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Life Begins At Conception. That’s Not the Point

The development of a potential human life requires conception as a first step. But that is not the same as either pregnancy or personhood. You can’t reduce complex reality to a slogan, and when you try to do so, you actually minimize the personhood of women.

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Hiding Pregnancies: Reproductive Freedom Is an Economic Issue

Marissa Mayer, center, at Tech Conference in San Fransisco. Photo: LA Times.

For anyone who claims that reproductive rights aren’t an economic issue, try getting a job at 20 weeks’ pregnant.

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New Paper Series Explores Reproductive Justice Issues, Including What Happens to Pregnant Women in Prison

The treatment of pregnant women in prison exposes problems with mass imprisonment in the United States.

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Disability, Prenatal Testing and the Case for a Moral, Compassionate Abortion

Having an abortion to prevent a child from being born with Down syndrome or another disability can be a positive moral choice. Okay, now let’s go on (assuming you’re not already plotting my demise).

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Going Nowhere Slow: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Few will ever hear of Amber Reeves, a pregnant truck driver who was fired after requesting accommodations in her work duties. She couldn’t perform her regular duties, so her employer terminated her. Unglamorous and unprotected by the law, pregnant women in labor-intensive jobs often find themselves in this kind of predicament.

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The MARIA Fund: Supporting Women’s Access to Abortion in Mexico

Five years after Mexico City decriminalized first-trimester abortion, the MARIA Fund helps women from other parts of Mexico to access safe abortion care. You can help them.

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Condoms Breaking? Ur (Probably) Doin’ It Wrong.

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Want to do your part to help prevent the spread of HIV this World AIDS Day?  One of the easiest ways we can all do that is to use condoms correctly and consistently, avoiding common mishaps which can result in rips or breaks.

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He Won’t Have Sex Anymore: How Can I Change His Mind?

Have a partner who wants to step away from sex with you or take a break? If you’re wondering what to do to change that, the only right answer is nothing at all. We need to always respect a person’s sexual limits and boundaries, whatever their gender.

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Hormonal Contraception and HIV: Weighing the Evidence and Balancing the Risks

An article in yesterday’s New York Times suggesting that injectable contraceptive use might double the risk of HIV transmission among women in Africa sent waves of anxiety through the global public health community, leading some to ask whether we should halt delivery of injectables. But experts say: “Not so fast.”

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Now is the Time to Stop Shackling Pregnant Women in California

The California Legislature unanimously passed a bill to protect pregnant women from shackling; last-minute lobbying puts this important bill at risk.

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