Health Care Providers Need to Address Reproductive Coercion

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Holy Hormones Journal: Reproductive and contraceptive coercion is alive and well. So much so that a study points out the need for health care providers to address the issue with their patients.  I became aware of this issue many years ago in my studies when I found out that a woman was abused; kicked, beaten, Continue Reading …

Make Abortion Illegal So Women Can Prove They Have It All

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It should be no wonder then that, during a press conference promoting all of the alleged social and emotional ills that have riddled the country in the 40 years since Roe v. Wade was decided, that an AUL representative argued that abortion should be all together banned so that women can prove that they don’t need it.

Pedaling the Morning-After Pill to Teenage Girls

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Now the nation’s leading pediatrics organization is encouraging doctors to also talk to teenagers about the morning-after pill — and to send girls home with prescriptions for emergency contraception, just in case.

Indian Women Offered Cash in Mass Sterilization Drives that Often Fail

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Rajasthan, in the north of India, has earned the dubious distinction as the state with the most failed sterilizations in 2012. Out of 2,609 failures reported so far this year, 772 were registered in Rajasthan, according to the national government’s statistics.

Disabled Girls in Australia Victims of Coerced Sterilisation

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THE sterilisation of children without their consent must be criminalised, along with the taking of a disabled child overseas with the intention of having them sterilised, the Australian Human Rights Commission says.

AAP Recommends Morning After Pill RX be Given to 17 y.o.’s in Advance

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday called on the nation’s pediatricians to counsel all of their adolescent patients about emergency contraception and make advance prescriptions for it available to girls under 17.

Risky Abortions in Uganda by Desperate Women with No Access to Birth Control

Less than one-third of Ugandan women use any form of birth control, according to the country’s 2011 Demographic and Health Survey. Credit: Andrew Green/IPS

The women at the Mulago National Referral Hospital are a small percentage of the estimated 150,000 women who suffer complications from unsafe abortions each year in this landlocked East African nation, where 1,200 women die annually from unsafe abortion attempts, accounting for a quarter of all maternal deaths in the country.

Pregnancy from Rape Is Intended by Whom? God? Do Say.

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WASHINGTON — Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock declared Tuesday night he opposes aborting pregnancies conceived in rape because “it is something that God intended to happen.”

Study: Girls on Synthetic Birth Control Less Likely to Use Condoms

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Young women who start using hormonal contraceptives for birth control often stop using condoms, but a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that if they later discontinue using hormonal contraceptives, they tend not to resume using condoms. This leaves them open to both unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Women and Shame: A Silent Killer

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When Amy Ferris asked me to contribute an essay to Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small, I wasn’t sure that I had any shame. Then, when I thought about it, I realized that I did.