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Sex Shaming and the Rhythm Method

The CDC has found that the share of teenage girls who use the rhythm method as birth control (at least some of the time) jumped from 11 percent in 2002 to 17 percent in 2008. 

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Brazilian Law Seeks to Establish “Extensive Rights” For Fertilized Eggs, Including “Child Support”

A measure under consideration in Brazil would give the rights of fertilized ovum “absolute priority” over women’s rights under Brazilian law and would include “child support.” Human Rights Watch has called on Brazil’s Congress to protect women’s dignity and human rights by rejecting the legislation.

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Of The Catholic Church, Censorship and High-School Sex

What, if any, responsibility does the Catholic Church have to adapt to the realities of a contemporary society when it comes to sex-ed and contraception, especially when the health and potentially life of students are at risk?

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We All Love Babies. Not Everyone Loves the Women Who Bear Them.

Anti-choicers rely on two truisms–everyone loves babies but not everyone loves women–to erase public understanding of the intimate connection between reproductive freedom for women and the well-being of wanted children.

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Anti-Choice Woman-Hating Goes Mainstream

In some extremist anti-choice circles, full-throated woman-hating never went away.  But among other “mainstream” anti-choice groups, latent mysogyny is now out in the open.

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Weekly Pulse: Nun Excommunicated for Approving Lifesaving Abortion

A nun in Arizona is excommunicated for approving a life-saving abortion, shedding light on a national basttle over access to reproductive health care in Catholic hospitals.

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Catholic Church Fights Connecticut Law Repealing Statute of Limitations on Child Sexual Abuse

Roman Catholic Bishops in Connecticut are fighting a bill aimed at rescinding the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse. Yep.  You read that right.

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Georgetown Boasts Diversity, Silences Opposing Views

Plan A: Hoyas for Reproductive Justice is an activist group at Georgetown University that challenges the lack of reproductive health services provided by the university. 

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Roundup: Two Big Retirements In One Day, Justice Stevens and Bart Stupak

The big news today is the two announced retirees, Bart Stupak and Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

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Media Takes Gloves Off For Clergy Abuse Scandal

Coverage of the most recent in a series of church child-abuse scandals may indicate the gradual beginning of a shift, a willingness for media interrogation not just of religious figures, but of outdated religious ideas.

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