December 2014

Pregnant, and No Civil Rights

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A recent article in the New York Times exposed the horrific extent that states have gone to in an attempt to ban abortion by passing laws that criminalize pregnant women. The article tells the stories of women who are forced to undergo cesarean sections, or arrested for “attempted fetal homicide” after falling down a flight of stairs, or jailed for over a year second-degree murder because of unexplained vaginal bleeding that turned out to be a miscarriage. Please read the text of the article below, or follow the link to the article itself. We welcome your questions and comments. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/08/opinion/pregnant-and-no-civil-rights.html [...]

Notice of Public Hearing Re: State Single Payer Health Coverage

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There will be a public hearing to receive testimony concerning the New York Health bill to create single payer health coverage.  The New York Health bill would provide comprehensive, universal health coverage for every New Yorker, with a benefit package more comprehensive than commercial or other health plans, with full choices of doctors and other providers.  The program would be funded by broad-based taxes based on the ability to pay, and it would eliminate the local share of Medicaid (which would become part of New York Health). The New York City hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 10AM, [...]

Castration: The Goldmine of American Medicine

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The following is Sybil Shainwald's Keynote Speaker address given at the 27th Annual Hysterectomy Conference for Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services (HERS). Castration: The Goldmine of Gynecology Introduction/Statistics Female castration is the most performed non-obstetric operation in the U.S., at the rate of about 1,643 per day. That is more than one every minute. Sex organs have been removed from more than 22 million U.S. women and over 600,000 hysterectomies are still performed each year without informing women of the consequences of this needless, heedless surgery. In fact, for every 10,000 hysterectomies performed in the United States, 11 women die. [...]

Sex Differences in Clinical Trials: Another Example of Inequality

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The following is a speech given to a group of Columbia University Fellows on November 12, 2014. A PDF version of the  entire article can be downloaded by clicking here. Ambien, the sleeping pill, which was prescribed 40 million times last year and approved 20 years ago, has been prescribed for women in a dose that is twice as high as they need, putting them at risk for drowsiness while driving and other problems. Indeed, it appears that women respond differently from men to a broad array of treatments, from aspirin to anesthesia, and often do not derive the same [...]