International Efforts to Mitigate the effects of Trump’s Expanded Mexico City Policy
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Just a quick update on Trump’s expanded Mexico City Policy AKA the “global gag rule”, which we previously addressed.  The Netherlands are leading an effort to implement a fund which would replace funding stripped from organizations under the expanded U.S. … Continue reading

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A Shift in the Anti-Abortion Movement: Are feminist woman-centered values gaining ground?
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In April, the IJFAB Blog editor provided some information on pro-life feminism in an entry called “Pro-Life Feminism: A Catholic feminist philosopher considers the consequences of punishing women for seeking abortions” mentioning both Sidney Callahan’s famous essay on the subject and … Continue reading

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Midwifery as feminist endeavor: a particular blog entry and a blog recommendation
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Over at Feminist Midwife, the eponymous author writes about the nature of midwifery and why they see it as inherently feminist. In 2014, they also addressed the well-known (by bioethicists) issues with whether informed consent really takes place or whether, … Continue reading

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Of births and beds: thinking spatially about obstetric violence
Rachel Tillman

After giving birth last year in Colombia, I spoke with a (male) Colombian doctor friend of mine about my experience. We were talking about what in Spanish are called “partos verticales”, or “vertical” births  – births in which the mother … Continue reading

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Women have exclusively borne the side effects of hormonal contraceptives since their invention. Is it time for men?
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Medicine has been searching for a hormonal contraceptive for men for some time.  Recent news trumpeted the withdrawal of a number of men from clinical trials of male hormonal contraceptive injections due to the side effects.  While this editor recently … Continue reading

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Oral Contraceptives and Informed Choice
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As reported by PBS, a large scale study indicates that depression as a known side effect of oral contraceptives affects young women most of all. The research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the first ever to draw a connection between birth … Continue reading

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The Brave Response to Anti-Abortion Legislation
Katherine McHugh

In the wake of the anti-abortion legislation we’ve seen from Utah, Indiana, Florida, Texas, and multiple other states, people across the country are forced once again to examine their beliefs around the legality and morality of the issue, especially in … Continue reading

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On The Costs of Simplistic Thinking: Reproductive Health Clinics Aren’t Just For Abortions
Alison Reiheld

The purpose of this post is not to argue against anti-abortion protesters. It is to narrowly and briefly explore what the harms done by principled, committed anti-abortion protesters when they assume that Reproductive Health Clinics, and procedures they perform, are … Continue reading

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Feminist Bioethics, Pornography, and the Reproductive Technologies Business

This is guest post by Cristina Richie (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences). In 2010 the National Institute of Health [NIH] came under fire for purchasing and distributing pornographic materials to fertility clinics (Associated Press  2010) highlighting an important but … Continue reading

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“Inspired by Hobby Lobby, a Father Tries to Deny His Daughters Birth Control Coverage”

With the usual disclaimer that I am not a lawyer, I don’t see how the plaintiff in this case has a leg to stand on: Missouri Republican state Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland does not want his three daughters to have … Continue reading

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“Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success”

The birthrate among teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There was a similar decline in births … Continue reading

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A Fictive Reality:
Science Fiction, Dystopia, and Assisted Reproduction

Guest post by Alana Cattapan (York University, Dalhousie University) The use of science fiction to make sense of reproductive technologies is nothing new. As new advances in assisted reproduction make headlines, journalists, politicians, and policymakers alike herald their trajectory “from … Continue reading

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