On Monday, researchers reported findings that suggest that throat cancer cases have increased dramatically in the United States over the last 5-10 years. The study suggests that many of the new cases of throat cancer have developed because of HPV virus transmission during oral sex. Though noted for its risk of causing cervical cancers, HPV is often overlooked for its chances of causing throat and tonsil cancers. But the studies released Monday, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, suggest that at the rate the virus is developing now, cases of throat cancer will surpass cases of cervical cancer caused by HPV by 2020. Continue reading
Category Archives: Women’s Rights
Planned Parenthood of Indiana won a legal battle against the state today, as U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt halted Indiana’s plans to defund the reproductive health agency. The state passed a law last month blocking any Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood on the grounds that federal law prohibits using Medicaid from funding abortions (in most cases). The law “cut off $1.4 million to Planned Parenthood, which serves about 9,300 clients in Indiana who are on the state-federal health insurance plan for low-income and disabled people who receive Medicaid,” reports the New York Times. Continue reading
You’ve probably heard by now about the group Saudi Women for Driving, who are protesting Saudi Arabia’s ban against women driving by taking to the roads, uploading videos to YouTube, and tweeting. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to ban women from driving and is ranked 129th out of 134 nations for its gender disparities by the Global Gender Gap Report. The movement has been gaining momentum and international support over the past week–so what can you do to contribute?
1. Sign this petition to encourage Subaru to pull out of Saudi Arabia in order to show solidarity with the women. “It is our hope that this will put huge pressure on the Saudi royal family and shine a bright light on the ‘gender apartheid’ in our country,” Saudi Women for Driving said.
2. Send (pre-written) letters to UN and Saudi Arabian officials expressing your support for the movement here. This site is organized by the Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine.
3. Upload a video to the HonkforSaudiWomen YouTube channel–you can send videos with your own statements of support to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Facebook (or Tweet or blog or just talk about) it! Spread the word in any way you can, just like these women have done.
The U.S. has involved itself in many a war recently – but what about the war against baby girls? The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on the “systematic campaigns against baby girls” around the world, particularly in countries like India and China.
Biologically, the ratio of boys to girls born is 105 to 100, WSJ reports. However, India and China show vastly different demographics. In India today, there are 112 boys for every 100 girls born. In some Chinese towns, there are 150 boys for every 100 girls born. The boys per 100 girls statistics stands at 115 in Azerbaijan, 118 in Georgia, and 120 in Armenia. Continue reading