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Turkey's Erdogan disputes gender equality as 'against nature'

Turkish President<p>Recep Tayyip Erdoganhas stirred controversy again with a speech Monday disputing gender equality and defining women's role in society as motherhood.<p>In an address to the Women and Justice Summit in Istanbul, Erdogan laid out his view of a "much more fair, humane and conscientious …

North Africa

Feds Find Shocking, Systemic Brutality, Incompetence In Cleveland Police Department

WASHINGTON -- In recent years, Cleveland police officers have punched a 13-year-old boy who was in handcuffs for shoplifting and shot at an unarmed kidnapping victim who was wearing only his underwear, according to disturbing allegations released Thursday by the Justice Department. The agency's …

How the West is cutting teen pregnancy

<b>Teenage pregnancy is a problem developed Western nations have been battling for decades - and though it sometimes goes unnoticed they have made huge progress.</b><p>"Here's a story of utter irresponsibility: About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers," wrote columnist Nicholas Kristof …

Pregnancy

Family fears reprisals just days after sisters are hailed heroes for fighting off abusers

They are unlikely heroines, sitting in the barely furnished front room of their modest house down a narrow alley in a village in northern India. Slim-shouldered, almost frail, but outspoken and unafraid, even if they now say they fear for their lives.<p>Aarti and Pooja Kumar, 22 and 19 years old, …

Victim-Blaming Middle School Counselor Sentenced To 13 Years For Rape Of Student

A former counselor at a Kansas middle school was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for the rape of a 13-year-old student.<p>Brooke Dinkel, 33, broke down as she spoke before a judge at her sentencing on Thursday, reiterating her testimony that the victim had forced himself on her, and then …

VA Hotline Missed 40,500 Opportunities To Help Homeless Vets Last Year: Report

The deadline to end veteran homelessness is closing in, but a hotline devoted to the issue let thousands of calls go unanswered, a new report has concluded.<p>Established in 2012, the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans serves as the primary vehicle to connect vets on the streets with VA health …

The 'New' Benefits Of Mindfulness: Improved Memory, Focus, And GRE Scores

Paying attention may be one of the most fundamental and important cognitive abilities we have. It’s too bad, then, that many of us are so bad at it. It’s not only our outer distractions that get the better of us – email, texts, Twitter – but even worse can be the internal ones: Mind-wandering is a …

Advocates Say Labor Department Rule On LGBT Job Bias Lacks Details

The Labor Department has left many key questions, particularly related to transgender workers, unanswered. The department says "more guidance" will be forthcoming.<p>WASHINGTON — LGBT advocates say a long-awaited Labor Department rule to protect employees of federal contractors from sexual orientation …

LGBTQI

Peaceful march shuts down Lake Shore Drive after Ferguson decision

Several hundred people closed down Lake Shore Drive Monday night as they marched from police headquarters to the Loop to protest a decision by a grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo.<p>Chicago police diverted traffic from the …

Not Just Sex Workers: Here's What We Know About the Hong Kong Murder Victims

The arrest of young British banker Rurik Jutting, who was charged last weekend with killing two women in Hong Kong, has drawn the world’s attention …

Lawmakers Push Increased Access to Emergency Contraception

<i>Updated: September 23, 4:40 p.m. ET</i><p>Five Democratic senators introduced legislation Tuesday that would require any federally-funded hospital to …

Birth control plan would push women to '50s (Opinion) - CNN.com

Women have many choices when it comes to avoiding pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99% of sexually active women from 2006 to 2010 used at least one contraceptive method at some point. Here's a look at a variety of birth control methods and how they each …

Revolutionary New Condom-Free Birth Control For Men Set To Hit The Market

Condoms, rubbers, Jimmys…whatever you want to call them, they may well be a thing of the past (when it comes to pregnancy prevention) in the very …

IUD's can be a great poverty fighting: How better birth control can.

There aren’t any simple solutions to poverty. But of the tools we have, making effective birth control cheap and easily available for low-income …

Birth Control Without a Prescription

An unusual Republican proposal makes medical sense, kind of.<p>Let it never be said that Republicans are fighting a Forever War on contraception. In several states, Republican candidates are calling for <i>more</i> birth control—on demand and sold right next to the Tylenol.<p>"The pill ought to be available over …

Dad pleads: Don't let health insurance offer my daughters birth control!

Remember the prediction that the Supreme Court's decision to let Hobby Lobby opt out of Obamacare contraception coverage would open the floodgates for more of the same?<p>Well, it's not a flood, but it is a one-man trickle. A Missouri Republican legislator is suing in federal court for a personal …

CVS Caught Overcharging Women for Birth Control Covered by Obamacare

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — CVS has admitted to overcharging thousands of women, San Diego’s Channel Six reported yesterday, by charging for generic …

Birth Control Is Free Under Obamacare, But Not Everyone Got The Memo

One of Obamacare's biggest selling points for women is the guarantee of no-cost birth control, a new benefit that includes all forms of contraception from the pill to tubal ligation.<p>But two years after the rules eliminating copayments for contraceptives took effect, some women are still forking …

UCSB, University Of Toledo Accused Of Handing Out Flimsy Punishments For Rape

A student at the University of California at Santa Barbara who allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted a female undergraduate was punished by being removed from campus for three months, a federal complaint filed Wednesday claims.<p>Myra Crimmel, a 2014 UCSB graduate, submitted a Title IX complaint to …