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Inter-American Court Approves Access to IVF in Costa Rica

In Vitro trial at the Inter-American Court of Human Rigts. Photo: Ticotimes.net.

Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a final ruling in favor of the right to access in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Costa Rica. This is a win for women and Catholics and a blow to the bishops and conservatives who want to deny individuals the right to decide whether and when to have children.

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The Skeptical OB, the New Battle of EC, and Christmas Sourpusses

Pressure on the White House to rethink the restrictions on Plan B intensifies. Right wing pundits celebrate Christmas by attacking women. Also, a doctor speaks out about the dangers of home birth. Editor’s note: This podcast contains an interview with Dr. Amy Tuteur, whose work and opinions on home birth are widely challenged.  The interview and contents of this podcast reflect the author and interviewee alone, and are  in no way meant to imply RH Reality Check‘s support of the views expressed.

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Hyperemesis is Serious Business, Whether You’re a Princess or a Pauper

Kate Middleton

Hyperemesis is no stroll in the palace park. Kate may be a princess, but she is also human. Women of every race, class, and income level face risks in pregnancy and put their bodies on the line every time they get pregnant. The only differences between the princess and the pauper are that one has proper food, nutrition, and care and the other has none.

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Judge Mandates Mentally-Disabled Nevada Woman Continue Her Pregnancy

A judge has ruled that the pregnant Nevada woman should continue her pregnancy as her legal guardians requested.

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Alarmist Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Trumping Efforts to Help Teen Parents Succeed

The latest CDC data about teen pregnancy rates on the decline gets much attention while the conditions that could be improved to help all parents succeed are ignored.

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Why Have Kids, British Midwives, and Anti-Contraception Nuttery

An online video puts every crappy anti-contraception argument in one place. “Call the Midwife” makes reproductive health care policy exciting, and Jessica Valenti asks why have kids.

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California Anti-Shackling Law Awaits Brown’s Signature

photo courtesy of jeaneeem via Flickr

The California legislature unanimously passed a bill banning the use of restraints on pregnant women. Will the governor sign it?

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If Every Congressman Had To Take This Test, Birth Control Would Be 100% Free For All Tomorrow

Via UpWorthy: “All Dr. Andrew Rochford wanted to find out whether women or men have higher pain thresholds. His method of testing? Personally undergoing simulated labor pains by attaching low-voltage electrodes to his abdominal muscles….Dudes, if you’re watching this, prepare to gain a whole new level of respect for the women in your lives.”

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Belly Up to the Bar: Pregnancy Tests, Vending Machines, and Access to Contraception

Women’s private and public spheres converged in the bathroom of a bar in Mankato, MN with the recent installation of a pregnancy test vending machine.

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A Transgender Father Challenges Breastfeeding Norms

Transgenderd father Trevor MacDonald and his son

Trevor MacDonald, a trans father in Canada who has breastfed his son for over a year, was rejected by La Leche League as a volunteer leader because of his gender identity.

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