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Perry and the HPV Vaccine: Selling Women’s Health (and Everything Else) to the Highest Bidder

In 2007, Rick Perry signed an executive order mandating HPV vaccines for all girls entering the sixth grade. While he’s stood behind this decision for years, he began back-peddling as soon as he began running for president.  While we may never know what Perry really thinks about HPV, STDs, and prevention, a close look at this issues shows us what he thinks about campaign contributions. 

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Hmm, instead of ‘One Less’ I’ll be one more?

I’m too old to get the HPV vaccine. Is it worth shelling out $600 for? And is it really fair that I’m considered "too old" in the first place?

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Roundup: Obama’s Promise to “Pro-Lifers”

E.J Dionne says Obama should make good on his promise to seek middle ground on abortion; Obama should end federal funding of abstinece-only and fund comprehensive sex ed; Philippine reproductive health bill sparks battle with Catholic Church; Gardasil can prevent genital warts in males.

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Roundup: Abortion Rights and Equal Pay at Stake in the Election

The future of women’s equality, including abortion rights and equal pay, are at stake in the election; Are Catholics shifting toward Obama?; Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier on the next steps in beating AIDS; 40 Days for Life protests clinics around the country; Dr. Karen Rayne’s top ten things to do before you have sex.

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Roundup: Progressive Voter Guides, Blog Action Day on Poverty

Information on the issues for progressive voters; Blog Action Day 2008 focuses on poverty; Health lawyers raise concerns about proposed South Dakota abortion ban; HIV vaccine researchers learned from halted STEP trial; HIV stigmatization in Nigeria.

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Roundup: Science Based Approach to HIV/AIDS Returns to South Africa

Science-based approach to HIV prevention returns to South Africa; Indian authors tell real stories of HIV epidemic in India; New cream could help women quietly protect themselves against HIV; Catholic university orders NPR station to stop accepting underwriting from Planned Parenthood; A mother’s final look at life.

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Roundup: Circumcision and HIV, Patient Care and Catholic Teaching

Circumcision benefit doubted for gay men; Catholic hospital under fire for allowing abortion referrals and birth control prescriptions; Ohio top court mulls admission of medical files in Planned Parenthood case; U.S. Supreme Court refuses Missouri prison abortion rights case; Breast cancer vaccine within reach.

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Roundup: VIDEO: McCain Gets Testy in Defense of Sex Ed Ad

Video of a testy McCain defending his sex ed ad; Alaskan students band together for better sex ed; Britain’s Channel 4 plans sex ed show for teens; Investing in women pays high ROI; Utah GOP calls for abortion ban; Palin’s anti-abortion stance inspires donations to Planned Parenthood; and more.

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Roundup: HHS Regulation a ‘Sneak Attack on Family Planning’

The LA Times calls HHS proposal a ‘sneak attack on family planning'; HPV vaccine banned from Catholic school in UK; HIV rates among drug users worldwide rises; Wall Street takes welfare it begrudges to women; Why the election matters for reproductive rights; Jesuit priest embraces social support programs to reduce abortion; Remote control male birth control.

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Roundup: Should Personal Belief be Protected at the Workplace?

Should personal belief be protected at the workplace?; Sen. Joe Biden never refused communion on basis of his support for abortion rights; One year after legalization Mexico City struggles to provide open access to abortion care; Study finds ideas about sex do not affect HPV vaccine use; ‘Extended cycle’ contraception garnering interest.

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