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Normally we try not to pay too much attention to what's happening to the wombs of America's teenagers, but Bristol Palin, 17, happens to be the daughter of John McCain's VP pick. Sarah Palin thinks the government should meddle in the reproductive health of women, but in the case of her daughter, she asks for privacy.

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Salon writer Rebecca Traister sounds off on new "Orwellian" federal guidelines that treat all women as pre-pregnant--regardless of whether or not they plan on being so any time soon. "Healthcare authorities," she writes, are "letting you know why your health as a woman really matters"--i.e. as baby incubators.

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