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Review: Fake pregnancy transforms lonely salarywoman’s life

Aug. 08, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

“Diary of a Void,” by Emi Yagi (Viking) Shibata-san, the only woman in her office group, is tired of cleaning up after the men. One day, when her section head asks her why dirty coffee cups are still lying around hours after a meeting, she improvises an astonishing lie. “I’m...

Woman heading to prenatal checkup killed in California crash

Aug. 05, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pregnant woman who died along with her young son and three others in a fiery crash caused by a speeding car was heading to a prenatal doctor's appointment, her sister said Friday. Thursday's crash killed Asherey Ryan, her 11-month-old son Alonzo Quintero and...

Minnesota jury: Woman wasn't entitled to morning-after pill

Aug. 05, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — A jury on Friday ruled that a central Minnesota pharmacist did not violate a woman's rights when he refused to provide her emergency contraceptives more than three years ago. Andrea Anderson, a mother of five from McGregor, sued under the Minnesota Human Rights...

Minnesota case weighs right to emergency contraception

Aug. 01, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — A trial in Minnesota is expected to decide whether a woman's human rights were violated when a pharmacist denied her request in 2019 to fill a prescription for emergency contraception. Andrea Anderson, a mother of five from McGregor, sued under the Minnesota...

State constitutional challenge to Georgia abortion law filed

Jul. 26, 2022 15:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Abortion providers and advocacy groups filed a new lawsuit Tuesday challenging Georgia's abortion law based on privacy protections in the state Constitution. The law passed in 2019 effectively bans most abortions about six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women...

Kansas AG tries to tamp down fears about abortion measure

Jul. 25, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general is trying to get ahead of arguments that an anti-abortion measure up for a statewide vote next week would hinder medical care for patients with life-threatening pregnancies. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican running for...

Catholic hospitals' growth impacts reproductive health care

Jul. 24, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — Even as numerous Republican-governed states push for sweeping bans on abortion, there is a coinciding surge of concern in some Democratic-led states that options for reproductive health care are dwindling due to expansion of Catholic hospital networks. These...

Beijing court rules against woman who wanted to freeze eggs

Jul. 22, 2022 23:39 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese court has overruled a rare legal challenge brought by an unmarried Beijing woman seeking the right to freeze her eggs. The Chaoyang Intermediate People's Court in Beijing said in a judgment that the hospital did not violate the woman's rights in...

Incoming health officer backs postpartum Medicaid expansion

Jul. 21, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Mississippi's incoming state health officer has stated his support for expanding postpartum Medicaid coverage. The policy, which some Republican lawmakers oppose, would give poor mothers in the state access to more Medicaid coverage after they give birth. ...

Mother turns grief from miscarriage pain into picture book

Jul. 17, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Loss comes in many forms, but to lose a child before getting to know him or her can be heartbreaking for any family. That was the case for Samantha Gassman, who had a miscarriage in November 2019. The loss was not something Gassman or her husband thought...