and wounding nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado on Friday, assailant Robert Lewis Dear reportedly told law enforcement, “n
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Doctors and Women's Pain

Doctors and Women's Pain | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
This week, Shruti Pinnamaneni and the brilliant team at Reply All did that thing they do so well: they took the slender thread of a story—in this case, a person suffering from a mysterious medley of ailments—and followed that thread to surprising and fascinating places. Hope, the story’s protagonist, tells a gutwrenching tale of going to different doctors for second and third and fifth and eighth opinions, receiving over and over the same diagnosis of anxiety-induced migraines, being prescribed again and again treatments that alleviate none of her pain.

And then, late in the story, there’s a particularly thought-provoking moment. Dr. Lisa Sanders, the Yale University School of Medicine internist whose New York Times column inspired the hit show House, says to Hope, “I bet neither of the primary care doctors you went to see were women.”

When I read Joe Fassler’s brutal account of the time no one believed his wife was having an emergency, I thought of Hope, and Dr. Sanders’s bet. Thousands of people are reading that story as I write, and I suspect these accounts resonate much more widely. Do you have stories like these? Hello@theatlantic.com.
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Patient or family, women pay more for Alzheimer's - Futurity

Patient or family, women pay more for Alzheimer's - Futurity | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Women bear six times the cost of Alzheimer's disease care, per capita, that men do—largely due to informal care for family members with the disease.
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My period may hurt: but not talking about menstruation hurts more

My period may hurt: but not talking about menstruation hurts more | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Rose George: Menstrual taboo is bad enough for female athletes such as Heather Watson. For women around the world the damage can be much worse
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Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections

Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In many parts of the world, women are having more Cesarean sections than medically necessary. Recent abuses of pregnant women in Brazil have sparked a small, vocal movement of activists who want mothers to have more say in the delivery room.
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Higher Social Class Linked to Fewer Bone Fractures Among Non-White Women

Social class may play a significant role in how likely middle-aged African-American or Asian woman are to suffer bone fractures. New research suggests that a higher education level was associated with decreased fracture incidence among non-white women.
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Active women can reduce risk of breast cancer by 12%, say researchers

Active women can reduce risk of breast cancer by 12%, say researchers | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Women with highest level of daily exercise can significantly reduce risk of contracting breast cancer, find authors of report
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Margaret Talbot: What’s Behind the Declining Abortion Rate?

Margaret Talbot: What’s Behind the Declining Abortion Rate? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Last week’s report about the declining abortion rate was potentially good news for everyone, especially, one would think, for right-to-life groups. Most of them, though, weren’t cheering.
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Women Fare Worse Than Men Following Stroke

The good news: More people survive stroke now than 10 years ago due to improved treatment and prevention.
The bad news: Women who survive stroke have a worse quality of life than men, according to a study published in the Feb. 7 online issue of the journal Neurology.
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Video: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Cardiologist Offers Tips for Women’s Heart Month

A strong sensation of pressure—what some have described as an elephant sitting on one’s chest—can be one of the red flags that someone is experiencing a heart attack and should seek immediate medical assistance. But if you are a woman, waiting to feel this type of pain may be a mistake. Fifty percent of the time a woman has a heart attack, there will be no chest pain involved, explains Dr. Liliana Cohen, a board-certified cardiologist with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group.
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My gold medal goes to Fu Yuanhui – for talking openly about her period | Rose George

My gold medal goes to Fu Yuanhui – for talking openly about her period | Rose George | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The swimmer’s admission of what affected her Rio Olympics performance shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is. It’s one more step towards stamping out a pathetic taboo
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Let's get physical: how women's sport can conquer body image

Let's get physical: how women's sport can conquer body image | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Body image issues ought to have no place in sports, but it stops many women from getting involved. It’s time to celebrate female bodies for what they can do
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Painkillers, hot water bottles – and a day off work: the benefits of a period policy

Painkillers, hot water bottles – and a day off work: the benefits of a period policy | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The Bristol company allowing female staff time off for painful periods is leading the way in the UK, but the principle is already established in other parts of the world
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Stories of Misunderstood Women's Pain

Stories of Misunderstood Women's Pain | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Female readers of The Atlantic recall experiences of doctors dismissing or downplaying their painful health conditions.
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Menopausal Women Experiencing Distressing Pain During Sex Suffer Due to Misperceptions

"Results from qualitative research of postmenopausal women with vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) show that they recognize the significant physical, emotional and psychological consequences of untreated dyspareunia (painful sex) yet they continue to suffer because of misperceptions about the condition and a general lack of understanding about treatment options.

