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Another Reason to Celebrate Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception: It Helps Reduce Stigma

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The shame and stigma around emergency contraception, and all reproductive health care for that matter, all too often deter those who need reproductive care the most from accessing it.

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Health Care in Our Hands: Celebrating a Decade of Work to Get Emergency Contraception on Store Shelves

August 1 is the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act regulation requiring no cost-coverage of women’s preventive services—including contraception—going into effect. Now we can also celebrate the fact that Plan B One-Step is finally on store shelves across the country.

August 1 is the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act regulation requiring no cost-coverage of women’s preventive services—including contraception—going into effect. Now we can also celebrate the fact that Plan B One-Step is finally on store shelves across the country.

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How Emergency Contraception Works: Irish Edition

Via the Irish Family Planning Association: This four-minute animation presents clear, nonjudgmental factual information on how emergency contraception works and where you can access it. The clip can be used as a training resource and was launched at the Women Deliver 2013 conference.

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They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: If You Don’t Have Four Children, You Haven’t Done Your ‘Reproductive Job’

A New Zealand doctor is refusing to prescribe contraception unless he feels you have had enough children already.

A New Zealand doctor is refusing to prescribe contraception unless he feels you have had enough children already.

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The Final Contraceptive Coverage Rule: Why You Should Stay Away From Any Organization That ‘Self-Certifies’

The Obama administration once again bends over backwards to accommodate "religious institutions" at the expense of religious freedom and public health, with unknown consequences down the line.

The Obama administration once again bends over backwards to accommodate “religious institutions” at the expense of religious freedom and public health, with unknown consequences down the line.

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Chris Christie Vetoes Family Planning Funding for the Fifth Time

In a sure sign that he is still running for president, the New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie (above) vetoes family planning funding for the 5th time.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed the state budget, and once again has refused the inclusion of additional funding for family planning services. Christie previously vetoed the funding in 2012, in 2011, and twice in 2010.

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Plan B Becomes Available to Women of All Ages, But Everyone Should Have a Plan A

New decisions mean emergency contraception will soon be available over-the-counter to women of all ages.  While we celebrate this victory, we should also be using it as an opportunity to remind young people that there are much better ways to prevent pregnancy.

New decisions mean emergency contraception will soon be available over-the-counter to women of all ages.  While we celebrate this victory, we should also be using it as an opportunity to remind young people that there are much better ways to prevent pregnancy.

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Plan B Victory, Rape in the Military

On this episode of Reality Cast, a representative from the Center for Reproductive Rights will be on to explain the new Plan B rules. I have another segment covering the victory, and the military is being investigated for its rape problem.

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#AWomansWorth: Stop Ignoring These 222 Million Women

Right now, 222 million women—more than the populations of Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands combined—want modern contraception, but they can’t get it. If we gave these women what they wanted, we could have saved more than a million lives last year. Share this video to spread the word: we can save lives and money by investing in family planning. (via Population Action International) Join the June 13th Tweetathon and stand up for #AWomansWorth!

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Judge Approves Administration’s Strategy for EC Over-the-Counter … With Reservations

In the battle over emergency contraception access, corporate interests win out over public health.

Women’s groups applaud a judge’s approval of the administration’s plan to make emergency contraception available over the counter, but remain wary of its commitment to doing so.

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