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Why Access Remains the Biggest Obstacle to Use of Contraception

New statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics indicate that the popularity of highly effective, long-acting forms of contraception is growing rapidly. Society is becoming more easy with contraception, and access needs to catch up.

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Denying Access to Contraception: What If Interfering With Women’s Lives Is The Point?

A new Guttmacher Institute study shows that women use contraception to achieve economic and life goals, which runs up against conservatives who want to make this all about sex. But what if derailing women’s goals is the entire point?

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State Legislative Trends in Reproductive Health Law and Policy: Mid-Year 2012 Analysis

In the first half of 2012, states enacted 95 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights. As was the case in 2011, issues related to abortion, family planning funding and sex education once again were significant flashpoints in many legislatures .

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Majority of Women of Reproductive Age Live in States Hostile to Abortion Rights

A new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute examines state laws related to abortion rights and find that 55 percent of women of reproductive age live in states that are hostile to abortion rights. 

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Study Linking Abortion and Mental Health Issues Debunked

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Researchers concluded that a study that claimed abortion causes mental health issues had “fundamental analytical errors.”

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More Good News About Teens: Adolescent Pregnancy Rates at the Lowest Level in 40 Years

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Data released today show that the teen pregnancy rate is down 42 percent from its 1990 high with rates declining among all racial and ethnic and age groups. Researchers credit young people—and their effective contraceptive use—with these declines. 

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In Latin America and the Caribbean, Unmet Need for Contraception and Unsafe Abortion Are Widespread

January 22nd marked the 39th anniversary of one of the most significant legal decisions of the 20th century, Roe v. Wade. This landmark ruling from the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion and changed the course of history for women in this country. Yet women in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to struggle for this basic reproductive right.

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Teen Contraceptive Use Goes Up and Birth Rates Come Down

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The teen birth rate dropped by 9 percent and this good news is almost exclusively due to teens changing their contraceptive habits for the better.

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New Data on Global Abortion Trends: Implications for U.S. Policy

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute highlights the urgency for increasing U.S. international family planning assistance and for the US to help mitigate the impact of unsafe abortion.

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To Have A Child or Not? Sometimes It’s All About the Economy Finds Guttmacher Institute

A new Guttmacher report details the many ways in which women’s child-bearing and family planning decisions are affected by the recession.

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