Arkansas bill pushes to ban abortion in Down syndrome cases

(CNN) A bill that would prohibit abortions after tests indicate that a fetus may have Down syndrome overwhelmingly cleared the Arkansas state Senate and is now under consideration in the state House. Under the proposed law, a physician would have to inform patients of the law, ask a pregnant woman if she is aware of test results, and request medical records. He or she is prohibited from performing the abortion for at least two weeks to obtain the records. There are caveats: a physician may go through with the procedure if the pregnancy puts the life of the mother or unborn child at harm, or if it is a result of rape or incest. If the measure becomes law, physicians …

Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

On Friday, the legislature of Missouri passed a ban on abortions, among the most extreme of any state. It prohibits any abortions after eight weeks of gestation, putting it among the category of misleadingly named “heartbeat bills” that use fetal cardiac activity as a marker for … well, illegality, really. Like a law signed earlier last week in Alabama, the Missouri bill contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. That makes eight US states with similar extreme bans on their books—each vying to be the law that makes its way to the Supreme Court and overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion legal in the United States. None of the restrictions have gone into effect, …

How Much Prenatal Genetic Information Do You Actually Want?

This story is part of a week-long series on reproduction, from preventing premature births to childfree Reddit. Most nights, talk around Kristin Hamann’s dinner table eventually turns to genetics. Her husband, Rodrigo Martinez, works for George Church’s whole genome sequencing company outside of Boston, so that’s hardly a surprise. When their 4-month-old daughter Julia started getting a rash on her face recently, Hamann wondered if maybe something in her own diet was triggering it. That’s when her husband, who had recently had all 6 billion base pairs in his genome sequenced, told her that he had a genetic variation that made him sensitive to gluten. Hamann stopped eating wheat and her daughter’s rash seemed to clear up. “For a first-time …

Single women are paying thousands to freeze their eggs but at what cost?

One cycle means paying up to 8,000 and the birth rate is just 18%. Despite this, women are increasingly choosing this route Growing numbers of women are choosing to freeze their eggs because they havent found the right partner yet but with the odds of conception so low, is it a waste of money? Egg freezing is a method of preserving a womans fertility so she can try to have children at a later date. It involves collecting her eggs, freezing them and thawing them later so they can be used in treatment. . Caroline Watson* was in her late 30s and had been single for three years when she started to seriously consider freezing her eggs. The clock was …

States are prosecuting women in the name of ‘fetal rights’. We should all be alarmed | Moira Donegan

The indictment of Marshae Jones is part of a larger trend of states criminalizing women for unintended pregnancy outcomes In December, 28-year-old Marshae Jones saw a woman she didnt like, Ebony Jemison, in the parking lot of a Dollar General in Pleasant Grove, Alabama, and confronted her. The fight turned physical, and Jemison shot Jones, who was five months pregnant, in the stomach. Jones was rushed to a hospital. She survived, but lost her pregnancy. The fetus had been struck by a bullet. Yet a grand jury indicted Jones not Jemison for manslaughter. Under Alabama law a fetus has the same rights as a living person, and the grand jury ruled that Jones had an obligation to avoid anything that …

Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn

By then, however, “the bomb had gone off,” Arroyo says. Measles is considered one of the most contagious diseases in existence. If a person with measles walks through a room with a hundred people who are not immunized, up to 90 of them will get the disease. The virus is spread through coughs and sneezes and lingers in the air for up to two hours. Some 122,000 ­people come through the Maimonides emergency room every year. The hospital, located in Borough Park, serves one of the most diverse patient populations in the country, from ultra-Orthodox Jews to immigrants whose first language might be Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, or Uzbek. Many are working-class cab drivers, manual laborers, and restaurant workers …

It’s Either the Best Time or the Worst Time to Have a Baby

This story is part of a week-long series on reproduction, from prenatal testing to childfree Reddit. Reproduction is messy. The genetic swaps and recombinations that occur when gametes merge don't always happen perfectly. Babies don't arrive when scheduled. Even preventing reproduction can be complicated, as anyone who has ever wrestled with birth control can attest. That said, it’s arguably a better time than ever to have a baby. Prospective parents struggling with infertility can turn to IVF, or sperm and egg donation. But as the egg donor industry grows more sophisticated, the donors themselves are sometimes kept in the dark. Once a person becomes pregnant, they can take advantage of the extraordinary advancements in noninvasive prenatal testing to screen for …

Grit author Angela Duckworth on working smart versus working too hard, when its okay to pivot, and the impact of tech on grit

Today, in San Francisco, at a gathering of roughly 400 women investors and founders organized by the young AllRaise — a growing group of female funders and founders who aim to accelerate the success of their peers —  we sat down with Angela Duckworth. Ducksworth is a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and has gained fame in recent years though a TED talk about grit that has now been viewed more than 15 million times, and a follow-up best-selling book titled Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Duckworth’s biggest finding is that though success has many features, including raw intelligence and adaptability, the most crucial ingredient may be hard work over sustained periods of time, or grit. She also maintains that grit is …

Mother among 4 arrested for attempting to sell babies on Instagram

Jakarta (CNN)Indonesian police say they have broken up a child trafficking operation that was allegedly buying and selling babies on Instagram. However, police said they have found evidence that monetary transactions were being carried out. The head of criminal investigation unit in Surabaya’s police force , AKBP Sudamiran, said Tuesday that his team foiled an attempt by a 22-year-old mother, identified as LA, to sell her 11-month-old baby to a buyer in Bali, known as NS, using the messaging service WhatsApp. The baby was allegedly being offered for 15 million rupiah (about $987). The Instagram account was still active early Friday and had more than 700 followers, having been running for about a year. It has since been taken down. …

Feeling the pressure of perfection and self-comparison on Instagram? This book wants to change that.

Image: Daniela Cadore My Instagram Story persona could not be further from the real me.  She’s chill, constantly smiling and laughing, and always living her best life in some far-flung place that looks as if it were built with the ‘gram in mind. To be quite honest with you, I sometimes prefer her to my IRL self.  Scratch the highly-curated veneer of the 2-dimensional version of the life I purport to lead, and you’ll see someone struggling daily with severe anxiety and low self-esteem. This gaping chasm of difference between these two identities became a source of anxiety for me this summer. “Will people be disappointed when they see I’m not as fun as my Instagram self?” I worried as …

Sex, taboos and #MeToo – in the country with no word for ‘vagina’

Burmese doctor is changing attitudes to womens rights and sexual health Theres a hpou (a childs toy), tayat ywa (mango leaf) and mout paung (sweets). Pausing in her list of euphemisms, Dr Thet Su Htwe leans in to the microphone. And even samosa, she adds. At this, the rapt audience of young women gathered at her workshop shrieks and bursts into chatter. Why are we still afraid to say the word vagina? the doctor asks finally. Talking about vaginas not to mention sex education is taboo in Myanmar. But it became the focus of discussion two months ago when Sign up here for weekly email updates from this series In Myanmar, sexual and reproductive education technically exists on the curriculum …