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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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What’s the Matter With Bans on Race- and Sex-Selective Abortion? Everything.

Conservative MP Mark Warawa speaks about Motion 408, his motion against sex-selection abortions, on Parliament Hill.

A particularly pernicious narrative about abortion rights has taken hold in this country accusing pro-choice groups and abortion clinics of attempting to target minorities. But it’s all based on lies and illogical arguments.

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Baby Aboard: The Navy Responds to High Rates of Unplanned Pregnancies Among Sailors

(William Pittman/U.S. Navy via Stars and Stripes)

Unintended pregnancies are even more common among women in the Navy than they are in the general population and they can be even more disruptive to their lives and careers. The Navy is spending January addressing this issue through its peer-mentoring group, Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD).

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“Anything 46 Million Women Do Every Year Can’t Be Immoral:” Reflections from FIGO

The 46 million women who have abortions every year throughout the world deserve to be respected—not seen as targets of prevention.

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Learning from Levi: The Need for Contraceptive Information, Access, and Options

Levi Johnston, infamous for his association with former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol, and his now-girlfriend Sunny are expecting a child together and have informed the press that the pregnancy was unplanned. Instead of mocking Levi’s many adventures in contraceptive use (or lack thereof), let’s have a serious discussion about how to expand access and adherence to the various methods that are available to those who do not wish to become pregnant.

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Study: Having An Abortion Does Not Increase Risk of Mental Health Problems, Unwanted Pregnancy Does

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The world’s largest, most comprehensive and systematic review of mental health outcomes and abortion care shows abortion does not increase the risk of mental health problems, but unwanted pregnancy does. The results led to a British medical journal calling for reversal of the recent HHS decision to deny young women access to emergency contraception.

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“Dr.” Sebelius’s Bitter Pill: A Case of National Malpractice

“Dr.” Kathleen Sebelius prescribed us a bitter pill when she ignored overwhelming evidence on the safety and effectiveness of emergency contraception to prohibit its sale over-the-counter.  Is this change we can believe in?  It’s certainly not a “common sense” solution. President Obama and Secretary Sebelius should listen to real doctors and the FDA Commissioner, and make this decision based on science, not politics.

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Denying Access to Plan B: An Act of Political Cowardice

On contemplating, again, what it feels like to be thrown under the bus by politicians who take women for granted.

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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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Cutting Family Planning Funding Makes No Sense

Whether we’re talking about health care, budgets or the economy, cutting publicly-funded family planning programs makes no sense. 

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