Category Archives: Reproductive Health

Washington Wins Decade-Long Fight to Prevent Pharmacies from Denying Care—An Interview with Lisa M. Stone of Legal Voice

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The Supreme Court’s Stormans ruling is a big deal.  Here’s why. In June, bogus science and “religious freedom” claims—two of the Religious Right’s most powerful tools—got whomped by the Supreme Court in two separate cases, Whole Woman’s Health vs Hellerstadt … Continue reading

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This Doctor Thinks We Should Be Talking About and Developing Better Birth Control for Guys

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Dr. Stephanie Page at the University of Washington talks about why male birth control matters. Everybody knows you can’t talk about women’s health without talking about birth control. But what about men’s health? Should birth control be high on that … Continue reading

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Stop Saying that Raped Women are Damaged for Life. Just Stop.

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Girls need to know that a sexual assault doesn’t have to mean a lifetime of suffering. As a mother of two daughters and as a psychologist who has experienced sexual assault, I find myself troubled by some of the language … Continue reading

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Religious Right Sex Rules are Plain Old Mean

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Religious conservatives want an exclusive right to dole out the privilege of sexual pleasure and intimacy on their own terms—and leave a lot of people out. Sexual intimacy and pleasure are some of humanity’s most cherished experiences. The so-called “best … Continue reading

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400,000 Rape Kits and One Determined Woman—An Interview with Julie Smolyansky of The Hunting Ground

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Swabs for wiping the lips, face, thighs, vagina and anus. A comb to collect fibers and hair. A pick for scraping debris from under fingernails. A blood sampling device and microscope slides. Baggies for underwear. Documentation forms and labels.  These … Continue reading

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Texas Parents Go Mama-and-Papa-Bear on Behalf of Transgender Son

Religious Right politicians hoping to exploit transphobia may be up against one of the most powerful forces in the world: parental love. Jo and Jon Ivester have words for North Carolina Governor McCrory and religious right legislators who called an … Continue reading

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A Tidal Wave of Zika Brain Damage? It Doesn’t Have to Go That Way

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  Delaware’s healthcare upgrade offers a highly effective model for protecting American families. Picture your next child or grandchild, or your neighbor’s child, with a head size “minus five to six standard deviations below the norm.” Cringing? According to experts, … Continue reading

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