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2008-08-15 00:00:37

The American Psychological Association said it has found no evidence that abortion causes mental health problems for women. "There is no credible evidence that a single elective abortion of an unwanted pregnancy in and of itself causes mental health problems for adult women," said a draft report released Tuesday by an APA task force. The conclusion was reached after an evaluation of empirical studies published in English in peer-reviewed journals since 1989. The report was presented...

2008-07-16 18:00:42

WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on reports that the Bush Administration's is drafting a proposed rule that would place new restrictions on domestic family planning programs. While current law already allows health care providers and professionals to refuse to provide abortions based on their religious beliefs, this provision would threaten the funding of organizations and health facilities if they do not hire people who...

2008-07-15 21:00:00

By Deidre Williams What's the story on teen pregnancy? Two recent national reports offer seemingly contradictory findings on the issue. One study said that teen birth rates have increased from 2005 to 2006, the first increase in 15 years. The other study shows that pregnancy rates for girls ages 15 to 19 have dropped nationally. Since different things are being measured in these studies, they require a closer look. Here are the facts: A report on children compiled by 22 U.S....

2008-07-11 09:01:07

Unsafe abortions kill some 68,000 women annually, says World Bank report WASHINGTON, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Some 68,000 women die each year from unsafe abortions, while another 5.3 million suffer temporary or permanent disability as a result, a World Bank report released Thursday said. The report, Fertility Regulation Behaviors and Their Costs, said many poor women turn to abortion as a last-resort means of birth control. Despite a huge increase in contraception globally, 51 million...

2008-07-07 09:00:38

When did teen pregnancy become entertaining? You know, the stuff of a break-out summer comedy, an Oscar-winning independent film, and now the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." Nothing quite says "a new kind of family" _ the network's slogan _ like a 15-year-old's unplanned pregnancy. It's only a matter of time before some artist makes "Large Times at Gloucester High." Apparently, pregnancy provides a better plot device than abortion, especially since the...

2008-06-23 06:00:02

By Greg Toppo A supposed "pregnancy pact" that drew worldwide attention to eight teenage girls at a Massachusetts high school may be fiction, the city's school board chairman says. He says none of the girls has confirmed any pact on the record. "My gut feeling is that there may have been some sort of pact after the fact -- you know, two girls who are pregnant say they'll stick together," Greg Verga, chairman of the Gloucester, Mass., school committee, said Sunday. Reporters took...

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2008-05-14 00:45:00

Researchers from Guttmacher Institute in New York said Tuesday that improper contraceptive use will result in unintended pregnancy for half the women who do not wish to conceive. The researchers found that one in four women are very likely to become pregnant due to inconsistent or improper use of contraceptives, which will result in 28 million women at risk for unplanned pregnancy.  Part of the issue is a lack of health care access, with many women unable to afford some of the more...

2008-02-06 16:55:00

Juno MacGuff and Britney Spears' 16-year-old pregnant sister are just two signs that teen pregnancy is "in," Maclean's magazine suggests. But some experts disagree, citing statistics that show long-term teen pregnancy is not on the rise. Jamie Lynn Spears, star of the Nickelodeon television series "Zoey 101," is getting a lot of tabloid attention for her pregnancy. MacGuff is the 16-year-old pregnant protagonist in the new movie "Juno." In the film, Juno decides to give the baby up for...

2006-08-11 16:26:16

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who are considered to be at high risk of pregnancy appear more likely to continue with use of oral contraceptive pills than with a transdermal contraceptive patch, doctors have observed. In their study, despite apparent ease of use and simplicity, the patch was considerably less effective than the pill. "What we found," Dr. Arvind Bakhru told Reuters Health, "is that those using the contraceptive patch were more likely to become pregnant and more...

2006-08-11 14:44:40

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who are considered to be at high risk of pregnancy appear more likely to continue with use of oral contraceptive pills than with a transdermal contraceptive patch, doctors have observed. In their study, despite apparent ease of use and simplicity, the patch was considerably less effective than the pill. "What we found," Dr. Arvind Bakhru told Reuters Health, "is that those using the contraceptive patch were more likely to become pregnant and more...