Abortion

Does a fetus feel pain?

Pro-life rhetoric often focuses on fetal pain as a one of the foundational reasons why abortion is immoral. Yet the fact is that scientists aren’t in agreement about when—or if—fetuses experience pain. Politicians shouldn’t be able to use fetal pain as an excuse to pass legislation that takes away a woman’s bodily autonomy, simply because… Continue reading Does a fetus feel pain?

Abortion, Reproductive Justice

Alabama Prepares for Roe v. Wade Challenge with State Abortion Ban

With the intention of facing opposition that would usher legislation through the halls of the Supreme Court, the Alabama House passed a bill on April 30 that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. "This bill is simply about Roe v. Wade," Republican state Rep. Terri Collins said . "The decision that was made… Continue reading Alabama Prepares for Roe v. Wade Challenge with State Abortion Ban

Reproductive Justice

Brett Kavanaugh and Reproductive Rights

Democrats have called for the postponement of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. That’s a good thing for reproductive rights advocates, but it’s important to stay informed on the threat posed by the nominee. Kavanaugh still has a good chance of being appointed to our nation’s highest court, and, as there’s no limit on… Continue reading Brett Kavanaugh and Reproductive Rights

Reproductive Justice

Immigrant Justice is a Reproductive Rights Issue

In March, activist Alejandra Pablos was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a routine check-in. Routine check-ins with ICE are part of life for many people in the United States who are in the process of applying for citizenship, applying for asylum, or waiting on a court date for an immigration status-related issue.… Continue reading Immigrant Justice is a Reproductive Rights Issue

Women's Health

Climate Change and Reproductive Health

More and more, research is confirming that climate change and pollution of all kinds affects every aspect of life on Earth. Not surprisingly, this includes reproductive health. It may be intuitive that what goes on in our environment affects what goes on in our bodies, but the extent of damage that occurs due to environmental… Continue reading Climate Change and Reproductive Health

Abortion

Our Reaction to a Recent Invasion by Anti-Choice Protesters

On Saturday, December 2nd, Capital Women’s Services was infiltrated by anti-choice militants who harassed, demeaned and disrespected our patients and who physically prevented our medical staff from entering our facility. While we are disheartened by the seemingly growing willingness of anti-choicers to violate federal law, we are thankful that the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington,… Continue reading Our Reaction to a Recent Invasion by Anti-Choice Protesters

Birth Control

A Second Look at the Link Between Hormonal Birth Control and Cancer

Alarming headlines have circulated recently regarding a Danish research study that links hormonal contraceptives to an increased risk of breast cancer. The study’s findings are significant—the research team sampled 1.8 million women, ranging from girls in their teens to middle-aged women. It was also a long term study that took 11 years to complete. Researchers… Continue reading A Second Look at the Link Between Hormonal Birth Control and Cancer

Sexism

Celebrating Slutwalk, Rethinking Slutwalk

At some point in life, we all learn that the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is utter bull. In fact, verbal abuse goes hand in hand with physical violence—as graphics like this illustrate, language is an instrument that normalizes rape culture. In response, activists and marginalized… Continue reading Celebrating Slutwalk, Rethinking Slutwalk

Abortion

Crisis Pregnancy Centers

What are Crisis Pregnancy Centers Really? As women’s health providers we know that providing sensitive care and allowing our patients be empowered through making decisions about their health is the hallmark of well-being. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) often advertise themselves as being places where women can receive medically accurate options counseling and support when they… Continue reading Crisis Pregnancy Centers