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House Passes Controversial Conscience Protection Act

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill in a party-line vote that has serious implications for women seeking abortions. The bill, called the Conscience Protection Act, is a TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law. These laws are designed to deliberately limit women’s access to abortions. The Conscience Protection Act was drafted by… Read more »

Women Can Now Use Apps to Obtain Birth Control

Not long ago, getting a prescription for hormonal birth control could be a time-consuming, stressful process for many women. Now, according to the New York Times, there are at least six digital ventures, including one from Planned Parenthood, that provide prescription contraceptives without requiring a visit to a doctor. Instead, women can simply sign up… Read more »

CDC Finds Teens are Having Less Sex, Using More Birth Control

Teenagers might not be known for their stellar decision making skills, but according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control, America’s teenagers are exercising more caution than ever when it comes to sex and contraception. Every two years, the CDC releases a comprehensive report that monitors common health-risk behaviors that contribute to… Read more »

The UN Declares Irish Abortion Law a Human Rights Violation

In Ireland, a woman can face up to 14 years in prison for receiving an abortion except in cases where her own life is threatened by complications. This law was established in 1986 by an amendment to the Irish Constitution. In recent years it was received widespread criticism, both in Ireland and among the international… Read more »

Adolescents in Developing Nations Lack Contraceptive Options

A report released earlier today by the Guttmacher Institute is shedding light on the need for increased contraceptive access in developing regions all across the globe. The study, “Adding It Up: Costs and Benefits of Meeting the Contraceptive Needs of Adolescents,” was published by a team of researchers lead by Jacqueline E. Darroch, Ph.D. The… Read more »

Study Finds Restrictive Laws Don’t Reduce Abortion Rates

Abortion rates have reached a historic low in the developed world, according to a recent study published by the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute, but it’s not because of increased restrictions on abortions. The research team that conducted the study used national data from a variety of sources to analyze global trends surrounding… Read more »

Fake Eggs Could be Used as Contraceptives and Fertility Aids

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been conducting experiments that could lead to a new method of long-term contraception, as well as improved in vitro fertilization techniques. These two ends might seem contradictory, but in fact they are quite closely related. It all has to do with the behavior of sperm during… Read more »

Contraceptive Education is Lacking in American Schools

In recent studies performed by the National Survey of Family Growth, researchers have noticed a striking decline in contraception education in American teenagers. While the Guttmacher Institute reports that teen pregnancy rates are lower than they were 20 years ago, it’s not because teens are being educated about sex, STDs and how to prevent pregnancy… Read more »