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Why is Michelle Bachelet Playing into the Holy See’s Hands?

The Holy See has a limited but well-practiced playbook it follows at international conferences.

Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN Women, has indicated that she’s willing to compromise with the world’s most conservative regimes and water down the UN’s commitment to women’s rights. She shouldn’t.

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Sexual Health Roundup: New Mexico Health Official Fired for Condom Stance and Vatican Criticizes Nun for Views on Masturbation

New Mexico’s Chief Medical Officer is fired hours after suggesting condoms could prevent STIs among the state’s teenagers; the United Kingdom sees an increase in STIs after the government pulls funding for social marketing campaigns; and the Vatican takes aim at a nun who believes masturbation, same-sex behavior, and same-sex marriage is okay.

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United Nations Adopts Landmark Resolution on Adolescents and Youth

Late Friday at the 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), member states issued a bold resolution in support of young people’s sexual and reproductive health and human rights.

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Young and Restless at the United Nations, Youth Fight For Their Rights

It was a youth takeover at the United Nations last week, for the 45th annual Commission on Population and Development, a global meeting to examine whether and how we are protecting the sexual rights and health of our youngest generation.

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Dispatches From CPD 2012: Final Successes, Limitations, and a Call for Accountability

Friday, April 27th, 2012 marked the fifth and final day of this year’s United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), the time when the member states of the UN come together to discuss sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally. 

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Vatican Officials Toe The Line on Condoms At Symposium on HIV Prevention

While some had hoped this weekend’s meeting would build on recent comments about condoms from the pope, Vatican officials toed the line and emphasized chastity and behavior change. 

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Morning Roundup: Gardasil Also Effective in Men

HPV vaccine is just as effective in men at preventing genital warts, more children getting health care with CHIP, Spain keeps marriage age at 14 (and what’s it like in your state?), and the Vatican is setting up an HIV/AIDS conference.

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European Court Finds Ireland’s Abortion Law Violates Rights of Pregnant Woman with Cancer

In a victory for Irish women, and to some degree women everywhere, the European Court of Human Rights today ruled that Ireland’s strict law forbidding abortions even in dire circumstances violated the right to life of a pregnant woman suffering from cancer.

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The Pope, Condoms, and Contraception: Let’s Get This Conversation Started

The Pope’s remarks on condoms have created an opening for a debate that up to now the church has wanted to avoid.  Let’s take up the Pope’s remarks about sexuality as well as the basis of the opposition to contraception and kickstart that long overdue debate.

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Pope Okays Use of Condoms in “Some Situations”

In a reversal of long standing teachings, the Pope has reversed the Vatican’s prohibition of condoms for HIV prevention in “some situations.” Birth control remains banned.

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