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How to Talk to Your Friends About Birth Control: Lessons From the Pro-Vaccination Crowd

Contraceptive coverage is essential and needs to be protected.

Do you have a friend who wants to be on the pill but is afraid because of unscientific scare-mongering in the media? Here’s a guide, cribbed from vaccination advocates, on how to talk to people about the pill without turning them off or making them feel threatened.

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Sexual Health Roundup: Court Says Illinois Pharmacists Don’t Have to Distribute EC, Just as NYC Schools Stock Up on It

An appellate court this week ruled that Illinois cannot force pharmacies or pharmacists to sell EC. The New York City Department of Education, meanwhile, is offering it to students. And ACOG recommends IUDs and Implants for teens.

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New York Schools Provide Teens Access to Emergency Contraception

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Following FDA recommendations, a program in New York City has been providing teens access to emergency contraception in their schools’ health offices.

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Global Roundup: Curbing the Birth Control Controversy; Nigeria on the Brink?

Weekly global roundup: Male midwives on the rise in Cameroon; Melinda Gates says birth control is not controversial; Afghan women march for their rights; and Nigeria’s population grows as contraceptive use dwells near nil. 

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Morning Roundup: Smith Will Modify Rape Definition in Horrible Bill

Chris Smith will remove the word “forcible” from his bad anti-abortion bill, NRTL says Medicaid doesn’t pay for the abortions of unbattered rape victims anyway, will contraceptives become free preventative medicine, don’t try to read RH Reality Check on a ferry in Canada, and the Senate does not repeal the health care law.

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DeMint Calls No-Cost Birth Control Pricing Fix an “Earmark”

How can a technical fix in legislation that costs the federal government nothing be smeared as an “earmark?” When it will restore three million low-income and college women’s ability to access affordable birth control.

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Get Real! Did My Stepmother Lie to Me About My Right to Birth Control?

While parents have the right not to pay for your birth control, they do not have the right to keep you from obtaining it yourself or using it.

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Roundup: Anti-Choice Chambliss Wins in Georgia; Why South Dakotans Won’t Pass an Abortion Ban

Georgia Senate seat stays anti-choice; why hasn’t anti-choice South Dakota enacted an abortion ban?; ensuring birth control access for teens in Maine; a policy prescription to defuse the culture wars; speaking out about IVF.

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Tell Secretary Leavitt to Block New HHS Regulations on Contraception!

The Bush administration is proposing sweeping new restrictions on recipients of health-related federal funding. Click here to send a letter to Secretary Leavitt and
demand that these draft regulations never come to fruition. And read more about the new regulations here.

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