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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

In 1968, Catholic Church doctrine forbade the use of contraception. Forty years later, the Church’s teachings are irrelevant at best to American Catholics, but outright dangerous for those living in the developing world.

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Congress Holds Hearings on Abstinence-Only

Senator Henry Waxman tomorrow convenes the first-ever Congressional hearings on abstinence-only education. Read an excerpt from Dr. John Santelli’s testimony.

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Shifting the Blame onto Victims

Latest reports by India’s National Crime Records Bureau found a seven-fold increase in rape cases between 1971 and 2006. But the agencies that should ensure safe environments for women make excuses for perpetrators and resort to moral policing rather than finding ways to make women safer.

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State Legislative Trends: Abortion Ban Travels Across Country

With the legislative year in full swing, clear trends in the states are emerging, largely in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court decision in Gonzalez v. Carhart.

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Managing the Muddle: Sex and PEPFAR

PEPFAR’s “anti-prostitution” pledge favors strategies that are penal in character over health-based interventions that reach out to educate sex workers.

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In Aftermath of Political Crisis, Kenya’s Gender Problem Clear

The ugly face of violence reared its head in Kenya after the presidential elections of December, and I now know that crisis was a window into the status of women’s rights in Kenya and the gaps in responding to sexual and gender-based violence in this country.

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Why TB Matters to Women’s Health

Tuberculosis has a major impact on women’s reproductive health and the health of their children, but there is little attention to women’s vulnerability in the current media blitz about a resurgent TB internationally, and in particular, in sub-Saharan Africa.

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PEPFAR Politics vs. Public Health

As expected, the House wrapped itself in a big red bi-partisan bow when discussing PEPFAR, and Rep. Steny Hoyer said the bill shouldn’t fall prey to “political sport.” Here’s hoping this weekend’s Final Four is more competitive than the PEPFAR reauthorization ever was.

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Obama: Not Invited to My Baby Shower

Michael Gerson says Barack Obama doesn’t have a “welcoming attitude to new life.” What exactly kicks Obama off your baby shower guest list?

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Dude, Where Are My Reproductive Rights?

Dudely subculture — the smart-funny-cool-ironic hybrid that defines our age and has raised effective challenges to everything from Iraq war to the surveillance state — has been too silent when it comes to the rights of women that have been so viciously been eroded in the past eight years.

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