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Talking Turkey: Eight Easy Steps for Discussing Reproductive Health and Justice at the Holiday Table

The holidays are upon us! Going home or getting together with relatives for the holidays is always a stressful time, but if your family members are the type who regularly protest outside the local Planned Parenthood, you know that this holiday is going to be a doozy.  Read on, and bring some diplomacy and understanding to the table along with that pumpkin pie.

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Inter-country Adoption: Steep Declines in International Adoptions by U.S. Parents Reflect Mixed Record

For many committed to intercountry adoption, it is unfortunate that since the year 2004 the practice has declined more than 50%. An important question is: what is happening? The answer is complex. To begin with, the unfortunate reality is that intercountry adoption has a mixed history. 

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Accepting That Teens Have Sex

 The Herman Cain scandal gets bigger, and the HPV vaccine is proving less controversial for boys. Also, Amy Schalet explains how the best way to keep teens healthy is to accept that they have sex.

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More Trick Than Treat: House GOP Threatens UNICEF, World’s Children

A provision tucked into the United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act of 2011 would effectively end all American contributions to UNICEF. 

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Weekdays with Charlie: Countless Moments to Teach Her About Sex and So Much Else

Highlights from recent conversations with my five-year-old which show how many natural opportunities I have to shape what she knows and her opinions of the world.  

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Girls, Not Brides.

In honor of African women forced into marriage, the current extreme hardships that women in Africa face (particularly with regards to female sexuality), and the incompetence of some American politicians so great that they try to mimic such horrific traditions as that shown in this video as much as possible.

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Get Real: How Do I Tell My Mom I Might Be Pregnant?

How can a young person tell a parent about a possible pregnancy, and why might the possibility of that conversation be a good indicator a talk with a parent is needed anyway?

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Awkward First Date Questions: Who’s Your Daddy?

Thanks to growing sperm donations, you’re way more likely to date a sibling.

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Surrogacy and Baby-Selling in a Globalizing World: What’s Next?

A well-known surrogacy attorney in California used her networks and well-financed practice to dupe families into paying over $100,000 for a child based on a fraudulent scenario. Basically, those looking to secure a child were told that a surrogacy arrangement had fallen apart—the intended parents backing out of the arrangement. This was false and a story constructed for fraud.

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Being Counted: New Census Data on Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Census Bureau has been releasing data since June that shows how many same-sex couples there are and where they living. 

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