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New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

Solar Power to Be Required on All New California Homes
5/21/2018 -

On Wed. May 9, the California Energy Commission voted in favor of requiring all new homes be equipped with solar power by 2020.

United States Energy Use by Source, 1950-2015
1/15/2018 -

In 2015, the United States relied on fossil fuels to supply 81.5% of total energy consumption, down from 91.4% in 1950. Take a look at our charts and graphs to see how the United States has used energy from 1950 to 2015.

Tax Bill Opens Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Oil Drilling
1/2/2018 -

On Dec. 22, 2017 President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which contained a provision opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling.