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Supporting Mothers at Any Age: How Media and Society Need to Change

Rather than trying to convince people, especially women, to give birth in the socially-acceptable and medically-sanctioned 15-year window between college and age 35, why not change the way our society support families, so that whenever the moment for parenting arises, people have the support they need to do it successfully?

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Pro-choice Pregnancy and the Politics of Language

There are many things that are different about the experience of carrying a pregnancy to term versus choosing to terminate, but one place where you’ll often notice a stark difference is in language.

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Contraception and the Changing Role of Medical Providers in an Over-the-Counter World

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now supports birth control pills being sold over-the-counter. What could our health care system look like if doctors were less involved as gatekeepers to access to contraception?

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How Discrimination Leads to Health Disparities in the Transgender Community

Data shows that transgender people are more likely to be uninsured, face discrimination in health care, be HIV positive and suffer from depression and attempted suicide.

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Alarmist Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Trumping Efforts to Help Teen Parents Succeed

The latest CDC data about teen pregnancy rates on the decline gets much attention while the conditions that could be improved to help all parents succeed are ignored.

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Race-based Health Disparities and the Politics of Difference: What Rates of HIV Among Latinos Tell Us

The 10th anniversary of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day reminds us how far we still have to go to address race-based health disparities. But we must keep our efforts trained on the real causes of these statistics: social and economic conditions.

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The Public Funding Debate: If We Don’t Fight the Hyde Amendment, We Will Lose Everything

Often the argument is that if we try and fight the public funding battle, we might lose ground in overall access to abortion. But I think that the exact opposite is true. If we don’t fight the public funding debate, we’re going to lose altogether.

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A Transgender Father Challenges Breastfeeding Norms

Transgenderd father Trevor MacDonald and his son

Trevor MacDonald, a trans father in Canada who has breastfed his son for over a year, was rejected by La Leche League as a volunteer leader because of his gender identity.

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Is It Safe? Asking the Wrong Question in the Home Birth Debate

Recent conversations have focused on the question of whether home birth is safe. Here is why it’s the wrong question to be asking. 

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The Myth of the “Model Minority” and What it Means for Health Care

Myths about the Asian American community — commonly referred to as the “model minority” — often contribute to challenges in uncovering the very real health disparities that exist within the diverse populations that fall under the same statistical umbrella. 

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