Action Needed: Help Jane Get Her Justice

We need your help. Right now, an unaccompanied minor is being denied her right to abortion in Texas and is in federal custody. The minor, known as Jane Doe, is pregnant and is in legal custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in South Texas. As required by Texas law for all minors, she applied for and was granted a judicial bypass from a Texas judge so that she could consent to her own abortion, but federal officials are refusing to release her so that she can access that care. Instead, they transported her to a Crisis Pregnancy Center, where she was forced to hear anti-abortion rhetoric that delayed her access to obtaining an abortion.

Sign the petition today to demand that Jane is allowed access to her fundamental right to a safe abortion in Texas. Tell the Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Scott Lloyd and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that all people deserve compassionate abortion care, despite their immigration status.

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Huge Win for Abortion Access in Illinois as Governor Signs HB40 That Allows Medicaid to Cover Abortion

Gov. Rauner makes a powerful move by signing a measure that will ensure women and families access to quality abortion care.

Peoria, IL – Yesterday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB40, a law that would expand abortion access to those enrolled in Medicaid and the state employees’ health insurance. Currently, IL already covers abortion care in rape and incest cases, and this measure would expand coverage to anyone seeking safe, quality abortion care. HB40 would protect abortion care in the state if at any point Roe v. Wade is overturned and goes into effect immediately.

Whole Woman’s Health operates abortion clinics in 4 states, to include Illinois and also was the lead plaintiff in the historic Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt  case last summer.

Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO and founder of Whole Woman’s Health states:

“Today is a wonderful day for the women and families of Illinois. Today, all people have true access to abortion care if and when they need it, and will have the ability to plan their families and their futures. Abortion care is healthcare and all people deserve access to the high quality and compassionate services that we provide at Whole Woman’s Health of Peoria. Today, we took a giant step forward toward self-determination and true equality for Illinois women.

With this powerful measure, Illinois became the 16th state in our country to look away from the restrictive Hyde amendment and do right the right thing. Other states should look to the hard work of the coalitions here and to the champions for women’s health that made this success happen. Elections matter, and Governor Rauner stands on the right side of history.”

Hurricane Harvey: How We Can Help

Unfortunately, we know all too well that abortion can be difficult to access in some parts of the country, especially in Texas. There are already so many barriers to access this necessary procedure, and natural disasters stand in the way of women getting to their appointment and/or being able to afford care.

During Hurricane Harvey, many of the clinics in Houston had to close temporarily, leaving women with very few options. Continued political attacks on abortion access make an unwanted pregnancy particularly stressful in Texas – add that to the stress of dealing with hurricane aftermath.

We can only imagine what a stressful time this must be for those patients who had to miss their appointments or are waiting for the nearest clinic to open.

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, many of our staff members volunteered to help their local communities. Whole Woman’s Health continues to support multiple efforts that will benefit those affected by this devastating storm.

But we can do more. Texas woman deserve it.

To ensure our patients get the compassionate, quality abortion care they deserve, we’re providing no-cost abortions for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

In collaboration with abortion funds, including Lilith Fund and our own Stigma Relief Fund, we will be assuring our patients have the financial and logistical assistance they need to get to one of our Texas clinics (Austin, San Antonio, McAllen, or Fort Worth). This assistance includes travel and lodging, if necessary.

If you live in a community that’s been affected by Hurricane Harvey, call our EmpowerLine at 877.835.1090 to see how we can help.

The need for abortion care does not stop for natural disasters. Your contribution eliminates another barrier for a woman who needs care.

To help cover the cost of abortion care for someone affected by Hurricane Harvey, donate to Stigma Relief Fund today.

Period-tracking apps

Apps to make your period a little more bearable.

There are many, many apps out there that will help you track your period so you can be a little more prepared each month, and make things a little easier. But, we picked out a few of our favorites for you to check out:

My Calendar

This free app allows users to track periods, cycles, ovulation, and the chance of conception. You can also record cervical mucus, BMI, sexual activity, weight, temperature, symptoms, and mood. Conveniently set reminders to buy feminine hygiene products and/or take your birth control.

Clue Period Tracker

Not only does this free app keep track of your period, but it also makes note of the menstrual products you use. You can log your birth control within the app as well. Clue Period Tracker has a simple, clean design, and takes pride in its favoritism from doctors and the OB/GYN community.

