Hyde Amendment Woke Up the Activist in Me

Passage of the Hyde Amendment was Merle Hoffman’s political wakeup call. In this excerpt from her upcoming book, “Intimate Wars,” she looks at how the amendment widened the gap between rich and poor women, further fueling abortion politics.

Advice for Hillary: Just Remember JFK

The Clinton campaign may have lost its air of inevitability, but Caryl Rivers says it still has recent presidential history to refuel morale. Her message to the candidate: If JFK could hack it, so can you.

Breast Cancer Drops; Women Lack Birthing Care

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersBreast cancer rates in the United States dropped by 7 percent from 2002 to 2003, possibly as a result of millions of women who discontinued hormone replacement therapy, the Associated Press reported Dec. 15. The analysis was reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.Breast cancer cases dropped most among women 50 and older, the age group taking hormones. In 2003, there were only 124 cases per 100,000 women, the biggest decline in the breast cancer rate since the 1970s. That year, nearly 200,000 cases of breast cancer had been expected, but about 14,000 fewer women actually were diagnosed with the disease.The decline in the number of women taking hormone replacement therapy came just after publication of the Women’s Health Initiative trial in 2002, which revealed that health risks among recipients were elevated, especially for breast cancer and stroke.”This is big news,” said Dr. Jay Brooks of the Ochsner Health System, in Baton Rouge, La.