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Which State Will Be “Most Protective” In 2013?

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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the “most protective” state of all?

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State-Level 2012 Retrospective: Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever

Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.

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Death in Ireland is a Wake Up Call to Fight Bans on Later Abortion Here at Home

Recent press about the death of Savita Halappanavar, admitted to a hospital in Ireland with medical complications in a 17 week pregnancy, is a grim reminder about the impact of abortion restrictions on women’s lives.

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Lessons from Katrina: How Natural Disasters Affect Women’s Safety and Economic Status

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Natural disasters tend to make low income and poor people—the majority of whom are women—even more vulnerable to physical assault as well as to greater economic challenges in the years that follow.

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Child Care Increasingly Expensive, Even as Public Assistance for Low-Income Families Declines

If we still need more evidence that reproductive freedom is an economic issue, the challenge of affording child care is ripe for discussion.

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School-Based STD Screenings: One Way for Youth to Take Charge of their Sexual Health

How can we encourage youth to take control of their sexual health?  Here’s one example: school-based STD screening.

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Forced Pregnancy Testing: Blatant Discrimination and a Gross Violation of Human Rights

Forced pregnancy testing in schools is a gross violation of young women’s fundamental human rights. It is a shock to see a practice I’ve come to associate with schools in the developing world being replicated in the United States.

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TRAP Laws and Intimidation Has Its Intended Effects On Clinics

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Politicians claim they “didn’t intend” to shut down a clinic with their new law, as activists harass another doctor until she quits.

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The Lesson of Delhi Charter School: It’s Time to Truly Support Pregnant and Parenting Teens

This week all eyes turned to the Delhi Charter School, which rescinded a policy that grossly discriminated against female students. This situation underscores how ineffective we are at supporting pregnant and parenting teens.

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Delhi Charter School To Discontinue Practice of Forced Pregnancy Testing and Discrimination

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In the face of major backlash, the school has decided to reverse its discriminatory policy.

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