National Women's Health Network

National Women's Health Network The National Women's Health Network was founded in 1975 to give women a greater voice within the healthcare system. We are a membership-based organization.
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NWHN is a membership-based organization supported by 8,000 individuals and organizations nationwide. We do not accept financial support from pharmaceutical companies, tobacco companies or medical device manufacturers.

Mission: The National Women's Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women.

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Abortion was legalized in Northern Ireland in October of 2019, overturning one of the world’s most restrictive abortion ...
01/15/2021
Group Takes Legal Action Over Lack of Abortion Services in Northern Ireland

Abortion was legalized in Northern Ireland in October of 2019, overturning one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. However, people seeking abortion care have still faced a great deal of barriers.

A human rights group says the government’s inaction has left a health care void in a country where the procedure was legalized in 2019, but remains largely unavailable.

We have launched a no-cost, low-effort mini-course that will help participants make better personal health decisions for...
01/14/2021
The Health Empowerment Academy Enrollment Center - NWHN

We have launched a no-cost, low-effort mini-course that will help participants make better personal health decisions for life. Over 6 days, participants will receive free, email-based lessons and exclusive downloadable resources that will reveal how to:

- Get the health care that’s the right fit in an ever-changing, complex landscape
- Find and evaluate credible health information and avoid dangerous treatments
- Effectively self-advocate with your clinician (and in congress)

Register here: https://www.nwhn.org/the-health-empowerment-academy-enrollment-center/

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Last night, the Supreme Court reinstated the FDA's medically unjustified requirement that people travel to a certified f...
01/13/2021
The NWHN’s statement on The Supreme Court’s Decision to Revive the Abortion Pill Restriction - NWHN

Last night, the Supreme Court reinstated the FDA's medically unjustified requirement that people travel to a certified facility simply to pick up abortion pills that they are then allowed to safely take at home. A federal judge had earlier ruled that enforcing this requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic placed an undue burden on people who need abortion care. This decision will impose the worst consequences on people of color and low-income people, who are already more likely to develop COVID-19.

The Court’s decision is one of the last acts in the Trump administration’s attack on reproductive health. The administration aggressively sought to overturn the district court’s decision to follow the science. And they got the result they wanted from a Supreme Court willing to rule six to three against access to abortion care.

The Biden-Harris administration must take action on day one to suspend in-person requirements for mifepristone, making the rules for medication abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic consistent with the steps FDA has taken to reduce coronavirus exposure for all other drugs. We also call on the Biden-Harris administration to undertake a systemic review of all components of the FDA’s restrictions and permanently remove any restrictions that are not medically necessary.

The FDA’s restrictions on the abortion pill have been political from the start. Now they’re dangerous.

Traveling to a clinic to pick up mifepristone restricts abortion access for many in normal times. In a public health emergency, it further restricts abortion access while also putting pregnant people and health care workers at risk, putting more pressure on our over-burdened health care system. This threatens more individuals with COVID-19 exposure, all to obtain a medication that has a safer track record than some over the counter medications.

This is why the NWHN launched our #MailTheAbortionPill campaign, to call on the FDA to lift the restrictions that require an in-person pick-up for mifepristone.

Politicizing a pandemic strains our health care system and heightens every person’s individual risk, especially in vulnerable populations that are already disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The FDA needs to protect people, not political ideologies, and the first step is allowing pregnant people to get the abortion pill where they take the pill – at home.

The Trump administration struck another blow against reproductive freedom yesterday. Seven days from now, the Biden-Harris administration can begin to right those wrongs. We look forward to quick action from the new administration.

https://nwhn.org/the-nwhns-statement-on-the-supreme-courts-decision-to-revive-the-abortion-pill-restriction/

Contact: Evita Almassi, [email protected] Telephone: 425-749-1886   The following statement can be attributed to Cynthia A. Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network.   Washington D.C.- Last night, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the U. S. Food and Drug Administration....

