Birth control pills.

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August 14, 2018

Illinois Issues: Birth Control Without The Doctor

Advocates say increasing access to hormonal contraceptives could help reduce unplanned pregnancies. One legislative proposal considered earlier this year aims to do just that by allowing patients to skip a physician's visit and head straight to a pharmacist. But it is having trouble catching on in Illinois.


Abby Parmalee

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July 27, 2018

Not ‘Just A Phase’: Growing Up With Gender Dysphoria

The transition from youth to adolescence can be anxiety-inducing, navigating the physical changes and social pressures to fit in. But for those who experience gender dysphoria -- the feeling that your gender doesn't match your biological sex -- adolescence can be especially traumatic. Support and care early on can make the difference between slipping between the cracks and thriving, as the stories of two transitioning youth show.


Birth control pills.

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July 23, 2018

Planned Parenthood Speaks Out Against Proposed Changes To Title X

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is speaking out against proposed changes to the only federal program that provides funding for birth control. Those changes include a so-called "gag rule" that could affect thousands of Illinois residents.


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