Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women’s and Children’s Health and Well-being against abortion restrictions in the states

This report is about states that are restricting abortions for women. It highlights specific states and lists the repercussions of cutting down abortion clinics and access to healthcare for all women. Texas has cut down the number of their clinics practicing abortions by half the number. Louisiana has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate. This report also talks about how states will use very progressive language around women and women’s rights that indicate that they will put women first when in actuality they are cutting down services to women.

This report is useful for clinics, nurses, medical practitioners and women.

Click here to read more.


Engender Health for a Better Life

This is an educational site that works with family planning and has resources on HIV/AIDS and gender equality. They work in different countries around the world.

They have resources for working with men as partners, HIV and AIDS- they have a non stigma approach.

Click here to see more.

Is there a future for the LBGTQ Movement?

My2024 is an online game, a national conversation, and a giant party for 10 days in October 2014 asking lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people across the United States how our lives and communities could change in the year 2024.

This is a good resource for young LGBTQ people and those that work with them, including but not limited to teachers, nurses, medics, counselors, therapists, professors and parents. It is also a good resource for those questioning. A very good resource for those who do not identify but are students in a school setting.

Click here to read more.

“Welfare Reform’s Impact on Asian American Women.” In Asian American Women: Issues, Concerns, and Responsive Human and Civil Rights Advocacy (2003)

Welfare reform was bad news for Asian American women. Obstacles such as limited english and lack of interpreters on the welfare systems part meant that Asian American women were usually not given benefits, overlooked and/or forced to work jobs that were low paying.


Click here to read more. 


“Domestic Violence and Asian American Women.” In Asian American Women: Issues, Concerns, and Responsive Human and Civil Rights Advocacy, (2003)

There is very little out there on Asian American women and domestic violence. Rates of death because of domestic violence for Asian American women are high. Laws make it harder for Asian American women to seek help.

This chapter is useful for anyone wanting to better understand the specific issues that affect battered Asian American women access shelters. There is a useful “Recommendations for Action” list at the end of the chapter that details what can be done to eliminate these barriers to accessibility.

Click here to read the full chapter.

“Resisting Medicine, Re/Modeling Gender.”

This article looks at how the medical system makes it hard for trans people and gender non conforming folks. The medical system labels folks with a disorder if they are gender non conforming. Spade, the author argues that everyone should have access to what they want without requiring a mental health diagnosis.

It is useful for anyone interested in an account of the issues facing gender nonconforming people as they navigate our legal and medical system.

  • trans
  • transgressive
  • identity
  • medicine/Western medical system
  • gender nonconforming
  • legal system

Click here to read the full article.

“Because Words Are Not Enough: Latina Re-Visionings of Transnational Collaborations Using Health Promotion for Gender Justice and Social Change.” (2005)

This article talks about the creation of Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas and how Latinas were originally left out of the book. It talks about whether Latinas are considered “third world feminists” or US feminists. There is a long list of tools and information at the end that can be used by organizations working with Latinas on reproductive justice.

Click here to read the whole article.

“Fear of a Black (and Working-Class) Planet: Young Women and the Racialization of Reproductive Politics.”

This article is about how Black and Chicanas are more likely to be asked questions about their sexual experiences, contraceptive use, and pregnancy compared to white middle class women. All women face heteronormativity, pressure to get married and sexism and in addition to that there is race and class and notions of what is normal and disability.

Click here to read the full article.  

Young Women Speak Out – Perspectives and Implications of Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice Policies. (2010)

This report focuses on focus groups that were conducted with Latinas. Latinas were asked about family communication and sexual health education.

  • All Latina women should have access to healthcare in their language and providers must be culturally competent
  • Young Latina mothers shall have access to education and finishing their degrees
  • The government should provide resources to young Latina mothers so they can be the main educators of sexual health for their children

This report is useful to teachers working with young mothers in their classrooms & health care providers working with Latinas. It also useful to counselors, school nurses and health educators and promoters.

Click here to read the report.

Removing Stigma: Towards a complete understanding of young latinas’ sexual health

There are many components that make up reproductive health for Latinas including: STI’s, depression, lower rates of access to healthcare, etc. Focusing on just pregnancy prevention leaves out many other factors young Latinas face.

This article focuses on how to better understand the needs of Latinas in terms of reproductive health. It

  • pushes for inclusion of immigrant Latinas
  • asks that the reproductive field take into account socioeconomics
  • proposes policies to watch out for

Check out the full article here.

Listen to Youth: Adult Allies Must Support the Repeal of Illinois’ Forced Parental Notification Law

by Renee Bracey Sherman

Check out the full article on RH Reality Check

As May comes to a close, so do National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month campaigns. Some of the conversations this monthhighlighted the need for comprehensive, age-appropriate health and sexuality education, and to ensure young people have access to contraception.

But sadly, it was also a month filled with messages that judge and shame pregnant and parenting teens and young women who seek abortion.

One place where the tension between supporting and shaming really comes through is in my home state of Illinois. The issues of young people, sex, pregnancy, parenting, andabortion have been heating up in recent years due to a fight around the implementation of the forced parental notification law.

The Parental Notice of Abortion Act requires an abortion provider to notify the parent or guardian of a young person age 17 or younger who’s seeking an abortion within 48 hours of the teen receiving care. If a young person does not feel they can go to their parent or guardian, there is a provision that allows them to request a bypass from a judge. Of course this is not a simple process—it requires navigating the complex court system, in addition to missing school to see a judge who might let their personal feelings about abortion block the young person’s access to reproductive health care. In a small town, where everyone knows each other, it can also mean that a young person loses any and all privacy around their medical decisions; shaming gossip spreads fast amongst the cornstalks…

Read more on RH Reality Check

Illinois HIV Care Connect

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Illinois HIV Care Connect is a program of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which is responsible for administering Part B of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Illinois HIV Care Connect is a comprehensive network of health care and support services for HIV+ individuals that is coordinated by eight regional administrative offices covering all of Illinois’ 102 counties. IDPH also supports the AIDS Drug Assistance Program and the Continuation of Health Insurance Coverage Program.

To learn more about the education materials, resources, and statistics the Illinois HIV Care Connect offers, click here.


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