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Roundup: Choice Issues Play Key Role in Key Races

Crist complains Meeks is misrepresenting him on choice, Rossi needs to appeal to anti-choice voters, and one Delaware House candidate rails against abortion after rape or incest.

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Unintended Pregnancy Plunges Women in Pacific Northwest into Economic Crisis

Increasing numbers of Pacific Northwest women experiencing an unintended pregnancy are finding themselves in an economic crisis of their own.

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Back Us Up: New Guttmacher Data Supports Family Planning Aid

The Guttmacher Institute is releasing a new report that confirms the foolishness of placing family planning aid on the back burner.

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New Poll: Parents Overwhelmingly Support Age-Appropriate Comprehensive Sex Ed

A poll released today shows parents overwhelmingly support K-12 age-appropriate comprehensive sex ed including abstinence and medically accurate information about preventing HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancies.

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Roundup: Sex Education, Impending HHS Regulation and Changing Abortion Demographics

Response to a confusing critique of D.C.’s sex education curriculum; An interview with Judy Waxman on the eve of the impending HHS “conscience” regulation; Roundup of reporting on the new Guttmacher abortion demographics study.

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Roundup: Obama on Late Term Abortion

Obama’s controversial statement on late term abortion, Kate Michleman and Frances Kissling on Dems and abortion, Plan B ban in Washington state, George Tiller exonerated again.

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Roundup: Schools Moving to Comprehensive Sex Education

Schools making move to comprehensive sex ed despite federal funds, Religious Coalition for Choice on PEPFAR, “Pinkwashing” becoming a problem.

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Pope Drops By My ‘Hood

I went looking for protests as the Pope dropped by my neighborhood. As the Mass begins I can hear the cheering crowds from my apartment, but no chants from protesters. I’ll have to go to a women’s clinic to find protesters.

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How “Ashley’s Treatment” is like Abortion Rights

Her parents lovingly named her their "pillow angel" because she is "so sweet and stays right where we place her—usually on a pillow." But the simple and ethereal term belies the controversy that has surrounded Ashley, the "pillow angel", and her parents for the last six weeks.

In January of this year, a story broke that unleashed a media torrent and a worldwide discussion outwardly centered on medical ethics. Unpeel the layers, however, and you find a story that shares a great deal in common with the quest for reproductive justice and what it means to be able to sincerely and lovingly make a choice that may seem, to outsiders, the wrong choice—and therefore the unacceptable choice—but an individual's loving choice all the same. At the center of the story, Ashley, a now nine-year-old girl who was diagnosed at 3 months old with "static encephalopathy of unknown etiology"—an unchanging brain abnormality that sentences Ashley to live the mental and developmental life of a three month-old infant while her body continues to age normally. Ashley cannot move or talk but she is expected to live a long life. To read the story of Ashley's early life on her parent's blog is both heartbreaking and beautiful.

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