Childbirth / Reproduction (non-Abortion) Issues
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 10, 2012 N.Y. Law on Contraceptives Already in Place, and Catholic Institutions Comply
QUOTE: Some New York Catholic institutions...chose to self-insure rather than pay for contraception after New York State adopted a requirement in 2002 that any insurance policy with a prescription drug benefit provide coverage for birth control. The requirement has a narrow exemption that applies to policies provided by houses of worship, but not to most other religiously affiliated employers. But some Catholic institutions now offer health insurance plans that include contraceptive drugs among the services they cover for employees and students, though with caveats.
New York Times Jun 23, 2011 North Carolina hearing explores history of forced sterilization
QUOTE: After World War II, most states abolished their eugenics programs when it became clear that Nazi's used similar practices to further their ideals of racial purity. But the number of sterilizations in North Carolina peaked between 1950-1960...
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 20, 2011 The New Anti-Abortion Math
QUOTE: Terrible sex education programs and a lack of access to contraceptives leads to a huge number of births to poor women… The Texas baby boom… marches off to underfunded schools... One of the first things the cash-strapped Legislature tried to cut was family planning.
New York Times Nov 17, 2009 For Sale: Human Eggs Become a Research Commodity: A decision to pay for eggs for stem cell studies sparks debate
QUOTE: Paying a woman for her eggs to use in stem cell research has been a bioethical no-no for years. But this past June, New York State decided to allow just that, becoming the first state to permit public money to be used in this way. The decision, which allows payment of up to $10,000, will likely jump-start donations—and thereby research. Many bioethicists, however, worry that the financial incentive could exploit women and compromise their health.
Scientific American Oct 10, 2009 The Gift of Life, and Its Price (21st Century Babies)
QUOTE: While IVF creates thousands of new families a year, an increasing number of the newborns are twins, and they carry special risks often overlooked in the desire to produce babies.
New York Times Oct 05, 2009 Childbirth at the Global Crossroads: Women in the developing world who are paid to bear other people's children test the emotional limits of the international service economy.
QUOTE: despite [Dr. Nayna] Patel's view of commercial surrogacy as a straightforward equation, it's far more complicated for both the surrogates and the genetic parents. Like nannies or nurses, surrogates perform "emotional labor" to suppress feelings that could interfere with doing their job. Parents must decide how close they are willing (or able) to get to the woman who will give birth to their child.
American Prospect Sep 23, 2009 Is birth control the answer to environmental ills? (60-Second Science)
QUOTE: Who gets to set the limiting number for population growth? Who are the targets of restrained fertility and is this just? And, ultimately, is there an ideal number for human population on this planet?
Scientific American Sep 15, 2009 When It Comes to Pollution, Less (Kids) May Be More (Green)
QUOTE: new study performed by the London School of Economics suggests that, to fight climate change, governments should focus on another pollutant: us. As in babies. New people.
Washington Post Aug 23, 2009 Officials Weigh Circumcision to Fight H.I.V. Risk
QUOTE: Public health officials are considering promoting routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of H.I.V....
New York Times Jul 20, 2009 Postpartum Depression: Do All Moms Need Screening?
QUOTE: Does PPD [Postpartum Depression] screening identify cases of real depression or simply contribute to the potentially dangerous medicalization of motherhood?
Time Magazine Jul 11, 2009 No Stork Involved, but Mom and Dad Had Help
QUOTE: So despite the substantial costs [for surrogate birth] (at least $30,000), there is now a group of young children whose parents are wrestling with this modern twist on the eternal question: Where did I come from?
New York Times May 28, 2009 Glowing Green Monkeys Illustrate Important but Controversial Advance
QUOTE: Japanese researchers added genes that caused the animals to glow green under an ultraviolet light....But because the work marks the first time members of a species so closely related to humans have had their genetic makeup permanently altered, the research set off alarms that it marked a troubling step toward applying such techniques to people...
