Women's Health

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    May 15, 2014

    Will Gov. Nixon Veto the 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period in Missouri?

    Planned Parenthood, Missouri's only abortion provider, is asking Governor Jay Nixon to veto a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature that would force women to wait three days before having an abortion. Women already jump through several hoops to obtain an abortion in Missouri, where the only legal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Planned Parenthood To Missouri Lawmakers: End The "Campaign Against Women's Health"

    The Missouri legislative session ended last week and one of the many successes the state GOP is celebrating is the passage of a bill to add restrictions to the "abortion pill." It's one of several Republican initiatives that Planned Parenthood is now slamming in the aftermath of the session. It's no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Missouri Catholic Conference on Anti-Abortion Bill, Rape Victims: "Those Are Difficult Cases"

    One of the more controversial proposals at the Missouri legislature this year is a GOP bill that would allow doctors to refuse to perform procedures that "violate his or her conscience or principles." Critics, like Planned Parenthood, say this is "denial of care" legislation that could prevent rape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Abortion: Could GOP Bill Prevent Rape Victims From Accessing Emergency Contraception?

    A bill that got its first round of approval yesterday in the Missouri House says that anyone providing medical services can't be required to perform procedures that "violate his or her conscience or principles." At the center of this bill is a debate around abortion. But would the proposal block acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Couple Sues Doctors For Decapitating Their Baby During Labor

    Hey, buddy. How are you? Havin' a bad day? Well, if so, you may want to mosey on down the internet trail and skip this post. Because this is the worst story we've heard in a really, really, really long time. Here's what happened to a young St. Louis couple and their unborn baby, according to a law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    BREAKING: Birth Control Leads to Fewer Abortions. Also, Sky is Blue

    Here's some absolutely shocking news for all you abstinence supporters and abortion fighters out there: Women who use birth control have fewer unplanned pregnancies and fewer abortions than women who don't. Common sense might have told you that, but now it's been scientifically proven by researchers ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012


    8 p.m. Sunday, September 9. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Natural Birth Effort Holds St. Louis Rally; Dozens Demonstrate at Mercy Medical

    It's known locally as the "Baby Factory" for the number of women who choose to have their children there. Yesterday morning Mercy Hospital St. Louis (known until last year as St. John's Mercy Medical) was also ground zero for a rally intended to raise awareness about modern-day delivery practices. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Todd Akin: Ban Morning-After Pill "Totally For Everyone"

    Updated with statement from Planned Parenthood representatives. The media has gone nuts this week over Congressman Todd Akin's far-right positions, as he prepares to take on Senator Claire McCaskill in November. Buzzfeed says he supported a right-wing militia in the 1990's. The Hill notes that he v ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 2, 2012
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    July 12, 2012

    Gov. Nixon Vetoes SB 749

    In a decision anxiously awaited by both pro-life and reproductive rights groups, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 749 today. The bill would have made it possible for any "employer, health plan provider, health plan sponsor, health care provider, or any other person or entity" to refuse to prov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Arty, Soft-Core Childbirth Photo Has a Place, but a Food Blog Ain't It

    It takes a lot to make Gut Check lose our lunch. We've had to report some rather icky things in the past, from spicy rolls garnished with semen to, ahem, tainted asparagus. We even ate brains, just to prove we ain't scared. And sure, our weekly meeting was entirely consumed by a conversation about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Want to Avoid Breast Cancer? Stop Drinking

    image viaThis may not be such a good idea after all.​A new study out of Washington University Medical School shows that women with a family history of breast cancer have a greater risk of developing the disease themselves the more they drink. That's right: Not only do you have to get felt up r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Dancin' in the Streets About Birth Control, Bollywood-Style

    Dancing birth control pack? Check.​By now, surely you've heard that the Department of Health and Human Services has determined that birth control is basic preventive health care and is required to be provided without a co-pay by health insurers. (You've probably also heard about the moronic compar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Vitamin D Can Ease Pain of Breast Cancer Treatment, Wash U Finds

    ​Vitamin D is enjoying a serious moment in the sun lately, if you'll pardon the pun. The vitamin, which we produce naturally when we're exposed to sunshine, has been shown to be crucial in maintaining bone health and immune function. It may help keep hair and eyes healthy. And mushrooms that have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Wash. U. Docs Find Underlying Cause of Ovarian Cancer

    image viaThis is ovarian cancer. It ain't pretty.​It's old news that cancer is caused by mutations in otherwise healthy cells. But where are those mutations? That's what the researchers at Washington University's Genome Institute have been trying to figure out. Earlier this year, a team sequen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Expectant Dads Need Prenatal Care, Says University of Missouri Researcher

    Pregnancy: Not as easy as it seems.​No doubt about it, pregnancy is a bitch. The nausea. The stress. The hormones. It' also tough on the mothers we're told. But, it's the fathers-to-be who most often suffer silently, according to new research out from University of Missouri. "Too often, men are tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Wash. U. Receives $6.5 Million From Komen Foundation to Find Cure for Breast Cancer

    image viaDr. William Gillanders​Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, announced yesterday that it would give a $6.5 million grant to researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine who proposed using genome sequencing to develop personalized v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Missouri Gets Top Grades in Denying Women Healthcare

