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PHOTO: Stores make an attempt at propriety in displaying adult magazines with covers partially hidden, but teens have easy access online. Experts say it distorts what they view as healthy relationships and body image. Photo credit: Ed Kohler

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a far cry from magazines tucked under the mattress – and experts say the proliferation of pornography made available with today's technology is having an adverse effect on teens' views about dating and their bodies. Elizabeth Schroeder, founder of Elizabeth Schro ...Read More

Photo: Sen. Andy Kerr is a co-sponsor of the Reproductive Health Freedom Act. Photo courtesy of: www.andykerr.org

DENVER - Today, the Colorado state Senate will debate the Reproductive Health Freedom Act (SB175). Supporters say if passed, the landmark legislation would safeguard women's reproductive health decisions and prevent passage of anti-choice laws in the future. Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood is co-sponsori ...Read More

ILLUSTRATION: April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Prevention advocates in New York and nationwide report progress and problems. Photo credit:  FreeDigitalPhotos.net

BETHPAGE, N.Y. - If there's a message, it's: "If you see something, say something." April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and advocates fighting to protect minors say progress is made when people learn to step up and report abuse. Anthony Zenkus, director o ...Read More

PHOTO: Sexual violence is a growing problem in Indiana; the state leads the nation in numbers of sexual assaults against teens. Photo by: Anita Peppers.

INDIANAPOLIS - More than one woman in five in Indiana is a rape victim, and more than two in five have been sexually assaulted. Despite the alarming numbers, getting help in recovery can be difficult. According to Anita Carpenter, who heads the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, in nearly hal ...Read More

PHOTO: A belief that birth control pill effectiveness can be reduced by antibiotics is largely a misunderstanding, according to Planned Parenthood Arizona. Photo credit: National Organization for Women.

PHOENIX - It's the season for allergies and sinus infections, and there's a concern among women that fighting the sniffles with antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of their birth control pills. According to Planned Parenthood Arizona physician Dr. Laura Dalton, that belief is largely a "misunde ...Read More

PHOTO: Hobby Lobby took its case to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, with company owners arguing that they shouldn't have to provide contraception coverage for workers because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Photo credit: Nicholas Eckhart

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The arguments are over, and now the waiting begins as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a challenge to the contraceptive mandate in the new federal health-care law. Attorneys for two for-profit companies argued before the justices on Tuesday that requiring their insurance to cover bi ...Read More

PHOTO: In the wake of compelling research on the importance of early brain development for children ages 0-5, First 5 California is launching a new statewide media campaign encouraging parents and caregivers to talk, read, and sing to babies and toddlers. Photo courtesy First 5 California.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Reading a bedtime story or singing a lullaby can do more than help put a child to sleep. Research shows talking, reading and singing to babies in their first years of life can have an extremely powerful impact on their development. First 5 California is launching a sta ...Read More

PHOTO: Researchers say misinformation from some pharmacy staff is preventing some teens from accessing emergency contraception. Photo credit: morgue file.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers say misinformation from pharmacy workers is preventing some teens from getting emergency contraception. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association surveyed more than 900 pharmacies in five cities across the nation, including Cleveland. ...Read More

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