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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that one in five teens have used the morning-after pill, compared to ten years ago when it was only one in twelve. This is likely correlated to the fact that the pill is now over-the-counter and, as of two years ago, available to any age. More accessible birth control in combination with better sex education have led to a huge decrease in teen pregnancy. The survey found that even though the percentage of teens using emergency contraception has risen, they aren’t having any more sex than previous years. Read More
Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year old mother of three, was just sent to jail in Washingtonville, Pennsylvania because she is charged with the crime of ordering medical abortion pills online for her daughter to terminate her pregnancy. The daughter took the pills on her own accord, during her first trimester, and the pills worked. This is not a pro-life or pro-choice issue, because if it were, the daughter might be the one jailed (fortunately, an abortion in the first trimester is legal in Pennsylvania). Unfortunately, it was the means used that were found illegal in the state. Read More
  Okay America, I HAVE HAD ENOUGH. I am sick and tired of you spilling your “religious convictions” all over my nice new pair of CIVIL RIGHTS. I got them in mint condition, on sale for an exceptionally reasonable price, and now, THANKS TO YOU, they are splattered with ridiculous restrictions, based on bad science and arbitrary **cough sexist cough** beliefs. (Sorry, I’m a bit allergic to bull shit. Read More
  Ever wanted to chat with the charming Stanley Tucci about birth control? A new PSA from the Center of Reproductive Rights shows him alongside Whitney Cummings, Lizz Winestead, Morena Baccarin, and Mehcad Brooks, all calling for congress to move forward on women’s reproductive rights. Fantastic. The PSA was released as the Center of Reproductive Right’s CEO Nancy Northup’s own open letter to the Obama administration. Read More
In an official press announcement, the FDA has approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B. The emergency contraceptive will be available to women and girls over the age of 15, who can present legal identification verifying their age. This decision has been debated since 2011. President Obama expressed concern and Secretary of Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA, just as it was about to approve an application from its manufacturer, Teva Women's Health, to sell it over the counter. Read More
Imagine returning home from a long day of school or work and wondering if tonight was the night you’d be sexually assaulted. For the vast majority of us, it’s a thought that rarely, if ever, crosses our minds. For Native American women sadly forced to hold a “not if, but when” attitude toward rape and molestation, it is a bleak reality. Read More