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Facing near certainty of rape, women illegally crossing the border turn to birth control

Faced with the prospect that they may be raped by their guides – also called ‘coyotes’ – or fellow travelers as they cross border and travel through the desert, women crossing illegally into the United States have turned to birth control injections to avoid becoming pregnant by their rapist. Writing…

Huckabee: Dems say women ‘can’t control their libido’ without birth control from ‘Uncle Sugar’

Mike Huckabee says Democrats make women feel helpless to control their libido by offering government-sponsored birth control. The onetime presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor told the Republican National Committee during a speech Thursday that they can’t allow liberals to frame the debate any longer. “I think it’s time Republicans…

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to toss nuns’ lawsuit over birth control mandate

The US Justice Department on Friday asked the Supreme Court to throw out a challenge from a nuns’ group against a birth control mandate in the Obamacare health reform law. The Little Sisters of the Poor had asked the US high court to exempt it from the controversial birth control…

Why Is Preventive Care So Anxiety-Inducing?

Not all preventive care is anxiety-inducing. But there’s two kinds of medical care that the hand-wringers who don’t understand science very well always denounce at the slightest provocation: Birth control, particularly hormonal birth control, and vaccinations. This came up again this week at the completely unwarranted spate of panicked articles…

“Sexual Availability” Isn’t A Thing. Consent Is.

Lindsay Beyerstein has a wonderful review at Slate of the book Sweetening the Pill, which I’ve kicked around before on this blog. The book got floated as a “feminist” book, but as Lindsay makes utterly clear, there isn’t any legitimate kind of feminism that so deftly replicates the sexist tendency…

Too cute to kill? Americans split on whether or not to kill suburban deer

Seconds after Mike Braun spotted the deer in his headlights his six-day-old car had $8,000 worth of damage, including a punctured radiator. “It could have been a lot worse,” said the consultant, who lives in the US capital, as he recalled his drive home from the airport late one night…

Virginia ‘crisis pregnancy center’ counselor: Birth control pills are ‘secreting artificial hormones into your uterus’

Anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers,” which often advertise themselves as “health clinics” to women who suddenly find out that they’re pregnant, have been distributing medically inaccurate information to women to discourage them from having abortions, new undercover recordings from a pro-choice organization confirmed. NARAL Pro-Choice America emulated some of the tactics…

CDC: Increased emergency contraception use highlights importance of access

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s National Center for Health Statistics has issued two new reports about contraceptive use among U.S. women. Not only did the organization find that use of emergency contraception has increased, but that 99 percent of sexually active American women have used birth control of some…

US adds clot risks to some birth control labels

US health authorities on Tuesday ordered revised labels on some types of birth control including German pharmaceutical giant Bayer’s Yaz pills to advise of a possibly higher risk of blood clots. “Women who use birth control pills with drospirenone (like Yaz) may have a higher risk of getting a blood clot,” said a new Yaz label on the US…

Study finds that women with access to ‘The Pill’ make more money

According to a working paper (.pdf) by the National Bureau of Economic Research, access to birth control pills raises a woman’s earning potential over the course of her lifetime. Additionally, findings demonstrated that the rapid narrowing of the wage gap that happened between men and women in the 1980s was…

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