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“Call the Midwife” and “The Mindy Project:” Two Takes On the Lives of Women’s Health Providers

Vewers have been treated to two very, very different new shows about women’s healthcare providers, rife with birth scenes and women being examined.

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Rape Exceptions? Many Women in the United States Are Already Living That Nightmare [TRIGGER]

“Abortion exceptions” are human rights violations and bad public health policy. Any administration that banned abortion “with exceptions” would force every single woman who needs an abortion to live a nightmare scenario: hope that you qualify and can actually get an abortion, or be denied access altogether. Today, all over the country, many women are already living that nightmare.

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Art Imitating Life—Parks and Recreation Takes on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Policies

Last week’s episode of Parks and Recreation took on the ridiculousness of abstinence-only-until-marriage policies. Between jokes about old people having sex and mushy bananas, the episode provided some good information and made important points about the sex education debate.

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Presidential Campaigns Protest Suggestion that Crowley Might Actually Moderate the Debate

CNN anchor and chief political correspondent Candy Crowley. Photo: Los Angeles Times.

It’s Okay for a woman to relay information, but, OMG! What if she asks a follow-up question?

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Todd Akin: Remove His Mask and You’ll Find Mitt Romney

Let’s be very clear that the Republican Party Platform endorses no abortion for any woman for any reason. And that this was not just the ignorant opinion of an isolated individual. This is part of the campaign of misinformation that the far Right Wing has been waging since at least the time of Reagan. 

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CBS’ Pelley Lets Romney Off The Hook On Issue Of Abortions In Cases Of Rape

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley let Mitt Romney off the hook over lingering questions about his position on abortion in cases of rape.

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TLC Takes on Teen Pregnancy, Hershey School Reluctantly Admits HIV-postive Students, and Sex Before Sports is OK

In this week’s sexual health roundup: the Learning Channel takes on teen pregnancy in two new shows—My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I and High School Moms; a Pennsylvania school that previously denied admission to an HIV-positive student has changed its mind after hearing from the Justice Department; and as the Olympics draws to a close, it’s good to know that sex the night before sports is just fine. 

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Todd Akin, Rape, and the Larger Problem of Limiting Health Care Options

A woman with a pregnancy as the result of rape is facing one of the most difficult and confusing situations imaginable. Indeed, the larger problem remains, which is that Rep. Akin and his conservative allies in Congress and state legislatures stand by their desire to limit the health care options a pregnant woman has available to her.

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What Do Responses to a DC 20-Week Abortion Ban Tell Us About the Habits of the Prochoice Movement?

Roe is not the standard for abortion; women’s decision-making is. It deserves legal protection because it is a fact of women’s existence; it is not a fact because it is legally protected.

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The Morning After: An Initial Assessment of the London Family Planning Summit

Melinda Gates anointed herself as the new saviour of women’s and children’s health, and the press ate it up in both pictures and words. A truly Hollywood event, except this is not entertainment. This is women’s lives.

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