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We Must, We Must, We Must Learn to Love Our Bodies

Society tells women that if breasts are sexual, large breasts are even sexier and “good girls” should be prepared to minimize or suffer the consequences.

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Out of Reach: Sex Reassignment Surgery Not ‘Medically Necessary’?

Sex reassignment surgery and other related medical interventions cost thousands of dollars and are not optional for many transgender people. But many insurance companies don’t consider these procedures medically necessary.

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Teen Sex Realities Not Speculation Should Drive Sex Ed

New research suggests that teens aren’t using oral sex as a substitute for sexual intercourse. Now our challenge is to develop programs addressing the reality of teen sexual behavior rather than speculating over the myth of “technical virginity.”

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Lesbian Refused IVF Treatment in California

A case before the California Supreme Court, brought by a woman refused in vitro fertilization by her doctors because she is a lesbian, serves as a reminder that medical discrimination is still a real threat for many Americans.

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Teen Moms Mainstreamed as P Schools Vanish

One third of young women who drop out of high school cite pregnancy and/or motherhood as the reason. But in recent years, special schools for pregnant students have been phased out in favor of mainstreaming. What’s next?

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Whose Safe Haven? Abandoned Baby Found in St. Louis

Have Safe Haven laws — in which women can lawfully relinquish their infants within 30 days of birth — become a substitute for universal health care and comprehensive sexuality education?

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More Needed on Black Women and Breast Cancer

Recent studies have discovered a dramatic decline in breast cancer incidence resulting from a reduction in the use of hormone replacement therapy. It’s good news — except that it’s not true for African-American women.

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Coerced Abortion Bill Harms, Not Protects, Women

The “coerced abortion” bill Missouri’s House just passed devalues the women’s intelligence and women’s ability to make decisions about their own medical care.

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Fierce Debate Over Midwifery Licensure

Currently, Missouri midwives must have a nursing degree and work under a doctor’s supervision — otherwise, they are committing a felony. A Senate bill under consideration would expand women’s birthing options — but the Missouri State Medical Association is fighting back.

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Fear and Bigotry In Missouri Immigration Legislation

The impact of anti-immigration policies on women is clear and reflects poorly upon our society. Pamela explores the impact in her home state of Missouri, in her own neighborhood.

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