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The politics of sex ed leave a lot untaught

Most advocates of accessible, comprehensive sex education argue that sex ed has less to do with sex itself — or politics — than with physical, emotional and social learning, but experts say the culture wars have hurt the quality of many sex education programs in public schools.... Read more»

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Biden moves to overturn Trump birth control rules

The Biden administration Wednesday formally proposed the repeal of Trump-era regulations barring abortion referrals and making other changes intended to evict Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the federal family planning program, Title X.... Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care, employment

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives.... Read more»1

House approves ban on abortion after 20 weeks; chances slim in Senate

The House voted along party lines Tuesday to approve Arizona Rep. Trent Franks’ bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the life of the mother.... Read more»

2016 could be a showdown year for reproductive rights

Two potentially sweeping Supreme Court cases set the stage for a seismic shift in the battle over abortion and contraception. ... Read more»

Calif. & Oregon to allow birth control without doctor's Rx

California and Oregon will be the first states in the nation to allow women to get birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives directly from their pharmacists – without a doctor’s prescription.... Read more»

Birth control coverage saving women significant money

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs. But the amount of those savings and the speed with which those savings occurred surprised researchers.... Read more»1

Az exec launches effort to provide cheap birth control, support women's health

After his teenage daughters visited Africa and Asia, the head of a Scottsdale-based venture capital firm decided to start offering affordable birth control in the U.S. and putting the proceeds toward reproductive health in the Third World.... Read more»

Hobby Lobby decision may not be last word on birth control coverage

State laws and an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling may come into play.... Read more»

Az advocates hail, condemn Supreme Court ruling on contraception

Reaction was swift to the Supreme Court's ruling that businesses cannot be forced to provide workers' contraceptive coverage, if it conflicts with the owners' religious beliefs. Supporters hailed it as a victory for religious rights, while opponents saw it as a setback for women's rights. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Re-establishing religious liberty post-Hobby Lobby

Federal and state lawmakers must ensure that religious liberty is not used as a force to discriminate or impose costs on others.... Read more»1

Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby on birth control

A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that at least some for-profit corporations may not be required to provide contraceptives if doing so violates the owners’ religious beliefs. ... Read more»

The 8 most surprising nations that still require birth control Rx

You can get the pill over the counter in Pakistan, but not in Canada or the US.... Read more»

Demonstrators march for women’s rights, seek repeal of laws

As the legislative session began Monday, scores of women and men urged lawmakers to repeal laws from last session that limit access to contraception and abortion.... Read more»

Best and worst places to be a mother

The charity group Save the Children released their annual best and worst places to be a mother ranking, with Norway coming in first and the African nation Niger coming in last — just after Afghanistan.... Read more»

Brewer signs bill banning funds for Planned Parenthood

Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill late Friday that would ban Planned Parenthood from receiving any state money.... Read more»1

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