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Killing Them Softly: Pope Francis Condemns Income Inequality, Sanctions Gender Inequality

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis.

In his defense of the faceless poor, the pope misses the fact that women are more likely than men to be in poverty—because of the very kind of structural inequality that his church models for the world as an image of holiness.

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Right-Wingers Again Try to Scuttle UN Convention on Rights of Disabled

Last year, Republican senators, led by far-right ideologues Michael Farris and Rick Santorum, defeated ratification of a U.N. treaty based on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Will they succeed again this year?

Last year, Republican senators, led by far-right ideologues Michael Farris and Rick Santorum, defeated ratification of a UN treaty based on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Will they succeed again this year?

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One Dose of HPV Vaccine May Be Enough, Study Finds

Chicago launches a new initiative to up the number of teens who get vaccinated for HPV.

A new study of women in Costa Rica finds that one dose of the HPV vaccine may be enough to create the antibodies needed to prevent infection. If confirmed, this could be good news for people in the United States and abroad.

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The Time Has Come: Free Condoms in Every High School

Sex Week is coming to the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus but some state legislators really, really wish it wasn't.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new set of recommendations encouraging schools, parents, and communities to focus on destigmatizing condoms and making them more available to teenagers. What was once a radical idea is quickly becoming normalized.

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When It Comes to STDs and Relationships, Skip the Website and Talk to Each Other

When it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

A new website asks members to sign up for frequent STD testing and lets them share their results with other members confidentially. Encouraging STD testing is a good thing, but the site has major flaws. And when it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

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Study: Black Women Less Likely To Be Covered by Existing HPV Vaccines

New research finds that Black women, who are more likely to get and die from cervical cancer, are also more likely to have strains of HPV not covered by the current vaccines. However, researchers caution this is not a reason to delay getting vaccinated.

New research finds that Black women, who are more likely to get and die from cervical cancer, are also more likely to have strains of HPV not covered by the current vaccines. However, researchers caution this is not a reason to delay getting vaccinated.

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Study: Low-Income Girls Less Likely to Get HPV Vaccine, Reasons Vary

Chicago launches a new initiative to up the number of teens who get vaccinated for HPV.

New research found that low-income parents do not get their daughters vaccinated with the HPV vaccine for a variety of reasons, including inadequate explanations by health-care providers, distrust of the government and medicine, and beliefs about pre-marital sex.

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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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