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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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At Any Cost: How Catholic Bishops Pushed for a Shutdown—and Even a Default—Over Birth Control

The U.S. Catholic bishops want to be known as the champions of the poor and struggling. But they're happy to block services to the needy to further their anti-contraception agenda.

The U.S. Catholic bishops want to be known as the champions of the poor and struggling. But they’re happy to block services to the needy to further their anti-contraception agenda.

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Reid and Pelosi Celebrate Opening of Obamacare Exchanges Amid Government Shutdown

Nancy Pelosi with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) on the left, and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) on the right. Behind Harkin stands Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined union leaders in celebration of the official launch of the Affordable Care Act, and laid the government shutdown at the feet of Republicans.

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Boxer: GOP Uses Shutdown to Reinvigorate ‘War on Women’

Barbara Boxer (center) was joined at the podium by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) (right) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) (left).

On Sunday night, the House voted to make averting a government shutdown contingent on delaying health care for women. Senate women are crying foul.

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Young Brazilians Hope New Pope Will ‘Modernize’ Church on Social Justice Issues

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during World Youth Day 2013.

At World Youth Day in Brazil this year, I set out to get to know the audience Pope Francis would be addressing to find out their views on the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding sexuality, contraception, abortion, and homosexuality.

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This Week in Sex: RIP Virginia Johnson, HPV Rates Stall, and Smoking During Pregnancy Worse Than Thought

Virginia Johnson, half of the pioneering sex research team Masters and Johnson, dies at age 88.

This week, Virginia Johnson, half of the pioneering sex research team Masters and Johnson, died; it was reported that HPV vaccination rates have stalled; and new research said smoking during pregnancy causes behavioral issues in kids.

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New Research on HPV: Some Good News, Some Bad News

The bad news is that neck and throat cancers are rising, and this common sexually transmitted infection seems to be the cause. The good news: The vaccines that are available to prevent infection seem to protect against these kind of cancers as well.

The bad news is that neck and throat cancers are rising, and this common sexually transmitted infection seems to be the cause. The good news: The vaccines that are available to prevent infection seem to protect against these kinds of cancers as well.

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The HPV Vaccine Is Working: Rates Have Dropped Over 50 Percent Since Introduced

The bad news is that neck and throat cancers are rising, and this common sexually transmitted infection seems to be the cause. The good news: The vaccines that are available to prevent infection seem to protect against these kind of cancers as well.

Though only half of teen girls have gotten one dose of the vaccine and fewer than a third have gotten the recommended three doses, new research has found that the proportion of teen girls infected with the strains of HPV that the vaccine addresses has dropped by 56 percent.

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Sexual Health Roundup: Michael Douglas Backtracks, Parents in China Want Sex Ed, and Condoms for Batman?

Michael Douglas backtracks on his claims that cunnilingus caused his cancer.

This week, Michael Douglas backtracked on his assertion that HPV caused his cancer, parents in China said they want sex education, a study showed Australian kids in same-sex families are doing well, and Durex’s new social media campaign backfired.

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Why it May Be Good That Michael Douglas Said Cunnilingus Caused His Cancer (UPDATED)

Academy Award wining actor Michael Douglas told the Guardian that sex caused his cancer. Though his announcement may over-emphasize the dangers of oral sex, it will hopefully get more people talking about the HPV vaccine.

Though Douglas’ announcement may have over-emphasized the dangers of oral sex, it will hopefully get more people talking about HPV and the HPV vaccine.

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