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Eight Is Not Enough? The Big Families We Love to Hate

After a brief moment of “miracle news” coverage when the successful delivery of the California octuplets was first announced, criticism of the mother and her doctors began to mount from across the ideological spectrum.

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The Adoption Consensus?

When emotions get heated among those who disagree on abortion rights, it can be easy to settle the conversation by calling on adoption as a “compromise.” Is treating adoption as a solution to abortion the best way to craft sensible adoption policy?

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No “Safe Haven” in New Nebraska Law

“Safe haven” laws don’t do much to reduce the rates of infanticide, but they do give anti-choicers cover for their argument that forcing women to give birth against their will is no big deal.

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Home Economics: Planning for Parenting

Ready to raise a family? Parents and parents-to-be are facing a brutal economic moment and longstanding workplace and government policies that don’t support them in building their families. What solutions do our presidential candidates offer?

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First IVF Baby Turns 30

As a women’s health community, we must grapple with the ethical, moral, legal and financial impacts of IVF before others tell us what’s best for our bodies and our children.

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Obama’s Late Term Abortion Comments Ignore Stark Realities

If Obama knew my story, or the story of any woman who has sought a late term abortion, he wouldn’t make such careless comments on the legality of exceptions to abortion bans.

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When Motherhood Can Do What Rehab Can’t

The view that motherhood is a woman-taming tool isn’t limited to religious fanatics – witness the tabloid fascination with Nicole Richie’s (presumably) unplanned stumble into parenting.

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Adoption Institute Proposes New Parameters for Transracial Adoption

Current federal law mandates a “color blind” approach to white families seeking to adopt African-American children — but new recommendations released Tuesday by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute suggest a different approach.

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Taking ‘Baby Mothers’ For Granted

Because we live in societies that conceive of motherhood as “natural,” policymakers haven’t created adequate support systems for our diverse needs.

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Surrogacy Bill Passes Minnesota Legislature

A bill to set the ground rules for contracts between gestational carriers and intended parents passed the Minnesota House last Monday, but only after issues such as abortion and gay adoption made their way into the debate.

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