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Freedom, Fertility and Feminism: The Real Cost of the Pill

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.02.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

While we indeed have incredible control to suppress our fertility (while still expressing our sexuality) as we establish ourselves, we don't have control over when our reproductive systems time out.

The Most Shocking Thing My Mother Ever Told Me About Sex (And How It's Shaped My Politics)

Keli Goff | Posted 09.25.2011 | Women
Keli Goff

Recently my mother told me something shocking. When she decided that her family was complete and sought to have her tubes tied, she was told that her husband would have to sign a form giving his consent.

No-Cost Birth Control: The Facebook Application

Nancy Keenan | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Did you know that 98 percent of American women use birth control during their lifetime? Yet for many women, it's simply too expensive. One in three women has struggled with the high cost of prescription birth control.

98 Percent Of Catholic Women Use Birth Control Banned By Church

Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion

(Reuters) -- Some 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptive methods banned by the church, research published on Wednesday...

The Weekly Pulse: Michael Pollan's Rules for Thanksgiving, Plus Whole Foods' Healthcare Lies

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

Editor's Note: Happy Thanksgiving from the Media Consortium! This week, we aren't stopping The Audit, The Pulse, The Diaspora, or The Mulch, but we ar...

How To Green Your Birth Control: IUDs, Vegan Condoms, The Pill and Five Other Pregnancy Prevention Choices

Huffington Post | Barbara Fenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

You may love to compost, reuse, and recycle but is your birth control as green as the rest of your lifestyle choices? Women around the world rely on b...

America's Favorite Birth Control Method Turns 50

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — A world without "the pill" is unimaginable to many young women who now use it to treat acne, skip periods, improve mood and, of course...

Catholics Call on Pope Benedict to Reconsider Vatican's Ban on Contraceptive Pill

Jon O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

It would be a lasting and wholly positive legacy if the current pope lifted the ban on the use of contraceptives to allow Catholics to plan their families.

Weekly Pulse: The Pill at 50 and Oklahoma's Extreme Ultrasound Law

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Fifty years ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first birth control pill. Needless to...

How Not to Have Sex in Colorado: the Personhood Amendment

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Imagine it is November this year, in Colorado. Amendment 62, the "personhood" Amendment, has just been voted into law. A woman is considering making love to her husband-- should she first consult an attorney?

Weekly Pulse: U.S. Social Forum Tackles Health Issues

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Tens of thousands of progressive activists are converging on Detroit this week for the U.S. Social For...

'The Pill' Most Popular Birth Control Worldwide

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

ATLANTA — The pill is still the No. 1 contraceptive for American women, but it's even more popular in other countries, according to the first go...

The Power of the Pill

June Carbone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
June Carbone

The irony of Stupak's efforts to hold the legislation hostage is that his proposals are unlikely to effect a single pregnancy , while the health care bill he tried to derail, by enhancing contraceptive access, could prevent dramatically more.

As Pill Turns 50, A Push Within Islam For Family Planning

Religion News Service | By Omar Sacirbey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) When reproductive health expert Dr. Douglas Huber went to Afghanistan to set-up an "Accelerating Contrac...

Kennedy, the Pill and Conservatives for Contraception

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

50 years ago, when West Virginians handed Kennedy a victory, it was only after the Democrat promised again and again not to restrict their access to birth control. That's right: the conservatives demanded their right to choose.

The Pill at 50: Don't Stop Believin'

Kirsten Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kirsten Moore

What's the verdict on the pill fifty years later? The verdict is that the pill works just fine. It's our struggle to come to terms with our sexuality in today's world. That's where the jury is still out.

Mullahs Distribute Condoms, Use Quran To Promote Birth Control In Afghanistan

AP | MARGIE MASON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Some mullahs in Afghanistan are distributing condoms. Others are quoting the Quran to encourage longer breaks between births. Health experts say contr...

New Sex Hormone Could Lead To Male Birth Control | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A new human sex hormone has been found, a new study says. The naturally occurring substance could lead to the long-sought male birth control pill, res...

Birth Control Could Help Developing World Combat Climate Change

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — Giving contraceptives to people in developing countries could help fight climate change by slowing population growth, experts said Frid...

How Green Is Your Birth Control? (POLL)

Huffington Post | Barbara Fenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

With the abundance of contraceptive products available, many have begun to examine the environmental ramifications of their birth control. The fear of...

Goodbye to You, Yaz

Doug Bremner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Doug Bremner

Yaz wasn't approved to treat PMDD and acne, and in any case, not all women have PMDD or untreated acne, even though the makers of Yaz probably wish that that was the case.

Birth Control Pill Yaz's False Advertising: Doesn't Help Acne, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome

New York Times | NATASHA SINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals has just introduced a new $20 million advertising campaign for Yaz, the most popular birth control pill in the United...

Rep. Chris Smith Wants to Criminalize the Birth Control Pill (Seriously...)

Joshua Zeitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Zeitz

Access to basic birth control and family planning services is a fundamental right. By attempting to criminalize the pill, Chris Smith's policies increase the number of unintended pregnancies.

The Pill Makes Women Choose Bad Boyfriends: Study | Jeanna Bryner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Birth-control pills could screw up a woman's ability to sniff out a compatible mate, a new study finds. While several factors can send a woman swooni...

40 Years Later, an "Infallible" Ban on Modern Birth Control

Robert Engelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Engelman

The Church's policy paradoxically has made it harder for people of every faith to use safe and effective contraception, especially if they are young, unmarried, and poor.