BREAKING: Tonight, the Supreme Court reinstated the FDA's medically unjustified requirement that people pick up abortion...
01/13/2021
Supreme Court Revives Abortion-Pill Restriction

BREAKING: Tonight, the Supreme Court reinstated the FDA's medically unjustified requirement that people pick up abortion pills in person despite a raging pandemic. This unjust decision will hit women of color and low-income women hardest. The FDA needs to allow medical professionals to distribute mifepristone and misoprostol by mail. #MailTheAbortionPill

In their first abortion case since Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the court, the justices reinstated a requirement that women seeking medication abortions pick up a pill in person.

"For abortion, it's really a crisis moment, and everything is on the line with a new Supreme Court," - Gretchen Borchelt...
01/12/2021
'A crisis moment': States, advocates brace for new fight over abortion rights

"For abortion, it's really a crisis moment, and everything is on the line with a new Supreme Court," - Gretchen Borchelt, VP of reproductive rights and health at National Women's Law Center.

Driving the burst of activity is the rightward shift of the Supreme Court, which has cast uncertainty on the future of Roe v. Wade.

This week the NWHN is joining @Uspirg #CosmeticCleanOut because we believe a beauty routine should be toxic-free. We enc...
01/11/2021

This week the NWHN is joining @Uspirg #CosmeticCleanOut because we believe a beauty routine should be toxic-free. We encourage everyone to check out the California Safe Cosmetics Program Product Database to gain a better understanding of which products to avoid: https://cscpsearch.cdph.ca.gov/search/publicsearch

National Women's Health Network's cover photo
01/11/2021

National Women's Health Network's cover photo

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith will head the Biden-Harris administration’s task force on health equity. “The Biden-Harris team...
01/10/2021
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith Takes Aim at Racial Gaps in Health Care

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith will head the Biden-Harris administration’s task force on health equity. “The Biden-Harris team has been really clear on saying that our response and recovery needs to be equitable,” says Nunez-Smith. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/health/coronavirus-marcella-nunez-smith.html

Appointed head of the incoming administration’s task force on health equity, the Yale University scientist “is not sitting in her ivory tower.”

In September, news broke that doctors were performing hysterectomies without informed consent on women held in an ICE fa...
01/09/2021
The Human Rights Abuses Against Black and Brown Women Occurring at ICE Detention Facilities Must Stop - NWHN

In September, news broke that doctors were performing hysterectomies without informed consent on women held in an ICE facility in Ocilla, Georgia. Several immigrant women have reported concerns that a large number of immigrant women were subjected to a hysterectomy while detained at this facility. The U.S.’ long history of human rights abuses stemming from the forced sterilization of women of color provides an important context for the recent ICE cases.

By M. Isabelle Chaudry ‌In September 2020, news broke that doctors were performing hysterectomies without informed consent on women held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia. Several immigrant women have reported concerns that a l...

Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month? The NWHN has long advocated for improved access to basic h...
01/08/2021

Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month? The NWHN has long advocated for improved access to basic health care, so all women can have access to appropriate screening and treatment. Cervical cancer related deaths have been on the decline in recent years but far too many women, particularly low-income women, women of color, and immigrants are still dying from this highly preventable disease.

"It’s too early, and there’s still too much shock in DC, to accurately predict what will happen next. But for right now,...
01/07/2021
The Day After: Report From Washington - NWHN

"It’s too early, and there’s still too much shock in DC, to accurately predict what will happen next. But for right now, a lawless and tyrannical president who launched as attack on the very core of our democracy still sits in the White House." Read more here: https://www.nwhn.org/the-day-after-report-from-washington/

  Cross-posted from our joint Raising Women’s Voices campaign As one of the federal policy experts on the Raising Women’s Voices coordinating team, I expected to be focused today on how the developments in Washington (and Georgia) will impact our work to advance women’s health. After all, the...

01/07/2021

"Where are the rubber bullets?" "Where is the teargas?" These are rhetorical questions, not calls for police brutality. Let us always remember that the police know how to refrain from violence, they simply choose not to when Black & brown bodies are involved.

