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Putting ‘Hobby Lobby’ in Context: The Erratic Career of Birth Control in the United States

The contraceptive wars started with the notorious campaign in the late 19th century of the Postmaster General Anthony Comstock, who successfully banned the spread of information about contraception under an obscenity statute.

The contraceptive wars started with the notorious campaign in the late 19th century of the Postmaster General Anthony Comstock, who successfully banned the spread of information about contraception under an obscenity statute.

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This Week in Sex: New Research on Improving Intimacy, and a Kegel Counter That Vibrates

New research suggests that orgasms promote positive pillow talk.

This week, new research suggests that orgasms promote positive pillow talk and improve intimacy but alcohol has the opposite effect; a study finds that the new HIV-prevention drug Truvada may also reduce the risk of genital herpes; and a vibrator company introduced a Fitbit for your vagina.

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Report: Failure to Expand Medicaid Is a Missed Opportunity

The report from the White House Counsel of Economic Advisers found that the failure of 24 states to expand Medicaid has serious consequences for their uninsured residents.

The report from the White House Counsel of Economic Advisers found that the failure of 24 states to expand Medicaid has serious consequences for their uninsured residents.

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There Were Two Supreme Court Attacks on Women Workers and Their Health This Week

While the Hobby Lobby ruling keeps the government from guaranteeing basic reproductive health care for workers, the Harris decision effectively hobbles the ability of a group of public employees—most of whom are women—to properly bargain for affordable health care along with other vital benefits.

While the Hobby Lobby ruling keeps the government from guaranteeing basic reproductive health care for workers, the Harris decision effectively hobbles the ability of a group of public employees—most of whom are women—to properly bargain for affordable health care along with other vital benefits.

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This Week in Sex: Bisexual Men Have Unique Needs, Casual Sex Is Good for Some, Later Childbirth Linked to Longer Life

A new study suggests that reactions to casual sex are mostly about the individuals who are having it and how authentic they are being to their own sexual mores.

This week, new studies accuse the public health community of ignoring the unique needs of bisexual men, find that casual sex is good for some people’s self-esteem, and show that women who get pregnant naturally at older ages may live longer.

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To Protect Young People’s Health, Protect Their Confidentiality

Many young people continue to lack confidential access to health care and that significantly obstructs their use of critical sexual and reproductive health services, such as birth control.

Many young people continue to lack confidential access to health care and that significantly obstructs their use of critical sexual and reproductive health services, such as birth control.

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Texans Tell Their Hospitals: Abortion Is Health Care

Which doctors are qualified to provide legal abortion care? Hospital boards are now the last word on that in Texas, and one Austin woman wants to make sure they know that Texans support legal abortion.

Which doctors are qualified to provide legal abortion care? Hospital boards are now the last word on that in Texas, and one Austin woman wants to make sure they know that Texans support legal abortion.

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Jane Doe, Trans Women, and the Myth of the Perfect Victim

The question that must be asked, in plain language, is: Do imperfect people deserve death for their imperfection?

The question that must be asked, in plain language, is: Do imperfect people deserve death for their imperfection?

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Treating Teenagers as People: The Debate Over Adolescent Medical Privacy

Medical privacy are ill-defined and need to be clarified, to protect teenage health.

A parent’s freakout over the possibility that her teenage daughter might talk to a doctor without a parent present is an important reminder that adolescent rights to medical privacy are ill-defined and need to be clarified, to protect teenage health.

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Pennsylvania Tightens Loophole in Rapist-Fathers’ Rights Law

The Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg

A bill that would amend Pennsylvania law to tighten—but not close—a loophole enabling rapist-fathers to obtain custody and visitation rights over a child conceived in rape unanimously passed the Pennsylvania house.

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