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The Politics of Fat and Emergency Contraceptives

Once again, politics have trumped science, and it’s women and girls who pay the price.

It was reported recently that French drug manufacturer HRA Pharma had found that the emergency contraceptive Norlevo, which has a similar chemical makeup to Plan B One-Step, is ineffective for women over 176 pounds. Here’s why I was not surprised.

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How to Talk to Your Friends About Birth Control: Lessons From the Pro-Vaccination Crowd

Contraceptive coverage is essential and needs to be protected.

Do you have a friend who wants to be on the pill but is afraid because of unscientific scare-mongering in the media? Here’s a guide, cribbed from vaccination advocates, on how to talk to people about the pill without turning them off or making them feel threatened.

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Ohio Bill Would Ban Insurance Coverage of Most Abortions and Contraception

Lawsuits by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood challenge the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act, which says that certain preventive health-care services like contraception must be covered without copay or cost sharing.

HB 351 would prohibit insurance policies from covering abortions except in the case of ectopic pregnancies, and could effectively ban coverage of birth control pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and emergency contraception.

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In the GOP’s Oz, Congressmen Paint Sebelius as Wicked Witch

What most will remember from Wednesday's House hearing is a bunch of angry men yelling at a woman.

The glitchy rollout of Obamacare offered plenty of fodder for Republicans who oppose the bill. But what most will remember from Wednesday’s House hearing is a bunch of angry men yelling at a woman.

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Report Calls for Integrated Efforts to Reduce Teenage Pregnancy Worldwide

Teenage motherhood, especially for girls under 15 years old, has negative health and economic impacts for both the young girls and their communities.

Teenage motherhood, especially for girls under 15 years old, has negative health and economic impacts for both the young girls and their communities.

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Pediatricians Group Advocates for Greater Condom Access for Teens

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The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement Monday arguing that all barriers to condom access for teens should be removed because increased availability increases use—but does not increase sexual activity.

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Contraception Extremism and the Right-Wing Bubble

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

How did the Republicans get themselves into this shutdown mess? Part of the problem is they are remarkably out of touch, and you can look no further than Republican discourse on contraception to see how bad it’s gotten in the right-wing bubble.

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Shutdown Ends, Debt Crisis Averted—But Birth Control Still an Issue

In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they'll be back.

In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they’ll be back.

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New Survey Reveals Providers Not Doing Enough to Educate Women on Birth Control Options

A new survey from the American College of Nurse-Midwives found that women don’t feel confident in their own knowledge about contraception, and in fact don’t know a lot about the methods that are available.

A new survey from the American College of Nurse-Midwives found that women don’t feel confident in their own knowledge about contraception and, in fact, don’t know a lot about the methods that are available.

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Shutdown and Default Considered Small Price to Pay for Banning Birth Control, Say Catholic Bishops and Paul Ryan

A screenshot from Rep. Paul Ryan's video greeting that was shown at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, October 12.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan dances to the bishops’ tune in shutdown and debt limit fights, refusing to compromise because he wants “leverage” to curtail Obamacare contraceptive benefit.

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