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FDA Should Act Quickly to Approve New Emergency Contraceptive

The FDA is considering approval of a new pregnancy prevention option.  Anti-choicers are, unsurprisingly, opposing approval of and expanded access to the method.

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Got Condoms? You Can Be Arrested in New York

Under New York State law, carrying condoms is admissible as evidence of prostitution in a legal case. This means practicing safer sex is one more thing that can lead a sex worker to get arrested.

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Crowdsourcing Condoms: Where They Are and Are Not

Condoms prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. But finding them in a store can require the tracking skills of a bloodhound. An investigative report by Wendy Norris on access to condoms in Colorado, including an interactive map.

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Love the Glove: Ten Great Reasons to Use Condoms You Might Not Have Heard Yet

At the present time, the United States now leads the world when it comes to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). And not in a Whoohoo, go USA!
kind of way.

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Get Real! How Well Will Condoms Really Work?

No one method is 100% effective in perfect or typical use over time. In typical use, condoms are around 85% effective, or present a 15% risk of pregnancy. But in perfect use, they’re about 98% effective, or present about a 2% risk of pregnancy.

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Michigan Lawmakers Reduce Support for Family Planning and Medicaid

Shortly before 2 p.m. the Michigan Senate approved the budget for the Michigan Department of Community Health. The vote was 20-17.

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Illinois Hotline Offers Recourse to Teens Facing Parental Notification Laws

A hotline set up by the ACLU in Illinois is intended to help teens in need exercise their due process rights to a judicial bypass option in case they need an abortion but do not want to notify their parents. These and other efforts seek to protect the rights of pregnant young women who cannot inform their parents of their pregnancy and abortion, often because of concern for their physical safety or abandonment, or because their parents are inaccessible. In such cases, a young woman seeking an abortion can bring her case to a judge, who in turn can permit the medical procedure without the required notification or consent.

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Get Real! Should I Have His Baby to Make Him Stay?

A baby isn’t a bargaining chip. Having a child with someone doesn’t increase your chances of having that person stick around. Having a baby with a guy means doesn’t mean you’ll cement him to you. Think twice…and again.

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Regional Groups Find Allies in New Places

While ultra-conservatives attempt to derail health reform with intellectually dishonest charges of taxpayer-funded abortion, state and local pro-choice advocates seek more centrist issues to attract allies to the greater cause.

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Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act = (Reproductive) Justice

The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is at the top of the sworn-in-today’s 111th Congress’ list. Ensuring wage equity for women is inextricably linked to women’s health.

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