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This Week in Sex: New Research on Sperm and Egg Attraction, Viagra and Skin Cancer, and Facebook and Body Image

Scientists discover how sperm and egg latch on to each other.

This week, we look at several pieces of new research: scientists discovered how sperm and egg latch on to each other, a study suggests that Viagra may cause melanoma, and researchers question whether Facebook makes women feel fat.

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Standing Our Ground: Reproductive Justice for Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander

The over-policing and over-criminalization of pregnant women and mothers is becoming a major issue in this country, and the safety of mothers is at stake.

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Dallas Hospital Revokes Privileges, Tells Abortion Providers They Damage Its ‘Reputation’

Two Texas doctors say a hospital caved to anti-choice activist "demands" when it revoked their privileges because they provide legal abortion care.

Two Texas doctors say a hospital caved to anti-choice activist “demands” when it revoked their privileges because they provide legal abortion care.

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What the Contraceptive Coverage Challenge Means for STD Prevention

The controversy and media attention around the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases before the Supreme Court undoubtedly, and understandably, focus on contraception. However, there are several important implications for sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention as well.

The controversy and media attention around the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases before the Supreme Court undoubtedly, and understandably, focus on contraception. However, there are several important implications for sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention as well.

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Here’s a Novel Idea: Let’s Teach Kids About Safe Sex Before They Have Sex

We don't wait to teach driver's ed until after young people start driving, so why on earth do most sex education classes occur after a significant chunk of teens are already sexually active? It's time to let go of the sentimental attachment to the idea of "innocence" in adolescents.

We don’t wait to teach driver’s ed until after young people start driving, so why on earth do most sex education classes occur after a significant chunk of teens are already sexually active? It’s time to let go of the sentimental attachment to the idea of “innocence” in adolescents.

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Louisiana Committee Passes Bill to Ban Abortion Providers From Guiding Public School Discussions on Sex Ed

HB 305 would prohibit abortion providers and their affiliates from providing sex education materials, or speaking about sexual health, to public school students in the state.

HB 305 would prohibit abortion providers and their affiliates from providing sex education materials, or speaking about sexual health, to public school students in the state.

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What I Learned by Parenting a Text Message ‘Baby’ for a Day

Youth advocacy group Do Something has a teen pregnancy campaign that purports to teach young people what it's like to have a baby via text message.

The “egg baby” has gone high-tech: Youth advocacy group Do Something has a teen pregnancy campaign that purports to teach young people what it’s like to have a baby via text message. Unfortunately, the campaign fails, in both concept and execution.

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State Policy Trends: More Supportive Legislation, Even as Attacks on Abortion Rights Continue

Some 64 provisions have been introduced so far this year to expand or protect access to abortion, more than had been introduced in any year in the last quarter-century.

Some 64 provisions have been introduced so far this year to expand or protect access to abortion, more than had been introduced in any year in the last quarter-century.

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Study: Fertility Drugs Don’t Increase Breast Cancer Risk for Most Women

A new study 30 years in the making finds that, in most doses, fertility drugs do not raise a woman’s risk for breast cancer.

A new study 30 years in the making finds that, in most doses, fertility drugs do not raise a woman’s risk for breast cancer.

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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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