Monthly Archives: September 2010

Study Finds No Mental Health Problems in Teens Who Have Abortions

In a study conducted by Jocelyn T. Warren of Oregon State University et al., young women who have abortions are no more likely than teenagers who do not end their pregnancies to have low self-esteem or become depressed during their … Continue reading

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This Week Marks Ten Years of Women Accessing Medication Abortion in the U.S.

On September 28, 2000, the FDA approved the drug mifepristone, in combination with misoprostol, for usage in a medical abortion pill. Formerly known as RU-486 and now marketed as Mifeprex, the drug offers women an alternative to surgical abortion. According … Continue reading

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Book Review: Deborah Brake Brings Her A Game

Deborah Brake’s book Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution immediately captures the attention of the reader and does not let go until the end. Although grounded in the study of law, Getting in the Game … Continue reading

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Florida Court Strikes Down Gay Adoption Ban

Good news for children in need of loving families: Florida no longer considers adoption by gay women and men to be unconstitutional under article 1, section 2, of the Florida Constitution. On September 22, 2010, a three-judge panel in the … Continue reading

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New Census Figures on Poverty Paint a Bleak Picture for Women

The U.S. Census Bureau released new statistics on poverty last week, revealing a dismal picture for women and families across the country. The number of people living in poverty increased from 39.8 million in 2008 to 43.6 million in 2009 … Continue reading

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WLP Executive Director to Testify at Senate Hearing About Police Mishandling of Rape Cases

Next Tuesday, September 14, WLP Executive Director Carol E. Tracy will testify at a Senate Judiciary hearing in Washington, DC, about police mishandling rape reports. The Women’s Law Project has been working on this issue since the Philadelphia Inquirer reported … Continue reading

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Reproductive Coercion Update: Study Offers Hope for Reducing Unwanted Pregnancies in Violent Relationships

Earlier this year, we wrote about a study conducted by researchers at the University of California at Davis which found that a significant number of unwanted pregnancies are the result of reproductive coercion – young women and teenagers being pressured … Continue reading

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