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What Would Overturning Roe Mean for Birth Control? – NPR
Overturning Roe v. Wade could have implications for more than access to abortion; medical and legal experts say it could open the door to restrictions on other types of reproductive health care.

Alabama Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Youth Takes Effect – NBC News
The legislation makes it a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison to provide puberty blockers, hormones and medical procedures to trans youth under 19.

F.D.A. Authorizes Underwear to Protect Against S.T.I.s During Oral Sex – The New York Times
It’s the first time underwear has been authorized for this purpose, and it provides a new choice for protection where the few previously available options have been unpopular.

50 Years After Tuskegee: Patrice Harris, MD, on the Lasting Impact of the Syphilis Study – Everyday Health
In 1972, a social worker exposed the 40-year-long U.S. Public Health Service study on Black men who had syphilis and were denied treatment. Dr. Harris looks at changes in healthcare since, and what still needs to be done.

How Roe v. Wade‘s Reversal Could Affect the LGBTQ Community – The Hill
The possibility that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade has set off alarm bells in the LGBT community, which warns that it could have severe consequences for LGBT Americans’ mental and physical health, socioeconomic status and right to marriage. 

The Good and Bad News About Housing for LGBTQ Americans – Vox
LGBTQ Americans finally won Fair Housing Act protections. Here’s how they’re working.

What You Should Know About Stockpiling Plan B – Verywell Health
After the news regarding Roe v Wade broke, some encouraged others to get an emergency supply of Plan B, birth control, and abortion pills in case access to those medications is restricted; however, experts warn that the pills will eventually expire and hoarding them may limit access for others.

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