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NATIONAL
May 8, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Energized by Republican gains in the last election and still stinging from the passage of President Obama's healthcare overhaul, conservative lawmakers in statehouses around the country have put forward a torrent of measures aimed at restricting abortion. The measures now under consideration in dozens of states reflect advances in technology and a political cycle that has reempowered a reliably antiabortion bloc — conservative Republicans — on the state and federal levels. Some proposed laws, drawing upon improvements in medical imaging, seek to shorten the window during which women may have an abortion, though states may not impose restrictions in the first trimester.
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HEALTH
May 3, 2010 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Over the last few decades, the period between the time when young adults leave their parents' house and when they settle down to start families has grown substantially. In 1970, 21% of 25-year-olds were unmarried; by 2005, the percentage had jumped to 60%. Marked by self-discovery and exploration, this phase of life has been dubbed the "odyssey years" by some. And along with determining their career and life goals, many unmarried adults in their 20s are also trying to figure out how to manage their sex lives.
OPINION
November 11, 2009
Re "House passes healthcare plan," Nov. 8 As a physician who has spent the last 30 years working for women's reproductive health, I was a big supporter of health reform, having observed firsthand the abuses my patients suffered at the hands of health insurance companies. I never imagined that Congress would cave in to the religious right and pass a bill that completely betrayed women's health for the sake of political expediency. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Politicians are always more concerned with getting reelected and making backroom deals than with doing the right thing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2009 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Sheldon J. Segal, who led the team that developed Norplant, Jadelle, Mirena and other long-lasting contraceptive agents that are used by more than 120 million women around the world and who promoted the idea that women did not have to have monthly menstrual cycles, died Oct. 17 at his home in Woods Hole, Mass. He was 83 and had been suffering from congestive heart failure. "Shelly was one of the most influential and respected figures in the population and reproductive health field," said Peter J. Donaldson, president of the Population Council, which seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of people around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
The UC Board of Regents have quietly settled a dozen lawsuits stemming from fertility fraud uncovered nearly 15 years ago -- drawing closer to an end a scandal that has dogged UC Irvine and left behind dozens of heartbroken couples. Shirel and Steve Crawford recently deposited their $675,000 settlement, minus legal fees, but it brought them little peace. In the late 1980s, in the midst of what many consider the country's worst fertility scandal, the Crawfords believe their embryos were given to a woman referred to in documents as "Mrs.
WORLD
September 3, 2004 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
Organizations concerned with reproductive health and sexual education sharply criticized the Bush administration Thursday, saying that its policies are contributing to the AIDS pandemic and the deaths of women during childbirth and from unsafe abortions. The criticism came on the final day of the three-day Countdown 2015 conference in London. About 700 representatives of governments and groups from 109 countries gathered to assess progress toward goals set in 1994 at a U.N.
NATIONAL
July 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
Ignoring a veto threat, the Senate voted Wednesday to end the Bush administration's policy prohibiting family planning assistance to health centers abroad that promote or perform abortions. An amendment to lift the ban was included in a $27-billion bill authorizing State Department spending and foreign assistance programs. It was approved by voice vote after an amendment to set aside the proposal was defeated, 53 to 43. A vote on the overall bill is likely today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Allen Lein, 89, a founding faculty member of the UC San Diego School of Medicine and an expert on female reproductive health, died March 26 of heart failure in Austin, Texas. Born in New York City, Lein attended the University of Chicago and earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in zoology, with a focus on endocrinology, from UCLA. During World War II, he served as an Army aviation physiologist in the War Research Program. He later studied in France as a Guggenheim Fellow.
HEALTH
December 30, 2002 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
For male bicyclists, the road to fatherhood may have just hit a few more bumps. Two studies in as many months add to recent evidence that bicycling can be hazardous to a man's reproductive health -- especially for dedicated mountain bikers. One, released a few weeks ago, found that frequent mountain bike riding can lower sperm counts, damage the scrotum and possibly reduce fertility.
WORLD
September 4, 2002 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The issue of women's rights and reproductive health caused delegates at a U.N. development summit here to stumble briefly Tuesday in their mad dash to wrap up a global plan to reduce poverty and simultaneously protect the planet. Final negotiations on the plan were completed Monday.
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