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Why Does the ACGME Want to Eliminate Contraceptive Training for Family Physicians?

Susan Allen, director of marketing and communications at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, told RH Reality Check that LB 1032 is unnecessary legislation because information about coercion is already provided for all patients considering abortion in Nebraska.

In a dismaying move, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has proposed changes to the guidelines for family medicine residency programs removing the requirement that residents learn to provide contraception.

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New York Post to NYC Teens: Give Birth!

(Clutch Magazine)

Just as New York City released new numbers showing that its multi-pronged attempt to reduce teen pregnancy rates seems to be working, the New York Post manufacturers a controversy over how much birth control schools are really distributing.

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Fortnight for Freedom – Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Religious freedom means that the government should not privilege the teachings of one religion over another or deny individual religious freedom. Individuals must have the right to accept or reject the principles of their own faith without legal restrictions.

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Citizens of Miami County, Kansas Launch Grassroots Effort to Restore Loss of Title X Funds

Concerned citizens of Miami County banded together to find a solution for the all male county commissions decision to strip low income women of that community of their access to low cost contraception. They independently raised $9,000 and presented one oversized check to the Miami County Commission.

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WI Senator Tells Women Who Can’t Afford Birth Control to Google “What If I Can’t Afford Birth Control?”

Teaparty Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told women to hop on the popular search engine in the event they were seeking birth control and could not afford it.  Well.. at least he didn’t tell them to Google “aspirin between the legs.”

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Unconscionable: The Religious Right’s Appeal to Institutional Conscience Is Hollow

The distinction between church and other institutions is a fair one. Churches are primarily for those of that particular faith. But universities and hospitals exist for a wider public. If they do not require their employees to practice their religious faith, they should not expect those employees to live their private lives by the standards of that faith.

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Transcending the Piecemeal Approach to Contraceptive Access

Advocates’ success in winning contraceptive access has often been hard fought on a state-by-state basis, with many challenges along the way. But in adotping the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations, the Obama Adminsitration can transcend this piecemeal approach by enacting comprehensive, nationwide reform.

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NYT: The Courts Stand Up for Access to Reproductive Health Care

In an editorial today, the New York Times discusses the vital role the courts have played in recent weeks in blocking viciously regressive laws seeking to deny women access to both self-determination and to basic reproductive health care.

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Refuting Powers: Many Obstacles To Contraceptive Access

Kirsten Powers lambasts Planned Parenthood on the assumption that birth control is easy to get. My recent experiences having access to the pill blocked demonstrate that even for privileged women, it most definitely isn’t.

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What? You’ve Run Out of the Pill? No IUDs either?

No more pills? No more IUDs? You must be kidding!

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