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Can Mississippi Curb Teen Pregnancy and Statutory Rape by Collecting Cord Blood?

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Mississippi has the highest rate of teen birth in the country, but instead of implementing proven prevention strategies—like good sex education and access to contraception—the governor has decided he will curb this epidemic by collecting umbilical cord blood and using the DNA as evidence of statutory rape.

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging Alabama TRAP Law

As is often the case with other efforts to make abortion care more difficult to access, the reasons offered in support of specific TRAP requirements—which are usually marketed under the guise of protecting women’s health—do not stand up to close scrutiny.

Legal representatives from the ACLU and Planned Parenthood filed suit to block an Alabama law designed to make abortion nearly impossible to access in the state.

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Legal Wrap: Another EC Win, and State Legal Challenges Add Up

The Obama administration agrees to comply with a court order on emergency contraception, while the legal challenges over state abortion restrictions get expensive.

The Obama administration agrees to comply with a court order on emergency contraception, while the legal challenges over state abortion restrictions get expensive.

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Sexual Health Roundup: Condoms as Evidence, Lies About Sexual History, and Sex Toys at Elite Schools

The Brooklyn DA told cops to stop collecting condoms as evidence of prostitution.

This week, the Brooklyn DA told cops to stop collecting condoms as evidence of prostitution, studies found that college kids lie about their sexual behavior and students at elite British schools buy a lot of sex toys, and the U.S. cities that have the most same-sex couples raising kids may surprise you.

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Mississippi Governor Signs Involuntary Cord Blood Collection Bill to ‘Protect’ Teens

Mississippi hasn't had much red meat to offer anti-choice activists this year when it comes to legislative victories, so the governor is taking his wins where he can.

Mississippi hasn’t had much red meat to offer anti-choice activists this year when it comes to legislative victories, so the Republican governor is taking his wins where he can.

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Anti-Abortion Laws Are Crimes Against Women

We know that reproductive rights are human rights, so clearly abortion laws are crimes against women.

We have come a long way toward declaring certain inalienable human rights, but too often issues that disproportionately affect women are left out.

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Criminalized Pregnancies: When One Woman’s Suicide Attempt Becomes Murder

What is most puzzling, however, was why, once it became clear that Shuai was indeed trying to end her own life and that the death of Angel was not her intent, prosecutors refused to drop the charges.

An excerpt from Crow After Roe, the new book by RH Reality Check Senior Political Reporter Robin Marty and Senior Legal Analyst Jessica Mason Pieklo.

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Bryant Signs Medication Abortion Restriction, ‘Personhood’ Petition Sees Pushback

Reproductive rights advocates, led by the Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund of North Carolina, spent all day at the “veto vigil” to remind the governor of his campaign promise not to sign anti-choice restrictions into law.

Mississippi politicians aren’t sitting still while they wait for the state’s only abortion clinic to close. Instead, they’re preemptively restricting abortion and even birth control access.

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Legal Wrap: Big Wins in North Dakota and Mississippi; SCOTUS Against Human Rights

Reproductive rights advocates scored a couple of victories last week while the Supreme Court considers the impact of allowing patents on human genetic material.

Reproductive rights advocates scored a couple of victories last week while the Supreme Court considers the impact of allowing patents on human genetic material.

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Federal Court Blocks Mississippi Admitting Privileges Law

In a harshly worded opinion, a federal judge ruled Friday that the state’s admitting privileges law is likely unconstitutional.

A federal court finds that the state of Mississippi can’t enforce the provision of its TRAP law that mandates all doctors performing abortions have hospital admitting privileges.

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