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AP: Battle brewing over free birth control in health overhaul

Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health care law. That could start a shift toward more reliable — and expensive — forms of birth control that are gaining acceptance in other…

Colorado GOP candidate compares being gay to alcoholism

The Republican Senate candidate from Colorado was put on the defensive Sunday after he compared being gay to the disease of alcoholism. In a debate on Meet the Press, Buck told NBC’s David Gregory that being gay, like alcoholism, was not completely determined at birth. GREGORY: Do you believe that…

Obama: being gay is not a choice

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said Thursday that he believed being gay or transsexual was not a lifestyle choice but was biologically dictated before birth. As his administration is criticized by gay and lesbian rights groups over what they see as slow progress towards repealing a ban on gays…

Update: Bishop in alleged gay sex scandal to step down

Update: The website Black Spin reported on Friday afternoon that the bishop at the center of allegations of a gay sex scandal plans to step down as the pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church after he delivers his sermon on Sunday. According to the same story, as many…

Anti-gay megachurch pastor denies seducing young men

Head of Atlanta-area megachurch denies lawsuit claims he coerced sex from 2 young men The prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch outside Atlanta denies allegations in a lawsuit that he coerced two young men from the congregation into a sexual relationship, his attorney said. Lawyers for the men, now 20…

Woman who left newborn in airplane trash was ‘raped by employer’

A Philippine woman who acknowledged giving birth to a baby on a flight from the Middle East and then leaving him in the trash on the plane said she was raped by her employer, a lawmaker said Thursday. The baby was found by a security guard at Manila’s airport last…

AP analysis: ‘Birth tourism’ a tiny portion of immigrant babies

Republicans are pushing for congressional hearings to consider changing the nation’s 14th Amendment to deny children of illegal immigrants the automatic citizenship the Constitution guarantees. They say foreign-born women are taking advantage of a constitutional amendment meant to guarantee the rights of freed slaves, and paint a picture of pregnant…

Recession may have pushed US birth rate to new low

Baby bust: US birth rate hits historic low in 2009, drops a second year since recession began The U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the wrenching recession led many people to put off having children. The 2009 birth rate also set…

Obama skeptics wish president a ‘happy birther day’

Poll: More than 25% still doubt Obama born in United States It could be worse. Orly Taitz could be popping out of a cake to croon “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.” “It’s surely not what the leader of the free world wants for his birthday,” CNN’s Political Ticker notes. “But, for…

GOP candidate: Tea Party birthers are ‘dumbasses’

Only “dumbasses” in the Tea Party movement question President Barack Obama’s citizenship, according to one Republican Senate candidate in Colorado. In response, a spokesperson for GOP rival Jane Norton called Ken Buck a “self-proclaimed tea partier who trashes tea partiers when he thinks no one is looking.” A Colorado Democratic…

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