Due to pro-Trump protestors downtown, Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared a curfew in Washington D.C. from 1/6/20 at 6 pm t...
01/06/2021

Due to pro-Trump protestors downtown, Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared a curfew in Washington D.C. from 1/6/20 at 6 pm to 1/7/20 at 6 am. As much as possible, remain indoors to keep yourself safe. Stay away from the downtown area, where there has already been violence.

“This is going to be the greatest operational challenge we’ve ever faced as a nation - but we’re going to get it done," ...
01/03/2021
U.S. Officials Say Covid-19 Vaccination Effort Has Lagged

“This is going to be the greatest operational challenge we’ve ever faced as a nation - but we’re going to get it done," President-elect Joe Biden says of efforts to vaccinate the U.S. population against COVID-19.

“We know that it should be better, and we’re working hard to make it better,” said Moncef Slaoui, a leader of the federal effort to accelerate vaccine development and distribution.

Fake health centers, also known as crisis pregnancy centers, are unlicensed and unregulated facilities trying to prevent...
01/03/2021
The Fake News Behind Fake Health Centers - NWHN

Fake health centers, also known as crisis pregnancy centers, are unlicensed and unregulated facilities trying to prevent abortion through any means necessary.

Written by Madelyn McKeague, with NWHN interview by Negar Esfandiari Imagine you are walking along a road, trying to find a pregnancy clinic. You are looking for the one you found online, the one that promised free services and counseling surrounded by soft colors and pictures of kind-looking women....

Happy New Year! Let's commit ourselves to making 2021 a year that is safer, healthier, and more inclusive than 2020.
01/01/2021

Happy New Year! Let's commit ourselves to making 2021 a year that is safer, healthier, and more inclusive than 2020.

We applaud Massachusetts state senators for voting to override their governor's veto of an abortion bill so that they co...
01/01/2021
Massachusetts House overrides governor's veto of abortion bill

We applaud Massachusetts state senators for voting to override their governor's veto of an abortion bill so that they could expand abortion access in the state.

The Massachusetts state House voted Monday to override the governor's veto of legislation that would expand access to abortion services in the state and codify abortion access in state law.

With your help, the NWHN fought tirelessly in 2020 to protect and improve women’s health in one of the most difficult po...
12/31/2020

With your help, the NWHN fought tirelessly in 2020 to protect and improve women’s health in one of the most difficult political climates we have ever faced.

The weeks and months ahead will give us more challenges in our fight to protect women’s health care. With your support, we will help women all over the country build better lives in the coming year. I hope that we can count on you to help with your tax-deductible gift before December 31st — a gift that will be doubled by a Network supporter who believes in the Network, you and women’s rights.

Your compassionate gift will provide resources to support life-changing work that builds better health care for women. A donation of any amount will help women across the country have access to the necessary, unbiased health information they need to stay healthy. Your donation will be matched up to $20,000 until midnight tomorrow.

Will you fight with us? Together, we defied the odds this year. With your continued support, we will do it again in 2020. Head to nwhn.org/donate to make your impact before the new year begins.

It's not too late to participate in our year-end matching gift challenge to double your impact! Head to nwhn.org/donate ...
12/30/2020

It's not too late to participate in our year-end matching gift challenge to double your impact! Head to nwhn.org/donate to make your contribution before 2020 comes to a close.

“I put forth and I maintain if I was white...I wouldn’t have to go through that.” Dr. Susan Moore's death is just one ch...
12/30/2020
Black Doctor Dies of Covid-19 After Complaining of Racist Treatment

“I put forth and I maintain if I was white...I wouldn’t have to go through that.” Dr. Susan Moore's death is just one chilling example of the way that medical racism is costing lives. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/23/us/susan-moore-black-doctor-indiana.html

“He made me feel like a drug addict,” Dr. Susan Moore said, accusing a white doctor of downplaying her complaints of pain and suggesting she should be discharged.

Racism and sexism tormented Dr. Susan Moore during her battle with COVID-19. They very likely contributed to her death a...
12/30/2020
We Can't Let Dr. Susan Moore's Death Be in Vain - NWHN

Racism and sexism tormented Dr. Susan Moore during her battle with COVID-19. They very likely contributed to her death and shouldn’t have, and we are angry. Just two weeks before she died, Dr. Moore, who was Black, recorded a video in which she described in detail the dismissive and disrespectful treatment she was experiencing while being treated for COVID-19 at Indiana University Health System.

