Sex Education

Leaked Birth Control Rule Would Broaden Religious Exemption

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But the mandate has drawn strong and sustained opposition from social conservatives, who see it as an infringement on freedom of conscience. The Obama administration exempted houses of worship, and set up a workaround for religiously affiliated nonprofits, such as hospitals, universities and social service organizations. The Supreme Court later ruled that closely held private companies were also eligible for the workaround, through which the government arranges contraceptive coverage for the affected women employees.

A Smarter Way to Compare Birth Control Methods


Then comes Planned Parenthood's general information page about birth control methods--it's unwieldy and text-heavy, putting the burden on the reader to click through every page from top to bottom, or to know exactly what they're looking for. It's easy to find sites listing efficacy rates and side effects, but you rarely get a sense of what it's like to live with a given method of birth control every day. "There's a lack of curation and quality and accuracy of information that women can find about birth control options online," says Christine Dehlendorf, director of the Program in Woman-Centered Contraception at UC San Francisco. Iodine asks users questions with Google Consumer Surveys, which function kind of like ad veils on online content.

Artificial Intelligence Protects First Responders, How Birth Control Is Stopping the Spread of Disease and More


This NASA-Developed A.I. Could Help Save Firefighters' Lives, Smithsonian Magazine Disorienting scenes where a single move can be deadly is a common experience for both space rovers and firefighters. The Guardian A New York City subway rat carries a host of dangerous contagions, and its reproductive capacity -- up to 15,000 offspring in a year -- spread disease through city sewers and alleyways. Generational Poverty: Trying to Solve Philly's Most Enduring Problem, Philadelphia Magazine Can Mattie McQueen, an unemployed 52-year-old raising three grandchildren in a largely unfurnished apartment, escape the destitution that's dogged her ancestors since the postbellum years?

Condoms By Drone: A New Way To Get Birth Control To Remote Areas


A drone takes a practice flight in Virginia with medical supplies -- part of a project to evaluate the flying machines for use in humanitarian crises. A drone takes a practice flight in Virginia with medical supplies -- part of a project to evaluate the flying machines for use in humanitarian crises. A group of public health experts, local health authorities and private-sector partners dreamed up the idea in 2014 when trying to figure out ways to improve access to contraception for women in the hardest-to-reach areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Access to birth control, reproductive health information and other services for women of childbearing age is a massive problem in this region, where fewer than 20 percent of women use modern contraceptives.