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April 1, 2004



Study: Contraceptive, teen sex not linked

Teenagers who have emergency "morning-after" birth control pills at home are no more likely than other young people to have unprotected sex, a study found.

University of Pittsburgh researchers questioned women ages 15 to 20 who had immediate access to the pills and those who did not. The study, published in the April issue of the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, was conducted between 1997 and 2001.

"People seem to be really worried that if young women knew that they had this that they would drop their usual methods and go out and have rampant sex," said Melanie A. Gold, the study's lead author.

Morning-after pills are high-dose birth control pills that can be taken soon after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.

Washington, D.C.

Clarke protests ad by

The former White House counterterrorism chief who has heaped criticism on President Bush protested the use of his voice and words Wednesday in an anti-Bush television commercial.

The ad was sponsored by a political action committee of MoveOn said Wednesday that it would continue to run the ad.

Richard Clarke complained that he was not consulted.

The ad quotes from an interview Clarke gave CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired in March. It does not name Clarke but describes him as an aide who served every president since Ronald Reagan.

"Frankly, I find it outrageous that a president is running for re-election on the grounds that he'd done such great things on terrorism," Clarke is quoted as saying.

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