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How the Right Wing Is Killing Women

A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China.

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Top Ten Ways GOP Could Avoid ‘War on Women’ Label

Mike Huckabee objects to the charge that the Republican Party is waging a war on women.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 READ MORE



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1-in-2 Chance Medicaid Will Deliver Your Child

Roughly half of the births in the U.S. are paid for by Medicaid and that number could increase as the health insurance program expands under Obamacare, a study released Tuesday says.

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The Pope Resigns

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A Right Royal Whippersnapper: Why Things Will Never Change in Britain

One might be forgiven for believing that the monarchy has been dying a slow yet dignified death. But the announcement of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy promises to renew adoration for the family in the hearts and minds of Brits.

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Woman Denied Abortion Dies

Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, was admitted to University Hospital in Galway, Ireland, where she was found to be miscarrying.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


Republican God

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GOP Senate Candidate: Rape Pregnancies ‘Something God Intended’

Here we go again. Another Republican congressional candidate dared to open his mouth about rape and something insane came out. Would you expect anything less by now?

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Bearing Sons Can Change the Mind

Sons can permanently alter their mothers’ brain chemistry and may help defend against Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows.

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Lawmaker Reiterates Akin Remarks, Romney Feels the Power of the Press, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the GOP’s staunch anti-abortion platform and a CNN appearance by Todd Akin’s, er, chair.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Condom Crackdown Subverts HIV Prevention Efforts

Women who carry around condoms—including sex workers who use them to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases—are being criminalized in cities across the United States, as police agencies view possession of prophylactics as evidence of prostitution.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Antipsychotics in Pregnancy Double Diabetes Risk, Researchers Say

Women who take antipsychotic drugs during pregnancy are much more likely to develop diabetes and give birth to smaller babies, researchers report.

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IUDs Effective as Emergency Contraception

Data collected over 35 years shows that the use of intrauterine devices as emergency contraception has a 99.86 percent success rate. The findings prompted researchers at Princeton University to conclude that the devices could be routinely promoted as a defense against unwanted pregnancy.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Not Everyone’s Doing It and That’s a Good Thing, Health Department Says

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists the Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education, a pro-abstinence program aimed at middle and high schoolers, as one of almost three dozen “evidenced-based” sex education programs that qualify as effective in preventing teenage pregnancy.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Target Knows Your Secrets

Decades of neuropsychology research have given Target the ability to predict customers’ shopping habits with increasing precision. The company’s statistical team can even tell when shoppers are likely to be in their second trimester of pregnancy. Combined with aggressive marketing tactics, such powers promise to add millions to its already swollen revenues.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Birth Control Recall: Pfizer Warns of Unintended Pregnancies

The pharmaceutical manufacturer says the million packets of mis-packaged birth control pills it is recalling won’t harm women’s health, but it acknowledges that they could fail to prevent users from becoming pregnant.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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FDA Tells Volunteer Sperm Donor to Zip It

As of late last year, a Fremont, Calif., man had donated his sperm 328 times to would-be parents who found him on the Internet. The Food and Drug Administration has told the donor, whose self-described “service to help the community” has produced 14 children, to stop.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Wider Availability of Morning-After Pill Denied

For the time being, females 16 and under concerned about pregnancy can kiss unrestrained access to the morning-after pill goodbye. On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA’s decision that emergency contraceptives be made freely available to youths over the counter.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE


Stop Infant Mortality

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Health Care Bill Might Make ‘the Pill’ Free

Catholic groups are less than thrilled at the prospect that Uncle Sam might get into the contraception business. Nonetheless, a panel set to convene this month could decide that preventing unwanted pregnancies qualifies as the kind of complementary preventive care for women required by Obamacare.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Utah Agency at Heart of Undocumented List Leak

A list of 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants has been given to Utah media and state policymakers—a list that includes individuals’ first and last names, Social Security numbers, addresses, and even pregnancy due dates—and many are looking to a particular state agency as the culprit for the leak.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Predicting Menopause

Scientists believe that a simple blood test could in the future be able to predict exactly when a woman will start menopause, a development that would be invaluable in helping women make reproductive decisions.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Happy Birthday, the Pill

Fifty years ago on Sunday, U.S. authorities announced the release a contraceptive device for women in the form of a swallowable tablet. The pill, as it has come to be known, has revolutionized sex, as well as given women control over their bodies when it comes to reproductive health.

Posted on May 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Teen Birthrate Drops in 2008

There weren’t as many children having children in the U.S. in 2008. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of teen pregnancies dropped by 2 percent that year, hopefully signaling a downward trend, after climbing over the two previous years.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Get Pregnant, Get Court-Martialed

Remember when protecting women’s rights was given as a justification for invading countries? Well, the U.S. general in northern Iraq has added pregnancy to the reasons why a soldier could be court-martialed—a list that includes selling weapons and taking drugs.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE



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Condoms, Not Laws, Help Cut Abortions

This isn’t going to sound all that shocking, but remember that this country is still wrapping its head around evolution: Criminalizing abortion does not reduce the number of abortions; it reduces the number of safe abortions. Contraception, however, does reduce abortions, according to an epic study of 197 countries.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE



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Million-Dollar Baby: How Much Would You Pay for a Baby If You Couldn’t Have One?

