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Stories with subject: Sexual and reproductive health
  • $14M awarded in suit linking contraceptive, stroke 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:14 am
  • CHICAGO - A jury has awarded $14 million to a suburban Chicago woman who sued her doctor over a debilitating stroke she suffered after taking the birth control drug Yasmin.

  • Bill would punish drug-using pregnant women 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:55 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Opponents of a Tennessee bill that would punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics say it will have the unintended consequence of hurting the very people it's supposed to protect: the babies.

  • Judge: ACLU may file in birth-control lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:04 am
  • CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A federal judge has allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to file a "friend of the court" brief in a lawsuit filed by Roman Catholic organizations in Wyoming.

  • Christian broadcaster wins health care injunction 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:22 pm
  • DENVER - Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health insurance.

  • Court: Fla. discrimination law covers pregnancy 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:07 pm
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The state's civil rights laws include the protection of women discriminated against for pregnancy, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

  • Sexually transmitted diseases on rise in Minnesota 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:17 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - State health officials are concerned that Minnesotans aren't getting the message about safe sex and about testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Alicia Silverstone out with book 'Kind Mama' 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:13 pm
  • NEW YORK - She's famous as an actress for "Clueless." But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she's put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, "The Kind Mama" (Rodale).

  • Hawaii weighs expanded coverage for infertility 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:05 am
  • HONOLULU - When Piilani Smith was diagnosed with infertility at the doctor's office and chose to pursue fertility treatment, she was shocked by what she learned.

  • Pregnant woman injured in Phoenix crash has died 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:00 pm
  • PHOENIX - Authorities say a pregnant woman critically injured in a crash involving a car and a city bus last weekend has died.

  • DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:25 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

  • SC bills could outlaw abortion, most contraception 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:39 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A state Senate panel advanced legislation Thursday that opponents warn could outlaw abortion and emergency contraception in South Carolina. The panel also took testimony on a separate bill that would outlaw all abortions and most contraception by giving legal rights to fertilized eggs.

  • State certificates available to record stillbirths 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:08 pm
  • GREAT FALLS, Montana - On a night at the end of November 2011, Beth Morey, 31 weeks pregnant, realized the baby she was carrying had stopped kicking. Worried, she went to Community Medical Center in Missoula to have a doctor check the baby, and there she found out it had died.

  • St. Louis-area hospital to offer midwife option 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 11:29 am
  • ST. LOUIS - The hospital in the St. Louis area that delivers the most babies will soon offer an option for midwife-led births, part of a growing trend as more women seek natural childbirth.

  • Italy court overturns ban on egg or sperm donation 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 11:01 am
  • ROME - Italy's constitutional court has struck down a ban on egg or sperm donation for infertile couples.

  • Philippine court rules family planning law legal 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 5:19 am
  • MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a family planning law is constitutional, allowing the government to provide reproductive health care services primarily to the country's poor despite strong opposition to the law from the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Pope presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 11:40 am
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV.

  • Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 12:13 pm
  • NEW YORK - It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

  • Nurse working in ICU where she spent her 1st days 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 1:25 am
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - As a newborn, Destany Atkins' parents couldn't wait to get her out of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

  • SC woman gets 20 years in breast feeding overdose 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 1:39 pm
  • SPARTANBURG, South Carolina - A judge sentenced a South Carolina woman to 20 years in prison Friday for killing her 6-week-old daughter with what prosecutors say was an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk.

  • Catholic teacher contract gets exact on behavior 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 6:11 pm
  • CINCINNATI - The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church is so complex the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is giving teachers a cheat sheet on some of the things that can get them fired.

  • Wyoming Catholic College opposes mandate 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 1:22 pm
  • CASPER, Wyoming - Wyoming Catholic College is temporarily exempt from providing contraceptive coverage in its employee health plans while it fights the mandate in court, according to officials with the college in Lander.

  • Hobby Lobby 401(k) invests in birth control makers 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 5:01 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The company leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under the new health care law offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs.

  • Okla. House panel passes morning-after pill limits 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 7:11 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - Legislation requiring anyone under 17 to have a prescription to purchase the so-called morning-after pill got approval from an Oklahoma House committee Tuesday, in spite of concerns by opponents that it could lead to more unwanted pregnancies, especially among teenagers.

  • Court rejects new cases on birth control coverage 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 9:47 am
  • WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has turned away an early look at a challenge by religiously affiliated not-for-profit groups to the new health care law's provision on birth control coverage.

  • Vatican: Obama talks included birth control 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 10:31 am
  • VATICAN CITY - The Vatican says the Catholic Church's objection to a contraception requirement under the Affordable Care Act was raised during President Barack Obama's visit.