Mail Order Wombs: Outsourcing Birth to India

Mail Order Wombs: Outsourcing Birth to India

by Michelle Chen on June 15 2010, 10:10AM

So much of America’s economic activity takes place on faraway shores, from call centers in Mumbai to sweatshops in Shanghai. Still, you’d think that making a baby would be one job that’s hard to offshore. But today, for a fee,…

Topics: Global Affairs, Health

In the Wake of Health Reform, Abortion Under Attack

by Michelle Chen on June 4 2010, 10:00AM

When health care reform finally limped past the finish line on Capitol Hill, the compromises littering the final bill left many activists disillusioned, but some hoped that action on the state level could keep the progressive reform movement moving…

Topics: Health, Politics

Demographics of Abortion: Race, Poverty and Choice

by Michelle Chen on May 7 2010, 9:30AM

What kind of a woman gets an abortion these days? The Guttmacher Institute has released a report that tracks abortion rates across different demographic groups. One of the most stunning findings, particularly in light of the newhealth care reform legislation,…

Topics: Health

NY Dems Say Let Them Eat… Fresh Fruits and Veggies

by Juell Stewart on April 19 2010, 9:00AM

New York Democrats Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Nydia Velazquez are joining Michelle Obama’s campaign to get healthy food options available to the 23.5 million Americans who live in areas lacking fresh fruits and vegetables. Last week, Gillibrand and…

Topics: Health

Activists Call for HIV/AIDS Relief for Haiti

by Jamilah King on April 1 2010, 12:37PM

While over 100 countries and international aid organizations pledged $10 billion to Haitian reconstruction yesterday, New York City religious and health groups teamed up with Haitian AIDS activists to call attention to what they’re calling the “failure” of AIDS…

Topics: Global Affairs, Health

Will the FDA Stub Out Big Tobacco’s Menthol Ploy?

by Guest Columnist on March 31 2010, 12:59PM

By Jessica Strong Last June, President Obama signed a law authorizing the FDA to regulate tobacco and creating a panel for that task. Now the panel’s taking up the question of whether to ban menthol-flavoring in cigarettes, which critics…

Topics: Health

It’s Back! Abstinence-Only Funding Revived in Health Bill

by Guest Columnist on March 30 2010, 11:55AM

By Jessica Strong The Obama administration can add this one to its ever-growing list of progressive criticisms: The health insurance reforms the president finalized this morning include a revival of the controversial abstinence-only education initiative known as Title V….

Topics: Health

A Few Tools to Help Make Sense of Healthcare Reform

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2010, 1:52PM

President Obama is set to finalize the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” tomorrow when he signs a 153-page bill of “corrections” to the measure he signed last week. With all the updates and misinformation, it’s almost impossible to keep…

Topics: Health

What Health Care Reform Means For Abortion

by Daisy Hernandez on March 26 2010, 3:41PM

Now that Congress approved the “fixes” to the health care bill yesterday and Obama is set to sign off on that next week, we can all sit back this weekend and ask, “Did we really just win health care…

Topics: Health

Stay Classy, Right Wingers

by Jamilah King on March 26 2010, 1:20PM

As the violent and racially-charged fallout from last week’s passage health care reform continues, so does the finger-pointing. Over the past week, the mainstream media’s been reporting that mostly Democratic Congressional members have been targeted with bricks, spit, racial…

Topics: Health, National Security

Health Care Reform’s Sleeper Victory is Fast Food Calorie Counting

by Juell Stewart on March 25 2010, 3:47PM

Though it’s no substitute for supermarkets with fresh produce, The New York Times reports an overlooked element of Tuesday’s health care reform law: Beginning as early as next year, fast food chains with more than 20 outlets nationwide will be…

Topics: Health

Who Was That Cute Kid at The Health Care Bill Signing?

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2010, 1:37PM

His name is Marcelas Owens, and he’s eleven years old. Tifanny Owens, Marcelas’ mother, died of pulmonary hypertension in 2007 because she didn’t have access to medical care. Marcelas and his grandmother Gina have been sharing her story ever since…

Topics: Health

Obama’s Health Care Lesson: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

by Kai Wright on March 23 2010, 1:17PM

As President Obama wound into his health care victory speech this morning, an urgent cry rang up from the East Room crowd: “The bill! Sign the bill!” Everybody laughed, but it was the most real moment of the ebullient signing…

Topics: Health, Politics

Is the Health Care Bill Good for Communities Of Color?

Is the Health Care Bill Good for Communities Of Color?

by Flávio Casoy on March 23 2010, 12:00PM

Yes, if you think of it as a first step toward fixing a broken system rather than landmark legislation.

Topics: Health

The Morning Browse: Noose Faxes, GOP’s Immigration Rhetoric, and More

by Kai Wright on March 23 2010, 9:37AM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The Tea Party onslaught continued yesterday as Rep. James Clyburn told Keith Olbermann about noose faxes to his office - “This stuff is not all that isolated.” GOP…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Health, Immigration, Politics

The Moment Obama Learned Healthcare Reform Bill Passed [PICTURE]

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2010, 1:01PM

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010. Sit…

Topics: Health

National Council of La Raza Opposes Healthcare Bill As Is

by Jamilah King on March 19 2010, 4:35PM

Update, 3/21/10: Late Friday night NCLR announced that they had officially changed their position and are now supporting the healthcare bill. The group cited “significant improvements.” Yesterday, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) took a bold step by…

Topics: Health, Immigration

South Carolina’s AIDS Crisis Shows Health System’s Worn Patches

by Kai Wright on March 18 2010, 3:45PM

South Carolina is once again making really bad news on HIV/AIDS: People living with HIV are rallying against a budget plan that will end funding for a program that helps low-income people living with HIV/AIDS buy meds. More than 2,000…

Topics: Health

Michelle’s Got Data on Her Side: “Food Deserts” are Vast

by Juell Stewart on March 17 2010, 9:18AM

As Michelle Obama turns up the heat on food manufacturers, PolicyLink and The Food Trust have released a report that maps America’s “food deserts” and looks at their lasting effects in rural areas and low-income communities of color. The report…

Topics: Health

Death by Birth: Race and Maternal Mortality

by Michelle Chen on March 16 2010, 9:47PM

On December 14 2004, Tameka McFarquhar became a mother. On Christmas morning, the Jamaican-born 22-year-old was found dead in her apartment after bleeding to death. A later investigation found that part of the placenta had been lodged inside her body—a…

Topics: Health