Is there a fairer way to compensate surrogate mothers? Too often, surrogacy is about a wealthy couple hiring a poor woman to breed for them.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009 READ MORE


Inside Bush’s War on Birth Control

A court ruling offers a chilling compendium of accounts by doctors and other FDA professionals who were routinely thwarted as they tried to make the “morning after” pill available, especially to teenagers.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE


Eight Is (More Than) Enough

It turns out that the woman who recently gave birth to eight babies already had six in vitro kids at home, no spouse, no job and a pending bankruptcy. There’s a word for this achievement of medicine’s reproductive business: nuts.

Posted on Feb 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Will Rip Away the ‘Global Gag’

In the next move of a partisan ping-pong game over women’s reproductive health, Obama is slated to reverse the despicable “global gag rule” that refuses U.S. aid to foreign health clinics that even mention the word that begins with an A. And sounds like “shma-shmortion.” It’s abortion.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009 READ MORE


Let’s Pledge to Stop Being Stupid About Teen Sex

“Virginity pledges” are one of the ways that government officials measure whether abstinence-only education is “working.” They count the pledges as proof that teens will abstain. It turns out that this is like counting New Year’s resolutions as proof that you lost 10 pounds.

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 READ MORE


From Barracuda to Scapegoat

Have you ever seen a transformation this fast? Think of it as evolution on steroids. But don’t think Sarah Palin will go quietly into that good Arctic night.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Pregnancy

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Pathetic News

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Palin Cut Funds for Teen Moms

As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, now the mother of a pregnant teen, cut state funds that would have helped house and support teenage mothers. This on top of the news that both Palin and John McCain have opposed teen pregnancy prevention programs.

Posted on Sep 2, 2008 READ MORE


A Teachable Moment for Teen Pregnancy

Well now, isn’t that a relief. The infamous “pregnancy pact” at Gloucester High School turns out to be an urban legend.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


‘A Walk to Beautiful’

PBS has made the film “A Walk to Beautiful” available online. It’s the extraordinary story of women who suffer for years from a preventable and treatable injury simply because they are poor.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE


In Utero Inc.

Renting the wombs of poor women in foreign countries has become a business, but is it a good business?

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


A Faith-Based Boondoggle

Countless studies show that abstinence-only sex education just doesn’t work, so why is it getting more money than ever from the federal government?

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


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healthofchildren.com

Maine Middle School to Offer Birth Control

While the nation’s tweens and teens are taught the laughable “abstinence only” government-sponsored curriculum about sex, one middle school in Maine is taking a more realistic approach to the matter, offering a range of birth control options in an effort to curb a troubling trend toward teen pregnancy among its students.  Yes, you read that right:  This is a middle school we’re talking about here.

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


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The Unborn Victims of Occupation

Rampant violence and a curfew that makes nighttime medical aid unrealistic at best are threatening the health of pregnant Iraqi women and their children. Official data on the problem is scarce, but medical and humanitarian workers say childhood and maternal mortality is on the rise.

Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE


New Jersey Considers Mandatory HIV Test

A new proposal would make New Jersey the first state to require HIV testing for pregnant women and their babies, unless the women decline the test in writing. Currently four states test just mothers, and two others only newborns. The bill is opposed by the D.C.-based Center for Women Policy Studies on the grounds that it limits health rights.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Stewart and Oliver Delight in Cheney’s Gay Hypocrisy

Jon Stewart and “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver gleefully ridicule the vice president’s outrageous dissembling over his lesbian daughter’s pregnancy.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Luckovich: Mary Cheney Damage Control

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Pregnancy Centers Giving False Info on Abortion

From the Wash Po: “Federally funded ‘pregnancy resource centers’ are incorrectly telling women that abortion results in an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility and deep psychological trauma….”
Surprise, surprise.

Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


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From the Washington Post

Teen Sex Less Risky in Europe Than U.S.

Western European teens have fewer pregnancies, and lower levels of STDs, than their American counterparts. Why? Because teens in Europe have easy access to contraceptives, confidential healthcare and comprehensive sex education. Teen sex is seen as a healthy thing. (Compare that to America’s puritanical, ineffective abstinence programs.)

 

Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


Birth Control Pill
via Feministing

‘The Pill’ Turns 46 Years Old

On May 9, 1960, the FDA approved Enovid, the first birth control pill, for clinical use. Many court cases, a sexual revolution and a fundamentalist backlash later, use of and access to contraceptives is still very much a hot-button issue in the U.S. Read a roundup of information and opinion relating to the release of an explosive report last week connecting a spike in unwanted pregnancies among the poor to decreased contraceptive use. (h/t: Feministing)

  • REPORT: A Tale of Two Americas for Women: The Contraception-Abortion Connection press release | PDF (Guttmacher Institute)
  • Timeline: The Pill (PBS)

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    In the Vanguard of Criminalizing Abortion

    What happens when abortion is a felony offense in any circumstance? Jack Hitt provides chilling answers in his brilliant investigative piece on abortion in El Salvador.

    Posted on Apr 9, 2006 READ MORE


    The Towering Solons of Abortion

    When you think “enlightenment,” the first thing that comes to your mind is “the South Dakota Legislature,” right?

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


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