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Nicaraguan Laws Increase Maternal Mortality

According to a report today from Feministing, Amnesty International has
started a campaign to repeal the anti-abortion laws in Nicaragua, which
were enacted one year ago—laws that ban abortion in every single case,
regardless of the state of the mother or the fetus’s health, mandating
prison sentences for women who request them and doctors who perform
them.

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Pleasurable Advice for Teens

There’s no use denying the pleasure of sex—even when it comes to
talking with teens about sexual health. Not talking about why people
have sex is not approaching the subject honestly, and therefore not a
smart way to approach sexual education.

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Texas Workshops Help Parents Talk Sex

And now, some positive news about sexual education in Texas.

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Illinois Enforces Parental Notification Law

After 14 years of legal battles, a law in Illinois requiring girls 17
and under to notify their parents of the choice to have an abortion
will soon actually be enforced.

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Kenya Gets Plan B

While here it has, generally, become a widely accepted emergency option, the BBC
reported today that in Kenya, the emergency pill—or e-pill, as it’s
called there—has caught on as many women’s favorite method of birth
control, “some even buying the pills in advance.”

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Washington Court Mandate: Pharmacies Must Stock Plan B

Last Wednesday, a 9th circuit district appeals court in Washington
state ruled that, despite a pharmacist’s personal moral or religious
believes, he or she is required by law to stock and sell emergency
contraception.

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Vancouver Pharmacy Says No to Trans People

An all-women pharmacy in Vancouver sounds like a great resource if you’re a bio-woman, but what about the population of transgender sex workers that are in need of safer sex education and, potentially, rape counseling?

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A Cure for Chinese Population Control: Video Games?

According to a report from the All-China Women’s Organization yesterday, officials in China are trying to tackle the country’s overpopulation in a new way: using video games.

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Rwandan Officials Promote Condom Use

Just months after the Pope denounced
condom use in Africa, Rwanda’s Deputy Speaker of Parliament Dr. Jean
Damascene Ntawukuriryayo said that the answer to his country’s high
fertility rate, paired with a 52 percent poverty rate, is helping his
people to drop the stigma attached to condoms.

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North Carolina Sex Ed Bill Ends in Compromise

After months of negotiation and attempts at cooperation, North
Carolina’s state assembly is finally taking a step in the right
direction in regard to their policies on sexuality education.

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