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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,susan.reimer@baltsun.com | October 5, 2009
The Pill earned its capital letters in my house when my mother found mine after my freshman year in college. The packet had been designed to resemble a woman's compact so that birth control could be discreet. But I was a flower child and we didn't wear makeup, so I hid mine between the mattress and the box springs of my bed. I think my mother was looking for trouble. "You know," she said hotly. "Your father and I never relied on artificial means. We relied on prayer." "Mom," I said, with just as much heat.
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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 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.
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By Chicago Tribune | May 4, 1994
CHICAGO -- Dr. Leo J. Latz, 91, a pioneer in natural family planning, died Monday at his home in Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood.He published the booklet "The Rhythm," which introduced the fertility-cycle means of birth control to the American public in 1932.He was a past chief of staff at Alexian Brothers and St. Elizabeth's Hospitals.Dr. Latz originated the term "the rhythm method" for a form of birth control that eventually won the approval of the Roman Catholic Church. The system is based on the fact that women are fertile only five or six days in a 28-day menstrual cycle.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | January 20, 1995
Boston -- There's at least one missing ingredient in the caldron of welfare-reform ideas brewing on Capitol Hill. It's a spoonful of something called humility.For a long time, conservatives in this country have accused liberals of ''social engineering'' -- trying to change private behavior through public policy. Now they're trying it.At this point, the prime target of the welfare reformers is the unwed, uneducated and unemployed poor woman. In the economic lingo that the Republicans prefer, welfare is now called an ''incentive'' for having a baby.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Sara Neufeld and Stephanie Desmon and Sara Neufeld,SUN REPORTERS | October 19, 2007
While much of the nation debates a Maine school board's vote to let school-based clinics give young teens contraceptives without parental consent, Baltimore girls as young as 12 have had access to birth-control pills from such clinics for more than 20 years. Advocates say making contraceptives available has played a large role in the city's declining teen birth rate - especially in the past decade, when it has been cut in half for girls younger than 15. It's not just in Baltimore. A Maryland law that dates to the 1970s allows a minor confidential access to contraception, meaning any adolescent girl can ask her doctor for birth control - knowing that information will not be shared with her mother or father.
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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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