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What are LARCs?

What are LARCs?

December 11th, 2017

Long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), which include both birth control implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), last for 3 to 10 years and are easy to use. LARCs can be removed at any time and you can become pregnant as soon as they are out. They are the most effective forms of reversible birth control. There […]

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Back to basics…just what is family planning?

Back to basics…just what is family planning?

December 04th, 2017

Family planning is defined as the means by which individuals and couples attain their desired number of children and the spacing and timing of their births. This is achieved with contraception and the treatment of infertility. Options for family planning include IUDs and implants, birth control pills, patches, and rings, injections, barrier methods like condoms […]

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Open Enrollment 2018

Open Enrollment 2018

November 21st, 2017

Are you in need of health insurance? Well, you’re in luck! It’s that time of year again, open enrollment season. The open enrollment period started November 1st and it ends Dec. 15th. 2018 Open Enrollment is shorter than in previous years. It’s important to act quickly. If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t […]

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Part 4: The Link Between Abortion and Poverty

Part 4: The Link Between Abortion and Poverty

August 15th, 2017

Although we live in a country where abortion is legal, there are still many barriers that can prevent a woman from terminating a pregnancy: women may not know the legal status of abortion in their state, they may not have the financial ability to pay for the procedure, they may not be able to get […]

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Part 3: The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy

Part 3: The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy

August 07th, 2017

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the national public expenditure on unintended pregnancies was estimated to be $21.0 billion in 2010. This averages out to be $336 of state and federal money spent on every woman of childbearing age (15-44 years old) in the United States. Nationally, about 1.5 million births were unintended and public insurance […]

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Part 2: The Demographics of Unintended Pregnancy

Part 2: The Demographics of Unintended Pregnancy

July 25th, 2017

Nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended. This rate is not consistent among different demographic groups; some women will be disproportionately affected by these unplanned pregnancies and the consequences. The Healthy People 2020 campaign, designed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has a goal to increase the percentage of […]

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Part 1: Effects of Unintended Pregnancies on Young Mothers

Part 1: Effects of Unintended Pregnancies on Young Mothers

July 11th, 2017

Whether a woman is in high school or college, having an unintended pregnancy can have life-altering effects for both her and her child. For teenage mothers, there are many barriers to gaining an education and having economic stability. Completing high school and continuing onto higher education is crucial for attaining a well-paying job. Unfortunately, only […]

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Celebrating Griswold v. Connecticut

June 30th, 2017

On June 7th, during a time of great uncertainty, trepidation and confusion, Griswold v. Connecticut had its 52nd anniversary. This landmark Supreme Court case helped pave the way for Arizonans and the rest of the nation to have access to contraception, as well as family planning programs, services, and support. The 1965 ruling affirmed the […]

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The End of the Birth Control Mandate?

The End of the Birth Control Mandate?

June 19th, 2017

Beginning in 2012, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance plans offered through employers were required to cover, with no cost to the employees, at least one type of each birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Thanks to this coverage, 55 million women have access to birth control with no […]

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Guttmacher Institute Refutes Trump Administration’s Claims Regarding FQHCs

Guttmacher Institute Refutes Trump Administration’s Claims Regarding FQHCs

June 06th, 2017

A recent article published by the Guttmacher Institute looked at the different capacities and roles of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and other Title X providers that focus on reproductive health. Recently, the Trump administration has been trying to make FQHCs the sole providers of publicly funded family planning care, while defunding other family planning […]

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