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Many women continue to experience pain during sex because they mistakenly believe VVA to be a sexual consequence of aging instead of the true medical condition that we know it to be," said Dr. Kingsberg, who is also Professor of Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “Although they characterize their symptoms in medical terms – severe pain, sensitivity and soreness that lasts for days, and vaginal bleeding and irritation – they perceive these symptoms to be part of a sexual problem that is not supposed to be discussed with, and managed by, a health care professional. This may help explain why VVA remains underdiagnosed and undertreated, with only 7 percent of women who experience symptoms treated with prescription therapy.”"

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Medicating Women’s Feelings

Medicating Women’s Feelings | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Emotion should be seen as a sign of health, not disease.

 

"WOMEN are moody. By evolutionary design, we are hard-wired to be sensitive to our environments, empathic to our children’s needs and intuitive of our partners’ intentions. This is basic to our survival and that of our offspring. Some research suggests that women are often better at articulating their feelings than men because as the female brain develops, more capacity is reserved for language, memory, hearing and observing emotions in others.

These are observations rooted in biology, not intended to mesh with any kind of pro- or anti-feminist ideology. But they do have social implications. Women’s emotionality is a sign of health, not disease; it is a source of power. But we are under constant pressure to restrain our emotional lives. We have been taught to apologize for our tears, to suppress our anger and to fear being called hysterical."

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El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state

El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
El Salvador's strict abortion laws mean a woman can be charged with homicide for suffering a miscarriage. But a high-profile case that drew global condemnation may prove a catalyst for change, reports Claire Provost
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Senegalese law bans raped 10-year-old from aborting twins

Senegalese law bans raped 10-year-old from aborting twins | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Efforts of human rights campaigners thwarted by Napoleonic law allowing abortion only in life-or-death circumstances
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Jimmy Carter rails against worldwide 'abuse of women and girls' in new book

Jimmy Carter rails against worldwide 'abuse of women and girls' in new book | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A Call to Action sees 39th US president blame false religious interpretations for female genital mutilation and child marriage, writes Alison Flood
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Catholics and church at odds on contraception, divorce and abortion

Catholics and church at odds on contraception, divorce and abortion | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Survey in 12 countries finds 78% of Catholics support contraception and 65% think abortion should be allowed
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Contraception, abortion and divorce - critical concerns affecting social inequality and women's health. Go figure.

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Advice From Roman Polanski’s Victim, Samantha Jane Geimer, to Dylan Farrow

Advice From Roman Polanski’s Victim, Samantha Jane Geimer, to Dylan Farrow | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
With all the accusations, heated debate, and ugliness incited by the tweets and articles in the Dylan Farrow vs. Woody Allen battle, I think the only question that really matters is: Can this help anyone else? We should operate on the premise that it must. First, we should evaluate ourselves...
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What Pro-lifers Can Learn From the Declining Abortion Rate

What Pro-lifers Can Learn From the Declining Abortion Rate | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

The abortion rate has fallen again. It’s at its lowest level since 1973, the year Roe v. Wade was handed down. What’s causing the decline? Should we be happy about it? Can we learn anything from it?

 

The answer to the first question isn’t entirely clear. But the answers to the next two are yes and yes. Pro-lifers are right that the decline is a good thing. And pro-choicers are right that what’s causing the decline—and will keep it going, if we’re smart—is women making these decisions on their own.

 

The numbers were reported Monday by two researchers from the Guttmacher Institute. They show a 13 percent drop in the abortion rate from 2008 to 2011, continuing a long-term decline that seemed to have stalled. Some pro-lifers don’t believe the numbers. But the National Right to Life Committee does, and is happy to take credit for them. According to NRLC President Carol Tobias, the decline

 

shows that women are rejecting the idea of abortion as the answer to an unexpected pregnancy. This latest report from Guttmacher shows the long-term efforts of the right-to-life movement to educate the country about the humanity of the unborn child and to enact laws that help children and their mothers are having a tremendous impact.

 

Pro-choicers don’t buy this spiel. They say the abortion rate is down thanks to contraception. Planned Parenthood points out that alongside the abortion decline, “births were also down,” demonstrating “the importance of affordable, accessible birth control.” Slate’s Amanda Marcotte agrees.

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