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Reproductive and Sexual Health in the States: Two Steps Forward, Several Steps Back

By the end of March, 825 measures had been introduced in the 44 legislatures that have convened so far in 2010.

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Roundup: Insurance Lobby Wins Some, But Military Women Can Win Too

In the field of reproductive rights, you win some, and women lose some. Plus sometimes it seems for every step forward women make, someone wants to start you back at the beginning.

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Iowa Governor, State Reps React to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

In his first press conference since the Iowa Supreme Court voided the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Gov. Chet Culver stated voters will ultimately decide the issue.

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Miscarriage is Not a Pro-Life Issue

A chemical that’s damaging to reproductive health is everyone’s concern.

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In Election ’08, “Pro-Life” Not Enough for Iowa GOP

In Iowa, social conservatism — especially as it pertains to issues of reproductive health and abortion — seemed to carry less sway than in elections past.

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Abortion? It’s All About the Economy for Many Iowa Voters

In nearly any other election in recent memory, the accusation that a Republican candidate in Iowa not only supported abortion but had participated in one would have been big news — if not a political kiss of death. Not this year.

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Iowa Has Record Number of HIV Diagnoses

The number of Iowans diagnosed with HIV infection last year rose to its highest level since reporting began in 1998.

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Family Planning Funds Nixed by Iowa House

Iowa Right to Life wanted to prevent clinics that provide abortion services from receiving family planning funding for low-income women in the state. Now the funding has been cut altogether.

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Mandatory HPV Vaccine Moves Forward in Iowa

Only two steps remain in Iowa’s legislative quest to require insurance companies to provide coverage of vaccinations for the human papillomavirus, the major cause of cervical cancer.

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Iowa Reconsidering Abstinence-Only Funding

At a state policy briefing on Thursday morning, Iowa legislators were asked to end federally funded abstinence-only sex education in the state. The move would make Iowa the seventeenth state to reject Title V abstinence-only funding.

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