Women's Health http://kut.org en Is Texas' Abortion Law an Undue Burden? What's at Stake in New Rules http://kut.org/post/texas-abortion-law-undue-burden-whats-stake-new-rules <p>A federal appeals court is deciding whether certain provisions of Texas’ new abortion law are unconstitutional.</p><p>In making that decision, judges will have to weigh those provisions using what’s known as “the undue burden test.”</p><p>For two decades, judges have been weighing the constitutionality of abortion regulations using this concept.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131364338&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:06:41 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9643 at http://kut.org Is Texas' Abortion Law an Undue Burden? What's at Stake in New Rules Hospital In Texas Removes Life Support From Brain-Dead Woman http://kut.org/post/hospital-texas-removes-life-support-brain-dead-woman A Fort Worth, Texas, woman who was 14 weeks pregnant when she was found unconscious and brain-dead after suffering a pulmonary embolism, has been taken off life support after a weeks-long court battle by the hospital to keep the ventilator on.<p>A ventilator that had kept Marlise Munoz's heart and lungs functioning for two months was switched off at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, a family attorney said.<p>State District Judge R.H. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:17:21 +0000 Scott Neuman 9647 at http://kut.org Hospital In Texas Removes Life Support From Brain-Dead Woman Judge Orders Pregnant, Brain-Dead North Texas Woman Removed From Life Support http://kut.org/post/judge-orders-pregnant-brain-dead-north-texas-woman-removed-life-support A state district judge has ruled that Marlise Muñoz, the brain-dead North Texas woman who’s 22 weeks pregnant, must be removed from life support by 5 p.m. Monday.<p>The decision Friday afternoon comes after John Peter Smith Hospital declared publicly for the first time that Muñoz has indeed been brain dead since late November. The hospital also says the fetus inside Muñoz is "not viable."<p>For weeks, hospital officials had said she isn’t dead and that her condition is serious.<p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:16:14 +0000 Eric Aasen & Lauren Silverman, KERA News 9638 at http://kut.org Judge Orders Pregnant, Brain-Dead North Texas Woman Removed From Life Support Austin's Nonprofit Breast Milk Bank Needs Donations http://kut.org/post/austins-nonprofit-breast-milk-bank-needs-donations <p>A report this week in the journal&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jpeds.com/">Pediatrics&nbsp;</a>on the risks of&nbsp; unregulated breast milk – covering sharing between friends, but also Internet sales – found three-fourths of the study samples were contaminated with bacteria.</p><p>The populations most at risk from such milk are newborns with significant health issues. They’re children like Nina DeGuire. Now a year old, she was born with a serious heart problem that required a series of surgeries and made it hard for her to take formula. Her mother&nbsp;Lani says she had no choice but to find donated breast milk.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117051008" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:06:08 +0000 Emily Donahue & Ryan Groves 9019 at http://kut.org Austin's Nonprofit Breast Milk Bank Needs Donations Interview: College-Age Women Hardest Hit by Texas Health Cuts http://kut.org/post/interview-college-age-women-hardest-hit-texas-health-cuts <p>After sparking raucous protests and a famous filibuster, new <a href="kut.org/post/you-may-now-comment-texas-new-rules-abortion-clinics-update">restrictions on abortion in Texas</a> captured the nation&rsquo;s attention this summer. But the fight over abortion and women&rsquo;s health is not new in Texas.</p><p>In a new piece for <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/"><em>The Austin Chronicle</em></a>, investigative reporter Jordan Smith examines how the fallout from the abortion fight impacts care options for college-aged women. Her article, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2013-10-04/from-abstinence-only-to-plan-z/">From &lsquo;Abstinence-Only&rsquo; to Plan Z</a>&rdquo; is part of <a href="http://whereisyourplanb.com/">a nationwide day of reporting</a> on women&rsquo;s health and reproductive issues. &nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114275330" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:04:06 +0000 Wells Dunbar 8876 at http://kut.org Interview: College-Age Women Hardest Hit by Texas Health Cuts Advocates File Lawsuit to Block Abortion Restrictions http://kut.org/post/advocates-file-lawsuit-block-abortion-restrictions <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">The next stage in abortion rights advocates&rsquo; efforts to block implementation of strict new regulations on the procedure in Texas began on Friday, as the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union and a group of abortion providers across the state </span><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/799828-lawsuit.html" style="line-height: 1.35; ">filed a lawsuit</a><span style="line-height: 1.35; "> in federal court.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">&ldquo;Today&#39;s lawsuit is a united strike back against the hostile politicians who have made clear their willingness to sacrifice the constitutional rights, health and even lives of Texas women in support of their extremist ideological agenda,&rdquo; Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:41:14 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 8811 at http://kut.org Advocates File Lawsuit to Block Abortion Restrictions Women's Clinic Closed in Wake of Texas Law Offered More Than Abortions http://kut.org/post/womens-clinic-closed-wake-texas-law-offered-more-abortions <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F110729648" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A handful of clinics in Texas have closed, or are planning to, just weeks after a controversial&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/832/billtext/pdf/HB00002F.pdf#navpanes=0">bill restricting abortions</a>&nbsp;passed the state legislature.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.plannedparenthood.org/greater-texas/">Planned Parenthood</a>&nbsp;says the closures will hurt the women who came to the clinics for general healthcare services.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anti-abortion groups say there are other doctors for the women to go to.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So who's right?</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:33:47 +0000 Ben Philpott 8700 at http://kut.org Women's Clinic Closed in Wake of Texas Law Offered More Than Abortions Texas Women Ask: What Does It Mean to Be Empowered? http://kut.org/post/texas-women-ask-what-does-it-mean-be-empowered <p>The ink had barely dried on&nbsp;Gov. Rick Perry's <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/gov-perry-signs-texas-sweeping-abortion-bill-law">signature on House Bill 2</a>, a controversial law restricting abortions in Texas,&nbsp;when 200 women filed into the Austin Community College Eastview campus to attend the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austincc.edu/support/studentsuccess/community/womensconference.php">Women’s Health, Motivation &amp; Empowerment Conference</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>A free, daylong event presented by the Positive Women’s Coalition and sponsored by Austin Community College, it featured workshops focused on women’s career development, relationships and health.