    Are we headed back to this?​Thanks to Roe v. Wade, the law of the land in this country is that abortion is legal. However, plenty of states are enacting laws that chip away at a woman's right to have the procedure. And in a piece yesterday on, Amanda Marcotte ranked the ten worst stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Wash. U. Doctors Decode Breast Cancer DNA -- And Discover It's Way More Complicated Than They Thought

    image viaAll forms of breast cancer are not the same.​As any woman -- or any casual viewer of boob-centric photos, including Riverfront Times slide shows -- knows, all breasts are not alike. This, it turns out, is also true genetically, and, unfortunately, for breast cancer. After spending se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    More Restrictions on Reproductive Health Move Forward in the House

    Not if the pharmacist doesn't want you to have them.​Today in Jefferson City, Missouri representatives added language to a bill that places more hurdles in front of women seeking legal abortions, in addition to fettering their access to emergency contraception.The bill, HCS HB 28, first came befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Missouri Legislature Targets Midwives

    The Missouri Medical Association is trying to stop midwives -- again.​Four years ago, the Missouri Legislature decriminalized midwifery -- making it legal for a woman who's certified by one of two national midwives' organizations to deliver babies here.But the state's physicians don't like the com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Florissant Woman Gives Birth in Bathroom; Didn't Know She Was Pregnant

    Jane Calvin went to the bathroom this week and out plopped a five-pound, 12-ounce baby girl. The new mother tells Fox 2 she didn't know she was pregnant because she stopped having menstrual cycles a year ago and early menopause runs in her family. Still, one wonders: How could she possibly not know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Janae Helgerson: Owner of Mid-West Egg Donation Indicted for Fraud

    Feds allege she promised thousands of dollars to egg donors but didn't pay.​An Idaho woman has been indicted on charges of defrauding egg donors in the St. Louis area and elsewhere. Her alleged victims had eggs harvested from their bodies and didn't receive the cash they'd been promised.Janae Helg ... More >>

  • Music

    August 11, 2010

    Melissa Etheridge

    8 p.m. Thursday, August 12. Roberts Orpheum Theater, 416 North Ninth Street.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    St. Louis Zoo Elephant Miscarries, Fuels Criticism of Pachyderm Exhibit

    One might say the same about the zoo's track record with elephants.​The St. Louis Zoo yesterday announced that one of its Asian elephants, Ellie, miscarried her 9-month-old fetus this week. Elephant pregnancies generally last 22 months. Zoo officials said they were not all that surprised by the mi ... More >>

  • Film

    May 26, 2010
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    April 22, 2010

    From the Labs: New Research at Wash. U.

    Image sourceThey're talking! They're happy! We should be more like them!​Happy People Have Better Conversations Than You Do: Apparently Jean-Paul Sartre was wrong: Hell is not other people. The happiest people, a new study from Washington University and the University of Arizona shows, are the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Save the Beavers! (Translation: Fight Violence Against Women!)

    courtesy Save the Beavers​For the second year in a row, a group of Saint Louis University students will be organizing a Save the Beavers benefit party. And, uh, yeah, it's just what it sounds like: raising money for organization that protect women from violence, particularly rape."'Beaver' is a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    St. Louis Rally and March From Philly to D.C. to Honor Fallen Activist, Melanie Shouse​A group of Pennsylvanians plan to march to Washington D.C. over the next week in honor of Melanie Shouse, a St. Louis activist who lost her battle to breast cancer last month.Shouse, a longtime advocate for health care reform, was mentioned in a speech President Barack Obama deli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    FoodWire: Dine Out for the Cure Tonight

    Tonight is Dine out for the Cure, sponsored by the St. Louis Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to fight breast cancer. The list of participating restaurants is available, as a PDF file, here.

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2008

    Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot


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    August 13, 2008
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    March 5, 2008
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    November 7, 2007
  • Music

    November 7, 2007

    PINK: A Benefit

    Local motion

  • Culture

    May 16, 2007

    Capsule Reviews

    Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out local theater

  • News

    May 16, 2007

    Life Support

    A stealth bill has legalized midwifery in Missouri — for now.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2007

    MO Midwifery Bill Lives

    Sen. John Loudon, the Chesterfield Republican who tricked the Missouri Legislature into voting to legalize midwifery, knew exactly why I was calling this morning. When I spoke with Loudon on Friday afternoon for this blog post, he said Democratic senator Chuck Graham of Columbia had successfully bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007

    MO Midwifery Bill: Stillborn Again

    Advocates of home birthing will not likely see passage of a bill legalizing midwifery this year, but they're counting the current legislative session as the most successful to date. That's mainly due to maneuvering by Sen. John Loudon, a Chesterfield Republican who twice brought up the bill, SB303, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 30, 2006

    Ride, Ride, Ride

    Let yourself ride

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    May 31, 2006

    Pretty in Pink

    And full, too

  • Calendar

    August 10, 2005

    Beemer Me Up

    Drive for the cure

  • Culture

    January 19, 2005

    Distaff Meeting

    Where does women's health intersect with contemporary art? All over St. Louis.

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    January 19, 2005


    Inside Out Loud puts art and women's health issues in dialogue with one another -- and achieves amazing results

  • Culture

    March 31, 2004

    Now You See It

    Susan Miller's My Left Breast riffs on loss of all kinds

  • News

    December 18, 2002

    Standard of Care

    When a childbirth went terribly wrong, the blame game began. Dodging responsibility was everybody's first order of business.

  • News

    December 22, 1999


    Jobs are leaving, the tax base is shrinking and the population is dropping. North County is feeling the squeeze.

  • News

    November 3, 1999
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    December 23, 1998

    The Doctor is Out

    Sickened by the shift to managed care, more physicians are claiming disability, moving into administration or leaving medicine altogether

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