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Conservatives Crafting Antiabortion-Rights Message Ahead of Midterm Elections
A "vocal group of social conservatives, dismayed both by [Republicans'] apparent dismissiveness of their passion and by the Democrats' success at portraying Republicans as prosecuting a 'war on women,' are rewriting the anti-abortion movement's script," the New York Times reports.

CDC: More Teenagers Receiving HPV Vaccine, But Vaccination Rate Still Too Low
The number of girls receiving the full dosage of the human papillomavirus vaccine increased by about four percentage points between 2012 and 2013, but the overall rate remains well short of CDC's 80% vaccination goal, according to new research from the agency, Reuters reports.

Report Shows Rates of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Decline, But 63M Women Still at Risk of Practice Over Next 40 Years
The rate of women undergoing genital mutilation/cutting has declined in the past 30 years in many of the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is concentrated, but the total number of women undergoing the procedure has increased because of population growth, according to a UNICEF report, NPR's "goats and soda" reports.

N.Y. Will Allow Medicaid Reimbursements for Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives for New Mothers
New York has joined five other states in making it easier for new mothers in the Medicaid program to access long-acting reversible contraceptives after giving birth, NPR's "Shots" reports.

NYT's 'Op-Talk' Blog Highlights Debate Over 'Personhood' Laws
New York Times columnist Anna Altman in an "Op-Talk" piece highlights the conflicting sides of the debate over "so-called personhood laws," which often "recognize fetuses, embryos and fertilized eggs as persons who are separate" from the women who carry them.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Examines Efforts To Encourage More Vaginal Births Instead of C-Sections
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks at how new guidelines on caesarean sections might be affecting rates of vaginal births.

Blogs Comment on Annual Pelvic Exams, Equal Rights Act, More
We've compiled some of the most thought-provoking commentaries from around the Web. Catch up on the conversation with bloggers from The Nation, Ms. Magazine and more.