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California Cracks Down on Vaccine Exemptions

On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed one of the strictest mandatory vaccine bills in the country into law. The state will no longer allow parents to claim a religious or personal exemption.

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed one of the nation’s strictest mandatory vaccine bills. The state will no longer allow parents to claim a religious or personal exemption.

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Why Paid Paternal Leave Can Lead to Happier Families

Though studies have shown the benefits of letting working parents take paid time off to care for their children, the United States still does not guarantee paid maternal or paternal leave. CBS News talks to working parents about their struggles trying to find the time to take care of their children while also keeping their jobs.

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Report: Paid Leave for Dads Improves Family Life

A report released during the week of Father's Day finds that public policy and research often ignore men’s role in caregiving, and that paid parental leave is key to increasing gender equality worldwide.

A report released during the week of Father’s Day finds that public policy and research often ignore men’s role in caregiving, and that paid parental leave is key to increasing gender equality worldwide.

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Adoption Agencies in Michigan Can Now Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples in Michigan may have a harder time adopting children under new laws signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday that allow adoption agencies to deny anyone services based on the organization's "sincerely held" religious beliefs.

Same-sex couples in Michigan may have a harder time adopting children under new laws signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday that allow adoption agencies to deny anyone services based on the organization’s “sincerely held” religious beliefs.

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Study: Better Preparing Doctors Has No Effect on Parents’ Vaccination Decisions

An intervention designed to increase physicians' confidence in recommending vaccines and decrease parents' hesitancy seems to have failed to change anyone's mind.

An intervention designed to increase physicians’ confidence in recommending vaccines and decrease parents’ hesitancy seems to have failed to change anyone’s mind.

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Losing My Lege: Breastfeeding for ‘Pro-Life’ Republicans, But Not for Texas Teachers

Lois Kolkhorst, a Republican state senator from Brenham, says she "has a fundamental respect for human life, from conception until natural death." Yet just last week, she voted against a bill that would help teachers have break times and dedicated areas to pump breast milk to feed babies.

Lois Kolkhorst, a Republican state senator from Brenham, says she “has a fundamental respect for human life, from conception until natural death.” Yet just last week, she voted against a bill that would help teachers have break times and dedicated areas to pump breast milk to feed babies.

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Proof Vaccines Work: The Americas Have Eliminated Rubella

Public health officials credit the widespread vaccine program and targeted campaigns to vaccinate adolescents and adults in Latin America and the Caribbean with eliminating this disease, but distrust of vaccines have some worried about maintaining this progress.

Public health officials credit the widespread vaccine program and targeted campaigns to vaccinate adolescents and adults in Latin America and the Caribbean with eliminating this disease, but distrust of vaccines have some worried about maintaining this progress.

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Celebrating Young Motherhood During Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Mama’s Day, a Strong Families project, is a month-long celebration of mothers who are often overlooked and never represented in mainstream Mother’s Day narratives.

For many teenage mothers, May can be a challenging month to navigate.

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Honoring Young Mothers: ‘Let’s Fly Together’

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s time to celebrate all the young mothers who work to build strong families in their communities. Enjoy this music video of Emily McLean’s “You Are.” [via Strong Families]

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Stigma Around ‘Non-Traditional’ Families Won’t End With Assisted Reproductive Technology

New research suggests the use of skin cells and stem cells to create biological children for couples or individuals with difficulty conceiving may one day become a reality. The thing is, it's not only necessary to make this assisted reproductive technology accessible to all people seeking to parent, but to make sure all the ways we form families are affirmed too.

New research suggests the use of skin cells and stem cells to create biological children for couples or individuals with difficulty conceiving may one day become a reality. The thing is, it’s not only necessary to make this assisted reproductive technology accessible to all people seeking to parent, but to make sure all the ways we form families are affirmed too.

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