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The Politics of Birth Control

Pop Quiz: Match the country with its government’s birth control news:

1) In Country A, the president pledges to provide birth control to poor couples who want it.

2) In Country B, the legislature hedges on making any commitments to providing low-cost birth control to women who want it, in the face of loud opposition from Catholic Bishops.

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Roundup: Misinformed, Misunderstood and Misled – Why We Need Sex Education

A new study in Australia shows women don’t understand the morning after pill.  But the biggest problem is a lack of understanding in their own reproductive health.

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Roundup: Anti-Choice Bemoan ella Approval, Demand Useless Pregnancy Tests

A blatocyst is an embryo!  A pregnacy test is effective at 4 days except that no test is!  No wonder the anti-choice movement seems so confused.

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Seething Battle Continues Over Catholic Takeover of Hospitals in Denver

An ongoing battle over the takeover of Denver hospitals by Catholic institutions threatens total loss of hospital-based reproductive health care. A Federal Trade Commission ruling offers the last chance to separate health care from ideology.

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Bishops’ Letter on Egg-As-Person Initiative in Colorado Shrouded in Mystery

A claim that the Colorado Catholic bishops have blunted their opposition to the latest “egg-as-a-person” state ballot amendment is raising questions about its authenticity. And the people who could verify the mystery letter have clammed up.

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The Bishops’ “Dixi”-Land Ban

Public policy on sex, sexuality and reproduction in a pluralistic society must be based on evidence, science, justice, reason and civil discourse. So when the Catholic Bishops or others throw a political tantrum, we must never reward them.

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Whatever Happened to Separation Of Church and State?

Democratic leaders will be doing both the right thing, as well as the politically strategic one, if they keep religion out of public policy.

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“Morals” and “Faith” Far From Monolithic on Abortion, Stupak Amendment and Health Reform

A backlash is growing against recent effort by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to impose ultra-conservative Catholic ideology on U.S. public health policy and women’s rights as a growing number of faith leaders speak out.

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“This Is Only the First Salvo In the Bishops Campaign Against Women’s Health”

This is only the first salvo in the bishops’ campaign against women’s health. Just imagine for a moment what healthcare will look like when the bishops are finished.

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New Law Legalizes Abortion in Australia

Last month, new legislation in Australia’s southeastern State of Victoria decriminalized abortion up to 24 weeks. The legislation presents a good model that should be replicated not only in other Australian states but globally.

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