Category Archives: Reproductive Health

Go Figure: Better Birth Control Dramatically Drops Delaware Abortion Rate

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Hint: It wasn’t the Religious Right. I’m as fiercely pro-choice as they come. I owe my beloved first daughter to the fact that my husband and I were able to terminate a toxoplasmosis-infected pregnancy. My most read article ever was … Continue reading

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American IUDs Help African Women Despite Trump Gag Rule and Funding Cuts

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When Donald Trump was elected, demand for long-acting birth control soared. Planned Parenthood scrambled to schedule appointments. One woman made a sign that said, “My IUD will outlast your presidency!” Others posted the image to social media. Thanks to a … Continue reading

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What we Know about Abuse by Clergy – For Starters, Homosexual Priests and Modern Sexual Norms are Not the Problem

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Sexual abuse perpetrated and hidden by clergy goes back centuries. A priest with unsupervised access to boys grooms and then molests them. As the pattern becomes undeniable, the primary concern of church leaders is not for the children but for … Continue reading

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Reproductive Choice is About Much More than Abortion

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When it comes to freely-chosen parenthood, we sometimes miss the big picture. Imperfect people and imperfect contraceptives and imperfect pregnancy processes fail; and when they do, access to abortion is a moral good. Like health knowledge and birth control options, … Continue reading

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Immigrant Doctor Leana Wen to Head Planned Parenthood

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For twelve years, Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards, has been one of the most well-recognized faces in the fight for reproductive rights and healthcare access.  Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood’s signature pink logo and branding–Care. No … Continue reading

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The ‘ethics’ of the Catholic bishops? Freud had a name for that: Reaction formation.

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As Pennsylvania investigators worked to confirm up to 1000 cases of sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, a panel of Catholic ethicist-theologians appointed by the bishops was also hard at work.   Like the Pennsylvania team, the panel serving the bishops sought to … Continue reading

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What the unborn and the undead have in common

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Religious opposition to abortion is based on a kind of magical thinking much like that in zombie stories. One freakish thing about zombies is that they look like people even though they aren’t. What does it mean to be a … Continue reading

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