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January 21, 1988 | Reuters
China replaced its minister in charge of birth control today following official criticism over an accelerating population growth caused by millions of families ignoring a one-child-per-family rule. Wang Wei, who had headed the State Family Planning Commission since 1983, was replaced by a woman, Peng Peiyun, the official New China News Agency said. Chinese sources said that under Wang the commission had played down the importance last year of alarming new statistics on the growth of China's 1.
November 2, 1993 | Associated Press
Salmonella bacteria have been genetically altered to produce an oral birth control vaccine being tested in mice that primes the immune system to reject sperm before conception, a researcher reported Monday. The vaccine causes a harmless, temporary infection in the intestine that triggers antibodies against genetic components of sperm that have been spliced into the bacteria, said Roy Curtiss of Washington University in St. Louis. Tests of the contraceptive vaccine have been done only with mice.
May 14, 1993
Catherine O'Neill ("Teen Sex: The Case for Norplant," Commentary, May 5) is right on with her suggestion of serious birth control as a solution to the very serious problem of teen pregnancy. I, too, come from the background in which premarital sex was off limits; but let's face it, unfortunately that is no longer a viable reality. Popular culture endorses, indeed, promotes sex as the major adult recreational activity. Children receive this message from TV in everything from soaps to "family" sitcoms and commercials, as well as from movies and print media.
June 4, 1988 | ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ, Alan M. Dershowitz teaches at Harvard Law School and writes a column.
You think it's easy to be a judge? OK, you decide the appropriate punishment in the Debra Ann Forster case. Forster, an 18-year-old mother of three from Mesa, Ariz., recently pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted felony child abuse. She had left her two baby boys, then 18 months and 6 months old, in a sweltering apartment for two days last summer. If her estranged husband had not found the babies, they almost certainly would have died.
February 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
A convicted child abuser has formally appealed a Tulare County judge's requirement that she have a birth control implant. Superior Court Judge Howard Broadman made implantation of the new Norplant device a condition of probation for Darlene Johnson, 27, of Tulare. Defense attorney Charles Rothbaum contended that the judge was violating Johnson's "fundamental right to reproduce." Broadman said the freedom to have children is not an absolute right.
May 29, 1988
Thank you for reviewing such an important book as "At a Tender Age" by Rita Kramer (Book Review, May 15). The failure to either "retrain or restrain" the violent young is exceeded only by the failure to retrain society's ideas about decent child care, quality education and effective public assistance. Claude Brown writes (Los Angeles Times, May 17): "The humane solution to the problem of excluding young minorities from a stake in the American dream is . . . to include them." Such inclusion is impossible by the time they are old enough to kill if these kids have been raised by a single teen-age mother, attended inferior schools, and have had no meaningful role models, to name just a few handicaps.
October 4, 1985
One out of five American babies is born to an unwed mother, according to federal health statistics, and that new mother is often a teen-ager. More than 1 million American teen-agers got pregnant last year, most of them by mistake. The United States has the highest adolescent pregnancy rate of five similarly developed nations, according to the research division of Planned Parenthood. The causes are complex.
July 26, 2005 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
In a sharply critical ruling, a Nebraska federal district judge said Union Pacific Corp. illegally discriminated against female employees by barring prescription contraceptive coverage from its health plans -- even as it underwrote the cost of Viagra and drugs for male-pattern baldness. The judge's decision, issued Friday, is the latest victory for women's rights advocates in a series of battles fought in state legislatures and courtrooms over the issue of contraceptive access. U.S.
The 37,000 members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will receive letters next week urging them to get up to speed on the use of emergency contraceptives and be prepared to offer it to their patients in appropriate cases. The guidelines are only the second time that ACOG has issued its "Practice Patterns" directive that serves to present evidence to physicians regarding the safety, efficacy, risks and benefits of a treatment or procedure.
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