[Friday Wrap Up]: 19

Among the articles that passed my reader this week:

In response to the horrific press from the Steubenville debacle.

The truth is that I am someone’s wife. I am also someone’s mother. I am someone’s daughter, and someone’s sister. But those are not the things that define me, or make me valuable in this world. Those are not the reasons that I should be able to live a life free from rape, sexual assault or any kind of violent crime.

I have value because I am a person. Full stop. End of argument. This isn’t even a discussion that we should be having.

The UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health is hosting a conference in May. I wish I could go…maybe another year. In the meantime, I will peruse their fantastic website, chock full of great resources.

Speaking of conferences, this new group, Rebel Nursing, looks awesome and they’re hosting a conference in Philly this fall. I don’t know anything about them, but I love the idea and look forward to learning more about the conference.t

In honor of Women’s History Month…Huffington Post has compiled a list of 50 Women Who Shaped America’s Health. Ina May Gaskin’s on there, as well as less well known names, like Dr. Jane Hodgson, a gynecologist from Minnesota who was convicted for providing abortion care. Her case was later overturned after Roe v. Wade.

And finally,

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a statement in support of gay marriage and adoption by gay and lesbian single parents.

“Children thrive in families that are stable and that provide permanent security, and the way we do that is through marriage,” said Benjamin Siegel, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, and a co-author of the policy statement. “The AAP believes there should be equal opportunity for every couple to access the economic stability and federal supports provided to married couples to raise children.”

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