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New Legislation Would Improve Access to Emergency Contraception For Rape Victims

New legislation introduced in the Senate this past Tuesday would require federally funded hospitals—under Medicare or Medicaid—to provide emergency contraception to rape victims who request it. A group of Democrats are backing this legislation, titled the "Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014." 

The proposed bill says that a contraceptive drug must be provided if it is approved by the FDA and "prevents pregnancy primarily by preventing or delaying ovulation, and does not terminate an established pregnancy."

Disabled Students Not Receiving Adequate Sexual Education

Previous blog posts on AASECT Express have highlighted the ways in which sexual education across the United States is lacking, oftentimes because of legislation that limits access to more a comprehensive sex education. But a study recently published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders shows that it can be even worse for disabled students, who are often cut out of sexual education entirely.

Half Of Young Women Don't Understand Their Own Anatomy

Half of young British women don’t understand the basic anatomy of their vaginas, reports the Eve Appeal, a women's cancer charity. In an attempt to encourage women to learn more about the risks and symptoms of gynecological cancers, they surveyed 1,000 women on their anatomy, and on the health of said anatomy. Out of those 1,000 women, just half of those aged 26 to 35 could locate the vagina on a medical drawing of the female reproductive system.

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby, Affecting Contraception Coverage

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that for-profit employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare.

The decision is stunning in its disregard toward women's reproductive rights alone, but also has far larger and more troubling implications, as it could open the door in the future to corporations attempting to withhold coverage for other medical procedures at odds with their religious beliefs.

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