- Bill Could Force IRS To Investigate Abortions…the freaking IRS! (Jezebel)
- Arizona Legislators Pass Paranoid Abortion Bill (Huff Po)
- Gabrielle Union: Great actress and a Planned Parenthood supporter! (AOL Black Voices)
- South Dakota’s New Abortion Law Violates Separation of Church and State (Daily Beast)
- Wave of Anti-Abortion Bills Advance in States (ABC News)
- Black Women Die Nearly Four Times the Rate of Whites from Pregnancy Complications (Seattle Medium)
- Sound-Off: ‘I Wish I’d Had Planned Parenthood’ (Essence)
- Idaho, Kansas and Alabama All Begin 20 Week Abortion Bans (RH Reality Check)
Talking to teens about sex can be intimidating, but it is vitally important for parents to talk to their teenagers in order to empower them to make healthy decisions.
Planned Parenthood Arizona is offering a free Parent & Teen Workshop to give Arizona families the tools they need to have an open and honest family dialogue about sex and sexuality. Workshop participants will have a lively and interactive session, and we will share tips for making responsible, health decision about sex. We will also discuss pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention. And we will share the resources that are available from Planned Parenthood.
The workshop will be on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. To RSVP and obtain location information, please contact us via e-mail or by calling 520-784-5825.
Here, individual herpes simplex virions can be seen infecting a host cell. Image obtained from the CDC’s Public Health Image Library.
Last year, in my Anatomy & Physiology class, the subject of herpes came up, which launched a few people into mini-tirades laced with judgmental language, describing it as “disgusting” and “gross.” My classmates might have been more sensitive, as statistically speaking, there were probably several people in that very room who were living with herpes. Given that most of my fellow students were pursuing careers in the health-care field, it was especially disheartening. Yet despite being relatively widespread, herpes is often stigmatized and misunderstood.
Herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV), which comes in two strains: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is most often associated with oral herpes, while HSV-2 is most often associated with genital herpes, though by no means is this association exclusive. For example, HSV-1 can cause genital herpes when the site of infection is the genitals. It is estimated that only 10 to 15 percent of those with herpes exhibit symptoms, and that millions of people unknowingly carry the virus. After infection, the virus enters a latent state in nerve cells, where it will remain for the rest of the host’s life – the same is true for other viruses in the Herpesviridae family, such as the virus that causes chickenpox.
Oral herpes is incredibly common – about 90 percent of U.S. adults have been infected with HSV-1, and most of them caught it as infants or children through nonsexual transmission. HSV causing oral herpes remains latent in the trigeminal nerve ganglia in the face. Cold sores, which appear on the outer margin of the lips, appear when the virus has been activated and it moves along the pathway of nerves from the ganglia to the surface of the skin. They can be triggered by sunburn, stress, or even menstruation.
Posted in Sexual Health
Tagged cold sores, genital herpes, herpes, herpes outbreak, herpes simplex virus, Herpesviridae, HSV, HSV-1, HSV-2, human herpesvirus, human herpesvirus 1, human herpesvirus 2, oral herpes, sacral nerve ganglia, sexually transmitted disease, sexually transmitted infection, STD, STI, trigeminal nerve ganglia, virus
- When did critical thinking become illegal? Ask Iowa, a magical place where a pregnant woman was jailed for contemplating an abortion. CONTEMPLATING!! (Change.org)
- Retired Abortion Provider Explains Unsafe Clinics (Jezebel)
- Home HPV tests ‘could raise cervical screening uptake’ (Int’l Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics)
- If you look up hypocrite in the dictionary, you’ll probably see the faces of all the legislators trying to pass abortion laws that do precisely what they claim to despise about Obama’s healthcare law (L.A. Times)
- Crazycakes anti-choicer tries to force his way into exam room of Washington clinic, is sued by feds for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) (CBS News)
- And speaking of crazy…Anti-Choice Forces Adopting In-Your-Face Tactics and the Danger to Women is Real (RH Reality Check)
- Why “the Gays” Need Planned Parenthood Too (Huff Po)
- Unconscionable cruelty: Nebraska’s 20 week law meets the real world (UCSF-Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health)
- Senate Democrats show united support for Planned Parenthood- and we are SO appreciative! (The Hill)
“When the marvel of the spring came to the desert, you saw the cactus and the flowering, saw the brown floor change to delicate pale yellow, stood in awe of nature daring to live without water. You were reminded of the futility of wearing out your life merely providing food and raiment. Like the challenge of death, which so many of the people there were gallantly facing, the desert itself was a challenge.” – Margaret Sanger on Tucson, in her autobiography
Margaret Sanger in 1959, with friend Grace Sternberg, returning to the United States after a trip to New Delhi, Sanger's final overseas trip.
Margaret Sanger moved to Tucson in the 1930s and soon thereafter decided to live here full time, believing that the warm climate was conducive to good health. During Sanger’s years in Tucson, she latched onto any health fad or other technique she thought might improve her health. She exercised and experimented with various diets, including fasting on juice; eating a combination of yogurt, wheat germ, and honey; taking vitamin E supplements; and eating papayas (which she had shipped from Hawaii) for their alleged “restorative substances.”
In 1949, however, Sanger suffered a heart attack, and her son Stuart, a doctor, injected her with Demerol, a recently introduced painkiller not considered addictive at the time. The next year she had a second heart attack, resulting in another long convalescence at the hospital. Her addiction to Demerol intensified; she got Stuart to write prescriptions for her, and would sometimes falsely claim that bottles of the drug had fallen and shattered, which would require further prescriptions to be written. If a nurse refused her demand for Demerol, Sanger would inject it herself. Her son tried to wean her from the drug by collecting empty bottles and filling them with a diluted concentration of the drug, slowly increasing the proportion of water to Demerol until the solution was pure water. This was effective for a while, but eventually Sanger realized she had been duped and endeavored to get her hands back on the drug. She went through other doctors, firing them when they would decrease her dosage, and eventually took to self-administering injections of pure water every 30 minutes. Her addiction, it seemed, was both to the drug itself and the psychological comforts of the injection. Continue reading
Posted in History
Tagged addiction, Alan Guttmacher, arteriosclerosis, Demerol, heart attack, John Rock, Margaret Sanger, nursing home, Pima County, senility, St. George's Church, Stuart Sanger, Tucson
- Craptastic Kansas “Mega Bill” Would Deny Non-Profit Status to Abortion Providers (Feministing)
- Newsflash America- Planned Parenthood Isn’t Making Your Daughter Promiscuous! (The Stir)
- Check out this informative piece on the fight for federal funding of Title X (MSNBC)
- Even though it’s been deemed “The Morning After Pill”, EC works the day before too! (Time)
- Texas teens stormed their State Capitol this past Tuesday demanding medically accurate, fully comprehensive Sex Ed (Reuters)
- Canadian magazine wonders “After decades of research, why is there still no contraceptive pill for men?” (This Magazine)
- Texas lawmakers approve bills requiring ultrasound before abortion (CNN)
- The mom whose young daughters face ended up on a race-bating anti-choice billboard in NYC wants an apology from the group responsible for the ad (and rightfully so!). But for some reason, I have a hunch that no apology cometh. (WSJ)
- Prepare to be stunned: A new report found “solid evidence that anti-abortion legislation has an impact on the childbearing decisions of women.” Who would have ever guessed that??? (US News)
Posted in Rundowns
Tagged abortion, anti choice, birth control, contraception, emergency contraception, legislature, Planned Parenthood, politics, pro-choice, reproductive rights, the Pill, Title X, women's health
How could we discuss Women’s History Month on a Planned Parenthood blog and not bring up the history of The Pill?
Oral contraception was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1960. The FDA approval of the birth control pill enabled a radical shift in the United States – the proof being that over 12 million women currently use The Pill as their preferred method of birth control. The New York Times has advocated that birth control should be available for over-the-counter distribution. Loretta Lynn even wrote a song about how awesome The Pill is. All of this is for the pure and simple reason that birth control gives women control over their reproductive destiny. It enables them to determine when, and if, they become pregnant. And it has increased women’s access to both higher education and the paid labor force. Continue reading
- British OB/GYN’s say women should be told the truth about abortion- It’s actually safer than childbirth. (Jezebel)
- Read up on how defunding Planned Parenthood will hurt women (Learn Vest)
- By the way, Pence’s attack on Planned Parenthood? #DumbestThingEver (USA Today)
- Oh my. They’re letting a “fetus” tesify in support of an Ohio anti-abortion bill, cause you know, they can TALK now. In related news, no women and girls get to testify because their voices, opinions, rights, and body autonomy pale in comparison to the rights of the fetus inside THEIR body. (Care2.com)
- Check out these powerful reader letters to the New York Times on the suffering in store if Congress cuts funding for family planning (NYT)
- Here’s a novel idea: To Slash the Abortion Rate, Dole Out Birth-Control Pills a Year at a Time! (Preferably at no cost!) (Time)
- Republican says Republicans wrong about Planned Parenthood (Trib Live News)
- Honesty wins for a change in the war on choice: The New York City Council approved legislation that will regulate the deceptive practices of “crisis pregnancy centers” in the city! (CRR)
Posted in Rundowns
Tagged abortion, anti choice, birth control, contraception, legislature, Planned Parenthood, politics, pro-choice, the Pill, women, women's health
Editors’ note: Happy Women’s History Month! We’re excited to celebrate with you by continuing our series on the life of Margaret Sanger.
Margaret Sanger, and a few guests, at her home in the Tucson Foothills, circa 1941.
If you’ve lived in Tucson, it’s likely that you’ve passed by one of Margaret Sanger’s erstwhile residences. In the 1930s she lived in Tucson’s Foothills and by the next decade she lived on Elm Street, close to the Arizona Inn and the university. About 10 years later, she helped to design a new house in the Catalina Vista neighborhood.
In one of Sanger’s autobiographies, she tells of the pull Tucson exerted on her:
“[I]n the winter, remembering Arizona from the time I had been there with Stuart, [I] went out again in response to the summons of the desert. My husband and I found a house near Tucson of adobe, trimmed in blue.”
This adobe house was in the Foothills of Tucson, purchased in April 1933. Sanger and her husband, J. Noah, had a famously contentious relationship and maintained separate apartments within their home; Sanger’s was on the ground floor in the front area of the house.
Though enchanted by the desert’s beauty, Sanger and her family also pinned their hopes on the climate’s supposed restorative powers. Sanger’s son Stuart had already moved to Tucson, and was hopeful that the climate would help to heal an enduring ear infection. Sanger’s husband hoped it would alleviate his arthritis (and was also drawn by Arizona’s lack of income tax at the time). For her part, Sanger sought relief from her bronchitis, and also believed the climate would put her at a decreased risk for tuberculosis. Continue reading
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Tagged architecture, Arizona Inn, Arthur Brown, Catalina Mountains, Catalina Vista neighborhood, Elm Street, Frank Lloyd Wright, Grant Sanger, J. Noah Slee, Margaret Sanger, Pima County Republican Women's Club, Santa Catalina Mountains, Stuart Sanger, Tucson, Tucson Arts Festival, Tucson Medical Center, Woman's Republican Club of Pima County