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Afternoon Roundup: Republicans Block Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on Eve of Human Rights Day

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell falls temporarily – and with it the hopes of a repeal of the military abortion ban; the U.S. fails on almost all measurable goals for improving women’s health; Afghan women get a hand from the UN and a new report and more.

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FDA Approves New Emergency Contraceptive

On Friday, August 13th, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs approved the sale and use of “ella,” the brand name for a new form of emergency contraception that will provide women with more options to prevent unplanned pregnancies.  Health advocates welcomed the news.

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How Young Is Too Young For Contraception?

Medical advisors in Scotland are encouraging use of long-term birth control at earlier and earlier ages. But how young is too young for contraception?

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(CORRECTION) What Everyone Needs to Know About Second Trimester Abortions

Most women who have second trimester abortions do so out of necessity – not choice.

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Dear NBC: An Honest Portrayal of Young Women, Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion

Women’s groups recognize NBC for its honest, compelling and realistic portrayal of a young woman facing an unintended pregnancy and her decision to chose abortion.

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Filling the Unmet Need for Contraception: Can We Deliver for Young Women?

 

 

 

Unmet need for contraception is high among older adolescents and young adults throughout the world, and most pronounced among young women 20 to 29 years of age. This gap should be filled through strategies that promote reproductive and sexual rights, while funding the essential services women need.

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Personal Reflections on Contraceptive Choice

My own experiences made me realize how important it is to have real choices in contraceptive methods, and to know that my doctor or provider will give me unbiased information based on good evidence.

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On the Pill’s 50th Birthday, We’re Still Fighting for Sex Ed

Why, in a world of countless birth control pills, the ring, the patch, implants, and condoms for women and men, do people still get pregnant unintentionally? Because there are a lot of people rooting against them.

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Keep Abortion Safe and Legal? Yes. Make it Rare? Not the Point.

What if we stopped focusing on the number of abortions and instead focused on the women themselves?

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Partner Violence and Unintended Pregnancy: Time to Make the Connections

Violence and abuse are more closely associated with unintended pregnancy than with pregnancies that are intended. Forced sex, fear of violence if she refuses sex, and difficulties negotiating contraception and condom use in the context of an abusive
relationship all contribute to increased risk for unintended pregnancy as well as for sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Newer research now also points to the influences of male control of contraception and pregnancy pressure on unintended pregnancy.

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