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Reproductive Health Remains a Contentious Topic in Colorado Senate Debate

Questioned by debate moderators, Rep. Cory Gardner falsely stated that federal "personhood" legislation is “simply a statement of belief,” and Sen. Mark Udall said he wouldn't ban later abortions.

Questioned by debate moderators, Rep. Cory Gardner falsely stated that federal “personhood” legislation is “simply a statement of belief,” and Sen. Mark Udall said he wouldn’t ban later abortions.

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Sen. Murray Introduces Legislation to Improve Emergency Contraception Education, Access

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Sen. Patty Murray has introduced a bill that would both educate the public about emergency contraception and make it available to more rape survivors who go to the emergency room.

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Buyer Beware: Can We Trust Cheap Plan B One-Step on Amazon.com?

Recently, social media lit up with the news that Amazon.com vendors are selling Plan B One-Step emergency contraception for as low as $16.90 plus shipping. We have to ask: How is it that possible?

Recently, social media lit up with the news that Amazon.com vendors are selling Plan B One-Step emergency contraception for as low as $16.90 plus shipping. We have to ask: How is that possible?

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Cost, Inequality, and Misinformation: Why Generic Emergency Contraception Is Still Inaccessible for Many

There are still barriers to EC access, especially for women and teens of color who disproportionately live in poor and segregated neighborhoods.

Though the FDA decision to permit generic EC pill manufacturers to sell their products over the counter represents a gain for those with the most access to resources, ultimately the decision reflects pharmaceutical manufacturing companies’ interests, rather than the lives of those most adversely affected by lack of access to EC.

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2014: The Year of the IUD?

Several developments could help make this the year of the intrauterine device.

Several developments could help make this the year of the intrauterine device: the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit, a new tool that could make insertion easier and less painful, a possible generic IUD arriving on the market, and more.

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New York Times Publishes Discredited Arguments About Emergency Contraception

The Times seems to have gone out of its way to publish a commentary that the paper's own reporting shows is absolutely false on all counts.

The Times seems to have gone out of its way to publish a commentary that the paper’s own reporting shows is absolutely false on all counts. This is irresponsible media at its worst.

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Plan C: The Safe Strategy for a Missed Period When You Don’t Want To Be Pregnant

A "plan C" exists, and it should be available to all women.

What is a woman to do if neither her plan A (birth control) nor her plan B (the morning-after pill) worked? Wouldn’t it be great if she had a plan C—a medicine similar to these other pills that would start her period and end her anxieties? Such a thing exists, and it should be available to all women.

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Judge Permanently Blocks Oklahoma Law Restricting Emergency Contraception

The law, which reinstated restrictions lifted by the Obama administration, violates the state's "single-subject" rule.

The law, which reinstated restrictions lifted by the Obama administration, violates the state’s “single-subject” rule.

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Mississippi, Virginia Bills Target Teen Sexuality

A bill in Mississippi would restrict teens' access to emergency contraception, while proposed legislation in Virginia forbids teens from having oral or anal sex.

A bill in Mississippi would restrict teens’ access to emergency contraception, while proposed legislation in Virginia forbids teens from having oral or anal sex.

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The Politics of Fat and Emergency Contraceptives

Once again, politics have trumped science, and it’s women and girls who pay the price.

It was reported recently that French drug manufacturer HRA Pharma had found that the emergency contraceptive Norlevo, which has a similar chemical makeup to Plan B One-Step, is ineffective for women over 176 pounds. Here’s why I was not surprised.

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