The Long Game

The Long Game

by Terry Bellamak To see what the world would look like if anti-abortion types had their way, look no farther than the USA. Like Oklahoma, which just passed a bill making all abortions illegal except to save the life of the mother. The governor is...

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Why we need to fight abortion stigma 

Why we need to fight abortion stigma 

by Katie Lavers Medical science has improved lives. Vaccinations can prevent disease. They have been in New Zealand since the 1860’s, with smallpox vaccines being first in line. In the 1940’s and 50’s more widespread vaccination programmes began....

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A Testing Time Part 3 – Hormone Pregnancy Tests 

A Testing Time Part 3 – Hormone Pregnancy Tests 

  by Margaret Sparrow From 1942 another type of pregnancy test was developed, not using hCG but two other hormones, oestrogen (or a synthetic oestrogen) and progesterone (or a synthetic progestogen). Either taken orally or injected, various...

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Endo Shouldn’t Be Like This

Endo Shouldn’t Be Like This

by Rimu Bhooi It's Endometriosis Awareness Month, and I'm sitting in bed, recovering from a concoction of medications in my system - Morphine, Sevredol, Bisacodyl, Ondansetron, Pregabalin, Panadol, Norethisterone, Nortriptyline, Omeprazole,...

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The Right to Choose is not Enough: A Cautionary Tale

The Right to Choose is not Enough: A Cautionary Tale

by Tracy Morison Abortion on request has been legal for more than 25 years in South Africa. Yet, despite the country’s highly liberal laws, every year pregnant women[1] die needlessly due to complications from unsafe, illegal abortions. These...

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A Testing Time Part 2: Modern Pregnancy Tests 

A Testing Time Part 2: Modern Pregnancy Tests 

by Margaret Sparrow Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), is a pretty special hormone excreted by the placenta to maintain a pregnancy. It can be detected in blood at low levels and also less sensitively (but more conveniently) in urine, especially...

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Pro-choice Motherhood

Pro-choice Motherhood

by Julie Fairey When I first contemplated becoming a mother I worried. I worried about all sorts of things; would I be any good at it, would I hate it, would I be able to get pregnant at all. And I worried that it would change my attitude to...

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Missouri Says You Must Die

Missouri Says You Must Die

by Terry Bellamak The state of Missouri says if you have an ectopic pregnancy you must die. Missouri House Bill 2810, if it passes, would make aborting an ectopic pregnancy a felony. The health practitioners who do so would be felons after...

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A Testing Time Part 1: Old Fashioned Pregnancy Tests

A Testing Time Part 1: Old Fashioned Pregnancy Tests

by Margaret Sparrow Last week I helped a friend do her first Rapid Antigen Test for Covid and we marvelled at the scientific progress and the rapid commercial development that made this possible. That got me thinking about the slow progress over...

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Lack of Abortion Care Can Kill

Lack of Abortion Care Can Kill

by Terry Bellamak One of the most transparently ludicrous claims anti-abortion types have made in recent years is that ‘abortion is never medically necessary.’ Tell that to Savita Halappanavar, who died of sepsis after being denied abortion care in...

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