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    Michelle Obama Discusses Fertility Issues in Memoir

    Former First Lady Michelle Obama's new memoir hits store shelves Tuesday.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 12, 2018)

    As we learn more about Michelle Obama's new book, we are getting a glimpse into some of the more private aspects of her life -- and for one Women's Studies class at Wellesley College, it was the former first lady's openness about a very painful point in her life that led to an enlightening classroom conversation.

    Obama's new book, "Becoming," provided a launching point for discussion in professor Rosanna Hertz's contemporary reproduction class, as Hertz admitted she was stunned to learn the former first lady used in vitro fertizilization, IVF, to conceive both her children.

    Hertz, chair of the Women's and Gender studies program at Wellesley College, asked students how they felt about Obama revealing such personal information.

    "Maybe she could have talked about it while she was first lady, because that's when you really have this major platform," one student opined.

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    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    "I think if she had done it while her husband was still president, I think more people would've empathized with her," another said.

    But some students say they understand the former first lady's reluctance to discuss it while in the White House.

    "I think there was a lot of pressure to act like everything in their marriage and everything in their family was OK," one said.

    "I think at the end of the day, she tried to protect not only herself, but her family," added another.

    "Hopefully this conversation will allow for there to be less stigma around the use of IVF," said another student.

    Obama also writes about Donald Trump in the memoir, calling him a misogynist and saying she will never forgive Trump for the danger he put her family in when spread the "birther" controversy. Asked what they thought, one student summed up what many were thinking: "It's about time."

    Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

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    A Roseville, California, man is in custody after he turned himself in to police in connection to a quadruple homicide.  The body of one of his victims was in the car he drove to the police station in Mount Shasta, more than 200 miles away from the original Roseville crime scene.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    Obama writes that her decision to have IVF came after suffering a miscarriage, and that she didn't know 20 years ago just how common miscarriages are.


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