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Emergency Contraception Should Be Available Over The Counter. And You Can Make That Happen

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Last week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists called for access to emergency contraception over-the-counter. We need to send a clear signal to Secretary Sebelius that women’s reproductive health and medical science should be the driving force behind public policy. Sign the petition being launched by a broad coalition of medical professionals and advocates today urging Secretary Sebelius to revisit the evidence and remove the restrictions.

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Taking Back the “Conscience” Debate: Reproductive Health Care Providers as Conscientious Actors

The persistent failure to recognize abortion provision as “conscientious” has resulted in laws that do not protect caregivers who are compelled by their conscience to provide abortion services. 

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Catching Fire: Inflaming Our Passion to Pass the Safer Chemicals Act

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Flame retardants are associated with reductions in fertility, poor sperm quality, neurodevelopment delays in children and cancer. And because the chemical industry has been so deceptive and successful, flame retardants are found in strollers, nursing pillows, couches, chairs, cell phones, TVs, computers, and automobile cushioning – just to name a few places.

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Honoring Motherhood Means Honoring a Woman’s Decision About Whether She Is Ready to Mother

Let’s recognize that the way to honor motherhood is to respect and support a woman’s decision about whether she is ready to be a parent. That means making sure that every pregnant woman, regardless of her ability to pay, has health care insurance coverage for all of her medical needs, including abortion.

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“Dr.” Sebelius’s Bitter Pill: A Case of National Malpractice

“Dr.” Kathleen Sebelius prescribed us a bitter pill when she ignored overwhelming evidence on the safety and effectiveness of emergency contraception to prohibit its sale over-the-counter.  Is this change we can believe in?  It’s certainly not a “common sense” solution. President Obama and Secretary Sebelius should listen to real doctors and the FDA Commissioner, and make this decision based on science, not politics.

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New Front in the War on Women: Regulatory Accountability Act Could Effectively Eliminate Reproductive Health Coverage

You know how the GOP and Tea Parties hate regulations?  Think again: The Regulatory Accountability Act would enforce purposeful overregulation. This law would so hamstring the regulation process that things like coverage of birth control in health reform could be tied up for years. Moreover, it would give groups like the United States Council of Catholic Bishops even more power.

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iContraception? Smart Birth Control Should Be As Sexy as Your Smartphone

What if we were as devoted, as critical, as insistent when it came to contraceptive technologies, as we are when it comes to cell phones?

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Oz and the Tin Man

The value of our work is not solely about reducing abortions, or even unintended pregnancies. It is about creating a sense of ownership among women and men about their own body and their relationships with others.

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Principled Choices

President-elect Obama can teach us all a thing or two about respecting the choices that other people make in their lives and carrying that respect through into our public policies.

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Prenatal Tests Changing Abortion Debate?

The New York Times reporter asked whether things like prenatal tests might change the debate over abortion; where do we draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable reasons for ending a pregnancy?

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