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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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Get Real: How Do I Tell My Mom I Might Be Pregnant?

How can a young person tell a parent about a possible pregnancy, and why might the possibility of that conversation be a good indicator a talk with a parent is needed anyway?

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Texas To Seek Universal Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Screening: Will It Be Used to Further Shame Women?

State health officials in Texas say asking women a few questions can dramatically decrease their alcohol use during pregnancy.

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How Long Must Californians Wait to Safeguard Pregnant Women’s Rights in Prison?

For the second session in a row, the California Legislature has unanimously passed a bill to prohibit the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women. Will the Governor sign it into law?

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Get Real! She Won’t Stop Pressuring Me for Sex and Babies

If and when we want to have sex in such a way where we only think of our own wants and needs, we can always have that easily with masturbation. But once more than one person is involved in sex, more than one person needs to be seen, heard and considered.

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Women’s Health Care Is About More Than Keeping Women Alive

Anti-choicers have taken to claiming that women shouldn’t have contraception, because “pregnancy isn’t a disease”. This makes as much sense as saying women shouldn’t have access to exercise, because being out of shape isn’t a disease. 

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Abortion, Let’s NOT Leave Religion Out of It!

Over and over and over again people tell me to leave religion out of the debate over abortion. “Many Christians believe in the right to abortion, at least in cases of rape or incest,” I am often told, “So, why alienate them by bringing up religion?”

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Bodily Autonomy, Abortion and Orange Drink: Or, What I Learned In Youth Group

I spent my formative years believing my body, my life and my choices were not my own, but a kind of joint property between myself, God, my parents and my church friends and family. As such, my body and my behavior was up for discussion and judgment. Is it any wonder then, that I’m afraid, as a single woman, to be pregnant?

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Too Close for Comfort: Baby Torn from Mother Grieving for 15-Year-Old Son

The infant daughter of a 37-year-old rape and torture victim living under asylum in the United Kingdom is taken from her. Why? She was deemed unstable because she was grieving the death of her 15-year-old son.

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