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Rewriting Science Fiction: Politics Out of Plan B

The FDA, under Dr. Margaret Hamburg’s leadership, should take a fresh look at the agency’s over-the-counter policy on Plan B to ensure that the policy is based on medical evidence, not ideology. Update 3/24/09: Court rules in favor of evidence!

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Court Rules on Emergency Contraception or Long Reign of Un-Science, Un-Reason Is Over

The United States District Court ruled on the FDA’s emergency contraception decision – in favor of reason and science over ideology and politics.

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Taking Politics Out of Plan B

I have long mourned the death of science in the emergency contraception debate.

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Not Just A Cosmetic Problem

The effect that toxic chemicals in makeup have on their youngest buyers – teens who may be less discriminating about the products they use – is particularly worrisome.

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Roundup: Octuplets’ Birth Put IVF in the Spotlight

Birth of octuplets puts IVF in the spotlight; FDA forces Bayer to run corrective commercials about Yaz; Missouri House adopts resolution opposing FOCA; significant percentage of Obama voters identify as anti-choice, University of Arizona study finds.

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Roundup: Vatican Issues Statement on Bioethics; FDA Panel Votes in Support of Female Condom

Vatican issues “sweeping” statement on bioethical issues; FDA advisors support approval of female condom; Ross Douthat misses the point of the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood; Afghans want larger families, can’t afford them.

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Roundup: FDA Considers Approval of Female Condom; Richard Cizik Outspoken on Civil Unions, Abortion

FDA considers approval of second-generation female condom; midwives critical for maternal care in Afghanistan; is Richard Cizik trying to get fired?; American Life League’s Judie Brown compares Wendy Norris to Barack Obama!

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Urge FDA to Approve Female Condom!

This week the FDA will decide whether to recommend approval of the second generation female condom. You can sign on to a letter in support of approval.

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The Future of Sexual and Reproductive Health

A new administration, a new agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates. What’s new? What’s changed? What are we still fighting for after all these years and how can a new leader make the greatest impact on women’s health and lives globally?

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Is the HPV Vaccine Safe? What About the Media Reports?

In what seems to be more like tabloid style reportage than journalism one might expect from CNN, a report on Gardasil uses fear-mongering to tell a story of half-truths and incomplete facts.

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