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India offers prizes to sterilization volunteers

JODHPUR, India — A district in northern India is offering prizes including television sets, food processors and even a Tata Nano car for people who agree to undergo sterilisation, a doctor told AFP on Friday. “We want to promote sterilisation,” Pratap Singh Dutter, the deputy chief medical officer of Jhunjhunu…

Unintended pregnancies cost public $11 billion a year: studies

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Studies released by a reproductive rights research group on Thursday show that unintended pregnancies cost U.S. taxpayers about $11 billion a year. Two studies by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute looked at the public costs of unintended pregnancies. A third study looked at unintended pregnancy rates at…

Gov. Walker planning ‘financial martial law’ in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is reportedly following the lead of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) by preparing a plan that would allow him to possibly take over municipalities that don’t pass a financial stress test. “[T]he Walker legislation would empower the governor to insert a financial manager of his…

NARAL: Scott Brown’s opposition to defunding Planned Parenthood is just a ‘first step’

WASHINGTON – The abortion-rights group NARAL on Tuesday said Republican Sen. Scott Brown (MA) took “a positive first step” by coming out against his party’s efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of family planning funds. “This past weekend, hundreds of Massachusetts citizens rallied against cuts to the national family-planning program and…

Family planning saves lives: Melinda Gates

WASHINGTON — Melinda Gates on Wednesday urged US lawmakers not to cut funding for family planning programs in developing countries, saying access to contraception can “save a huge number of lives.” “There is a lot of controversy in this country about reproductive health because of the issue of abortion, and…

Researchers: Earth will be ‘unrecognizable’ by 2050

WASHINGTON — A growing, more affluent population competing for ever scarcer resources could make for an “unrecognizable” world by 2050, researchers warned at a major US science conference Sunday. The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050,…

House plans to defund Planned Parenthood, contraceptives, health counseling

The US House of Representatives is expected to pass an amendment to the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 by this weekend that would cut millions of dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood for contraceptives, reproductive health counseling and cancer screenings. The amendment eliminates all $327 million in funding…

Travel group: A Mexico vacation can save gay teens from suicide

An event planning company has decided to target the gay market, by announcing that they’ll help plan gay and lesbian weddings in Mexico. That’s not the story, however. The event planning group released a bizarre press release that actually trumpeted gay teen suicides as part of the reason why homosexuals…

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