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It’s Time to Make Birth Control Accessible Over-the-Counter, For Everyone

In our eventual feminist utopia, birth control will be available in vending machines, water parks, and even those lip-gloss-and-tampon dispensers in movie theater bathrooms. But unfortunately, obtaining oral contraceptive birth control these days is both expensive and enigmatic, especially if you’re young and/or…

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Dad Sues Woman For Lying About Birth Control, Canadian Court Says ‘Nah’

This article first appeared on VICE Canada

The Ontario Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the mother of a child who was birthed after the father, under the impression his partner was using birth control, had unprotected sex multiple times.

According to the Canadian Press (CP), the physician father—whose name is protected along with the rest of the family under a publication ban—tried to argue that the mother of his child had committed fraud by lying about having taken birth control, only to later let him know that she was pregnant (after the two had broken up).

The court ruled Thursday that the father's claim of $4 million in damages for "emotional harm" were not valid, and that the mother was not at fault for his fathering of the child.

"I see no basis on which to impose liability on the mother for any net negative impact (he) may consider that he has suffered due to his having fathered the child," Justice Paul Rouleau said in a written statement.

CP reports that Rouleau did acknowledge that the mother had lied to the father about taking the birth control pill, but did not recognize that as a valid reason for his complaint, originally dismissing the case in January before it was once again struck down by the Court of Appeals.

"The damages consist of the appellant's emotional upset, broken dreams, possible disruption to his lifestyle and career, and a potential reduction in future earnings, all of which are said to flow from the birth of a child he did not want," the Appeal Court said, noting that acknowledging the father's claim would set an unequal precedent for parenting law.

In the court's ruling, the father's claims were described as lacking "pathological" emotional or physical harm. The father's statement against the original ruling said the unexpected child has put an emotional and financial burden on him—one that it has soured his plans to "meet a woman, fall in love, get married," and eventually have a child when the time was "right."

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These Online Services Offer Birth Control Without Visiting a Doctor

If you take birth control pills and are sick of visiting your doctor just to get prescription refills approved, or you’d like to start but can’t find a doctor you trust, there is a better way. These apps and websites have your back.

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Why Everyone Is Suggesting You Should Get an IUD While You Still Can

You may have heard people suggesting that if you want to be sure you’ll have birth control for the next four years, you should book your IUD insertion appointment now. That’s because January will bring a new political era, and possibly changes in how insurance companies cover birth control.

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Pillsplaining That Misunderstood ‘Birth Control Makes You Depressed’ Study

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry launched a thousand ominous articles reporting a confirmed link between depression and hormonal birth control. The finding lends credence to prior research, the side effects section on most prescription birth controls, and years of women’s anecdotal complaints. But most of the viral coverage is using a trick of statistics to dramatize the findings and present a skewed perspective on the actual risks to women’s health.

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