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New Evidence Undermines The Entire Premise Of Anti-Abortion Laws

As the Supreme Court deliberates over one of the most critical abortion rights cases of the last several decades, a newly-published study has revealed findings with profound implications for the abortion debate as a whole: In contrast to what abortion opponents claim, recent reductions in the U.S. abortion rate are attributable almost entirely to a … Continue reading

Unintended Pregnancy Plunges To Lowest Rate In 30 Years, Thanks To IUDs

A new study finds that the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States declined by 18 percent between 2008 and 2011, falling to the lowest rate in more than three decades. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attributes the dramatic decline in unintended pregnancies to the increasing use of long-acting reversible … Continue reading

Maternal Mortality Rates Drop Worldwide, Except In The United States

While maternal mortality rates across the world have fallen by nearly 50% over the last 25 years, rates in the United States have risen during that same time period, according to a new global survey published Thursday by the United Nations and World Bank. Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman during … Continue reading

Birth Control Returns To The High Court: SCOTUS To Hear New Challenge To Obamacare’s Contraceptive Coverage

For the fourth time in three years, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a series of challenges to the Affordable Care Act. And for the second time, the target is birth control coverage. The Justices announced Friday that they would review a group of seven cases, brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits, all of … Continue reading

The Birth Control Pill Prevents More Than 20,000 Cases Of Cancer A Year, Study Finds

We already know that birth control pills can effectively prevent pregnancy and treat the symptoms of a variety of health conditions like menstrual migraines, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. Now, new research shows that oral contraceptives also have significant protective effects against endometrial cancer, preventing 200,000 cases of the disease in the last decade. In the … Continue reading

Jeb Bush Doesn’t Take Women’s Health Seriously. That’s Why We Shouldn’t Take Him Seriously As A Candidate

Jeb Bush said earlier this week that not only does he want to shut down Planned Parenthood, but that he is “not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues” at all. Ah, yes. “Women’s issues.” What a trivial distraction from the real issues facing America. When women and men started pointing … Continue reading

Don’t Be Fooled: GOP Bill To ‘Expand’ Access To Birth Control Would Actually Make It Far More Expensive

Congressional Republicans are not known for supporting efforts to expand access to birth control, but last week they introduced a bill that they claim would do just that. But the fine print reveals a totally different reality: by sidestepping Obamacare’s contraception coverage, the Republican plan would force American women to foot the bill for a … Continue reading

California Passes Bill Banning Crisis Pregnancy Centers From Lying To Women About Abortion

The California Assembly passed legislation this week that that aims to protect women from receiving misleading information from anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers, which are known to use deceptive tactics — including outright lying — to dissuade women from choosing abortion. AB 775, known as the Reproductive FACT Act, requires crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to provide accurate … Continue reading

New Study Sheds Light On Dangers Of Anti-Choice Laws For Victims Of Abuse

Being in abusive relationships makes women use contraception less often, a new, large meta-analysis of previous studies finds. When they do use contraception, they’re likely not to choose condoms. The finding could explain why women in abusive relationships are more likely to get abortions and to contract HIV, which previous studies have documented. HIV prevention … Continue reading

New Laws In Iran Would Reduce Women To ‘Baby-Making Machines’, Amnesty Report Warns

Iran is seeking to reverse progressive laws on family planning by outlawing voluntary sterilization and restricting access to contraceptives, in a move human rights groups say would set Iranian women back decades and reduce them to “baby-making machines”. The Iranian parliament is considering two separate bills aimed at boosting the population. But Amnesty International warned … Continue reading

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