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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
image viaDr. William GillandersSusan 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 >>
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 AlterNet.org, Amanda Marcotte ranked the ten worst stat ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
courtesy Save the BeaversFor 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 >>
melaniesmarch.comA 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 >>
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.
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A stealth bill has legalized midwifery in Missouri for now.
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 >>
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 >>
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