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(VIDEO) Cecile Richards on Today’s House Vote Defunding Planned Parenthood: “We Need You Today, Tomorrow and the Next Day..”

Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Pence Amendment, eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards, President of PPFA, puts out a call for action.

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The Fact-Free Far Right: Laura Ingraham’s Lies are Dangerous to Our Health

It strikes me that the far right media machine is kind of like processed foods that pretend to be good for you.  You know, the “80-percent fat free” cookies, 50 percent of the calories of which actually come from fat, or the “cholesterol-free” french fries deep-fried in vegetable oil or containing all the components of cholesterol in a different form? A “nutritional analysis” of Laura Ingraham’s claims on O’Reilly Factor underscore why this is a product you want to avoid.

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Racism is Shameful. Sex Isn’t.

Hispanic women are 15 times more likely and Black women three more times likely than white women to be tested for Chlamydia. Dare I say racial differences in STI testing is due to doctors’ racial prejudices about the sexual behaviors of Women of Color?

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As They Seek to Ban Abortion, GOP Also Moves to Eliminate Title X Family Planning Program

As members of the anti-choice Republican and Tea Party House majority debated allowing women to die to salve the consciences of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and using the tax code to virtually eliminate insurance coverage for abortion in the United States, they also took another brazen step by moving to dismantle Title X, the nation’s family planning program.

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I Was a “Prolife” Republican… Until I Fell in Love

What saddens me now are women who want to make abortion either completely inaccessible or outlaw it altogether. Because I truly believe that most women, anti-choice or otherwise, are glad, in their hearts, to have a choice.

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The Health Hazards of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:” A View from the Clinic

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is a giant roadblock in the middle of the typical “ask” and “tell” encounter that’s absolutely essential to the effective practice of medicine. Don’t we owe it to our men and women in uniform, who are called on to sacrifice so much for us every day, to make sure we’re doing our part to protect their health?

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Another Advance for HIV Prevention: STD Testing

Nearly 15 years ago the Institutes of Medicine called for development of a national STD strategy to address the destructive links between STDs and HIV. To this day, it remains mostly unheeded.

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National Coalition Calls for Greater Emphasis on Prevention Efforts by Adult Film Industry

As a new case of HIV is discovered in an adult film industry worker, the National Coalition of STD Directors calls for new regulations–and greater enforcement–of prevention efforts.

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Check In, Get Tested, Get A Badge

Wanna by the mayor of STD testing? Foursquare has launched a new partnership, and it could make a difference for sexual health.

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Congenital Syphilis Taking Toll on Mothers and Babies

On April 16th, the CDC released new data about the rates of congenital syphilis (CS) and the trends are going totally in the wrong direction. Nearly 500 children were born in 2008 with a totally preventable life-threatening illness.

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