Lisa Gillespie

Rows of silver and pink plastic packages sit on the bathroom counter inside Bean, a Louisville coffee shop. Each package carries these words: emergency contraception.

The medication? It’s called Preventeza, from the company that also makes Vagisil. It was on the market for less than a year and didn’t do well, and now the company has donated $2 million worth of the pills to advocacy groups in Kentucky, Indiana and other states. 

These “morning after” pills have made their way into places like Bean, as well as community centers in eastern Kentucky, festivals in Lexington — even the trunks of ride-share drivers.

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Employers in Kentucky would be required to provide pregnant workers with more frequent or longer breaks, time off to recover from childbirth and temporary transfer to less strenuous duties under a bill that passed out of a legislative committee on Thursday.

The “Pregnant Workers Rights Act” would also require employers to provide a private space that is not a bathroom for breast feeding.

John Ted Dagatano

Kentucky employers would be required to provide workers with “reasonable accommodations” if they become pregnant under a bill that passed out of a legislative committee on Thursday.

Senate Bill 38 would require employers to give women the opportunity to transfer to less strenuous duties and other accommodations.

Lyndi Trischler, a police officer from Florence, was put on unpaid leave when she became pregnant.

“The human resources director told me that it was poor planning on my part and that I would have to take the unpaid leave,” Trischler said.

Study Sheds Light On Antidepressants And Pregnancy

Jul 14, 2017
John Ted Dagatano

For a lot of pregnant woman, there are difficult choices to make as they weigh their own health and well-being against that of their unborn child. There’s been conflicting information about whether commonly-prescribed medications like antidepressants, which many people rely upon, can cause harm to the fetus.

Now, a new study says pregnant women who take antidepressants during pregnancy are not putting their child at risk for intellectual disability. The study, which was published today in JAMA Psychiatry, looked at more than 179,000 children, half of whom had mothers who had taken antidepressants while they were pregnant. And the researchers didn’t find any connections between the child’s future mental challenges and the mother’s medication use.