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Ariel Castro Could Face Murder Charges for Terminating Victim’s Pregnancies

The law is clear: If Castro terminated McKnight’s pregnancies against her will, he’s guilty of aggravated murder under Ohio law.

The law is clear: If Castro terminated McKnight’s pregnancies against her will, he’s guilty of aggravated murder under Ohio law. The question is whether the state can prove that he’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Weekly Pulse: Anti-Masturbation Crusader Christine O’Donnell is Master of Her Domain

Conservative Tea Party darling Christine O’Donnell wins the Republican senate nomination in Delaware with her “masturbation is adultery” message. But is this actually a good thing for Democrats?

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Weekly Pulse: The Religious Right vs. Birth Control

HHS has 18 months to decide whether to require insurers to provide oral contraceptives, IUDs, and other prescription birth control with no co-pay.  The far right is already organizing against this.

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Weekly Pulse: Rhythm Method Madness

The percentage of teen girls who say they use the rhythm method for birth control is increasing. For most of these girls “rhythm method” means guessing the least risky day to have unprotected sex.

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Weekly Pulse: Prostate Health is Girly and Other Health Care Paradoxes

This week’s health care news was full of mind-bending paradoxes:  Prostate health is girly, abstinence-only education works through  failure, “principled” libertarian Rand Paul would protect all-white  lunch counters but ban private abortion clinics, and more

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Weekly Pulse: Nun Excommunicated for Approving Lifesaving Abortion

A nun in Arizona is excommunicated for approving a life-saving abortion, shedding light on a national basttle over access to reproductive health care in Catholic hospitals.

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Weekly Pulse: Obama to Promote Health Plan at Summit

Today, President Obama will hold a televised health care summit on his recently released plan for health reform, a last-ditch attempt to get Republicans to offer ideas for reform. In fact, he’s hoping to give the GOP enough rope to hang itself.

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Weekly Pulse: Obama Stalls for Time With Health Care Summit

President Barack Obama’s February 25 health care summit, where he will appear on TV with Republican leaders, is really a delaying tactic.

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Weekly Pulse: Health Care Reform Without Kennedy

Sen. Edward Kennedy succumbed this week to brain cancer at the age of 77. During his 46-year career in the Senate, Kennedy’s name appeared on virtually every major piece of progressive legislation from civil rights to economic justice.

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Weekly Pulse: Public Option on Life Support

Will healthcare reform include a public health insurance option? President Obama campaigned on that promise, but over the past week he repeatedly signaled that he isn’t willing to fight for it.

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