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:33:46 +0000 Reshma Kirpalani 8392 at http://kut.org Texas Women Ask: What Does It Mean to Be Empowered? House Committee Quietly Approves Anti-Abortion Bills http://kut.org/post/house-committee-quietly-approves-anti-abortion-bills <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">After abruptly ending hours of public testimony that went into the wee hours of Friday morning, the House State Affairs Committee reconvened on Friday and quietly approved&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=831&amp;Bill=HB60" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">House Bill 60</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">, its companion,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=831&amp;Bill=SB5" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Senate Bill 5</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">&nbsp;— omnibus abortion restriction legislation — and a&nbsp;standalone&nbsp;measure to ban abortion at 20 weeks gestation,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=831&amp;Bill=HB16" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">House Bill 16</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">With the special session coming to an end on Tuesday, opponents of the measures say the decision by&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Chairman&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/byron-cook/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/byron-cook/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Byron Cook</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box; ">, R-Corsicana, to</span>&nbsp;end to the hearing near 4 a.m. — before hundreds of reproductive rights advocates could testify — may open the door to kill the legislation.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:01:00 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 8201 at http://kut.org House Committee Quietly Approves Anti-Abortion Bills Judge Reluctantly Approves Government Plan For Morning-After Pill http://kut.org/post/judge-reluctantly-oks-admin-plan-morning-after-pill An obviously unhappy Judge Edward Korman has approved the Obama administration's proposal to make just one formulation of the morning-after birth control pill available over the counter without age restrictions.<p>But in a testily worded <a href="http://www.justiceonline.org/docs/court-memorandum-tummino.pdf">six-page memorandum</a>, the federal district judge made it clear he is not particularly pleased with the outcome. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:37:33 +0000 Julie Rovner, NPR 8109 at http://kut.org Judge Reluctantly Approves Government Plan For Morning-After Pill Agenda Texas: Legislature Tweaks Women's Health Program http://kut.org/post/agenda-texas-legislature-tweaks-womens-health-program <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F95437829" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The battle over funding the Women’s Health Program was one of the most contentious fights in the 2011 Texas legislative session. The program provided family planning and healthcare services for low-income women who, if they became pregnant, would qualify for Medicaid.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 7992 at http://kut.org Agenda Texas: Legislature Tweaks Women's Health Program Angelina Jolie And The Rise Of Preventive Mastectomies http://kut.org/post/angelina-jolie-and-rise-preventive-mastectomies Angelina Jolie just became part of a medical trend: More women are deciding to have their breasts removed to reduce the risk of cancer.<p>Over the past decade, doctors have noticed a big increase in the number of women choosing prophylactic, or preventive, mastectomies.<p>Some, like Jolie, have a genetic mutation that makes it much more likely that they will have breast cancer. Her mother died of the disease at age 56. Jolie is 37. Tue, 14 May 2013 16:01:50 +0000 7724 at http://kut.org Angelina Jolie And The Rise Of Preventive Mastectomies Actress Angelina Jolie Shares Story Of Her Double Mastectomy http://kut.org/post/actress-angelina-jolie-shares-story-her-double-mastectomy Saying she is "writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience," actress Angelina Jolie <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html?hp&_r=0" target="_blank">reveals on the op-ed pages of <em>The New York Times</em></a> that she had a double mastectomy earlier this year to substantially reduce the chances she will develop breast cancer.<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001401/" target="_blank">Jolie, 37</a>, explains that because she carries a "faulty" gene known as BRCA1, "I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 Tue, 14 May 2013 13:01:23 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7723 at http://kut.org Actress Angelina Jolie Shares Story Of Her Double Mastectomy Obama Says New Abortion Laws Turn Back The Clock http://kut.org/post/obama-tells-planned-parenthood-new-abortion-laws-step-backward President Obama on Friday became the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood's annual meeting, delivering a strongly worded speech defending the embattled organization.<p>"We shouldn't have to remind people that when it comes to women's health, no politician should get to decide what's best for you," said Obama, who was greeted by sustained applause when he took the stage.<p>Planned Parenthood — the nation's largest provider of reproductive health services, including abortion — and other women's health groups worked hard to re-elect Obama last year and were instrumental in shephe Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:41:34 +0000 7529 at http://kut.org Obama Says New Abortion Laws Turn Back The Clock New Rules for Abortion Doctors Heads to Senate Floor (Update) http://kut.org/post/new-rules-abortion-doctors-heads-senate-floor-update <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>A bill requiring abortion providers to have the ability to admit patients at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic now moves to the Senate floor.</p><p>Supporters say the bill would ensure patients have access to care if there is a complication or emergency during or after the abortion.&nbsp;</p><p>“If an abortionist is not competent to obtain hospital privileges, then he is not competent to doing abortions," said Mary Lynn Gerstenschlager&nbsp;with the conservative Texas Eagle Forum.</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:40:44 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Kate McGee 7370 at http://kut.org New Rules for Abortion Doctors Heads to Senate Floor (Update)