December 5, 2012 |
THE MOST widely anticipated pregnancy since one of those MTV teen moms got knocked up is official: Prince William 's wife, the duchess of Cambridge (a/k/a Kate Middleton ), is pregnant. St. James's Palace announced the pregnancy Monday, saying that Kate has hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, and was in a London hospital. William was at his wife's side. News of the pregnancy drew congratulations from across the world, with the hashtag "royalbaby" trending globally on Twitter.
November 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists said Tuesday that birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms, no prescription or doctor's exam needed. The surprise opinion from these gatekeepers of contraception could boost longtime efforts by women's advocates to make the pill more accessible. But no one expects the pill to be sold without a prescription anytime soon: A company would have to seek government permission first. Plus, there are big questions about what such a move would mean for women's wallets if it were no longer covered by insurance.
November 20, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: We told our sensitive, 7-year-old daughter about my pregnancy earlier than planned because my morning sickness was bad and she was very worried that I was sick. My pregnancy is most likely not viable, but it is a slow process as we wait for tests and let nature take its course. We've explained to our daughter that things are not healthy with the pregnancy and that I am getting good care, but I feel like we are overwhelming her with my grief.
October 26, 2012 |
CINCINNATI - President Obama, seeking to shore up support among women, intensified his pressure Thursday on Mitt Romney to break any ties with a Republican Senate candidate who said that if a woman becomes pregnant from rape, it is "something God intended. " Romney ignored the emotional social issue, holding to an optimistic campaign tone as he fought for victory in crucial Ohio. Obama, wrapping up a 40-hour battleground state blitz, also headed to his hometown of Chicago and cast his ballot 12 days before Election Day. The stopover was more than a photo opportunity - it was a high-profile attempt to boost turnout in early voting, a centerpiece of his strategy.
September 28, 2012 |
A pregnant woman who says she lost her baby after police zapped her with a stun gun seven times outside her North Philadelphia home in 2010 filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit this week against the city and three police officers involved in the incident. Naimah Jones, 35, is suing for assault and battery, false arrest, malicious prosecution and emotional distress. The incident occurred Nov. 27, 2010, when Jones, en route to her parents' house to celebrate Thanksgiving, stopped home to grab some luggage.
September 14, 2012 |
This week's new DVD releases offer everything from historic battles to dinosaurs. For Greater Glory, Grade B-minus: Andy Garcia stars in this story of a Mexican war over religious freedom. Director Dean Wright faced a major hurdle in putting together his epic feature. It wasn't enough that he had to create interesting characters to carry moviegoers through the story of Mexico's Cristero War of the 1920s. He also realized many moviegoers will have no knowledge of this conflict. Wright had to provide enough explanation for the film to be understood, but not so much that he bored those already aware of this dark period.
August 30, 2012 |
Maybe Tom Smith just wanted us to remember his name. Or realize he's the Pennsylvania Republican running for the U.S. Senate. Or perhaps he's jealous of headline-hogging Todd Akin, that Missouri master of creative obstetrics, and wanted his own moment in the sun and on this paper's front page. In any event, Smith finally made news Monday by comparing unintended pregnancy to rape. Specifically, his daughter's unintended pregnancy to rape, after a Harrisburg press luncheon in front of a group of reporters.
August 30, 2012
Last week a new mother brought her 5-day-old daughter in for a routine health-care visit. "How old are you?" I asked. "Sixteen," she answered, embarrassed. This case was anything but routine. Some good news. The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has dipped to its lowest recorded level since 1976, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - a 40 percent decline from 1990 to 2008. Break open the champagne. But don't raise our almost $10 billion glass of bubbly yet (the estimated cost to the nation of teen childbearing)
July 31, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Arizona's ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy will take effect this week as scheduled after a federal judge ruled Monday that the new law is constitutional. U.S. District Judge James Teilborg said the statute may prompt a few pregnant women who are considering abortion to make the decision earlier. But he said the law is constitutional because it does not prohibit women from making the decision to end their pregnancies. He also wrote that the state had provided "substantial and well-documented" evidence that a fetus has the capacity to feel pain during an abortion by at least 20 weeks.
April 12, 2012 |
ATLANTA - The world's largest aquarium is expecting the pitter patter of giant fins. The Georgia Aquarium has a rare beluga whale pregnancy, the first mammal to conceive at the downtown Atlanta attraction since it opened in 2005. The whale, Maris, got pregnant without artificial insemination, which is rare for belugas in captivity. Maris, whose midsection is bulging, is being monitored round-the-clock as she gets closer to the end of her 14-month pregnancy. She is expected to give birth by June to a calf that could be up to 50 pounds.