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United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Fails to Uphold Women’s Human Rights

This year marked the first time in history that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women did not produced Agreed Conclusions. The most contentious issues, not surprisingly, were related to  women’s access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.

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WI Senator Says Unplanned Pregnancies Are The ‘Woman’s Choice’

State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

Radio host, Rush Limbaugh, seems to be monopolizing the ire of women these days now that less well-known misogynists are operating under the radar. Wisconsin Republican state Senator, Glenn Grothman, for example.

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Health Has No Borders

This video was made by Planned Parenthood; it is narrated by Connie Britton). Visit  http://www.ppaction.org/noborders to sign the petition!

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Responds to Questions on International Family Planning

In a hearing on the FY 2013 budget, Senate Frank Lautenberg asks Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the importance of international family planning.

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Unintended Pregnancy Rates Linked to Proportion of Women Uninsured or on Medicaid

A new analysis from researchers at the Guttmacher Institute found that states’ unintended pregnancy rates are related to the proportion of women in the state who are uninsured and receiving Medicaid.

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Maryland Law Expanding Medicaid Access to Women’s Health Services Takes Effect

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Maryland’s Family Planning Works Act, which makes Medicaid-funded birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer screenings, and other essential services accessible to an additional 33,000  low- and moderate-income women in the states, went into effect today.

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Sex Sells Family Planning and Safer Sex: Why Aren’t We Using It?

Use of erotic imagery to promote family planning (as opposed to HIV prevention) has been less the norm but this need not be the case.

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The Message of Mississippi: Women are Not Full Human Beings

I wonder if you can imagine what it feels like to be told, again and again, what it means to be a girl. You’re not really a full human being: you’re a sexualized baby-making organism who, once we are post-menopausal and no longer attractive, there really is no use for.

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A Woman with a Plan: The Real Story of Margaret Sanger

Her opponents have smeared her as a racist and classist, but Sanger devoted her life to fighting for equal access to reproductive choice.

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The World at Seven Billion: A Global Milestone That Reflects the Needs of Seven Billion Individuals

After three children, Filipino mother Gina Judilla tried to induce abortion, but failed. She can't get birth control. (IHT)

Reaching seven billion people on planet Earth has prompted renewed debates about the balance between population size and consumption of natural resources, about age structure and political stability, and about the consequences of rapid population growth rates for poor countries’ ability to develop economically. To a large extent, however, these macro-level dilemmas reflect a micro-level problem about which there is a universal consensus and where the solution is relatively straightforward.

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