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Afternoon Roundup: Wall Street Journal FAIL

The Wall Street Journal FAIL on federal funding for abortion; planned homebirth and ACOG; Kansas’ new abortion reporting bureacracy; and expanding family planning for more Americans is (surprise!) a tremendous benefit to women’s health.

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Repro Rights Afternoon Style: Protesting the Death of a Pregnant Prisoner, Planned Parenthood Sues Alaska

Where are the pro-life forces when a pregnant inmate dies from lack of reproductive health care in jail and how can we prevent this from happening to other women? Planned Parenthood sues the state of Alaska, and it seems that physicians are giving women seeking birth control unnecessary pelvic exams…

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Time Magazine On Birth, C-Sections and the Rise of Labor Induction

The evidence continues to point to the negative impacts of unnecessary medical intervention during childbirth. Studies confirm that not only does labor induction lead to increased c-section rates but that the rate of induction is growing, to the detriment of the health of mothers and babies, as well.

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ACOG Says Yes to VBACs

Good news from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) yesterday. The group issued updated guidelines on vaginal birth after cesareans (VBACs), hopefully paving the way for more women to choose vaginal birth, after a previous c-section.

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To Induce or Not To Induce – Is That The Question?

A new study finds that induction of labor is on the rise in the United States but that evidence does not support the many reasons providers give for using various methods. What should pregnant and laboring women believe?

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Leavitt Misrepresents to Justify Proposed Regulation

The American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has clearly stated that certification is not at issue if a provider refuses to perform or refer for abortion. But HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt continues to cite this certification as justification for his new regulations.

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