Years ago, pregnancies in women ages 35 and over were considered "high risk" and discouraged by doctors. Changes in women's work and improved contraception have led women to postpone childbearing until later in life. While older women do face more pregnancy-induced health problems than younger women and are more likely to suffer miscarriages, their chances of giving birth to a healthy baby are improving.
A recent study published in the journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that there was no statistically significant difference in infant mortality rates for older and younger mothers. While this is a positive development, study authors stressed that women over age 40 had higher rates of complications including high blood pressure rates and diabetes and were more than twice as likely to have Caesarean births than were younger women. The risk of complications was especially high among older women who were first-time mothers. More than 60% of older new mothers required surgical intervention (including Caesarean sections) during labor.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .