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UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs abortion insurance bill

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that requires Washington insurers offering maternity care to also cover elective abortions and contraception.


Report: Abortion is safe but barriers reduce quality of care

Abortions in the U.S. are very safe but getting one without facing delays and false medical information depends on where women live, says a broad examination of the nation’s abortion …


Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women’s health

New Jersey’s new Democratic governor signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million for family-planning and women’s health, reversing course on former Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s handling of the issue.


Women’s hands really are colder than men’s, scientists confirm

Using thermal images, University of Utah researchers compared the hands of men and women, and found that women’s hands typically run 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit colder than men’s.


Research finds hot flashes, night sweats connected to obstructive sleep apnea risk in middle-aged women

In a new study published recently in Menopause, researchers found the hot flashes and night sweats faced by upward of 80 percent of middle-age women may be linked to an …


Women’s health docs say Trump ignores birth control science

The Trump administration’s new birth control rule is raising questions among some women’s health experts, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts …


Whitworth’s Planned Parenthood decision is needlessly political

Whitworth a neutral player achieved the opposite, placing Whitworth in the center of polarizing American politics, fixating on abortion alone.


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 3:28 p.m.

Trump allowing states to block some Planned Parenthood money

President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday allowing states to withhold federal family planning dollars from clinics that provide abortion services, a move that effectively deprives Planned Parenthood and several other …


Proposal to repeal abortion laws headed to Idaho House

A proposal to reverse two anti-abortion laws in Idaho is headed to the House floor.


Birth defects in Zika pregnancies 20 times higher than in pre-Zika years, CDC says

Pregnancies of women in the United States infected with the Zika virus are about 20 times more likely to result in babies with certain birth defects compared to the prevalence …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Montana abortion bill would make doctors try to save fetus

Montana lawmakers pushed forward with a measure that would effectively ban all abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy, regardless of the medical risks to a woman, by requiring doctors to …


FDA urged to let abortion pill be sold at pharmacies

The so-called abortion pill – now dispensed only in clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices – should be made available by prescription in pharmacies across the U.S., according to a group …


Texas cannot oust Planned Parenthood from Medicaid, federal judge rules

A federal judge Tuesday indefinitely blocked Texas officials from ousting Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid health care provider, dealing another blow to Republican-led efforts to enforce stricter abortion-related regulations and …


Pennsylvania Senate OKs 20-week abortion ban; veto awaits

After an emotionally charged and graphic debate, the state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would make Pennsylvania the latest state to ban abortions at 20 weeks and restrict how the …


Planned Parenthood: ‘We’re not dead yet’

It has been one year since the Planned Parenthood clinic in Pullman reopened after its building was heavily damaged in an unsolved arson in 2015. Karl Eastlund, the chief executive …


House passes bill to bar federal funds for abortion

Emboldened by a Republican in the White House, the GOP-led House on Tuesday backed legislation that would permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage. The measure, which passed 238-183, …


Marking Roe anniversary, abortion foes pin hopes on Trump

Abortion opponents expressed optimism Monday that Donald Trump’s early months in office would advance their cause as hundreds converged on the Kansas Statehouse to mark the 1973 Supreme Court decision …


Planned Parenthood would lose funding as part of Obamacare repeal, Ryan says

Republicans plan to strip Planned Parenthood of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding as part of their rapid push to repeal President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, House Speaker …


Planned Parenthood says other Idaho clinic harasses patients

Planned Parenthood is suing a women’s clinic in Idaho over the harassment of Planned Parenthood patients and employees in a parking lot shared by the two organizations.


DIY breast reconstruction: Device lets women do part at home

It’s aimed at not only making treatment more comfortable and convenient, but also giving women a sense of control – something cancer often takes away.


Infertility, possible parenthood and ‘The Art of Waiting’

Before the years when friends embarked on starting families, we all assumed having babies would just happen. We look back now and think: Who knew this would be so much …


White women are dying earlier, in part because of the combination of opiods and benzodiazepines

Between 1999 and 2014, the number of middle-aged white women dying annually from opiate overdoses shot up 400 percent, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers …


Some women with high breast density should get annual screenings, study says

An ambitious research effort published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine set out to tailor women’s breast cancer screening practices to match their actual risk of breast cancer. …


Why are women losing the battle of the bulge?

After a national report this summer showed that women have surpassed men in obesity rates, doctors and obesity researchers are searching for answers to why women are struggling more than …


Studies shine light on mysterious placenta, how it goes awry

Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body’s most mysterious organ, and inside lie clues about how it gives life – …


Birth control options for women over 40 – other than the pill

Almost one quarter of women in the United States between ages 15 and 44 use the birth control pill to prevent pregnancy. Some doctors advise against continuing its use after …


House call: Navigating changing cervical cancer protocol

It used to be that part of a woman’s annual physical exam included a Pap test to check for abnormal cells from the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. …


Zorba Paster: Mammogram guidelines change

Nearly everyone knows of someone who died at a young age from breast cancer.


Study: False-positive mammograms associated with increased risk of future cancer

Study tracked women over 10 years.


Kathleen Parker: Redirect Planned Parenthood funds to community health clinics

It took three videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives discussing the culling and retailing of aborted baby parts, but Hillary Clinton finally managed to say that she found the …