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Texas GOP Regulates Abortion Providers With Human Trafficking Training Mandate

Texas' GOP-dominated House of Representatives on Thursday gave its final approval to a bill that would require people who work or volunteer for Texas' few remaining abortion facilities, and who have "direct contact with patients," to take a state-mandated training course on human trafficking.

Texas’ GOP-dominated House of Representatives on Thursday gave its final approval to a bill that would require people who work or volunteer for Texas’ few remaining abortion facilities, and who have “direct contact with patients,” to take a state-mandated training course on human trafficking.

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This Week in Sex: Would You Put Your Loved One’s Ashes in a Sex Toy?

This week, a survey shows many women are not taking precautions against STDs, Men's Health determines the "sex-happiest" cities, and a Dutch designer designs a sex toy to hold human ashes.

This week, a survey shows many women are not taking precautions against STDs, Men’s Health determines the “sex-happiest” cities, and a Dutch designer designs a sex toy to hold human ashes.

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Losing My Lege: Lawmakers Pitched 32 New Abortion Bills in Texas This Year, and a Few Might Pass

There are 30 days left in the regular session and a total of 32 filed bills dealing with the subject of abortion—most, but not all, of which would make comprehensive reproductive health care more costly and difficult to access.

There are 30 days left in the regular session and a total of 32 filed bills dealing with the subject of abortion—most, but not all, of which would make comprehensive reproductive health care more costly and difficult to access.

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New Study: HPV Vaccine Prevents Host of Teen Health Issues

A new study finds that the HPV vaccine prevents genital warts and precancerous changes to the cervix in young women ages 14 to 17. Not only does this provide further evidence of the vaccine's efficacy; it suggests that early vaccination is important.

A new study finds that the HPV vaccine prevents genital warts and precancerous changes to the cervix in young women ages 14 to 17. Not only does this provide further evidence of the vaccine’s efficacy; it suggests that early vaccination is important.

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Colorado Republicans Say No to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

A senate committee killed a bill, in a 3-2 party-line vote, that would have provided $5 million to the Colorado Family Planning Initiative program.

A senate committee killed a bill, in a 3-2 party-line vote, that would have provided $5 million to the Colorado Family Planning Initiative program.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections Are on the Rise Across the Country  

A number of reports released last week show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are on the rise in states and localities across the country.

A number of reports released last week show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are increasing in states and localities across the United States.

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Used Condoms on Playgrounds Are Gross, But Not Cause for Alarm

Last week, a boy in Colorado picked up a used condom on his school’s playground and put it into his mouth. Though this might not seem like news, media outlets across the country, and even internationally, have focused on his risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.

Last week, a boy in Colorado picked up a used condom on his school’s playground and put it into his mouth. Though this might not seem like news, media outlets across the country, and even internationally, have focused on his risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.

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IUDs Might Be Exciting, But There’s More to Sexual Health Than Preventing Pregnancy

I worry that in our excitement to promote long-active reversible contraceptives as an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy, members of the public will overlook the importance of sex education and the need for condoms.

I worry that in our excitement to promote long-active reversible contraceptives as an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy, members of the public will overlook the importance of sex education and the need for condoms.

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We’ve Been Here Before: Congress Quietly Increases Funding for Abstinence-Only Programs

The bipartisan $200 billion Medicare “doc fix” and health program funding bill includes a two-year extension of the Title V Sec. 510 program, which funds the implementation of ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

The bipartisan $200 billion Medicare “doc fix” and health program funding bill includes a two-year extension of the Title V Sec. 510 program, which funds the implementation of ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

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It’s Not Enough to Just Mention Condoms—Sex Education Should Be Sex-Positive

Even where conservatives have abandoned "abstinence-only" education, they are still pushing the "sex is evil and will kill you" line. It's time for pro-choicers to open up a broader conversation demanding sex-positive curricula.

Even where conservatives have abandoned “abstinence-only” education, they are still pushing the “sex is evil and will kill you” line. It’s time for pro-choicers to open up a broader conversation demanding sex-positive curricula.

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