Texas’ Controversial Abortion Ban

Written by Anushka Angle & Dipika Pujara For centuries, women have been struggling to fend for their rights regarding voting, jobs, social responsibilities and natural processes such as pregnancy. Up until 1973, the termination of an unwanted pregnancy — except to save the woman’s life — was illegal, but due to the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, women gained the right to have an … Continue reading Texas’ Controversial Abortion Ban

The Possibility of an HIV Vaccine and How it Could Bring Justice to Queer Communities

Written by Cecilia Rogers  This year, on the list of clinical trials for the United States National Institute of Health (NIH) is Moderna’s trial for an experimental HIV vaccine. The novel vaccine, like their COVID-19 vaccine, is an mRNA vaccine. This new technology could help stimulate an immune response in order to battle HIV/AIDS. Theoretically, this vaccine will function to promote a cell’s production of … Continue reading The Possibility of an HIV Vaccine and How it Could Bring Justice to Queer Communities

Intimate Partner Violence, COVID-19, and Technology

Recapping a Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Panel Written by Kira Nagoshi and Hiranya Atreyapurapu Notice for victims of IPV: If you or a loved one is being impacted by intimate partner violence, please do not hesitate to reach out to the following resources. Sourced from the CDC. National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224. Love is Respect National Teen Dating … Continue reading Intimate Partner Violence, COVID-19, and Technology

Not All Men, But All Women: The Effect of Violence On Women’s Health Over the Course of Her Life

Written by Maddie Dietl and Catherine Xu In the past month of March, Sarah Everard has become one of the most prominent names from the UK. After being last seen on March 3rd, 2021 walking back to her home in Brixton Hills, London, Everard was reported missing by her boyfriend, who contacted the police after she did not meet him. Then, on March 10th, 2021, … Continue reading Not All Men, But All Women: The Effect of Violence On Women’s Health Over the Course of Her Life

How Do You Start a Revolution?

We spoke to a student organization called Vex Ed India, a social media-based sex education initiative that was created and launched during lockdown. The work done by these student leaders serves as a reminder that activism can be used to foster a sense of community and redirect lockdown-frustration into positive change. Continue reading How Do You Start a Revolution?

Answering Questions: A Guide to Biden’s Plan for Healthcare

Written by Hansa Doppalapudi With United States citizens on the cusp of experiencing a drastic change as the power of president transfers to President Joseph R. Biden, the most pressing issue of the 2020 election still remains: What is the new president’s plan for healthcare? As promised, President Biden has spent his first few weeks in office signing executive orders to implement his ideas–on his … Continue reading Answering Questions: A Guide to Biden’s Plan for Healthcare

Transgender Discrimination in Healthcare: A Reflection of Inadequate Medical Professional Education and Flawed Government Intervention

On June 12, 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration issued a “final rule” implementing changes to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act which “prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age and disability in certain health programs or activities”. This final rule tapers the efforts of changes made in 2016 by the Obama Administration, as it eliminates … Continue reading Transgender Discrimination in Healthcare: A Reflection of Inadequate Medical Professional Education and Flawed Government Intervention

The Epidemic of Unnecessary Hysterectomies

The uterus is a definitive organ. It represents the comforting, empowering spirit of femininity—seemingly fragile yet unexpectedly powerful. It possesses elegance and prestige, while yielding the formidable potential to create and nurture life. It is utterly inspiring.  But while this beautiful organ possesses such a vital role in conceiving life, it is passively surrendered far too often and unnecessarily. The fact is, by the age … Continue reading The Epidemic of Unnecessary Hysterectomies

How One Pandemic Highlighted Another: Domestic Violence as a Global Health Emergency

At just 17, Elise Roberts fell victim to intimate partner violence. Her boyfriend at the time physically, sexually, and emotionally abused her—he manipulated her into believing that he was the only person who could ever love her. Once Elise was able to identify that what was happening was abuse, she opened up to her therapist, contacted assault hotlines, and finally gained the strength to leave … Continue reading How One Pandemic Highlighted Another: Domestic Violence as a Global Health Emergency

Gender Inequalities Magnified by the Pandemic

Although research suggests that men are more likely to experience the negative symptoms of the novel coronavirus, women disproportionately bear the emotional, social, and economic toll created by the global pandemic. Women make up the majority of front-line health care workers, hold jobs less immune to an economic downturn, are more responsible for caregiving duties, and face a high risk of domestic violence. Continue reading Gender Inequalities Magnified by the Pandemic