Tag: Pregnancy and Childbirth

‘Sobering’ Study Shows Challenges of Egg Freezing

His wife, a bioethicist and Ms. Penzias’s stepmother, disagrees, and said she should finish her degree, then try to get pregnant without frozen eggs. Ms. Penzias decided to freeze her eggs, planning to do so in October. Before choosing to freeze their eggs, women also must be prepared for substantial costs. Each egg retrieval cycle […]

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Some Women Fear Giorgia Meloni’s Far-Right Agenda Will Set Italy Back

ROME — Being a woman, and mother, has been central to the political pitch of Giorgia Meloni, the hard-right politician who is likely to become Italy’s prime minister after elections on Sunday. She once ran for mayor seven months pregnant because she said powerful men had told her she couldn’t. Her most famous speech includes […]

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Lindsey Graham’s Unbelievably Cruel Abortion Ban

Most people who have gone through a pregnancy, or watched someone close to them go through one, know that there are certain white-knuckle benchmarks. At 10 weeks, you can get a blood test that checks for some prenatal genetic disorders, but it can tell you only your risk level. “Most of the time we make […]

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Can Life-of-the-Mother Abortion Exceptions Work?

In addition to granting new political hope to Democrats, the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade has clarified the ground of public argument about abortion. As abortion-rights supporters have pressed their sudden political momentum, three pro-choice arguments have loomed particularly large: an argument about abortion in life-threatening circumstances; an argument about the unique physical […]

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What a High-Risk Pregnancy Looks Like After Dobbs

Photographs by Stephanie Sinclair Text by Jaime Lowe Pregnancy can be dangerous — occasionally fatal — for both women and the fetuses they hope to deliver. Fetal conditions, like a nonviable twin that threatens the health of its sibling, can also imperil the mother. So can disorders like cancer, heart disease, kidney dysfunction, diabetes and […]

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What Is Brain Fog and How Can I Treat It?

A variety of blood tests can also help point to some causes of cognitive impairment, such as sleep apnea, vitamin B deficiency or other hormone and thyroid issues, said Dr. Joanna Hellmuth, a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco. But because brain fog can present in so many different ways, and because it […]

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How Family and Friends Helped Get Me Through the Pandemic

Thank You for Getting Me Through Cancer Jon Ellis had never been afraid to die. And he still wasn’t. But it was becoming more difficult to live through the pain. Pancreatic cancer, with which he was diagnosed not long after the pandemic hit, and chemotherapy rendered him a stranger in his own body. As a […]

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Medical Impact of Roe Reversal Goes Beyond Abortion Clinics, Doctors Say

In Wisconsin, a group of doctors and lawyers is trying to come up with guidelines on how to comply with a newly revived 173-year-old law that prohibits abortion except to save the life of a pregnant woman. They face the daunting task of defining all the emergencies and conditions that might result in a pregnant […]

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Are Vasectomies Reversible?

Q: Are vasectomies reversible? Within about a week after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked in May, average daily online searches for the term “vasectomy” nearly doubled, according to Innerbody Research, a company that provides evidence-based guidance for purchasing home health products and services. They also found that searches for […]

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Post-Roe Decision, Abortion Pill Providers Work to Broaden Access

That company, and others serving patients at 11 or 12 weeks’ gestation, can legally use medical discretion to do so because studies suggest that abortion pills are safe and effective at that stage. The World Health Organization supports medication abortion through 12 weeks’ gestation. Dr. Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences […]

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The Pernicious Myth of Maternal Instinct

The myth of maternal instinct places a primacy on biological mothers, suggesting the routes to parenthood fall into two into categories: “natural” and “other.” It sustains outdated ideas about masculinity that teaches fathers that they are secondary — assistants, babysitters — and encourages mothers to see them that way, too. It undermines the rights and […]

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Is a Fetus a Person? An Anti-Abortion Strategy Says Yes.

Even as roughly half the states have moved to enact near-total bans on abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, anti-abortion activists are pushing for a long-held and more absolute goal: laws that grant fetuses the same legal rights and protections as any person. So-called fetal personhood laws would make abortion […]

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Advocates Urge Mississippi to Expand Medicaid for Mothers After Abortion Ban

JACKSON, Miss. — Like low-income pregnant women around the country, nearly every patient at the Sisters in Birth clinic here is covered by Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. But they face the prospect of losing the coverage two months after their babies are born, when they are still at high risk […]

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Advocates Urge Mississippi to Expand Medicaid for Mothers After Abortion Ban

JACKSON, Miss. — Like low-income pregnant women around the country, nearly every patient at the Sisters in Birth clinic here is covered by Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. But they face the prospect of losing the coverage two months after their babies are born, when they are still at high risk […]

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My Abortion at 11 Wasn’t a Choice. It Was My Life.

