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Benjamin Franklin gave instructions on at-home abortions in a book in the 1700s

Abortion rights continue to be the subject of fierce debate in the United States. But for one of America's founding fathers, they were as basic as mathematics and writing.

Benjamin Franklin gave instructions on at-home abortions in a book in the 1700s

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The monkeypox outbreak in the U.S. is bigger than the CDC reports. Testing is 'abysmal'

The testing system set up by the CDC actually deters doctors from ordering a monkeypox test, and many physicians aren't familiar with the disease, resulting in too few tests and little tracking.

Monkeypox outbreak in U.S. is bigger than the CDC reports. Testing is 'abysmal'

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The Jan. 6 committee has learned some lessons from previous televised hearings

The most telling testimony against the Republican former president has come from Republicans he appointed or who supported him and voted for him (and, in some cases, say they would do so again).

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Ecuador's government has lifted a state of emergency amid an Indigenous-led strike

Ecuador's largest Indigenous organization began a strike two weeks ago to demand gasoline prices be cut, price controls be imposed on agricultural products and a larger budget be set for education.

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