Tag: Birth Control and Family Planning

Let’s Not Forget the Establishment Clause

I happened to be in Dublin last week when the Alabama Legislature voted to ban abortions. Foreign travel tends to enhance a person’s perception of what’s happening back home, and that was certainly true for me on this trip. It’s almost exactly a year since Irish voters, by an overwhelming two-thirds majority, threw off the […]

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What Does It Really Mean to Be 6 Weeks Pregnant?

Now that several states have passed bills that effectively ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, the new laws are raising a lot of questions about early pregnancy and miscarriage treatments. The fetal heartbeat can typically be seen on an ultrasound at around six weeks into pregnancy, but many women have no idea […]

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Republicans’ Messaging on Abortion Puts Democrats on the Defensive

WASHINGTON — With grisly claims that Democrats promote “birth day abortions” and are “the party of death,” the Republican Party and its conservative allies have aggressively reset the terms of one of the country’s most divisive and emotionally fraught debates, forcing Democrats to reassess how they should respond to attacks that portray the entire party […]

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Republicans’ Extreme Messaging on Abortion Puts Democrats on the Defensive

WASHINGTON — With grisly claims that Democrats promote “birth day abortions” and are “the party of death,” the Republican Party and its conservative allies have aggressively reset the terms of one of the country’s most divisive and emotionally fraught debates, forcing Democrats to reassess how they should respond to attacks that portray the entire party […]

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Georgia’s Terrible Law Doesn’t Have to Be the Future of Abortion

This week, Georgia became the fifth state to ban abortion at six weeks after a last menstrual period, before many people even realize they are pregnant. Its ban goes further than the others, criminalizing doctors and others who help induce abortions, as well as making those who are pregnant, potentially liable for murder if they […]

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Chasing Growth, a Women’s Health Start-Up Cut Corners

When Matt Cronin worked in customer service at Nurx, a San Francisco start-up that sells prescription drugs online, one of his jobs was to manage the office’s inventory of birth control pills. The pills were kept in the pockets of a shoe organizer hanging inside a closet, Mr. Cronin said. They had been shipped to […]

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Rule on Abortion Referrals

A federal judge on Thursday issued a nationwide injunction temporarily blocking a controversial Trump administration rule that would bar organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money. Judge Stanley A. Bastian of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington State said in his order that the rule would […]

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‘If I Had Stayed in Venezuela, We Would Have Starved’

Venezuela is collapsing after years of catastrophic mismanagement, leaving millions hungry and sick. The repressive and incompetent government of President Nicolás Maduro urgently needs to be replaced — but ordinary Venezuelans tell the story much better than I can. Meet some of the Venezuelans I met along the Colombia-Venezuela border; their accounts are lightly edited […]

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South Korea Rules Anti-Abortion Law Unconstitutional

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled as unconstitutional a 66-year-old law that made abortion a crime punishable by up to two years in prison, and called for an amendment to the law. The court gave Parliament until the end of 2020 to revise the law. If lawmakers do not meet that deadline, the law […]

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Editorial Observer: America’s Leaders Need Sex Ed

A few recent news stories have served as reminders that an awful lot of people lack even a basic understanding of the female body. And some of those people get to make and shape our laws. There was the lawyer in Alabama who tried to justify an extreme anti-abortion bill that he helped draft by […]

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Drug Sites Upend Doctor-Patient Relations: ‘It’s Restaurant-Menu Medicine’

The sites promise easy and embarrassment-free access to erectile dysfunction and libido pills. “E.D. meds prescribed online, delivered to your door,” one said recently. “Starting at $2 per dose.” “Low sex drive? That can be optional,” another one said. “Try today — $99.” The sites, Roman and Hers, as well as others now make obtaining […]

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Why Don’t More American Men Get Vasectomies?

ImageCreditTill Lauer [A newsletter for parents with evidence-based guidance and personal stories for your transformed life with kids. Sign up to get NYT Parenting in your inbox every week.] March Madness is upon us, and for urologists throughout the country that means one thing: It’s vasectomy season. Let me explain. Every year, men schedule their […]

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The Flood of Court Cases That Threaten Abortion

With all that’s going on in the world of law, I didn’t plan on writing about abortion again so soon. But as the tide of Supreme Court-bound abortion cases turns rapidly into a flood, it’s become a challenge even for people with a deep interest in the future of the abortion right to keep track […]

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Italy’s Right Links Low Birthrate to Fight Against Abortion and Migration

VERONA — In a City Hall office decorated with ultrasound images of his children, a Crucifix and nesting dolls of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, Mayor Federico Sboarina explained why he had sought to make Verona the first “Pro-Life City” in Italy. “This is the city of love, the city of Romeo and Juliet,” […]

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A Flurry of Ideas to Reverse China’s Declining Birthrate, but Will Beijing Listen?

BEIJING — One proposal would end financial penalties for babies born out of wedlock. Another would lower the legal age of marriage. Others would ban discrimination against mothers and mothers-to-be in the workplace and would expand or extend parental leave to fathers. China’s annual legislative session — the National People’s Congress — is typically a […]

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California Sues Trump Administration to Block Restrictions to Family Planning Program

LOS ANGELES — Attorney General Xavier Becerra of California filed a lawsuit on Monday to block a controversial move by the Trump administration that would strip millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood and similar reproductive health service providers that receive federal funding. Mr. Becerra said Monday that the administration’s changes to Title X, the federal […]

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in her words: Women’s History Myths, Debunked

CreditDominic Kesterton It’s Women’s History Month! You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “History isn’t what happened. It’s who tells the story.” — Sally Roesch Wagner, a women’s studies scholar and author In her […]

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Birth Control Gets Caught Up in the Abortion Wars

In its continuing assault on reproductive rights, the Trump administration has issued potentially devastating changes to the nation’s nearly 50-year-old family planning program, Title X, which allows millions of women each year to afford contraception, cancer screenings and other critical health services. Health clinics have long been barred from using Title X money, or any […]

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China Isn’t Having Enough Babies

ImageCreditAndy Wong/Associated Press Fewer babies were born in China last year than in 2017, and already fewer had been born in 2017 than in 2016. There were 15.23 million new births in 2018, down by more than 11 percent from the year before. The authorities had predicted that easing and then abolishing the one-child policy […]

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