Latest Women's health News

'Born-alive' abortion measure clears N. Carolina Senate

May. 11, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would require doctors to provide the same duty of care for a child who is born alive after an attempted abortion that they would for any other newborn. Those who fail to make such effort to...

Tennessee to require fetal remains be buried or cremated

May. 11, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon become the latest state to require certain medical providers to cremate or bury fetal remains from surgical abortions under legislation recently signed by Republican Gov. Bill Lee. Roughly 10 other Republican-majority states...

China adds few babies, loses workers as its 1.4B people age

May. 11, 2021 05:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The number of working-age people in China fell over the past decade as its aging population barely grew, a census showed Tuesday, complicating Chinese leaders' efforts to create a more prosperous and influential nation. The total population rose to 1.411...

1.4B but no more? China's population growth closer to zero

May. 11, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s weak population growth is falling closer to zero as fewer couples have children, government data showed Tuesday, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce. The population rose by 72 million people over the past 10 years to...

NC House OK's bill to prohibit shackling of pregnant inmates

May. 10, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House lawmakers unanimously approved on Monday a bill that would prohibit physical restraints being used on pregnant incarcerated women before, during and after they give birth. The proposal also requires women to be provided...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 07, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ COVID-19 vaccine...

St. Louis congresswoman describes nearly losing two babies

May. 07, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A congressional committee examining the Black maternal health crisis heard emotional testimony from one of the committee's own members. Democrat Cori Bush of St. Louis on Thursday described how she nearly lost the lives of her two children two decades...

Appeals judges skeptical about reinstating NC abortion ban

May. 06, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal judges expressed skepticism on Thursday about reinstating North Carolina's ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, especially after state officials have acknowledged that the prohibition hasn't been enforced. A three-judge panel...

NC House votes to bar abortions based on race, Down syndrome

May. 06, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina abortion providers would be barred from performing the procedure if a woman's decision centered on the unborn child's race or a Down syndrome diagnosis, under legislation approved Thursday by the House. The measure, which passed...

Rights report: State of Afghan women's health care grim

May. 06, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After nearly 20 years since the ouster of the Taliban and billions of dollars spent on infrastructure and aid, many Afghan women still have desperately poor access to health facilities and adequate health care, a leading rights group said Thursday. ...