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Welcome to the Week in Review!

There’s been a lot of hoopla in the news about the mandate requiring health insurers to offer birth control coverage.  U.S. Catholic bishops and other religious groups are up in arms on the law declaring it “an attack on religious freedom“.  Confused on the opposition?  This explanation is short and sweet.  As of today, a compromised has been reached.  Under this new plan, insurance companies will be required to cover birth control to all women bypassing religiously affiliated institutions.

On Tuesday, California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, was ruled unconstitutional.  An appeal to the Supreme Court is likely, which will have an impact on same-sex couples nationwide.

A British bartender is rethinking the condom.  His company, Forplay, sells condoms at bars often as part of the drink.  In efforts to make them more accessible, Forplay has designed novelty condoms, sells online, and is available with greeting cards (seen below).

A new study shows that older women are not comfortable discussing safe sex with their doctors and their partners.  This is unsurprising considering the stigma associated with older women’s sexuality as well as the lack of sexuality education in their generation.

According to the latest data by the Guttmacher Institute, U.S. teen pregnancy is the lowest it has ever been in the last 40 years.  However, major disparities still exist among Hispanic and black girls.

On Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres thanked her supporters on her TV show after a conservative group criticized JCPenney for using her as a spokesperson.  She declares “my haters are my motivators”, further proving her awesomeness.

Have a great weekend!  And check back on Monday as I finish up Sex Week.  Cheerio!

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