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Featured member: Nancy Knowlton shares the message of ocean optimism. She hosts “Beyond the Obituaries” meetings at major international scientific conferences where scientists share only conservation success stories.

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Recent Report: Legal abortions are safe but abortion services vary considerably depending on where women live, says National Academies report The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States.

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