Eve

Keep track of your period with this free app, along with your chances of getting pregnant. You can also take daily sex quizzes within this app, and join the extended community to discuss sexual health.

Aunt Flo

This fun app has all the sassy feels that may come along with your period, and will even let you know which day of the month is best for pizza and chocolate. When you’re ready to plan for pregnancy, just let the app know, and it will track your ovulation. Although this app is $1.99, the money goes toward providing feminine hygiene products for women in need.

Monthly Gift

This app has a sleek design, tracks your cycle and mood swings. Also, it does the prep work for you and sends a discreet black box of tampons, pads, and liners right to your doorstep!

Using a different method to track your period and/or ovulation? Let us know what you’re using in the comments!

Whole Woman’s Health: Twin Cities

Whole Woman’s Health of The Twin Cities is a patient-centered women’s healthcare practice, where the focus is on the whole woman — her mind, her heart, and her body.

We believe all healthcare, especially women’s health and abortion services, can better serve our community with a holistic approach. We explain medical procedures and share their results, and we also pay attention to how our patients feel. We have all been patients before and we understand the fear and the anxiety that is often experienced in medical settings.

Whole Woman’s Health of The Twin Cities offers comprehensive women’s services, including:

  • Abortion care, including the abortion pill from 3 to 10 weeks and surgical abortions from 3 to 22 weeks
  • Annual exams and pap smears
  • Birth control (including Long Acting Contraceptive Methods like IUD’s and Implants)
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) testing and treatment
  • Walk-in emergency contraception (Plan B)
  • Counseling services/options counseling
  • Kind, gentle physicians and staff
  • Ultrasounds

We pride ourselves on our private, individualized approach. We are happy to invite your family or loved ones to be a part of your experience here, if you like.

We are pleased to offer birth control after a medication abortion, as well. Some of the birth control options include:

  • Nexplanon at the time of medication abortion
  • Mirena at follow-up appointment, 1-2 weeks after medication abortion
  • Paraguard at the follow-up, 1-2 weeks after medication abortion

We also offer private abortion care, VIP (you are the only patient) abortion care and fast-track appointment. Please contact us for these or other special accommodations.

Visit our website for more information on our Twin Cities clinic and its services. If you have questions or are ready to schedule an appointment, please call our EmpowerLine at 877.835.1090.

 

Take a look at our new website!

We are so excited to announce we gave our website a whole new look! As part of our mission to make abortion accessible to all, our updated site provides our patients with better mobile access.

Okay, and we gave it a facelift, too! The site still lives in the same great place, Wholewomanshealth.com, and you will find information on all of our clinic locations, and a robust FAQ section, along with kind words from our patients. Go ahead, take a look around!

Pregnancy symptoms

Signs of a pregnancy may be difficult to detect, especially before the six-week mark. Some women say they don’t experience any symptoms until at least eight weeks; everyone is different.

Of course, one sign of a pregnancy is a missed period. However, if you’re not tracking your menstrual cycle, or typically have irregular periods, this may or may not be a sign of a pregnancy.

One symptom is a sudden aversion to food. Rising hormones in the blood can turn your favorite foods into a trigger for your gag reflex. If you all of the sudden hate the foods you usually love, you might be pregnant.

Bloating, especially in the abdominal area, can be another sign of pregnancy. This can be a similar feeling to pre-menstrual bloating, so it can be a confusing symptom. Another symptom of pregnancy that’s also present during your period is sore breasts.

Early in a pregnancy, rising hormones means your bladder fills faster and you may have to use the bathroom more often than usual.

If you’re experiencing extreme fatigue, you may be pregnant. The fatigue may be caused from the rising levels of hormones in the body, or a general inability to get a quality night’s sleep.

Light bleeding (spotting) and/or nausea can also be symptoms of pregnancy. Some women experience one or both of these symptoms, while other women won’t experience them at all. Remember, everyone is different.

Having listed many common (and some less-common) symptoms of pregnancy, the only sure way to know if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test, preferably administered by a physician. An at-home pregnancy test can be a good place to start.

At Whole Woman’s Health, we offer free pregnancy tests at all of our clinic locations. If you have questions about pregnancy symptoms or would like to schedule an appointment, call our EmpowerLine at 877.835.1090.