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Birth Control and Health Care Reform: Don’t Base Access to Contraception on a Wing and a Prayer

My personal life experience and my work as a pastor show that an unplanned pregnancy can quickly complicate the life of a woman and her loved ones. It’s only right to make contraception available under health reform to all who desire to use it.

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Federal Judge Grants Temporary Injunction Against Indiana Law De-funding Planned Parenthood

In an important victory for women in Indiana and elsewhere, a federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of an Indiana law barring Planned Parenthood Indiana from participating in the state’s Medicaid program.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who Is the Most Anti-Choice Misogynist of All?

Picture created by Fiona Carmody.

With the 2012 presidential election cycle kicking into gear, GOP hopefuls are already bickering about who deserves the mantle of “Most Anti-Choice.”

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Cutting Family Planning Funding Makes No Sense

Whether we’re talking about health care, budgets or the economy, cutting publicly-funded family planning programs makes no sense. 

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Reproductive Freedom is My Fight, Too, and I’m Taking it to the Voting Booth

Maria Peeples

The overwhelming majority of my generation rejects the Republican agenda. Four in five of us support expanded access to birth control for women who can’t afford it, and a solid two-thirds of us support LGBT marriage equality and the availability of abortion care, according to a new national poll of the millennial generation by the Public Religion Research Institute.  I am taking that to the polls in 2012.

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Archbishop of New York Compares Marriage Equality Law to China’s One-Child Policy and Other “Communiques”

I am always struck by how those who seek and work actively to limit the rights and freedoms of groups of people based on race, class, sex, gender or sexual orientation somehow always see themselves as the victims. 

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New Public Opinion Research on Abortion Suggests Fresh Approaches for Advocates

There  are so many surveys about abortion that it’s practically a cottage  industry, but the newest – by The Public Religion Research Institute of  Washington, DC – suggests intriguing and fresh approaches that can help  advocates make a more compelling case.

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Another Planet: Abortion in Norway

Norway, where abortion is not politicized, has a better record than the United States with respect to teenage pregnancies and births, but also has a lower abortion rate—a reflection, among other things, of Norwegians’ better access to contraception, its comprehensive sex education policies, and its generally more mature attitude toward human sexuality.

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Almost Fifty Years After Griswold, We’re Still Fighting for Access to Contraception

Estelle Griswold, left, of New Haven, Connecticut, reading a newspaper account of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in her case.

Nearly 50 years after the landmark 1965 Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized family planning and the right to individual privacy in family planning decisions, women in the United States are battling to maintain their right to access birth control.

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“The Pill Kills” Protesters Unwittingly Help Hundreds of North Texans Get Contraception

A Catholic group claims contraceptives kill women, children and marriage, despite scientific evidence to the contrary. Rather than refute preposterous claims, Planned Parenthood raised nearly $7,000 in response to protesters.

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