PERSISTENT PATIENT: Beth Zahller runs an all-girls child care service in Asheville. She struggled with having her metal allergy discounted as stress. Photo courtesy of Beth Zahller

Gender bias impacts medical care, say local and national experts

According to a host of experts in Asheville and around the nation, female patients are likely to experience more dismissals of symptoms and receive less medical knowledge about their diseases as a result of “gender bias in medicine.” The long-standing prejudice is well-known within the medical community — and women are still taking the brunt of it, experts say.

The healing our society needs

I appreciate Danielle Dulken’s courage in sharing her abortion experience in the July 31 Opinion piece, “The Face of Abortion.” It is important that the voices of all people are heard, as our nation struggles with the place of abortion, gay marriage and other issues. Open discussion, despite the fear of condemnation for less popular […]

Limiting women limits our future

I was deeply touched and brought to tears by the July 31 Opinion article, “The Face of Abortion.” I was also physically sickened to know that the decision to abolish abortion clinics in the state was made final. The legislation has set us back at least 50 years! The article stirred such strong feelings within […]

Planned Parenthood of Asheville announces acquisition of permanent medical home-attachment0

Planned Parenthood of Asheville announces acquisitio­n of permanent medical home

After renting a building on Biltmore Avenue for about 15 years, Planned Parenthood’s Asheville Health Center will begin providing sexual and reproductive health services in a permanent setting by the end of the year. The announcement came at the nonprofit’s fundraiser and 35th anniversary celebration on Thursday night. (Pictured: Bonnie Smith, interim CEO of Planned Parenthood, makes the announcement. Photo by Caitlin Byrd)