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This Week in Sex: Magical Thinking About Pregnancy, Home Herpes Testing, and Mr. Balls

Senhor Testiculo, or Mr. Balls

This week, a new study finds many young women who experienced an unintended pregnancy thought it couldn’t happen to them, a home STD test might provide false reassurance, and Mr. Balls reminds us about testicular cancer.

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Better Birth Control for Men: 8 Promising Possibilities

Today, research on male contraception is 50 years behind research on female contraception.

We all, men and women alike, should be demanding better birth control for men.

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Is Better Access to Sex Ed and Contraceptive Methods Behind the Latest Significant Decline in Abortion Rates?

Does the decline in abortion rates indicate better reproductive health choices and outcomes for women? And if so, how do we continue to build on this success?

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Report: Dramatically Higher Costs in Texas Result from Cuts in Family Planning Programs

Penny wise and pound foolish, Texas now has to find a way to pay for all the births brought on by family planning cuts.

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In Missouri, Legislators Fail to Protect Women’s Basic Rights, Undermining Justice for All

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

In Missouri, anti-choice Republicans opted to place the Missouri state government between doctors and their patients, and a Democratic Governor signed the bill into law.  Reproductive justice activists must share our disappointment with the Governor and state legislators who voted for the abortion restriction bills.

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Young People Call for End to Stigma Against Frank Talk About Sex and Against Sex Education

At a day-long Youth Symposium prior to the Non-Governmental Forum on
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development delegates under 30 called for a “cultural paradigm shift” in
countries where taboos hinder access to accurate and
timely information about their sexual and reproductive health and
rights.

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Ground We’ve Already Covered

The real moral challenge we face is how to ensure access to the means to prevent unintended pregnancies – specifically comprehensive sexuality education, universal access to contraceptive services, including emergency contraception, and education and employment opportunities for young women.

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The Future of Family Planning: Where Are We Headed?

The nation’s family planning program, Title X, is effective but needs an overhaul, a new Guttmacher study finds. Gains made against unintended pregnancy are stagnating, and funding is flat.

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Back Us Up: New Guttmacher Data Supports Family Planning Aid

The Guttmacher Institute is releasing a new report that confirms the foolishness of placing family planning aid on the back burner.

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