Since Black bodies, especially female Black bodies, are always up for scrutiny, our mothers try to protect us by teaching us how to care and attend to every little detail when it comes to our hair, clothes, and even posture as a way to appeal to the world as people worthy of respect. These acts are brilliantly described as “respectability politics” and, though often an effective defense mechanism against harsh criticism, have resulted in acceptable facades that often mask internal illnesses. — Amber J. Phillips, Love Thyself Fiercely: How Self-Love Makes for Better Health Care
Stand with RH Reality Check and more than 4,000 other signers to tell CVS: Please guarantee in-store access to all forms of contraception.
Stand with RH Reality Check and more than 4,000 other signers to tell CVS: Please guarantee in-store access to all forms of contraception.
plannedparenthood:

Guidelines for keeping your cervix healthy might have changed since your last visit to the gyno. Here’s what’s recommended:Your first Pap test at age 21 (no matter what age you start having sex)
A Pap test every three years
Call your local health center to find out if you’re due for a Pap test.

Yes, get your pap smear!!
Sidenote: Did you know that the biggest disparity among Pennsylvanian women with vs. without health insurance was found regarding access to Pap smears and mammograms?
It’s so important for women to have access to all preventative care!

plannedparenthood:

Guidelines for keeping your cervix healthy might have changed since your last visit to the gyno. Here’s what’s recommended:

  • Your first Pap test at age 21 (no matter what age you start having sex)
  • A Pap test every three years
Call your local health center to find out if you’re due for a Pap test.

Yes, get your pap smear!!

Sidenote: Did you know that the biggest disparity among Pennsylvanian women with vs. without health insurance was found regarding access to Pap smears and mammograms?

It’s so important for women to have access to all preventative care!

(via pubhealth)

transstudent:

How parental support can make a world of difference for a trans* youth. Learn more. Retweet. Share on Facebook.

transstudent:

How parental support can make a world of difference for a trans* youth. Learn more. Retweet. Share on Facebook.

Women’s rights supporters gathered in Montgomery, AL on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 to oppose the legislature’s efforts to pass a TRAP bill (Targeted Regulations Against Abortion Providers) that would negatively affect women’s health care and options in the state. 

Texas Disables Problem-Riddled Health Provider Website But Still Has No Answers on Access to Care

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Written by Andrea Grimes for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

Last week, the Texas Health And Human Services Commission disabled the problem-riddled online provider search function on its Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP) website, which has, for months, directed low-income women seeking pap smears and contraceptives to call endoscopy clinics and pediatric offices which do not offer these services.

Now, when women log on to TexasWomensHealth.org in search of a doctor, they’re directed to call a 1-800 number so that an operator can help them find one, a method that one HHSC employee testified in court has been completely effective.

"We’ve been able to find every single woman who calls a provider," testified Michelle Harper, a policy advisor at the HHSC, during a January 11th hearing regarding Planned Parenthood’s most recent lawsuit filed over its exclusion from the new Texas Women’s Health Program. Texas state court judge Stephen Yelonosky ruled that day that, while he believes injury is being done to Texans who are no longer able to receive WHP care from Planned Parenthood, he could not grant the provider a temporary injunction that would allow it to remain in the program because of the low likelihood that Planned Parenthood would succeed at trial in the future.

Read the rest here.