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How the anti-choice movement selectively conflates contraception and abortion

It’s no secret that some anti-choice extremists believe, counter to the scientific facts, that some forms of birth control actually cause abortion. But traditionally mainstream anti-choice groups have tended to stay away from such claims.

It’s no secret that some anti-choice extremists believe, counter to the scientific facts, that some forms of birth control actually cause abortion. But traditionally mainstream anti-choice groups have tended to stay away from such claims.

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Busting myths and calming fears: A doctor answers questions about the IUD

Ed. note: This piece was originally published on the Community site.

So you’ve heard about the IUD (intrauterine device). You’ve heard some of your friends say, “I love it! No pills, no periods, no fuss!” You’ve had other friends say “Ew… something foreign in my body? No way!” As an obstetrician/gynecologist, I hear a lot of truths, but also a lot of misconceptions about this birth control method. So what is the real deal with IUDs? 

Ed. note: This piece was originally published on the Community site.

So you’ve heard about the IUD (intrauterine device). You’ve heard some of your friends say, “I love it! No pills, no periods, no fuss!” You’ve ...

Half-price emergency contraception can be ordered online if you think ahead

A new health care company called Syzygy sells emergency contraception online for $25 including shipping–which is about half the cost of EC sold at a pharmacy.

Eliminating the middleman and shipping directly to the consumer not only reduces the cost but also sidesteps some of the other barriers folks often face trying to get EC. Sometimes pharmacies don’t stock it, and despite the fact that EC is supposed to be available to everyone over-the-counter, pharmacists routinely, incorrectly turn away young people and men. And getting a discreet, unmarked package in the mail might be more comfortable than talking to a cashier for some folks. 

A new health care company called Syzygy sells emergency contraception online for $25 including shipping–which is about half the cost of EC sold at a pharmacy.

Eliminating the middleman and shipping directly to the consumer ...

Each dollar spent on publicly funded family planning saves more than $7

For years, the Guttmacher Institute has been calculating just how many unintended pregnancies are prevented–and how much money is saved–by investing in public family planning programs. It’s a depressingly necessary project, as conservatives have taken aim at such funding — both in the US and abroad — in their quest to slash the safety net and vilify all reproductive health care. 

For years, the Guttmacher Institute has been calculating just how many unintended pregnancies are prevented–and how much money is saved–by investing in public family planning programs. It’s a depressingly necessary project, as conservatives have ...

“No duh” study finds giving teens access to free IUDs cuts their unintended pregnancy rate by nearly 80 percent

I’d love to live in a country where we don’t need studies to tell us that giving people affordable access to effective contraception is a pretty excellent way to prevent unintended pregnancies. But alas. So today’s “no duh” study finds that giving teen girls access to long-acting birth control, like IUDs and implants, at no cost cuts their abortion and unintended pregnancy rates by more than 75 percent.

The study followed 1,404 sexually active teen girls in St. Louis. After receiving counseling about their different birth control options, they were able to select any method free of charge. Nearly three-fourths of them ended up choosing an IUD or implant. Nationwide, only about 5 percent of teens use these methods. ...

I’d love to live in a country where we don’t need studies to tell us that giving people affordable access to effective contraception is a pretty excellent way to prevent unintended pregnancies. But alas. So today’s ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Contraception

Happy World Contraception Day! While I think we could use some better contraceptive options, there’s no question that we’re living in a golden age for birth control. Just take a look at this video from EngenderHealth on history’s worst contraceptives.

Happy World Contraception Day! While I think we could use some better contraceptive options, there’s no question that we’re living in a golden age for birth control. Just take a look at this video from EngenderHealth ...

Senators introduce bill to expand access to emergency contraception for rape survivors

Democratic senators have introduced a new bill to raise awareness about emergency contraception and make it available to rape survivors at federally funded hospitals.

The Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014 was introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) signing on as co-sponsors. The bill would ensure that any hospital receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds provides accurate information and timely access to emergency contraception for survivors of sexual assault, regardless of whether or not they can pay for it. It would also require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to disseminate information on emergency contraception to pharmacists and health care providers.

Democratic senators have introduced a new bill to raise awareness about emergency contraception and make it available to rape survivors at federally funded hospitals.

The Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014 was introduced by ...

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