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Here, Women Under 25 Will Get Birth Control for Free

French health minister says it's 'unbearable that women cannot protect themselves'

(Newser) - Women under 25 in France will soon get birth control—including the pill, IUDs, contraceptive patches, and other methods—for free. President Emmanuel Macron's government said Thursday that it would expand an existing program offering free contraception to women under 18 beginning next year as affordability is proving an...

In China, a 'Slow, Painful, Creeping Genocide'
In China, a 'Slow, Painful,
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In China, a 'Slow, Painful, Creeping Genocide'

AP report: Country is systematically forcing birth control on Uighurs to cut down Muslim population

(Newser) - The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country's Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about...

'Contraception Jewelry' Could Become a Thing
Why Earrings Could
One Day Stop a Pregnancy
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Why Earrings Could One Day Stop a Pregnancy

New study looks at 'contraception jewelry'

(Newser) - Imagine a woman choosing between two earrings: contraceptive or non-contraceptive. That option may one day exist if so-called "contraceptive jewelry" becomes available, Fox News reports. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology tested the notion by designing tiny skin patches—each containing up to a week of contraception—and...

Birth Control Pills Recalled Due to Critical Packaging Error

Apotex mistake could lead women to miss pills, or to take placebos instead of active tablets

(Newser) - There's nothing wrong with the tablets themselves, but a nationwide recall of birth control pills has been announced by the Food and Drug Administration due to a packaging goof that could cause women to miss pills or take placebos, possibly leading to pregnancy, People reports. The FDA alert notes...

Zoo Forced to Put All Mammals on Contraception

It's worried about overcrowding during tuberculosis quarantine

(Newser) - Thanks, in all likelihood, to a tuberculosis-infected badger, a zoo in England has had to put 60 mammal species on birth control via injections, implants, tablets, and IUDs, the BBC reports. And, yes, that includes lions and tigers, according to the Times . The large cats must be knocked out with...

Trump Ditches Obama Rule on Birth Control Coverage

More employers will be allowed to claim religious, moral objections

(Newser) - President Trump is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections, issuing new rules Friday that take another step in rolling back the Obama health care law, the AP reports. The new policy is a long-expected revision to federal...

Trump Birth Control Decision Could Affect Millions

He's planning to kill ObamaCare's birth control mandate

(Newser) - The "birth control mandate" that has been spawning lawsuits since the early days of ObamaCare could be history as soon as Friday. President Trump, in a move that could affect millions of women, is planning to get rid of the requirement for employers to cover birth control in their...

Catholic Doc Claims He Can Reverse Early Abortions

George Delgado is 'experimenting on women' with controversial procedure, detractors say

(Newser) - Several US states, including Georgia, Utah, and Idaho, have enacted laws or are considering bills allowing for "abortion reversals." Per the concept driven by California doctor George Delgado, if a woman takes only the first of two pills in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy and regrets her...

Doc Gave IUD to Pregnant Woman, Who Loses Baby

The unidentified mother of 3 didn't know she was pregnant, is suing

(Newser) - A UK woman who didn't know she was pregnant lost her unborn child after a doctor who didn't check for pregnancy fitted her with an IUD contraceptive coil, the Sun reports. The mother of three was seven weeks' pregnant when her doctor inserted a Mirena coil in 2012....

Website Debuts to Help US Women Carry Out DIY Abortions

SASS counselors will help Americans who've decided to end pregnancies with drugs

(Newser) - A Dutch organization that advises women on reproductive rights has now launched a website to help US women terminate pregnancies on their own. The Guardian reports on the "Self-Managed Abortion: Safe and Supported" portal, or SASS , set up by Women Help Women . Through it, 23 trained counselors will answer...

Women's Rights Advocates: Get Your IUDs Now, Before Trump

Amid fears of stripped reproductive rights, ObamaCare repeal, women look for long-term birth control

(Newser) - Donald Trump's statements on abortion caused no small outcry, and now some women worried about what reproductive health rights look like under a Trump administration are looking toward long-term contraception. The Washington Post reports there's been a recent uptick in various media—including Jezebel and Elle —and...

Hormone-Based Birth Control Linked to a Dark Side Effect

Women on hormonal contraception more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant: study

(Newser) - Anyone who's struggled with mood swings while on hormonal birth control may not be surprised to hear that a new study suggests using such birth control could increase the risk of depression. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen looked at more than a million women ages 15 to 34,...

Why Sweden Wants to Send a Condom Into Space

Best invention ever?

(Newser) - Sweden wants everyone talking about contraceptives. So in a voice-over video message to NASA, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) points out that the US has a long history of sending objects into outer space, and then proposes that NASA get to work on launching, well, a condom. The...

As Venezuela Reels, Women Turn to Sterilization

With condoms and other methods in short supply, women have few choices

(Newser) - Add another problem to the catastrophe gripping Venezuela: women opting to sterilize themselves rather than bring a new life into the chaos. No government statistics on sterilization are available, but a social worker tells Reuters she sees up to five women a day who seek to undergo a tubal ligation....

Doctor Told Her She Couldn't Get Pregnant. She Did, Now She's Suing

Though she says she can't imagine life without her daughter

(Newser) - "She's full of life, loving, kind, sweet, everything you could ever imagine," Lori Cichewicz describes her 5-year-old daughter, Reagan, to WXYZ . But the 50-year-old from Oakland County, Mich., worries about the financial strain and other issues involved in raising a child with special needs (Reagan was born...

Pharmacists Will Prescribe Birth Control in 2 States

Women in California and Oregon just have to undergo a quick screening

(Newser) - More than half of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the US each year are unplanned, according to the Guttmacher Institute . Oregon and California policymakers are trying to buck that trend with what the New York Times calls "groundbreaking" new laws that would allow birth control to be doled...

Supreme Court To Hear 4th Challenge to ObamaCare

This one is brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits

(Newser) - For the fourth time in five years, ObamaCare is going before the Supreme Court, Politico reports. This time, seven religious charities, hospitals, and colleges—including Little Sisters of the Poor and Notre Dame—are challenging the contraception mandate, which they claim violates their religious beliefs, according to the Hill . Hobby...

Why Teen Pregnancy Is Plummeting in Colorado

Study offering free IUDs, implants shows dramatic results

(Newser) - Science continues to back up an American Academy of Pediatrics policy change recommending teenage girls use long-acting birth control methods rather than the pill. Over six years, Colorado offered women free IUDs and implants as part of "one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control,"...

In Oregon, You Can Now Stock Up on Birth Control

First state in the country to dispense a year's worth of birth control

(Newser) - Oregon women can stock up on the birth control patch, pill, or ring after Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 3343 into law yesterday. The legislation, which goes into effect next year, requires insurers to offer 12-month supplies of the contraceptives, instead of the usual 30- or 90-day prescriptions. The...

Contraceptive Pill 'Kills Young Teacher'

The 'combined' pill may have caused Fallan Kurek's blood clot

(Newser) - A young woman died earlier this month from a pulmonary embolism that doctors link to her use of the contraceptive pill, her parents tell the Birmingham Mail . "We felt angry when they first mentioned it could be the pill," says Julia Kurek, mother of 21-year-old Fallan Kurek. "...

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