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US urges condom use or abstinence to avoid Zika virus

Miami - US health authorities on Friday urged people to use condoms or refrain from sex if they live in or have traveled to areas where the Zika virus is circulating.

Indonesian district to ban condoms in convenience stores

Menteng Dua - A staunchly Islamic district in Indonesia plans to ban the sale of condoms in convenience stores in a bid to halt premarital sex, an official said Tuesday, but activists criticised the move as misguided.

Thousands to be sterilised in global 'vasectomy-athon'

Indonesia - Thousands of men around the world are to be sterilised Friday in what organisers dubbed a global "vasectomy-athon", to encourage men to take a bigger role in family planning and combat resistance to the procedure.

Single shot animal contraceptive coming soon

The idea of an injectable contraceptive for pets, administered by injection, is coming closer to reality after some successful animal trials.

Pope rows back from 'rabbits' comments, praises large families

- Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a "gift from God", just days after he said Catholics did not need to "breed like rabbits".

Pope says Catholics do not need to breed 'like rabbits'

Rome - Pope Francis has said that good Catholics do not have to breed "like rabbits", defending the Church's stance on artificial contraception and appealing to the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics to practise responsible parenting.

The man who said no to free love: Paul VI heads towards sainthood

- Pope Paul VI, the man who cracked down on free love during the 1960s and carried out sweeping changes to the Church, will be beatified on Sunday in his first step towards sainthood.

Op-Ed: The dumbest argument against Hobby Lobby

It might seem hard to be too critical of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow Hobby Lobby to deny its female employees insurance that covers contraception.

Faith trumps birth control in US Supreme Court ruling

Washington - Family-owned private companies can deny birth control coverage in their employee health care plans, the US Supreme Court said Monday in a ruling seen by some as a victory for religious freedom.

Op-Ed: Company wants to offer anti-masturbation device to parents

Washington D.c. - A large American corporation wants to make sure youngsters don’t start making jerking off a hobby. Fortunately the Supreme Court has seen this issue from all sides.

Women of Philippine slum welcome birth control victory

Manila - Single mother Christina Bantasan clutched her baby in the shadows of a sprawling Philippine slum, wishing that a controversial birth control law had come earlier so she could have planned her future better.

Philippine Supreme Court approves birth control law

Manila - The Philippines' highest court approved Tuesday a controversial birth control law that supporters said would transform the lives of millions of poor Filipinos, despite bitter opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.

Supreme Court to hear contraception case arguments

Washington - US Supreme Court justices appeared divided Tuesday as they heard arguments on whether employers must provide certain contraceptives under employee health plans, even if it is contrary to their religious beliefs.The court's three liberal women justices ...

Pope says church 'obsessed' with gays, abortion, contraception

In an interview with an influential Jesuit journal, Pope Francis blasted the Catholic Church's 'obsession' with homosexuality, abortion and birth control.

Contraceptive pill Cilest recalled from 43 countries

Drugs company Johnson & Johnson has recalled its oral contraceptive Cilest from 43 countries and it has suspended production of the drug because of a quality defect.

FDA approves 'morning-after pill' for 15-year-olds

Washington - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lowered the age limit for access to prescription-free emergency contraception pills to 15.

Mother sues drug company over inactive contraceptive pills

A mother in the U.S. has initiated a lawsuit against the drugs company Qualitest Pharmaceutical after an error occurred whereby placebo drugs took the place of active birth control pills.

Pastor says birth control pill causes fetuses to embed in womb

Colorado Springs - Colorado radio host and pastor, Kevin Swanson, is known for his odd and extremely conservative comments, but a recent segment on his radio show have many people scratching their heads.

Safety of new generation contraceptives investigated

Europe’s main health regulator has announced that it will examine the safety of newer forms of contraceptive pills. This follows concerns over potential health risks for such combined drugs.

New male contraceptive in development

A new type of male contraceptive is in development. The ‘pill’, if it makes it into production, is based on the discovery of an important gene which is required for sperm development.

Op-Ed: Teen Pregnancy — its decline and what that means for U.S.

Teen pregnancy rates in the United States are declining and statistics show it's because of comprehensive sex education in schools.

Limbaugh apologizes to Sandra Fluke for 'insulting word choices'

Yesterday, talk show host Rush Limbaugh apologized to Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke for calling her a "slut" and "prostitute" after she testified before Congress about the need for health insurance plans to cover the costs of contraception.

Obama denounces Limbaugh slur but radio host remains unapologetic

Washington - President Obama made a call on Friday to the Georgetown University law student, Sandra Fluke, who conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called a "slut" after she testified before Congress about the need for birth control coverage for women.

New old contraception fight just beginning

Since President Obama moved to require Catholic hospitals and universities to offer their employees contraceptive health benefits, Republicans have rushed to accuse the administration of an unprecedented attack on religious freedoms.

Op-Ed: GOP determined to end access to contraception altogether

"Women's vote? We don't need no women's vote!" That's what the GOP leadership in Congress seems to be saying with this boneheaded push of theirs to allow all employers to deny contraception in their health insurance plans.

Op-Ed: Why isn't the media asking these questions about insurance SNAFU?

I must admit to a bit of frustration. I'm perplexed that none of the professional journalists, pundits and opinion makers are asking some simple questions that occurred to me the moment this Catholic/Insurance SNAFU popped up.

Op-Ed: Religious organizations and health coverage: Where's the line?

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a mandate saying that all employers, including religious organizations that hire people, must provide health insurance that covers the purchase of contraceptives.

High number of UK youth not using contraception

There are calls for more relationship and sex education in schools, following a survey indicating that one in four sexually active young people in the UK are not using any type of contraception with a new partner.

Contraceptives, not Slaughterhouse: Bison get birth control shots

Officials with the Catalina Island Conservancy announced that beginning immediately they will begin injecting female bison with birth control delivered by dart gun to control the herd and insure their health and well-being.

Report: Contraception Can Help Prevent Climate Change

A report produced by the London School of Economics (LSE) has concluded that family planning is the most cost effective means of reducing global C02 emissions.
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Every day at least five women are brought to the gynaecological ward of Uganda’s Mulago National R...
Every day at least five women are brought to the gynaecological ward of Uganda’s Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala for treatment for complications caused by crude attempts to terminate their pregnancies.
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