Actors Lara Flynn Boyle, Lisa Gay Hamilaton, Camryn Manheim, Marla Sokoloff and Kelli Williams of ABC-Television's "The Practice" will appear in an informational magazine insert on the topic of breast cancer.
The insert, titled "The Best Defense" and sponsored by the Ford Foundation, will be included in May issues of four women's magazines including VOGUE, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Self, and Women's Sports and Fitness. The insert will be six-pages long and is designed to raise awareness of breast cancer and to encourage women to take responsibility for their health. The text of the insert is written as a conversation between the women actors, who discuss their own experiences with breast cancer.
Also included in the insert is information about the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's many "Race for the Cure" events, postcards that readers can send to friends and family, urging them to participate in the races, to do regular breast self-exams, and to get regular mammograms.
Race for the Cure events include nationwide 5K runs and walks that raise money for breast cancer research, education, testing, and treatment. Ninety-eight different races have been scheduled for this year, including one in New York City, scheduled for September 19th.
The insert text also encourages readers to submit essays about a woman or women in their life who have faced breast cancer with great strength and determination. The Ford Foundation will review these essays and choose several to appear on the Ford Division Web site. In addition, the Foundation will arrange for one essayist and a guest to participate in New York City's Komen Race for the Cure on September 19th.
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The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
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10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .