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Legal Wrap: States Turn to Prosecuting Pregnant People

Tennessee lawmakers proposed a dangerous new law that allows for prosecuting pregnant people while a South Carolina woman will serve time after prosecutors claim she killed her infant via breastfeeding.

Tennessee lawmakers proposed a dangerous new law that allows for prosecuting pregnant people, as a South Carolina woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly killing her infant while breastfeeding.

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Conservatives Really Want to Make Us Believe Contraception Isn’t Health Care

Rhetoric trying to redefine contraception not as health care but as a sexual kink is becoming a mainstream conservative preoccupation.

Rhetoric trying to redefine contraception not as health care but as a sexual kink is becoming a mainstream conservative preoccupation, especially in light of the Affordable Care Act listing contraception as a preventive care service. What can be done to fight back, before the right start seriously chipping away at access?

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2014: The Year of the IUD?

Several developments could help make this the year of the intrauterine device.

Several developments could help make this the year of the intrauterine device: the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit, a new tool that could make insertion easier and less painful, a possible generic IUD arriving on the market, and more.

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Obama Administration’s Weak Defense May Prove To Be Birth Control Benefit’s Achilles Heel

It was the three women justices of the Supreme Court who did the job the Obama administration has failed to do all along: vigorously defend the birth control benefit from political attacks.

Ultimately, it may not be the conservative justices’ animosity toward reproductive rights and women’s health care generally that sinks the birth control benefit, but rather the Obama administration’s refusal to vigorously defend it.

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Is This a Golden Age of Teen Sexual Responsibility?

We’re living through a golden age of responsible teen sexuality.

Adults tend to think that today’s teens are wildly irresponsible about sex. But according to reputable data sources, teens today are not only more responsible about sex than their parents were when they were their age; in many cases, they’re more responsible about sex than their parents are now.

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Five Reasons Contraceptive Coverage Is Essential

Contraceptive coverage is essential and needs to be protected.

As an OB-GYN and a patient advocate, I want to move the discussion about the Hobby Lobby case out of the courts for a moment and into my clinic, to focus on the lives of women and their families.

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The Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Cases: Your Questions, Answered

Tuesday the Roberts Court will hear oral arguments in two cases challenging the contraception mandate in Obamacare. Here's what you need to know.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases challenging the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Here’s everything you need to know about those cases.

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Timothy Lee, Latest Mansplainer on the Birth Control Benefit, Gets It All Wrong

Vox Senior Editor Timothy Lee said that if an employer restricts contraceptive coverage, "people are free to pay for their own birth control."

Vox Senior Editor Timothy Lee said that if an employer restricts contraceptive coverage, “people are free to pay for their own birth control.” Here’s why he’s wrong.

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The Life-Saving Power of Birth Control as… Birth Control

Those who are fighting for the right to affordable birth control shouldn’t leave me—or other individuals who use birth control to prevent unplanned pregnancies—out of the discussion.

It’s been said over and over again that birth control is “life-saving” for some women, who need it to aid conditions such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts. But people also, overwhelmingly, use birth control to do exactly as its name implies: to control their fertility. Let’s stop hiding some of the lives we fight for under a “tactical” shroud.

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Louisiana Plan B ‘Database’ Fears Are Overblown, But Threat to Clinics Is Real

Contrary to some news reports, a new bill introduced in Louisiana is unlikely to create a state database of all women who have taken emergency contraception—but reproductive rights experts are more concerned that the bill could close three out of Louisiana’s five abortion clinics using regulations similar to those that have shuttered more than one-third of clinics in Texas.

Contrary to some news reports, a new bill introduced in Louisiana is unlikely to create a state database of all women who have taken emergency contraception—but reproductive rights experts are more concerned that the bill could close three out of Louisiana’s five abortion clinics using regulations similar to those that have shuttered more than one-third of clinics in Texas.

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