Tag Archives: reproductive health

Which Period Tracker Is Best for You?

There are so many different period tracking apps because there are so many different reasons to use one: maybe you want to watch out for fertile days so you can get pregnant, or maybe you want to track your moods and symptoms every day so you can figure out if you get headaches or feel cranky in sync with your cycle.…

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What Do You Wish You Could Have Learned in Sex Ed?

When you were just beginning to be aware of your own sexuality, you probably got very little in the way of reliable information: maybe just a filmstrip acknowledging that you would grow hair in new places and that this has something to do with how babies are made. Most of the important stuff, you had to figure out for…

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Can We Finally Kill the Myth About Women’s Periods Syncing Up?

The theory that close friends have their periods at the same time is over 40 years old now, but there has never been much evidence to support it. The people behind the period tracker Clue checked their own data recently and came up with another nail in the coffin: zero evidence that closeness makes people bleed in…

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How to Get Out of Your Bubble and Start Making Change in Your Community

I spent the Day Without a Woman at a mini-conference for aspiring activists. It neatly solved the problem of what to actually do when you’re refusing to work or spend money. (Other options: tweet to raise awareness? Sneak into a showing of Hidden Figures?) Here’s what I learned.

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A Federal Judge Blocked Texas’s Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood

US district judge Sam Sparks ruled Tuesday that Texas cannot cut Planned Parenthood's access to Medicaid funding, the AP reports.

Texas health officials claimed that hidden-camera videos recorded by pro-life activists in 2015 allegedly showed Planned Parenthood attempting to sell fetal tissue for profit. The "heavily edited" recordings have been discredited and resulted in a series of indictments against the activists, but that hasn't stopped the videos from reinvigorating a Republican push to defund the health provider.

"No taxpayer in Texas should have to subsidize this repugnant and illegal conduct," Republican Texas attorney general Ken Paxton said of the tapes. "We should never lose sight of the fact that, as long as abortion is legal in the United States, the potential for these types of horrors will continue."

Judge Sparks ruled that Texas was unable to provide "any evidence" that Planned Parenthood did anything illegal or unethical that would warrant losing Medicaid funds. The state is now at least the sixth in the country to have attempted to cut Planned Parenthood funds and subsequently been blocked by the federal government.

"A secretly recorded video, fake names, a grand jury indictment, congressional investigations—these are the building blocks of a best-selling novel rather than a case concerning the interplay of federal and state authority through the Medicaid program," Sparks wrote in his 42-page ruling. "Yet, rather than a villain plotting to take over the world, the subject of this case is the State of Texas's efforts to expel a group of health care providers from a social health care program for families and individuals with limited resources."

According to Planned Parenthood, Sparks's decision will allow around 11,000 low-income women in the state to continue to have access to birth control, cancer screenings, and other health services.