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This Week in Sex: New Research on Sperm and Egg Attraction, Viagra and Skin Cancer, and Facebook and Body Image

Scientists discover how sperm and egg latch on to each other.

This week, we look at several pieces of new research: scientists discovered how sperm and egg latch on to each other, a study suggests that Viagra may cause melanoma, and researchers question whether Facebook makes women feel fat.

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If You’re Trying to Get Pregnant, Should You Pass on Lube?

A study released this week adds to a growing body of laboratory evidence that many lubricants reduce the motility of sperm. The issue of whether couples should use lube if they’re trying to get pregnant, however, is not entirely settled.

A study released this week adds to a growing body of laboratory evidence that many lubricants reduce the motility of sperm. The issue of whether couples should use lube if they’re trying to get pregnant, however, is not entirely settled.

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Promote the Personhood of Fertilized Eggs! Win $5,000 Cash!

If the fertilized egg as person movement wasn’t already showing signs of jumping the shark, now they are bribing people into supporting them.

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Life Begins At Conception. That’s Not the Point

The development of a potential human life requires conception as a first step. But that is not the same as either pregnancy or personhood. You can’t reduce complex reality to a slogan, and when you try to do so, you actually minimize the personhood of women.

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Rep. Steve King: All Life Is Sacred…Except for The Woman’s Life That Is

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) discusses why he confronts elementary, middle and high school students with the question: Where do you stand on the issue of abortion?

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Afternoon Roundup: Pushing the Child Marriage Act, Free Birth Control in Colombia, Colorado’s First Gay/Latina Justice!

Congress has the chance to pass historic legislation preventing child marrriage globally; web hosting company GoDaddy.com donates a whopping $500,000 to an HIV/AIDS prevention center for women; the Philippine parliament sells out poor citizens’ reproductive health access; Colorado swears in its first openly gay, Latina Supreme Court Justice.

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Study Finds Gaps in Pregnancy Counseling for HIV-Positive Women

More than half of HIV-positive women who wish to have children have not received adequate pregnancy counseling from their health care providers, according to a study published in the May 20 issue of AIDS Patient Care and STDs.

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Do Diploid Dave and Zelinda Zygote Get Equal Protection?

The current language of the Constitution extends full protection only to “persons born or naturalized” here, stating additionally that “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” As Supreme Court Justice Scalia has said: “I think when the Constitution says that persons are entitled to equal protection of the laws, I think it clearly means walking-around persons. You don’t count pregnant women twice.”

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Thanks, Joe Biden: Abortion Is A Personal Decision

Interviewed on Meet the Press, Joe Biden was clear about his support for policies that ensure abortion access for women in this country. But why are we asking presidential candidates when life begins?

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“Egg-as-Person” Backers Call Out Conservative Wimps

Proponents of Colorado’s “egg as a person” initiative have just one month left to submit petitions to the Colorado secretary of state to certify the measure for the Nov. 4 ballot. Now, in the frenzy of the signature-gathering push the campaign is taking a decidedly more aggressive tone — toward its own.

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