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Ten Ways a Condom Can’t Protect You

A condom might not be able to protect you against Lord Voldemort, the Daleks, or a wrecking ball, but it can help protect you from HIV and most other sexually transmitted infections. This video was created as part of an effort to raise awareness for World AIDS Day, which takes place every year on December 1.

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Can Signing a Form Impede Religious Liberty?

Does signing a form that would exempt a religious group from complying with a mandate on coverage of contraception put a substantial burden on religious liberty? George Washington Law School Professor Spencer Overton and RH Reality Check‘s Editor-in-Chief Jodi Jacobson discuss, with Karen Finney of MSNBC.com, recent court challenges to the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act. [via MSNBC]

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Catholic Groups Trying to Eliminate Coverage of Contraception No Matter Who Pays

Lawsuits by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood challenge the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act, which says that certain preventive health-care services like contraception must be covered without copay or cost sharing.

The latest court challenges to the birth control benefit show how much the fight against the contraception mandate is really about the Christian right trying to establish an employer’s “right” to control your private sex life.

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Pennsylvania’s New Medicaid Plan Likely to Reduce Access to Birth Control for Low-Income Women

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

The plan will result in less access to affordable, consistent birth control for the poor working women of Pennsylvania—which, as the federal birth control mandate demonstrates, is counter to the intention of health-care reform.

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Clearing Up Confusion: Emergency Contraception and Weight

Once again, politics have trumped science, and it’s women and girls who pay the price.

RH Reality Check takes a look at the recent media storm around emergency contraception and weight and explains what readers need to know about the research.

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Study Reveals Dramatic Rise in Share of Women Accessing Contraception Without a Co-Pay

Lawsuits by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood challenge the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act, which says that certain preventive health-care services like contraception must be covered without copay or cost sharing.

A new study finds that the Affordable Care Act is responsible for a dramatic rise in the share of privately insured women in the United States who have gained access to contraception without a co-pay.

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ACLU Sues Catholic Bishops, and Why Contraception Grows Economies

On this episode of Reality Cast, an examination of why birth control is good for long-term economic prosperity. More on the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court, and the ACLU sues the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for preventing miscarrying women from getting help.

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The Politics of Fat and Emergency Contraceptives

Once again, politics have trumped science, and it’s women and girls who pay the price.

It was reported recently that French drug manufacturer HRA Pharma had found that the emergency contraceptive Norlevo, which has a similar chemical makeup to Plan B One-Step, is ineffective for women over 176 pounds. Here’s why I was not surprised.

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Condoms in Schools: A Smart Move, But a Tough Sell

Despite good research, myths about condoms leading to higher rates of sexual activity persist.

A local television station asked San Antonio parents how they felt about the American Academy of Pediactrics’ new suggestion that schools make condoms available to students. The results suggest that despite good research, myths about condoms leading to higher rates of sexual activity persist.

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Plan B and Fat-Shaming: How to Avoid Unnecessarily Judgmental Reporting on Weight

The recent news about emergency contraception's efficacy in women who weigh over 176 pounds shows how badly the media can screw up stories about weight and health.

The recent news about emergency contraception’s efficacy in women who weigh over 176 pounds shows how badly the media can screw up stories about weight and health. Here are some tips for writing about this issue in a way that is less shaming and more accurate.

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