By: Cynthia A. Pearson Racism and sexism tormented Dr. Susan Moore during her battle with COVID-19. They very likely contributed to her death and shouldn’t have, and we are angry. Just two weeks before she died, Dr. Moore, who was Black, recorded a video in which she described in detail the dismis...

Did you receive any personal care products such as lotions, soaps, or makeup as gifts this year? Before using that new p...
12/29/2020

Did you receive any personal care products such as lotions, soaps, or makeup as gifts this year? Before using that new product from your relative, check out the ingredient list. If it contains ambiguous "fragrance" or other harmful ingredients, it might be best to toss it. Learn more here: https://nwhn.org/unsafe-cosmetics-2/

We’ve been working hard at the Network during this challenging year to advocate for women’s health, but that hard work c...
12/28/2020

We’ve been working hard at the Network during this challenging year to advocate for women’s health, but that hard work couldn’t have been made possible without you. Your generous support this year has allowed us to continue to fight for women’s health, and we are eternally grateful for you! To double your impact before 2020 comes to a close, follow this link: https://donate.nwhn.org/donate?bbeml=tp-Ykfe4Fn8sEalS0yjYGWVjw.jn_yxAD7cG0OZgv1IP0lnpg.roXz_8eYwsUq5iUhk4kp3Nw.lcvFfmWBFi0yAfvAzCDlefQ

Before COVID-19 upended the lives of new parents, 14% of new mothers suffered from postpartum depression. Now, according...
12/27/2020
If you’re a new mom and feeling isolated, here are online resources to help

Before COVID-19 upended the lives of new parents, 14% of new mothers suffered from postpartum depression. Now, according to a recent survey of pregnant and postpartum women, 36% are disclosing symptoms of depression and 22% reported symptoms of anxiety. https://www.thelily.com/if-youre-a-new-mom-and-feeling-isolated-here-are-online-resources-to-help/

From ‘mom mentors’ to low-cost group therapy, social support is still possible in a pandemic.

Even being a doctor didn't protect Dr. Susan Moore from racist treatment when she was sick with COVID-19. This is a syst...
12/27/2020
Opinion | Say her name: Dr. Susan Moore

Even being a doctor didn't protect Dr. Susan Moore from racist treatment when she was sick with COVID-19. This is a systemic problem that needs systemic solutions.

Injustice in health care is rarely broadcast from cellphone videos or shared for thousands to witness.

"I am supposed to be happy. And don’t get me wrong: I’ll take the win. But this moment doesn’t feel victorious. These ne...
12/26/2020
I Had to Leave Massachusetts for My Abortion. Not Anymore. - Rewire News Group

"I am supposed to be happy. And don’t get me wrong: I’ll take the win. But this moment doesn’t feel victorious. These new laws codifying and slightly expanding Roe in Massachusetts are a rearguard action in a battle we’ve already lost. In the end, the ROE Act was only possible because we have utterly lost the battle for a bold, comprehensive vision of reproductive health care in this country." https://rewirenewsgroup.com/article/2020/12/21/i-had-to-leave-massachusetts-for-my-abortion-not-anymore/

Massachusetts is a safer state for pregnant people than it was last week. I'll take the win, but the moment doesn't feel victorious.

New pieces of information surfacing about the Trump-Pence administration's negligent and reckless actions throughout the...
12/25/2020
House panel subpoenas HHS Sec. Azar and CDC's Redfield: 'Extensive' political meddling in COVID-19 policies alleged

New pieces of information surfacing about the Trump-Pence administration's negligent and reckless actions throughout the pandemic are disturbing. Time and time again, this administration has attempted to mislead the public and bury the guidance of public health experts. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/12/21/house-panel-subpoenas-hhs-cdc-officials-covid-19-probe/3990058001/

Two Trump administration health officials were subpoenaed after a congressional probe found "extensive" political meddling over the coronavirus crisis.

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