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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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Roundup: Would You Like Your Abortion Regular, or Decaf? A “He Said What?” Roundup

People say really amazing things when it comes to reproductive rights. Here are just a few recent statements that are making news.

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Catholic School Kicks Pre-Schooler Out of Class for Crime of Having Lesbian Parents

God Bless the Child.  Unless of course her parents are lesbian.  A Catholic School kicks a pre-schooler out of class for the crime of having gay parents.

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The Church and Gays: Can’t Decide Whether to “”Love” ‘Em” or Leave ‘Em?”

Could it be divine intervention? Just days after Catholic Charities cut off spousal benefits for DC employees to protect itself from the scourge of gay marriage, the Vatican is caught in a gay sex scandal.

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Urgent Appeal: More Important than Stupak

The Vatican is at it again, but now it’s searching for life on other planets. Can progressives lead while the Vatican researches?

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Obama and the Pope: Symbolism, Not Substance

Pope Benedict recently claimed that the church does not "interfere in any way in the politics of States."  However, recent evidence suggests that the pope’s claims that church does not "interfere…in the politics of States" are more than a little disingenuous.

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Contraception and Catholics: Quiet Disobedience

Catholics are assimilated into American culture, and Americans have an unequivocal relationship with contraception: we want it, we need it, we use it.

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