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March 22, 1991
When Norplant, a surgical birth-control implant, was introduced, its relative high cost -- $500 -- was a drawback. But now Maryland's largest health-care providers are covering this birth-control option. The state will pick up the $500 tab for Medicaid patients. Blue Cross and Blue Shield and two health maintenance organizations are covering the device, too. "Everything points to this being a real advance in controlling unwanted pregnancies," said Dr. Arthur Keefe of Blue Cross. Uninsured women may also get help: Planned Parenthood is exploring ways to defray the cost for them.
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By New York Times Syndication | April 20, 1993
Birth control is an important issue that affects a woman's overall health, says Dr. Ronald Chez, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida in Tampa.When a woman is weighing contraceptive options, she needs to consider any health conditions she has had in the past, such as overweight, high cholesterol, anemia or an abnormal Pap-smearresult.Dr. Chez also believes the following issues should be part of any doctor/patient discussion about birth control: frequency of intercourse, number of sexual partners, risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, degree of reliability a woman demands from a contraceptive and interest in future pregnancies.
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By Janet Rosenbaum | January 16, 2009
It's a paradox worthy of the federal government: Abstinence-only education inhibits the effective promotion of abstinence. It is possible to keep teens abstinent, at least temporarily. More than a dozen programs have been shown, in peer-reviewed studies, to delay teen sex. For example, the Becoming a Responsible Teen program helped low-income African-American teenagers in Mississippi both to delay sex and to have safer sex, and its effects were visible one year later: Only 12 percent of sexually inexperienced participants became sexually active, compared with 31 percent in the comparison group.
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By Judith Bolton-Fasman | July 31, 1994
Carole R. McCann demonstrates in this book that early birth control politics attracted strange bedfellows. Dr. McCann, who teaches American studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, attempts to establish that feminist participation in the birth control movement was eclipsed by politics, cultural anxiety and ultimately sexism.Feminists of the era, those whom she labels "welfare feminists," were more concerned with "Americanizing" immigrants, remaining mute about women's birth control needs in order to avoid confronting the inherent sexuality of the topic.
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By Lynda Robinson | February 18, 1991
If Charlie Scott and other student leaders were writing Howard County's new sex education curriculum, they would bring condoms into the classrooms and show 11th- and 12th-graders how to use them.If Barbara Adams and other conservative parents were in charge, they would urge students to practice the only foolproof and, in their view, moral method of birth control -- holding onto their virginity until they get married.The gulf between the calls for contraceptive kits and abstinence demonstrates the challenge facing Howard school administrators as they draft a new sex education curriculum for ninth graders.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | August 9, 1999
Robert E. Hunt, a former Roman Catholic priest who became known nationally in the 1960s for his public disagreement with Pope Paul VI's teaching on birth control, died Thursday at his Homeland residence of acute myeloid leukemia. He was 65.A North Baltimore resident since 1984, Mr. Hunt was born and raised in Newark, N.J. After graduating from Seton Hall University in 1954, he studied for the priesthood at the Vatican. He was ordained in 1957 and spent three years in Rome earning a doctoral degree in sacred theology.
NEWS
December 14, 1990
For the first time in three decades, American women have access to a new, effective birth control option offering greater control over their reproductive lives and the possibility of quelling the furor over abortion. Norplant, a surgical implant approved by the Food and Drug Administration this week, is in essence a new way of introducing pregnancy-preventing hormones into a woman's system. Its effectiveness and longevity make it far superior to existing methods.A small fan-like arrangement of soft tubes implanted under a woman's skin protects against pregnancy for five years and can be easily removed once a woman decides to conceive.
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe and Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe,Special to The Sun | July 26, 1994
Q: I've heard from friends about birth-control shots. Can you tell me what they are, and is it OK for a 15-year-old to get them?A: What you are referring to is a new form of birth control that has recently been approved by the Food and DrugAdministration. This form of birth control contains a chemical (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate or DMPA) very similar to the female hormone progesterone.It is manufactured in a liquid form that is injected into the muscle. The hormone is then very slowly absorbed into the bloodstream and provides protection against pregnancy for approximately 12 weeks.
NEWS
December 30, 1991
The disposition of the condom issue in Baltimore is an example of good sense prevailing over hysteria and wrong-headed perceptions. When it became widely known that Baltimore's health department was dispensing birth control pills and condoms at some city schools, some parents and clerics were upset. They felt the schools were not only out of bounds, but sending a dangerous message that teen sex is permissible.Now, little more than a year after Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke quietly made the decision to dispense birth control devices in eight clinics in city schools, there are promising signs the decision was correct.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | June 11, 1991
An Anne Arundel medical team is training doctors and nurses from across the state to properly administer the new Norplant birth control device at public health clinics.Dr. Leland Spencer and Sandra Reinhard, who run the county Health Department's family planning services, are teaching public health workers and some private physicians about the contraceptive method, which was approved just six months ago.State health officials, who want to make the birth control optionwidely available, chose the county as a training site in part because Spencer was one of the first physicians to learn how to insert the Norplant device.
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