I predict that my 17-year-old daughter will become a doctor. When my husband told her about a neuroscientist and nutritionist he met while producing a documentary, she said, “That sounds like the job for me.” She knows everything about the gut microbiome, dopamine and herniated discs. She does not look away at times when others […]

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A Mother, a Daughter and an Unusual Abortion Prosecution in Nebraska

The news caused an outcry against Facebook, which had vowed to protect its own employees’ access to abortions. Privacy experts have warned that prosecutors could serve warrants to tech companies requesting location data, messages or search history to help corroborate whether someone had or aided an abortion. They have also warned that apps, such as […]

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A Mother, a Daughter and an Unusual Abortion Prosecution in Nebraska

The news caused an outcry against Facebook, which had vowed to protect its own employees’ access to abortions. Privacy experts have warned that prosecutors could serve warrants to tech companies requesting location data, messages or search history to help corroborate whether someone had or aided an abortion. They have also warned that apps, such as […]

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Idaho Supreme Court Rules That Strict Abortion Ban Can Take Effect

Idaho’s near-total ban on abortion can go into effect at the end of August while legal challenges to the restrictions are reviewed, the Idaho Supreme Court said in a ruling late Friday. As a result of the decision, the ban is scheduled to begin on Aug. 25. The Court issued the decision based on three […]

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Pregnant at 16

Fact-checked and researched by Susan Lee. Special thanks to Campbell Robertson. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Dave […]

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Some Women Turn to Self-Managed Abortion as Access Recedes

In states that have banned abortion, some women with unwanted pregnancies are pursuing an unconventional workaround: They are “self-managing” their abortions, seeking out the necessary know-how online and obtaining the medications without the supervision of a clinic or a doctor. At first glance, the practice may recall the days before Roe v. Wade, when women […]

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Some Women Turn to Self-Managed Abortion as Access Recedes

In states that have banned abortion, some women with unwanted pregnancies are pursuing an unconventional workaround: They are “self-managing” their abortions, seeking out the necessary know-how online and obtaining the medications without the supervision of a clinic or a doctor. At first glance, the practice may recall the days before Roe v. Wade, when women […]

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Leave My Disability Out of Your Anti-Abortion Propaganda

Thirty years ago, when my mother was pregnant, an ultrasound revealed troubling abnormalities: the fetus’s organs were misarranged. This condition, she was told by her doctor, correlated with a wide variety of disabilities that could cause the baby to die at birth. The doctor told my mother that she could seek an abortion. She wanted […]

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A Polish Priest’s War Against Abortion Focuses on Helping Single Mothers

SZCZECIN, Poland — The Polish state has banned abortion for 29 years, but that has done little to prevent women from finding access to the procedure, leaving the Rev. Tomasz Kancelarczyk a busy man. The Roman Catholic priest plays ultrasound audio of what he describes as fetal heartbeats in his sermons to dissuade women considering […]

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The Anti-Abortion Movement Is in Denial

It is always painful to grapple with realities that contravene your most deeply held beliefs. A major theme of recent feminist writing has been the chasm between the rhetoric of sexual liberation and many women’s depressing experience of casual sex. I’ve met many idealistic Jews, raised to always give Israel the benefit of the doubt, […]

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Dr. Caitlin Bernard, Who Provided Abortion to Ohio 10-Year Old, Speaks Out and Pays a Price

Three weeks before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, donned her white lab coat, put her infant daughter into a front-pack baby carrier and joined a few colleagues who marched to the State Capitol, hoping to deliver a letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb. Signed by hundreds of health […]

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States With Abortion Bans Are Among Least Supportive for Mothers and Children

In Mississippi, which brought the abortion case that ended Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court, Gov. Tate Reeves vowed that the state would now “take every step necessary to support mothers and children.” Today, however, Mississippi fares poorly on just about any measure of that goal. Its infant and maternal mortality rates are among […]

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Interstate Abortion Travel Is Already Straining Parts of the System

In some states, the strain is concentrated in specific clinics near states with bans. Most Illinois clinics have not yet seen increased wait times. But Dr. Erin King, the executive director for the Hope Clinic for Women near the Missouri border, said wait times there grew to around three weeks — from one or two […]

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As a Mob Attacked the Capitol, Trump Stood By

To the Editor: Re “Witnesses Detail Trump’s Refusal to Stop Jan. 6 Mob” (front page, July 22): Along with the entire world, I have watched as the House select committee has proffered evidence in support of the contention that Donald Trump, then the president of the United States, engineered and incited a mob to attack […]

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