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HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention Cannot Succeed if Sex Workers Are Stigmatized

By Guest Contributor |

by Anna Forbes

In a ruling praised by organizations working on HIV/AIDS policy and prevention, the U.S. Supreme Court last week struck down a decade-old law forcing groups that receive government money in a global anti-AIDS program to embrace a policy opposing prostitution.

By a vote of 6-2, the Court ruled that the Anti-Prostitution Pledge in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS () violated the First Amendment rights of U.S.-based organizations and was therefore unconstitutional.

PEPFAR funding is allocated to implement the 2003 Read

Groundbreaking Study Follows Women Who Underwent Abortions and Those Who Were Turned Away

By Rachel Walden |

Women in the United States are often subject to numerous restrictions when seeking abortions, including burdensome waiting periods and gestational age cutoffs that vary depending on state. Some abortions are delayed due to a lack of funds or no insurance coverage, or a shortage of available providers. All of these factors contribute to women not being able to obtain legal abortions once they choose to do so.

Last week, The New York Times published … Read

Single Embryo Transfer Recommended in Most IVF Procedures

By Rachel Walden |

The process of  — in which embryos are created outside a woman’s body and then implanted in her uterus — has become increasingly common in the United States. In 2014, an estimated 70,352 infants were born using an a form of assisted reproduction technology (ART). Almost all of those resulted from IVF.

A common IVF practice has involved transferring multiple embryos to a woman’s body in one cycle. This was thought to increase the likelihood that at least one embryo would … Read

Obama Administration Will Stop Trying To Block Some Emergency Contraception Access

By Rachel Walden |

: “The Obama administration has decided to stop trying to block over-the-counter availability of the best-known morning-after contraceptive pill for all women and girls.”

The administration is withdrawing  that requires emergency contraception pills to be made available without prescription, regardless of age. This is good news for access to the one-pill form of emergency contraception.

In not-so-good news, … Read

New Survey on Childbirth Details Experiences, Problems with Hospital-Based Births

By Rachel Walden |

, a nonprofit organization that produces evidence-based information and resources on pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period, has released its third major survey on the experiences of childbearing women in hospitals across the United States.

The results of Listening to Mothers III provide insights into numerous issues, including childbirth education; the use and need of government services such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); medical interventions during birth; provider choice; and health disparities.

The … Read