Birth Control

Paul Ryan and Catholic Bishops: Shutdown and Default Small Price to Pay for Banning Birth Control

Paul Ryan and Catholic Bishops: Shutdown and Default Small Price to Pay for Banning Birth Control
Opposition to the birth control benefit has been framed by the bishops and their allies as an infringement of their religious liberty, turning the definition of the term on its head by claiming a right to impose their theological views on those who believe differently.
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Trying to Stick It to Obamacare, GOP Throws Women Under the Bus

Trying to Stick It to Obamacare, GOP Throws Women Under the Bus
In the continuing battle over funding for the Affordable Care Act, now focused on the contents of a Continuing Resolution necessary for the government to continue to run, women's healthcare has become the House GOP's new target. Because what is religious liberty if not the ability to impose your own religious beliefs on your employees' decisions about their bodies?
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GOP: 'And One More Thing... No Contraceptives for Women'

GOP: 'And One More Thing... No Contraceptives for Women'
Amid the ongoing budget battle and before the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted once again to block funding for Obamacare overnight, the House Rules Committee slipped in a new provision to their stopgap proposal that would give U.S. employers permission to "opt out" of providing preventative care to their female employees, including contraceptives.
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On Anniversary of ACA's Free Birth-Control Policy, Many Still Pay

On Anniversary of ACA's Free Birth-Control Policy, Many Still Pay
Just over one year ago, Obamacare made contraceptive services available to women at no out-of-pocket cost. Under the new health-care law, prescription birth control, mammograms, STI counseling and treatment, and other services are now available without a co-pay.
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The Bishops v. Birth Control: It's Not About the Money

The Bishops v. Birth Control: It's Not About the Money
In announcing its final rule concerning the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of access to birth control without a co-pay for all American women—including the Catholics and non-Catholics who work in religiously sponsored schools, hospitals, and social service agencies that employ people of all religions, serve people of all religions, and have a secular purpose—the Obama administration bent over backwards to accommodate the Church’s concerns.
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Obama, Finally, Surrenders to Science

Obama, Finally, Surrenders to Science
After 18 months of resistance, President Obama announced that he would permit emergency contraception - the "Plan B" morning-after pill - to be sold over the counter to girls and women all ages. He essentially flip flopped, but this one was long overdue.
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Nearly 350,000 Are on Record for Supporting Birth Control Benefits

Nearly 350,000 Are on Record for Supporting Birth Control Benefits
On February 1, the administration announced it would hold the line and ensure that all women, no matter where they work, can get affordable access to birth control with no co-pay. In the 60-day public comment period since that announcement, nearly 350,000 people submitted letters to the Department of Health and Human Services in support of the benefit.
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Hundreds Rally for TX Planned Parenthood Programs

Hundreds Rally for TX Planned Parenthood Programs
Several hundred people rallied at the Capitol in Texas Thursday to support reinstating Planned Parenthood into the Women's Health Program. Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) is the author of HB 2819, the bill seeks to undo the changes made last session by Republicans seeking to ban clinics with any affiliation to abortion providers.
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OK Legislature Passes Anti-Contraceptive Bill 9-0

OK Legislature Passes Anti-Contraceptive Bill 9-0
How does allowing access to birth control translate into women "being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity?" Who exactly is doing the asking? How are women being asked to "poison" their bodies? Who exactly is asking them to do that? Poison?
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Can Scientific Illiteracy Be Protected as Religious Freedom?

Can Scientific Illiteracy Be Protected as Religious Freedom?
We teach teenagers sex ed so they can make healthy choices and, we pray, not get pregnant. But when you consider the opposition to the contraceptive insurance mandate in Obamacare, maybe we need to start giving sex ed to politicians and some employers, too.
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