Tag: Pregnancy and Childbirth

Pope Says Abortion, Even of a Sick Fetus, Is Like Hiring a ‘Hitman’

ROME — Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion was always unacceptable, regardless of whether a fetus is fatally ill or has pathological disorders. He also urged doctors to help women bring to term even pregnancies likely to end in the death of a child at birth or soon after. “Is it legitimate to take out […]

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Nike Says It Will End Financial Penalties for Pregnant Athletes

Responding to criticism about its treatment of its sponsored athletes who become pregnant, the sportswear giant Nike committed on Friday to ensuring that such athletes are not financially penalized. Nike said it would waive performance-pay reductions for 12 months for athletes “who decide to have a baby,” promising to add terms that reinforce this policy […]

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My Miscarriage Cured My Fear of Childbirth

My iPhone’s Face ID function stopped recognizing me the day after my miscarriage, a hilariously modern alert that I’d never be the same person again. My cruel phone was home to three apps that informed me of every aspect of my pregnancy: The fetus was the size of a strawberry, recently graduated from raspberry status, […]

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My Rapist Apologized

My 12-year-old daughter recently asked me what I think about abortion. She walked into the kitchen, poked around the refrigerator, then spun around and blurted it out: “I can’t decide what I think about abortion. I want to know what you think.” My daughter is an avid consumer of the news. Unlike myself at her […]

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‘Fetal Heartbeat’ vs. ‘Forced Pregnancy’: The Language Wars of the Abortion Debate

The new laws that prohibit abortion as early as the sixth week of pregnancy have been called “heartbeat” legislation by supporters, a reference to the flickering pulse that can be seen on ultrasound images of a developing embryo. But when the American Civil Liberties Union announced a legal challenge last week to one such law […]

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She Was Left in a Bag as a Newborn. DNA Testing Helped Her Understand Why.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] On a frigid December night in 1996, a young woman ducked into an apartment building in South Brooklyn and left a shopping bag in the foyer. Inside was a 3-day-old girl, along with a remorseful, but tender, letter from […]

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Allyson Felix: My Own Nike Pregnancy Story

Video I’ve been one of Nike’s most widely marketed athletes. If I can’t secure maternity protections, who can?CreditCreditGetty Images In her video above, the Olympian Allyson Felix tells her story around pregnancy and Nike. I’ve always known that expressing myself could hurt my career. I’ve tried not to show emotion, to anticipate what people expect […]

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Google Changes Abortion Ad Policy

Advertisers planning to run ads on Google referring to abortion services in the United States, Britain and Ireland must first get clearance from the search giant, the company said in an online post. After outrage over recent reports of misleading abortion-related ads, Google said it would require advertisers dealing with the topic to be certified […]

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Pregnancy Kills. Abortion Saves Lives.

Pregnancy is a life-threatening condition. Women die from being pregnant. We have known that for thousands of years. They die from hemorrhage, infection, pre-eclampsia (which can lead to fatal seizures), obstructed labor, amniotic fluid embolism, thromboembolism, a ruptured uterus, retained placenta, hydatidiform mole, choriocarcinoma and many other causes that fill the obstetrics textbooks. Modern medicine […]

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Medical School Doesn’t Teach the ‘Woman’s Life Is in Danger’ Curriculum

Over the past few weeks, Georgia, Alabama and several other states have passed restrictive, medically illiterate abortion laws that allow the procedure if the mother’s life is at risk. I am an obstetrician and gynecologist trained to do abortions. I do not know how to translate these laws into clinical practice because often the language […]

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Anti-Abortion and Pro-Trump Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

Two weeks ago, Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia signed a “fetal heartbeat” bill that bans abortions after six weeks. It is effectively a total ban, since most people who are pregnant won’t know it until sometime between the fourth and seventh weeks. Last week, Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed the strictest abortion law in […]

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What Does It Really Mean to Be 6 Weeks Pregnant?

Now that several states have passed bills that effectively ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, the new laws are raising a lot of questions about early pregnancy and miscarriage treatments. The fetal heartbeat can typically be seen on an ultrasound at around six weeks into pregnancy, but many women have no idea […]

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Missouri Lawmakers Pass Bill Criminalizing Abortion at About 8 Weeks of Pregnancy

The Missouri House passed a bill Friday to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, a measure that comes amid a flurry of anti-abortion legislation in statehouses across the county as Republican lawmakers mount direct challenges to federal protections for the procedure. The bill now moves to the desk of Gov. Mike Parson, a […]

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Post-Roe America Could Be Worse Than Anything That Came Before

This week, Alabama’s governor signed legislation banning most abortions without exceptions for rape or incest, with sentences of up to 99 years in prison for abortion providers. It follows a measure that Georgia’s governor signed last week effectively banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and that is worded in a way that could […]

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‘The Time Is Now’: States Are Rushing to Restrict Abortion, or to Protect It

WASHINGTON — In April, Indiana placed a near-total ban on the most common type of second-trimester abortion in the state. Days later, Ohio passed a bill banning abortion in the very early weeks of pregnancy after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Now on Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed a bill effectively banning the […]

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Alabama Governor Signs Nation’s Most Restrictive Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law on Wednesday, effectively banning the procedure in the state altogether in a move that activists hope will force a Supreme Court challenge to the nationwide right to an abortion. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament […]

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The New Health Care: Why Politics Should Be Kept Out of Miscarriages

Georgia’s much-discussed new law on abortion is one of the most restrictive in the nation. Abortion will be banned as early as six weeks into pregnancy — before many women even know they are pregnant. This law goes even further, though: Although the intent of the law is to block abortion, it has opened a […]

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Is Roe in Danger? Liberal Justices Seem to Think So

The Supreme Court made clear on Monday that Roe v. Wade may soon no longer be the law of the land. The decision, Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, actually has nothing to do with abortion; it concerns when one state may be sued in another state’s courts. But Hyatt has everything to do […]

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The Checkup: The Impact of Early Sexual Initiation on Boys

Every couple of years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asks middle and high school students to fill out surveys in class for the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. If students are sexually active, it asks for the age of first sexual intercourse, which is an important milestone. From a public health point of […]

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