If Purvi Patel delivered in hospital she could have declined neonatal care, but she delivered at home so faces jail

Purvi Patel faces 70 years in jail for delivering a premature baby at home and believing her fetus was stillborn. She was found guilty of feticide and neglect. I want to put these frightening abuses of her legal rights aside for a moment… The fact that she was questioned immediately after an anesthetic. We don’t …

Sterilization camp in India kills 11 women – a government funded slaughterhouse

The reports from India read more like the review of a horror movie rather than a detailing of a government funded surgical program – 83 women receiving a surgical sterilization leaving 11 dead and another 50 hospitalized, 20 of whom (as of this posting) are seriously ill. And all of this happened in six hours with one surgeon at a government …

George Will mansplains women’s GYN rights – I invite him to do that in person

Thank you Mr. Will for mansplaining that the war on women is a fictitious democratic construct. In fact, to speak of things like failure to respond to the epidemic of campus rape, the need to have access to all forms of birth control through health insurance, or to have an abortion in your own county …

9 ways personhood amendments are harmful

Personhood amendments are on the ballot again, this time in Colorado (again, hoping 3rd time isn’t a charm as voters rejected personhood amendments in 2008 and 2010), North Dakota, and Tennessee. For those unfamiliar with exactly what a personhood amendment entails, it is a ballot measure that if passed would change the state constitution to …

Clinic protests have nothing to do with free speech, they are harassment

Today the Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts buffer zone around abortion clinics, a 35 feet area free of protesters to allow women unrestricted access to clinics that provide abortion services. These buffer zones were created with safety in mind, not only safety for women and their companions as they enter (if they are lucky enough to …

Did no editor find George Will’s column too offensive to print?

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has announced it will no longer carry George Will’s syndicated column: “Starting today, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson replaces George Will on Thursdays and Sundays.” The editor, Tony Messenger added: “The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that …

George Will’s problem with rape statistics (how many women to make a scourge?)

George Will continues with his assertion that it is mathematically impossible for 1 in 5 women to have been sexually assaulted while in college. He calls the statistics “insupportable” and when he replied to Senators Blumenthal, Feinstein, Baldwin, and Casey he chided them to temper their “rhetoric” about the “scourge of sexual assault.” But it’s …

One way to end violence against women? Men stop beating women

A very special father’s day Washington Post column put forth the idea that violence against women would drop if women simply married their children’s biological father. The answer has been there all along, Married Dads! (With a nifty byline: The data show that #yesallwomen would be safer with fewer boyfriends around their kids). While it …

An OB/GYN writes to George Will about college rape

Dear Mr. Will, I read your recent column on the “supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. sexual assault” and am somewhat taken aback by your claim that forcing colleges to take a tougher stand on sexual assault somehow translates into a modern version of The Crucible that replaces witchcraft with rape hysteria. I was specifically …