Washington Post May 27, 2009 The Future of Reproduction: Male Pregnancy (Duel Perspectives)
QUOTE: the technology to create a child with DNA from two dads is just around the corner:...
Wired Sep 09, 2008 Midwife Delivery Can Lead to Passport Denial
QUOTE: "In a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union alleges that the government is systematically discriminating against U.S.-born citizens on the basis of ethnicity and national origin. Attorneys for the plaintiff assert that such arbitrary bans disproportionately affect rural and poor people who have less access to doctors."
Washington Post Jan 19, 2008 Birth, The American Way
QUOTE: Natural-birth advocates say that hospitals, driven by profits and worried about malpractice, are too quick to intervene....If something does go wrong, in the eyes of the courts "a normal birth is a risk. The courts reward action," Block says.
Newsweek Oct 18, 2007 Birth Control Allowed for Maine Middle Schoolers
QUOTE: “This is really a violation of parents’ rights,” Peter Doyle, a Portland resident, told the committee. “If there were a constitutional challenge, you guys would be at risk of a lawsuit.”
New York Times Oct 17, 2007 Industry Money Fans Debate on Fish
QUOTE: Since then several coalition members have renounced the findings, some criticizing the coalition’s leadership for taking thousands of dollars from the fishing industry to promote the recommendations. The coalition’s leaders did not present the recommendations to its members before releasing them.
New York Times Aug 28, 2007 Demand for Prenatal Care for Poor Strains Localities
QUOTE: But recent efforts in Loudoun and Prince William counties to expand services to keep up with the demands of the growing population of uninsured or low-income pregnant women have stalled, and local health-care communities are scrambling for solutions.
Washington Post Nov 06, 2006 The Consumer: Contraception as an Option for the Man
QUOTE: Tired of contraceptives’ side effects, expense and hassle, many [women] are ready to hand over the reproductive reins to their partners....“On some level,” Mr. Kleinman said, “it is just about fairness to women.”
New York Times Mar 01, 2006 Unintended Pregnancy Linked to State Funding Cuts: First-of-Its-Kind Study Cites Impact On Teenage Girls and Poor Women
QUOTE: At a time when policymakers have made reducing unintended pregnancies a national priority, 33 states have made it more difficult or more expensive for poor women and teenagers to obtain contraceptives and related medical services...
Washington Post Feb 15, 2006 U.S. Cuts Funds for Family Planning Overseas, Stirring Opposition
QUOTE: President Bush...proposing sharp cuts in financing for international family planning programs...reductions would mean more unintended pregnancies for the world's poorest women, and more dangerous abortions...
New York Times Nov 24, 2005 Once a C-Section, Always a C-Section?: Women Who Want to Try Labor on Later Deliveries Are Increasingly Refused
QUOTE: ...an increasing number of hospitals refuse to let women try labor after an earlier C-section, citing concerns about safety and being sued if something goes wrong.
Washington Post Nov 22, 2005 S. Korean Stem Cell Team Paid Women for Eggs: Associate Says He Acted Without Knowledge of Research Chief Who Was Accused by American
QUOTE: He said he did so without informing Woo Suk Hwang, the high-profile stem cell biologist who used the eggs in his research and has been embroiled in controversy in the 10 days since his American collaborator broke off relations and charged the Korean team with unethical behavior.
Washington Post Sep 01, 2005 FDA Official Resigns in Protest of 'Morning-After Pill' Decision: Women's Health Chief Says Commissioner's Decision on Contraceptive Was Political
QUOTE: The top Food and Drug Administration official in charge of women's health issues resigned yesterday in protest against the agency's decision to further delay a final ruling on whether the "morning-after pill" should be made more easily accessible...."I can no longer serve as staff when scientific and clinical evidence, fully evaluated and recommended for approval by the professional staff here, has been overruled,"...
Washington Post Oct 04, 2004 Catholic Group Loses Birth Control Appeal
QUOTE: The US Supreme Court refused Monday to disturb a ruling that forces some California religious organizations to pay for workers' contraceptive health insurance benefits.
