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This Feb 1, 2020 photo provided Maureen Nicol shows her in Harlem, N.Y. Nicol, a single Columbia University PhD student pregnant with her first child, will be giving birth out of state, not as planned. She spent months planning to give birth in April at a Manhattan hospital with the assistance of a doula. But during a visit this month to her family's Maryland home, New York became the nation's coronavirus epicenter and she canceled plans to return. (Courtesy of Maureen Nicol via AP)

Virus disrupts pregnancy plans, raises anxiety and questions

Mar. 31, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

Some pregnant women fear giving birth with no loved ones by their side. Others worry about getting sick with COVID-19 and not being able to hold their newborns. The coronavirus pandemic has injected anxiety and uncertainty to an already stressful time and while science about risks is mostly reassuring, doctors...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, an in vitro fertilization embryologist works on a petri dish at a fertility clinic in London. Tens of thousands of people undergo in vitro fertilization every year, but many don’t know how costly the process is until they’re facing the decision head-on. One IVF cycle costs more than $20,000, on average, and most patients go through multiple rounds before conceiving or moving on to other options. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

Millennial Money: Managing the high cost of infertility

Mar. 31, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

No one plans for infertility. But that doesn’t stop it from being a reality for millions of people. In the United States, around 12% of women ages 15 to 44 have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of them turn to in...

Prostitution camp provided women in human smuggling case

Mar. 27, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A co-defendant in a human smuggling operation told police that a prostitution camp in the Marshall Islands provided many of the pregnant women involved in former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen's allegedly illegal adoption business. Co-defendant Lynwood Jennet told police that...

Coronavirus baby boom another curve that could be flattened

Mar. 18, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Millions of romantic partners, cooped up together for weeks or months, with little to do other than watch reruns and play board games. A recipe for a baby boom, right? Not so fast, say America's family planning providers. They're fine with folks dimming the lights, but they also want...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 file photo, a surgeon directs a special camera to be able to view his patient's cancer tumor on monitors while performing surgery at a hospital in Philadelphia. As the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads, many cancer surgeries are being delayed, stent procedures for clogged arteries have been pushed back and infertility specialists were asked to postpone helping patients get pregnant. In March 2020, doctors in virtually every field are scrambling to alter care. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Cancer, heart surgeries delayed as coronavirus alters care

Mar. 18, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

Some cancer surgeries are being delayed, many stent procedures for clogged arteries have been pushed back and infertility specialists were asked to postpone helping patients get pregnant. Doctors in virtually every field are scrambling to alter care as the new coronavirus spreads. Medical groups issued advice...

FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related felonies during a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. R&B singer R. Kelly is due in federal court to enter a plea to an updated federal indictment that includes sex abuse allegations involving a new accuser.  The 53-year-old is expected to plead not guilty at a hearing Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Chicago to a superseding indictment unsealed last month that includes multiple counts of child pornography. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Federal prosecutors in NYC add to R Kelly's legal woes

Mar. 13, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors hit R. Kelly with more criminal charges Friday, accusing the disgraced R&B singer of having unprotected sex with a girl in 2015 without disclosing he had herpes. The new racketeering charges were included in a revised indictment filed in New York City a week after...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, United States' Allyson Felix speaks during a press conference of the U.S. team prior to the World Athletics Championships in London. Early in her career, Allyson Felix would shy away from speaking on controversial subjects. The nine-time Olympic medalist stayed in her lane. Not anymore. Not since the birth of her daughter, Camryn. Felix wants her legacy to be improving maternity rights for athletes over her times and gold medals.

Allyson Felix finds voice, new legacy through motherhood

Mar. 12, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

Allyson Felix sometimes "races" a "sprinter" at practice who's difficult to catch and always seems to have another burst. Of course, Felix's 15-month-old daughter, Camryn, does tend to veer outside of her lane. These days, so does mom. For years, Felix kept her opinions closely guarded. No more. The six-time...

State agrees to ignore law on gay relationships in sex ed

Mar. 11, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

South Carolina education officials have agreed not to enforce part of their own state law that bans sex education teachers from mentioning any relationships other than heterosexual ones — unless the talk involves sexually transmitted diseases. Civil rights groups last month sued the state, saying the law...

A woman shouts slogans as she marches to Congress to commemorate International Women's Day in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Key UN body reaffirms 1995 plan to achieve gender equality

Mar. 9, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The main U.N. body promoting women’s rights reaffirmed the 1995 road map to achieve gender equality on Monday and pledged to step up implementation amid warnings of rising gender inequality and conservative push-back against its far-reaching agenda. The Commission on the...

Women take part in the Million Women Rise march, to demand an end to male violence against women and girls in all its forms, a day ahead of International Women's Day, in central London, Saturday March 7, 2020. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

UN chief: Gender inequality biggest human rights challenge

Mar. 7, 2020 4:31 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Calling himself “a proud feminist,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lashed out at men who abuse power and declared before Sunday's observances of International Women’s Day that the fight for gender equality is “the biggest human rights challenge we...