Women's health

In this May 2, 2019, photo, Savanah Harshbarger, a medical student at Duke University, poses for a photo on campus in Durham, N.C. Harshbarger estimates she did as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients who were under anesthesia for gynecologic surgeries. Bills introduced in roughly a dozen states this year would require that women undergoing gynecological surgeries give explicit approval to a pelvic exam beforehand. It’s a step that some medical experts say is an unnecessary intrusion into care. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 12, 2019 - 3:42 pm
Savanah Harshbarger estimates she performed as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients before gynecologic surgeries, feeling for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities. The Duke University medical student said the experience was a revelation. "It's pretty empowering to know this is something...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they're pregnant. Georgia became the fourth state to enact the ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
May 12, 2019 - 4:34 am
If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law — like the ones enacted in Mississippi and...
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May 10, 2019 - 9:04 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday struck down a Kentucky abortion law that would halt a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies. The state's anti-abortion governor immediately vowed to appeal. U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. ruled that the 2018 law would create...
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Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, right, shakes hands with state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, after signing legislation, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they’re pregnant. Kemp said he was signing the bill “to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state.” (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
May 07, 2019 - 2:36 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws, a measure that bans the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Kemp, a Republican, said he...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago. According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in about 17 out of every 100,000 U.S. births each year, the mother dies from pregnancy-related causes - around 700 deaths a year. But the rate has been slowly climbing for decades. The rate was around 12 per 100,000 a quarter century ago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
May 07, 2019 - 12:07 pm
A new government report finds that more U.S. women are dying from pregnancy-related causes, and that more than half of those deaths are preventable. Deaths during pregnancy, at birth and in the following year are still relatively rare in the United States, but have been rising for decades,...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday May 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 03, 2019 - 5:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advancing his anti-abortion agenda, President Donald Trump moved Thursday to protect health care workers who object to procedures like abortion on moral or religious grounds. Trump chose the National Day of Prayer to announce the new regulation. "Just today we finalized new...
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Women's heath clinic escorts, from left Mia Raven, Margeaux Hartline and Kari Crowe walk into the gallery to watch debate on the abortion ban bill at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday April 30, 2019. The House of Representatives on Tuesday will debate the proposal to make performing an abortion a felony. The bill contains an exemption for the mother's health but not for rape or incest. The legislation is purposely designed to conflict with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationally. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
April 30, 2019 - 6:32 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to outlaw almost all abortions in the state as conservatives take aim at the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted 74-3 for legislation that would make...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2017 file photo, Roe v. Wade protesters sing the national anthem to mark the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide in Topeka, Kan. The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday, April 26, 2019, ruled for the first time that the state constitution protects abortion rights and has blocked a first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester procedure. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
April 26, 2019 - 4:56 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court declared for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights, a sweeping ruling that blocks a ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies and endangers other restrictions as well. The state Supreme Court's...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a news conference announcing a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's Title X "gag rule" in Seattle. A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday, April 25, 2019, will hear arguments in two cases against new Trump administration rules that could cut off federal funding for health care providers who refer patients for an abortion. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
April 25, 2019 - 8:27 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge in Washington state Thursday blocked new Trump administration rules that would provide additional hurdles for women seeking abortions, including by banning taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima granted the preliminary...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO MOREL INSTEAD OF MORELL - In this Jan. 29, 2019, photo provided by Mountain Area Health Education Center, from left, Hayley Heninger, Morgan Shirley and Kailee Morel Alvarez share their pregnancy experiences during a two-hour group prenatal session at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, N.C. Patients do their own blood pressure and weight checks and get a support group-style experience at the monthly sessions. Some studies have found fewer preterm births and more breastfeeding among women who participate compared with conventional individual visits. (Brenda Benik via AP)
April 25, 2019 - 9:25 am
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — In a big room full of moms-to-be, pregnant women check each other's blood pressure and weight, a nurse-midwife measures their growing bellies, and they all join a seated circle for two hours of candid talk about what to expect when you're expecting. A young woman's revelation...
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