May 4, 2010 |
It was supposed to make every child a wanted child, give women control over their bodies and grant couples worry-free sex. Such were the aspirations of health professionals worldwide when the medication now known simply as "the pill" arrived on the market 50 years ago. It was the first birth-control method that did not require use in the heat of the moment, the first that could be used by a woman without her partner's knowledge or cooperation....
January 6, 2008 |
Every night in this quiet western Indian city, 15 pregnant women prepare for sleep in the spacious house they share, ascending the stairs in a procession of ballooned bellies, to bedrooms that become a landscape of soft hills. A team of maids, cooks and doctors looks after the women, whose pregnancies would be unusual anywhere else but are common here. The young mothers of Anand, a place famous for its dairy industry, are pregnant with the children of infertile couples from around the world.
July 21, 2011 |
Think back on what you talked about with friends and family at your last gathering. The latest game of your favorite team? "American Idol"? An addictive hobby? The new movie blockbuster? In a serious moment, maybe job prospects, Afghanistan, the economic mess? We live in an information-drenched environment, one in which sports and favorite programs are just a click away. And the ease with which we can do this allows us to focus on mostly comforting subjects that divert our attention from increasingly real, long-term problems.
January 27, 2011 |
Maternal mortality is rare. But the rates are increasing in the United States and elsewhere for a number of reasons. In an editorial published Thursday, British researchers point out that in-vitro-fertilization-related pregnancies are an additional risk factor for maternal death. The major causes of death to new mothers are rare catastrophes, such as hemorrhage and blood clots. The incidence of these problems is increasing, possibly because more pregnant women today have health problems, such as diabetes, obesity or some other chronic condition.
November 21, 2012 |
The rate of abortions in the United States fell by 5%, the largest single-year decrease in a decade, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The decline is outlined in the annual abortion surveillance data for the year 2009, the latest available. It was published on Wednesday in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. About 18% of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, the CDC noted. Factors from the availability of abortion providers, state laws, the general economy and access to health services including contraception, can all influence the abortion rate, according to the CDC. An important way to reduce abortions is to eliminate unwanted pregnancies.
January 22, 2012
The Obama administration's willingness to defend insurance coverage for family planning services against attacks from conservatives and religious groups is good news for women and for the health of the nation. Last year, the administration first proposed that, like other preventive medical goods and services, contraception and general family planning coverage should be available under the healthcare reform law without a co-payment or deductible. Not just churches but many of their affiliated organizations protested — with the backing of conservative Republicans — that they should not have to pay to provide insurance coverage for medical services that run counter to their beliefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1993
Responsible citizens spay or neuter their cats and dogs to ensure that unwanted kittens or puppies are not procreated. Should we, as responsible adults, ensure that our sexually active teen-age daughters and little sisters have contraceptives implanted in their bodies to prevent unwanted pregnancies? Throughout history, girls and women were left to deal with unplanned pregnancies. After all, it is only they who can "get into trouble." Why not take a broader approach and have "reversible" vasectomies performed on teen-age boys?
May 11, 1986
Women who use intrauterine devices may face up to three times the risk of unplanned pregnancies after they switch to other birth control methods, a study warns. The recent withdrawal of most IUDs from the market thus may lead to an estimated increase of 123,000 unwanted pregnancies annually among the 1.4 million women now using IUDs, according to an article in Family Planning Perspectives, a journal of the Alan Guttmacher Institute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1989
It's a terrible irony that on the eve of our Independence Day the Supreme Court restricts the independence of half the citizens, and that the topic of desecration is centered on the flag while the desecration of women's bodies and lives through unwanted pregnancies is now certain. NANCY WILLIAMS Ventura
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1987
Sally Nava Kanarek states (Letters, May 10) that there is a "blatant lack of prosecution" by the district attorney's office of thousands of cases of unlawful sexual intercourse with minors in Orange County. Her allegations apparently stem from statistics showing 7,000 pregnancies by female minors per year in the county. Although we appreciate Kanarek's concern and agree that the level of teen-age pregnancies is a serious social difficulty, the suggestion that the problem can be overcome by law enforcement or that prosecutors are not fulfilling their responsibilities by filing as many cases as there are pregnancies is erroneous.