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When there is no one skilled enough to do a D & E

“Dr. Gunter, I think, uh, there’s a fetal skull in the abdomen,” my resident said with that hesitancy that says I want you to tell me I’m wrong. The first time you diagnose something that is very bad you actually hope you are mistaken and want someone more senior to reassure you that you are … Continue reading

If Purvi Patel delivered in hospital she could have declined neonatal care, but she delivered at home so faces jail

Purvi Patel faces 70 years in jail for delivering a premature baby at home and believing her fetus was stillborn. She was found guilty of feticide and neglect. I want to put these frightening abuses of her legal rights aside for a moment… The fact that she was questioned immediately after an anesthetic. We don’t … Continue reading

A gynecologist sums up 2014

  Another year of blogging has passed, 87 posts to be exact bringing my archive to 376 since inception. It’s really interesting looking back to see what resonated with people and what didn’t. I am (like most years) amazed at what I’ve learned along the way as I read an average of 3 articles for … Continue reading

Sterilization camp in India kills 11 women – a government funded slaughterhouse

The reports from India read more like the review of a horror movie rather than a detailing of a government funded surgical program – 83 women receiving a surgical sterilization leaving 11 dead and another 50 hospitalized, 20 of whom (as of this posting) are seriously ill. And all of this happened in six hours with one surgeon at a government … Continue reading

Why women voting matters today more than ever

Because until things change these five men are your court appointed gynecologists

George Will mansplains women’s GYN rights – I invite him to do that in person

Thank you Mr. Will for mansplaining that the war on women is a fictitious democratic construct. In fact, to speak of things like failure to respond to the epidemic of campus rape, the need to have access to all forms of birth control through health insurance, or to have an abortion in your own county … Continue reading

9 ways personhood amendments are harmful

Personhood amendments are on the ballot again, this time in Colorado (again, hoping 3rd time isn’t a charm as voters rejected personhood amendments in 2008 and 2010), North Dakota, and Tennessee. For those unfamiliar with exactly what a personhood amendment entails, it is a ballot measure that if passed would change the state constitution to … Continue reading

GOP candidates suggest OTC birth control pills – right idea, wrong reason

Four Republican candidates running for office this November have proposed over the counter (OTC) oral contraceptives as an answer to GOP opposition to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Apparently Corey Gardner, CO, Ed Gillespie, VA,  Thom Tillis, NC, and Mike McFadden ,MN, now have now seen the light and are invested in … Continue reading

Why did Wendy Davis call her ectopic pregnancy an abortion? An OB/GYN investigates

Wendy Davis, gubernatorial candidate for Texas, has a new memoir Forgetting to Be Afraid slated for release this week. In it she describes terminating two pregnancies. One termination appears to have been in the second trimester for fetal indications and the other she describes as an ectopic pregnancy. She writes, “The only medical option was to have surgery … Continue reading

An OB/GYN evaluates the feticide case in Indiana

A 33-year-old woman in Indiana, Purvi Patel, presented to an emergency room with vaginal bleeding and when it was obvious that she had very recently delivered a baby the doctors on call notified the authorities. The body of her 28 week gestation infant was recovered. The pathologist believed the baby had taken a breath so … Continue reading

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