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The Work Behind ‘Roe v. Wade’ Continues

We must do more than ensure the right to reproductive health care is legal. We must ensure it’s available and accessible in every way.

We must do more than ensure the right to reproductive health care is legal. We must ensure it’s available and accessible in every way.

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More Abortion Restrictions Were Enacted From 2011 to 2013 Than in the Entire Previous Decade

Twenty-two states enacted 70 abortion restrictions during 2013. This makes 2013 second only to 2011 in the number of new abortion restrictions enacted in a single year.

In 2013, 39 states enacted 141 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. Half of these new provisions, 70 in 22 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.

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Study Reveals Dramatic Rise in Share of Women Accessing Contraception Without a Co-Pay

Lawsuits by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood challenge the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act, which says that certain preventive health-care services like contraception must be covered without copay or cost sharing.

A new study finds that the Affordable Care Act is responsible for a dramatic rise in the share of privately insured women in the United States who have gained access to contraception without a co-pay.

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This Week in Sex: Magical Thinking About Pregnancy, Home Herpes Testing, and Mr. Balls

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This week, a new study finds many young women who experienced an unintended pregnancy thought it couldn’t happen to them, a home STD test might provide false reassurance, and Mr. Balls reminds us about testicular cancer.

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State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront

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Unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion, this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright.

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Teen Birth Rates Hit Historic Lows; More Access to Contraceptives Credited

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Teen birth rates fell to an historic low in 2011 thanks, in part, to new policies that make it easier for teens to access contraception. 

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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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