Latest Women's health News

Texas abortion law shutting down court avenue for teens

Oct. 15, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Veronika Granado anxiously stood before the judge knowing that if she said something wrong, things could end badly for her. But the 17-year-old hadn't committed a crime. She had not filed a lawsuit. Granado was in a Texas court that day to ask permission...

Michigan lawmakers advance measure to end 'tampon tax'

Oct. 14, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House advanced legislation Thursday that would eliminate sales taxes on menstrual products, bringing the state one step closer to abolishing the so-called “tampon tax.” The legislation, if passed by the Senate...

Abortion supporters ask Oklahoma court to put 3 laws on hold

Oct. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Reproductive rights supporters have filed an appeal asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to put three anti-abortion laws on hold, including restrictions on medication-induced abortions. The appeal Wednesday comes after District Judge Cindy Truong said...

Texas women drive hours for abortions after new law

Oct. 14, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The 33-year-old Texas woman drove alone four hours through the night to get to the Louisiana abortion clinic for a consultation. She initially planned to sleep in her car, but an advocacy group helped arrange a hotel room. Single and with three...

Women left behind: Gender gap emerges in Africa's vaccines

Oct. 14, 2021 04:33 AM EDT

SARE GIBEL, Gambia (AP) — The health outreach workers who drove past Lama Mballow's village with a megaphone handed out T-shirts emblazoned with the words: “I GOT MY COVID-19 VACCINE!” By then, the women in Sare Gibel already had heard the rumors on social media:...

Study: 'Sociability' hormone didn't help kids with autism

Oct. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

Children with autism didn't benefit from an experimental therapy made with a hormone thought to promote social bonding, researchers reported Wednesday in the largest study of its kind. “This is really a major setback," said Dr. Linmarie Sikich, a Duke University...

New rules on Missouri abortion regulations kick in

Oct. 13, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Planned Parenthood leaders condemned new regulations on Missouri abortion providers that took effect Wednesday. Yamelsie Rodríguez, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, told reporters that...

Justices' views on abortion in their own words and votes

Oct. 12, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion already is dominating the Supreme Court’s new term, months before the justices will decide whether to reverse decisions reaching back nearly 50 years. Not only is there Mississippi's call to overrule Roe v. Wade, but the court also soon will be asked again to...

Appellate court sets hearing in South Carolina abortion case

Oct. 11, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

An appellate court is set to debate a lawsuit challenging South Carolina's abortion law about a week after the U.S. Supreme Court considers a similar measure in Mississippi. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tentatively calendared the South Carolina case for oral...

EXPLAINER: The Texas abortion law's swift impact, and future

Oct. 09, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Most abortions in Texas are banned again after clinics that had raced to provide them during a two-day legal reprieve canceled appointments Saturday following a whiplash appeals court ruling. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a one-page...