Birth Control

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Scott Brown, Crazy Person

When Massachusetts junior senator Scott Brown last week signed on to support a Republican initiative to nullify President Barack Obama's birth-control compromise, Brown joined the vast and growing right-wing war on women.
The senator joins the Republican cult against birth control
By EDITORIAL  |  February 24, 2012

Contraception Objections Denied

Unfertilized eggs just don't taste as good.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 17, 2012

Breaking down the cost of Brown; birth control mirth; business as usual

Mayor Angel Taveras and Brown University are locked in a nasty fight over upping the school's payments to the city. And the university's governing board has announced it will hike tuition and fees by 3.5 percent next year.
Hill hiking
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 17, 2012

Why the Republican embrace of just one Catholic issue is the height of hypocrisy

We like men in dresses as much as the next person.
Come to Jesus
By EDITORIAL  |  February 17, 2012

The future of contraception

Whether your interest is personal — Get me off these hormones! — or policy-related — Global population is growing too fast! — the matters discussed at last month's Future of Contraception Initiative conference in Seattle matter to you.
Men's birth-control role may increase; women will get more options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 11, 2011

The future of contraception

Whether your interest is personal — Get me off these hormones! — or policy-related — Global population is growing too fast! — the matters discussed at last month's Future of Contraception Initiative conference in Seattle matter to you.
Men's birth-control role may increase; women will get more options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2011


Progressive nightmare

The sky is actually falling for Maine progressives, whose core values are under attack in Augusta.
With their values under attack, many Mainers view this legislative session as the stuff of bad dreams
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 18, 2011

Orange alert for women in Maine

In the wake of cuts to both Title X, the federal family-planning funding mechanism that provides more than $300 million for health screenings, birth control,...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 01, 2011

Rhode Island’s birth control contretemps

Recently OB-GYN Associates, a respected women's health care practice with offices in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, admitted to Rhode Island Department of Health officials that it had implanted in patients birth control intrauterine devices (IUDs) app
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 09, 2010

Cover the boobs; leave the guns at home

Spring has barely started, and I was expecting a few of the usual seasonal assaults to the eyeballs.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 30, 2010

Happy Birthday, Birth Control!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth-control pill (or at least, of FDA approval of the Pill), and you can read its history...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  April 26, 2010

A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 26, 2010

Safe sex, duh

A sharp-eyed reader caught an omission in one of Your Secret Admirer's previous columns.  
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  May 01, 2009
Women: Should we rejoice?

Women: Should we rejoice?

Really, birth control in all its shapes and sizes is a woman's job, except for the condom. It's the one thing that can really protect against STDs and it's "supposed" to be a man's job to have them ready when needed, although let's be honest at least AT LEAST 50 percent of the time women are actually the ones with these things in our purses just in case. So should we rejoice that the FDA has passed the newest, cheapest condom for females?

By Lisa Spinelli  |  April 17, 2009

Interview: James Carroll

The Phoenix 's Adam Reilly recently spoke with Globe columnist James Carroll about his new book, Practicing Catholic (Houghton Mifflin), and his critical but durable relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.
The full transcript of the Phoenix's conversation with the author
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 01, 2009

Unveiling the new (old) Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood wants abortions for everyone! Well, not exactly.
Rebranding the Branded
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009

Dr. Lovemonkey: Bad chemistry

I am very much in love with this guy I have known for the past six years. The problem is he knocked up a girl half his age and they have been married for 2-1/2 years.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  March 24, 2009

How much does Obama <3 women?

So Obama is for women's health, right? I mean, he reversed the global gag rule and generally likes w...
By Jeff Inglis  |  January 27, 2009

Thoughts on the 36th anniversary of Roe V. Wade

To commemorate that anniversary, the Maine Choice Coalition, along with the Maine Civil Liberties Union, the League of Young Voters, and the Portland Phoenix, are teaming up to screen the film I Had An Abortion at SPACE Gallery on Wednesday, January 2
 Woman rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 21, 2009

I had an abortion

Does anyone think about us, the people who have actually gone through with an abortion, and accepted that it was the right decision, for whatever reason, at that time?
Forty percent of American women have abortions by the time they're 45. I'm one of them.
By ANONYMOUS  |  September 24, 2008

McCain has a double standard on Viagra and birth control

McCain backed legislation allowing Medicaid to cover Viagra for men, while forbidding the federal health-insurance program for the poor from covering  birth control pills for women.
Sexual politics
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  August 13, 2008


As goes Gloucester?

Waves of chatter wash over the city of Gloucester, where 17 high-school students are pregnant.
Debating the ‘pregnancy pact’ will not make a surge in teenage motherhood   disappear
By EDITORIAL  |  June 25, 2008

Beyond rhythm: A new contraception

This article originally appeared in the March 28, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

A woman's body tells her what she needs to know

By MICHAEL CASTLEMAN  |  March 28, 2008

The kids in the hall

Someone is going to get pregnant.
Teen pregnancies are up. Can on-campus student-parent services be far behind?
By KARA BASKIN  |  January 22, 2008

Extreme behavior

If you wanted to make the Maine Legislature look good, you’d compare it to the Portland School Committee.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 31, 2007

Are turtles making love at King Middle School?

“What your values are, and what actually happens, are quite different.”
Sex Ed
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 24, 2007


A bitter pill

In W’s world unaffordable birth control pills may become the “weapons of mass destruction” that we couldn’t find, until now.
Uncle Sam gouges on birth control for college women
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 12, 2007

What’s wrong with healthcare in Maine?

When it comes to individuals’ health, the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
Just about everything. A “poor” woman and a “middle-class” man tell you why

It’s a woman’s right to choose

Sorry guys, this one’s for the girls.
Five new methods of birth control explained
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 18, 2007

The boys and the bees

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 18, 2007