Contraceptives

10:35am

Sat April 6, 2013
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With Plan B Ruling, Judge Signs Off On Years Of Advocacy

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 9:08 am

A federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make all levonorgestrel-based emergency contraceptives available to younger teens without a prescription.
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A federal judge ordered Friday what women's groups have failed to accomplish politically for a dozen years. He ruled that Plan B, the most commonly used morning-after birth control pill, be sold without a prescription or other restrictions to women of all ages.

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8:29am

Fri April 5, 2013
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Restrictions On Morning-After Pill

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 1:01 pm

Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
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A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has ruled that the morning-after pill for emergency contraception must be made available over the counter to girls 16 and under.

The ruling could end a more than decade-long battle over how easy or difficult it should be for teenage girls to obtain emergency contraception. The ruling would also make it easier for older women to obtain the drug because it wouldn't have to be kept behind drugstore counters anymore.

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1:40pm

Mon March 25, 2013
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Gates Foundation Says It's Time For A Snazzier Condom

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 10:02 am

An estimated 15 billion condoms are manufactured each year and 750 million people use them.
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Last summer Bill Gates and his foundation held a competition to reinvent the toilet. Now he's hoping to do the same for condoms.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is putting up $100,000 to the best proposal for a more fun and pleasurable condom.

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3:47pm

Thu February 21, 2013
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Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 2:51 pm

Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
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The most heated part of the fight between the Obama administration and religious groups over new rules that require most health plans to cover contraception actually has nothing to do with birth control. It has to do with abortion.

Specifically, do emergency contraceptives interfere with a fertilized egg and cause what some consider to be abortion?

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9:56am

Thu February 14, 2013
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More Women Turn To Morning-After Pill

The Plan B pill, one version of the morning-after pill, is available without a prescription, except for women 17 and younger.
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