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Medicare Can Now Cover Surgical Procedures for Transgender People

Transgender people seeking surgery as a part of their transition-related health care can no longer automatically be rejected by Medicare, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appeals board ruled Friday.

Transgender people seeking surgery as a part of their transition-related health care can no longer automatically be rejected by Medicare, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appeals board ruled Friday.

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Oregon School District to Distribute Condoms to Middle and High School Students

Facing a teen pregnancy problem, one school district in Oregon has decided to make condoms available to students in middle and high school. Thus far, the administrators say they have heard little opposition to the plan.

Facing a teen pregnancy problem, one school district in Oregon has decided to make condoms available to students in middle and high school. Thus far, the administrators say they have heard little opposition to the plan.

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Louisiana Legislature Passes Two More Anti-Choice Bills (Updated)

The Louisiana Senate passed two pieces of anti-choice legislation Tuesday.

One bill would ban abortion providers from teaching sex education in public schools, while the other would require women seeking an abortion to receive information written by the state about the alleged mental health risks associated with the procedure.

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Would It Be Better for the Government to Pay for Everyone’s Contraception? No.

Rick Santorum recently made remarks suggesting that he'd prefer having everyone's contraception covered by the government instead of by insurance plans. That might seem like a good idea on its surface, but in reality it would reduce access to contraception.

Rick Santorum recently made remarks suggesting that he’d prefer having everyone’s contraception covered by the government instead of by insurance plans. That might seem like a good idea on its surface, but in reality it would reduce access to contraception.

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This Week in Sex: Prostate Cancer Sexually Transmitted? And State STI Rankings

Harvey Milk, circa 1978.

This week, a new study presents evidence that the parasite that causes trich might lead to prostate cancer, a new list shows the best and worst states for STIs, a Gallup poll shows the most support ever for same-sex marriage, and gay rights activist Harvey Milk is honored with a stamp.

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Listen to Youth: Adult Allies Must Support the Repeal of Illinois’ Forced Parental Notification Law

While forced parental involvement laws aren’t new, more states have been passing them or tightening their existing laws to decrease access to abortion for teens.

While forced parental involvement laws aren’t new, more states have been passing them or tightening their existing laws to decrease access to abortion for teens.

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Kansas County Rejects State Funds for Contraception After Commissioner Conflates IUDs With Abortifacients

Despite the fact that IUDs and other forms of contraception prevent pregnancy from occurring, and therefore cannot cause an abortion, Saline County Commissioner John Price said during a meeting Tuesday, “I think it is murder to take this [grant money]. To me it is murder, and I am not standing for it.”

Despite the fact that IUDs and other forms of contraception prevent pregnancy from occurring, and therefore cannot cause an abortion, Saline County Commissioner John Price said during a meeting Tuesday, “I think it is murder to take this [grant money]. To me it is murder, and I am not standing for it.”

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Louisiana Legislature Continues to Restrict Sex Education

In three separate votes in the last two weeks, the Louisiana legislature has decided to stick to its brand of restrictive sex education despite having higher than average teen pregnancy and birth rates and alarmingly high rates of HIV diagnosis in young people.

In three separate votes in the last two weeks, the Louisiana legislature has decided to stick to its brand of restrictive sex education despite having higher than average teen pregnancy and birth rates and alarmingly high rates of HIV diagnosis in young people.

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HPV May Be Even More Common Than Previously Thought

3D rendition of the human papillomavirus.

A new DNA study found that more than two-thirds of healthy Americans have one or more strains of human papillomavirus in their skin, vagina, mouth, or gut. Researchers, however, insist that people should not overreact to these findings “until the harm or benefit of most of these strains becomes apparent.”

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On Abortion, Speech, and the Catholic Campus: Vatican Responds to Petition Against Georgetown

Georgetown University

A recent petition by William Peter Blatty—a Georgetown graduate who’s best known for writing The Exorcist—is aimed at forcing the university to conform to a strict and exclusionary vision of Catholic identity, and it’s been yellow-lighted by a Vatican representative.

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