Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Many of the health challenges faced by women are a result of insufficient access to basic prevention information, health services and insurance coverage. In the pharmaceutical and health industries, the gender dimensions of diseases and treatments are often overlooked in setting research priorities and developing new products. The availability and quality of health care may vary according to race, income, ability, geographic location or immigration status. In the U.S., finding affordable health insurance is particularly challenging for women, who often pay higher premiums than men. Many insurance companies fail to cover or provide adequate maternity care or essential reproductive health services. Additionally, women experience more part-time and interrupted jobs and careers due to caregiving and family responsibilities and require portable health plans that provide stable coverage.

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October 24, 2008 posted by Silvia Henriquez, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health  If Latinas had a...
October 24, 2008 posted by Vivienne Heston-Demirel   This week marks Health Education Week and Healthcare Quality Week.  In that spirit, we...
October 24, 2008 posted by Linda Basch As the election draws near, I’m pleased to announce a series of  posts this week from our...

News

  • May 20, 2010

    From CNBC:  Anti-abortion rights activists have added a proposal to the Kansas budget that would prevent the state from paying...


  • May 16, 2010

    From NPR: Among today's veterans, around 12 percent are female.  Unfortunately, women returning home from service are finding...


  • May 14, 2010

    From Reuters: The World Bank released a new 5-year Reproductive Health Action Plan which will increase lending to 58 developing countries, focusing on high fertility rates and death from childbirth.  Action steps include increased access to...


  • April 16, 2010

    President Obama issued an executive memorandum yesterday ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to write new rules that will mandate equal visitation rights for all hospitals that participate in Medicaid or Medicare.

    In the...


  • April 15, 2010

    A NEW fund dedicated solely to women’s causes was launched yesterday in Dublin by President Mary McAleese.

    The Women’s Fund for Ireland aims to address problems facing women and girls in Ireland including poverty, violence and...