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 »

European Protestors Fight for Women’s Reproductive Freedom

Here in America, one presidential candidate’s inflammatory comments regarding abortion legislation have given women’s rights activists cause for serious concern. In a number of European countries, meanwhile, another heated battle is being waged in the war for reproductive freedom. In Poland, some citizens and legislators are attempting to strengthen already strict anti-abortion laws. Earlier this… Read more »

Scientific Breakthrough Could Lead to Unisex Contraceptives

The search for a birth control pill for men has had its fair share of hurdles. Over the years, pharmaceutical companies have explored a variety of experimental options, but none of them have made it to market. Recently, a research team at the University of Minnesota announced that they were working on a new type… Read more »

FDA Updates Abortion Pill Guidelines

Originally developed in the 1980s, the drug mifepristone is now one of the most commonly-used methods for physicians to induce abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, medication-induced abortions accounted for roughly a quarter of all the abortions performed in the United States in 2011. Mifepristone works by blocking progesterone receptors, causing a miscarriage. It’s typically… Read more »

A Birth Control Pill for Men May Soon be a Reality

In recent years, researchers have developed a variety of new contraceptive options for women. From intrauterine devices to hormone injections, there are more ways for women to take birth control than ever. The search for male contraceptives, on the other hand, has been far more elusive. Most male birth control options have been experimental, or… Read more »

SCOTUS Blocks Restrictive Abortion Law in Louisiana

In 2014, Louisian Lawmakers enacted a clinic regulation law which required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. This law effectively masqueraded as a healthcare measure while profoundly restricting women’s access to essential health services. It was designed to hold abortion clinics to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers in… Read more »

Zika Outbreak Raises Important Concerns About Women’s Rights

In April of 2015, an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus took hold in Brazil and soon spread to other countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Since the outbreak began nearly a year ago, there have been an estimated 1.6 million confirmed cases of Zika infection, the vast majority of which have… Read more »

In Texas, Defunding Planned Parenthood Harms Women’s Health

In January of 2013, Texas eliminated Planned Parenthood clinics from their Medicaid program. In an effort justify the move, state legislators cited an undercover video recording that purportedly showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of fetal tissue. The video has since been discredited as a heavily-edited hoax designed to villainize Planned Parenthood. In 2011,… Read more »