Washington Post Jun 11, 2004 Infertile Ground Is Sown in Brazil: Politicians Trade Sterilizations for Votes
QUOTE: Brazil's efforts have led to increased criticism from women's health organizations, civil rights agencies and relief workers who argue that sterilization is an ineffectual anti-poverty tool. They also contend that sterilization programs feed racist notions about who should have children and who should not.
Washington Post May 18, 2004 A Baby, or Cash Back: Some IVF Centers Offer Risk-Sharing Deals
QUOTE: ...some fertility clinics have begun to offer guarantee or "shared-risk" programs: If you don't have a baby, you get most of your money back.
Washington Post Jun 24, 2003 The problem with 'embryo adoption': Why is the government giving money to Snowflakes?
QUOTE: So what's the big deal about a religious group that believes all embryos are children and is trying to find them "adoptive" parents among infertile couples using IVF? Well, actually there is a lot that is wrong.
MSNBC Apr 20, 2003 A Special Kind of Poverty: The poor get used to going without. But going without a baby is hard to get used to
QUOTE: Patients at a high-end fertility center are offered long, sit-down consultations and painstakingly designed, obsessively monitored medical regimens that often cost around $1,000 a month; patients on Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the very poor, are offered a spectacular variety of contraceptive devices, but no fertility treatment.
Washington Post Feb 27, 2003 House Is Set to Make Cloning of Humans a Crime
QUOTE: Should the ban (of cloning) pass, it would be a historic decision to criminalize a type of scientific research.
New York Times Aug 23, 2002 Shaming Young Mothers
QUOTE: ...new [Florida] law requires women — even 14- and 15-year-old girls, even rape victims — to disclose the name and address of the father of a baby offered for adoption, or else to publish...ads for four weeks.
New York Times Aug 20, 2002 China's One-Child Policy Now a Double Standard: Limits and Penalties Applied Unevenly
QUOTE: [some Chinese localities'] focus on education, contraceptive choice and fines is hardly universal. Elsewhere in China...birth quotas that human rights advocates say lead to forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.
Washington Post Mar 31, 2002 A World of Their Own: In the eyes of his parents, if Gauvin Hughes McCullough turns out to be deaf, that will be just perfect
QUOTE: ...they see deafness as an identity, not a medical affliction that needs to be fixed. Their effort -- to have a baby who belongs to what they see as their minority group -- is a natural outcome of the pride and self-acceptance the Deaf movement has brought to so many. It also would seem to put them at odds with the direction of reproductive technology in general, striving as it does, for a more perfect normalcy.
Washington Post Feb 04, 2002 Sneak Attack
QUOTE: Bush administration officials presented it as an altruistic attempt to bring badly needed health care benefits to low-income pregnant women. It was actually a guerrilla attack on abortion rights.
New York Times Oct 14, 2001 The Despair Beneath the Arab World's Growing Rage
QUOTE: Both groups of rulers [Egypt and Saudi Arabia] are entrenched elites dealing with increasing social frustration — rooted in stagnant economies and a paucity of jobs — and the difficulty of managing generational change at the top.
New York Times Jul 23, 2001 Second-Guessing the Seven Births: Doctors Cite Fertility Drugs' Risks, Failure to Limit Number of Fetuses
QUOTE: The parents...refused to consider selective reduction, in which doctors abort some fetuses to improve the chances that others will be born healthy.
Washington Post Jul 06, 2001 Bush Plan Allows States to Give "Unborn Child" Medical Coverage
QUOTE: The Bush administration has drafted a new policy that would allow states to define "an unborn child" as a person eligible for medical coverage...
New York Times Jan 16, 2001 Battle Over Internet-bought Twins
QUOTE: A British couple embroiled in a bitter adoption battle over six-month old twins -- who were born in the United States and sold twice over the Internet -- vowed...to keep the girls.
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