Women's Health

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill ealier today by a vote of 32-18 that would amend Pennsylvania’s current Abortion Control Act to change the current 24-week cutoff for abortions to 20 weeks except in cases of an extreme medical emergency. The bill would also make a safe, medically accepted technique called “dilation and evacuation” illegal, and would criminalize doctors for performing it. Opponents of the bill, including the Pennsylvania Medical Society , say the bill simply limits legal access to abortion. PA... More
In the wake of the new Presidential administration, and with a Congress that has announced its intention of restricting reproductive healthcare rights, a major area of concern has been what effect the new administration will have on the country’s healthcare. In particular, the sense that reproductive healthcare – especially access to birth control – will be under threat has been of primary concern. In the days immediately after the election, lots of people online were cautioning those in need of birth control to get an intrauterine device (IUD) – a long-lasting form of... More
The incoming Congress has made removing health care and health protections for millions of people one of its first priorities. More than 1​.1​ million people gained coverage in PA through the Affordable Care Act, including​ nearly​ 7​0​0,000 people that benefited from Medicaid Expansion. On Thursday, January 26th at 11 a.m., ​as Donald Trump and GOP leaders gather in Philadelphia, thousands will rally ​in a show of support for the ACA and protecting access to healthcare ​for all Americans at Thomas Paine Plaza just outside the Municipal Services Building (just across from the north side of... More
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA ) recently released results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) . This nationally representative data provides important information on substance use and mental health issues among adults. For the first time, questions related to sexual orientation and sexual attraction were... More
More and more healthcare providers are taking a nuanced approach to the association of obesity with cardiovascular health, longevity, and quality of life. They are recognizing that the numbers on a scale, or a Body Mass Index, don’t tell the whole story about someone’s health or fitness level. Part of this stems from the recognition that most ‘traditional’ weight loss programs are unsuccessful over the long term. And that the ultimate goal of any serious weight loss program is improved health and mobility – so why not focus on that from the outset? It’s a... More
C.C. Téllez has a passion for running. She only got started a few years ago, but it’s clear from the way she talks about the sport, and from the time and energy she puts into it, just how much it means to her. Like a lot of runners, Téllez is also passionate about sharing the sport with others – which is how Lez Run Running Club came about. The club was founded in November 2013, “by lesbian runners for lesbian runners and all members of the LGBTQ community and their friends and family,” as their... More
The Supreme Court of the United States has issued its most significant ruling on abortion in nearly 25 years. By a vote of 5 to 3 the justices declared that a 2013 Texas law requiring abortion providers to meet a numbers of strict standards created an undue burden for women seeking to terminate their pregnancies and was therefore unconstitutional. Mazzoni Center CEO Nurit Shein said: “We are pleased that the court has reviewed this law and recognized that its true aim was restricting access to care, rather than protecting women.” “We believe that everyone should have access... More
Join experts from MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper for a free lunch and lecture program on Thursday, June 16 designed to address breast and cervical cancer concerns facing lesbian and bisexual women, as well as trans men , genderqueer and gender non conforming people. The event will take place at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden from noon to 2:00 p.m. Among the... More
When it comes to research and information on sexuality and sexual health, women in LGBT communities are some of the most marginalized groups. Sexual health and the expression of our sexuality are basic rights that should be acknowledged, discussed and celebrated! Join our friends at the LGBT Elder Initiative for a community conversation on women’s sexuality and sexual health. A panel of experts will discuss demystifying sexuality as we age, coming out to your healthcare provider, along with the physical, spiritual and pleasurable... More