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Birth Control App Lets Teens Purchase Pills Without Parental Authority

Teens as young as 12 can purchase birth control and abortifacients without parental knowledge, without local physician oversight, and without the need for insurance, thanks to a new phone app called Nurx. Called the “uber of birth control,” Nurx claims on the app to be “affordable,” “easy,” and “safe and secure,” making it that much more tempting for at-risk adolescents and young adults to purchase what they think is a simple and safe pill.

Interestingly, the app doesn’t use terms like “abortion” or “terminate a pregnancy” when referencing its product line. It only uses the terms “birth control” or “emergency contraception,” even though it offers both Plan B and Ella, which are types of “morning after” abortion pills. Without further research, some young women might not realize they could be buying a chemical abortion.

Dr. Patricia Lee June of the American College of Pediatricians Board of Directors warns, “Nurx wrongly excludes those who know the child and her health history best—her parents and her physician, and places the full responsibility for a life-changing healthcare decision on a girl’s shoulders.”

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California Judge Supports Free Speech of Pregnancy Care Centers

Victory for pro-lifers! Pregnancy resource centers in California do not have to post signage and inform clients about the state’s taxpayer-funded abortions and birth control through its Medi-Cal program, thanks to an injunction from Riverside County Superior Court Justice Gloria C. Trask.

Noting free speech concerns, Judge Trask wrote, “This statute compels the clinic to speak words with which it profoundly disagrees when the State has numerous alternative methods of publishing its message.”

It is expected that California’s Attorney General Xavier Beccera will challenge Trask’s ruling. Similar signage laws have been struck down in New York City, Baltimore, and Austin.

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Convicts Offered Shorter Jail Times in Exchange for Free Birth Control

In exchange for shorter jail time, White County, Tenn., General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield offered inmates free extreme birth-control measures. Male prisoners who opted-in would be given vasectomies, while female prisoners would receive Nexplanon, a three-year contraceptive implant. Judge Benningfield rescinded the offer after an uproar that included calls for the state attorney general to opine as to its constitutionality. Before it was rescinded, however, 32 women and 38 men had opted-in as a means of reducing their time in jail up to 30 days. Benningfield reasoned, “I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, to not to be burdened with children.” Benningfield’s original offer for convicts to “buy” their freedom through sterilization procedures not only smacked of eugenics, but also bordered on coercion.

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Birth Control App Awaits FDA Approval

If approved by the FDA, Natural Cycles would be the first government-approved, non-drug option for birth control. The natural family planning app, developed by Swedish nuclear physicist Elina Berglund Scherwitzl and her husband, Dr. Raoul Scherwitz, tracks a woman’s ovulation cycle using an algorithm. In a peer-reviewed study of 4,000 women, the app was 93 percent effective at preventing pregnancy compared to the 91 percent effectiveness of the birth control pill. The app is available on iPhones, iPads, Android devices or any device with a browser.

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