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Keeping Up With Anti-Abortion Attacks in the States

By Rachel Walden |

Following up on the amazing filibuster by Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, Republican Gov. Rick Perry has called for a second special session, beginning today, in which he hopes to push through abortion restrictions.

Texas Tribune will once again provide livestreaming; here’s a seating chart for understanding who’s who in the state Senate.

For continued updates, follow the Twitter accounts of scATX and naraltx and the hashtag … Read

Emergency Contraception Can Be Free, But it Takes Planning – And a Prescription

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By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

Women of all ages will soon be able to pick up emergency contraceptive pills at pharmacies and other stores without a prescription or proof of age. What many may not realize, however, is that they can get the pricey pills free under the Affordable Care Act. Doing so, however, may take time and forethought.

“Women may be faced with a tradeoff between timeliness and coverage/cost,” says Adam Sonfield, a senior public policy associate at the Read

Who (if Anyone) is Providing Teen Girls Information on Contraception and Safer Sex Practices?

By Rachel Walden |

The topic of sex education is often a controversial one, with much attention focused on how much (if any) education teens should receive. Implementation of abstinence-only approaches remains widespread, despite objections from health experts and evidence that comprehensive sex-ed is read effective at reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

An article just … Read

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 (PEPFAR) violated the First Amendment rights of U.S.-based organizations and was therefore unconstitutional.

PEPFAR funding is allocated to implement the 2003 Read

WHO Releases Global Report on Health Effects of Violence Against Women

By Rachel Walden |

The World Health Organization has released a new report, “Global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence,” [PDF] that attempts to quantify how many women around the world are exposed to physical and sexual violence at some point in their lives, and describes many of the associated poor health outcomes.

The findings are probably not surprising, but they are still disturbing.

WHO reports that 35 … 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 a great article … Read

Single Embryo Transfer Recommended in Most IVF Procedures

By Rachel Walden |

The process of in vitro fertilization — 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 |

Best news all day: “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 its appeal of a ruling 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

“Crow After Roe” Looks at Inequities in Reproductive Healthcare

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Robin Marty and Jessica Mason Pieklo, co-authors of the new book “Crow After Roe: How ‘Separate But Equal’ Has Become the New Standard in Women’s Health and How We Can Change That,” joined Amy Goodman of Democracy Now last week to discuss states where laws have “practically regulated abortion out of existence.”

You can also follow their excellent reporting at RH Reality Check: Marty is the publication’s senior political … Read