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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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Contraception Challenges Dismissed in Nashville, Pittsburgh

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Two more lawsuits challenging the contraception mandate were dismissed by federal judges with over 30 left on the docket.

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DesJarlais Wins Election But May Be Forced to Step Down

Scott DesJarlais. Photo: Pinterest.

Good thing he kept most of that under wraps prior to election day.

 

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Yet Another Lawsuit Contests the Birth Control Benefit

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A lawsuit in Tennessee becomes the latest to challenge the contraception mandate in Obamacare.

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In Tennessee, Is Support for Obamacare Worse Than Pressuring Your Mistress Into an Abortion?

Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais. Photo: Roll Call.

In a battle over who better represents “Tennessee values,” two congressional candidates are dueling it out on some rather uneven ground.

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Anti-Choice Tennessee Rep. Accused of Pressuring Woman For Abortion Now Says She Was Never Pregnant

Self-proclaimed "pro-life" Rep. Scott DesJarlais. Photo: Erik Schelzig/AP via USA Today.

Do anti-choice politicians really want to end abortion? Or just be in charge of deciding case by case when it is allowed?

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Sexual Health Roundup: Study Finds Gardasil is Safe, New Jersey Lawmaker Seeks Ban on Reparative Therapy

A new study has found that the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is safe. A New Jersey lawmaker wants to ban reparative therapy for minors. And Memphis schools respond to Tennessee’s new sex-ed law.

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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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TRAP Takes Down Another Clinic, This Time In Tennessee

TRAP laws continue to make abortion less accessible around the country. Debra Sweet / Creative Commons

The “supply side” restrictions are doing the trick, as another clinic closes due to onerous and unneeded TRAP legislation.

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Weekly Roundup: News on Tennessee’s “Gateway” Law, Parental Consent for HPV Vaccines, and Olympic Sex

In this week’s sexual health roundup: there is new information on the origin of Tennessee’s law that prevents schools from promoting “gateway” behaviors to sex at the same time that anecdotal information suggests teachers are censoring themselves because of it; a new poll shows that adults see the HPV vaccine differently than other STI treatment and prevention efforts and do not want to see parental consent for the vaccine waived; and a new tell-all book suggests that the Olympic village is a hotbed of sex, booze, and drugs.

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