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What We Know About Three-Parent In Vitro Fertilization

I, too, was created in a petri dish. I was an IVF baby.

While there is much enthusiasm surrounding experimental new techniques that aim to help women with severely mutated mitochondrial DNA to have a child that would not inherit the disorders that can be caused by those mutations, the verdict is still out on the procedures. And it doesn’t look good.

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The UK’s Deplorable Witch Hunt Against Asian Women

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Why do the Daily Telegraph, UK Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, and now the Independent, in the name of opposition to gender discrimination, appear to be investigating women of Asian descent and doctors who provide abortions?

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Convicted Rapist Fears He Got HIV From His Victim

A case in the United Kingdom is turning the usual concerns about HIV after rape on their head as the rapist learns his victim was HIV-positive and awaits his test results.

A case in the United Kingdom is turning the usual concerns about HIV after rape on their head as the rapist learns his victim was HIV-positive and awaits his test results.

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You Can’t Have it Both Ways: The Interpretation of Catholic Health Policy and the Consequences for Pregnant Women

(Reuters via Lawyer Herald)

As a committee of the Irish Parliament considers proposals to offer limited legal abortion in Ireland, this paper explores how these issues came together around Savita Halappanavar’s death, the interpretation of Catholic health policy and the consequences for pregnant women.

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Unpacking a Bag Full of STI Stigma

Feeling awful about having contracted a sexually transmitted infection? Here’s the nitty-gritty on the stigmatization of STIs and people with them and how to deal.

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Morning Roundup: Pence Loves Title X’s Work in “Inner Cities”

The first same-sex fertility center, Arizona Senate passes race and sex-based abortion ban, women still being given as crime compensation in Afghanistan, lawsuit filed over New York’s CPC law, and Rep. Mike Pence likes what Title X does for “inner cities.”

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Roundup: Protesting the Pope in the UK

Pope Benedict is in the United Kingdom for a four-day visit, and will be met with a “Protest the Pope” campaign by activists opposed to the Vatican’s stance on the child sex abuse scandal, contraception, women, and homosexuality.

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Breath-Testing Pregnant Women in UK

UK health officials want health providers to test the breath of pregnant women for carbon monoxide levels so they can tell the women smoking is bad for their health. Rather than, you know, asking the women directly if they smoke.

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Controversy Over Morning After Pill Advertising

The first ever advertisement for a morning-after pill aired on television in the UK, despite arguments against the ad from an anti-choice group.

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Roundup: LA Times Says No on Prop 4, UK Makes Sex Ed Mandatory

LA Times counters parental notification proponent’s two central arguments; UK makes sex and relationship education mandatory in primary and secondary schools; British lawmakers leave Northern Ireland’s women suffering; How the religious right drove Colin Powell to endorse Obama; Baptist minister says birth control is “murder.”

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