Posts tagged "Birth Control"
Missouri Lawmaker Files Lawsuit Against Obamacare

Missouri Lawmaker Files Lawsuit Against Obamacare

The Thomas More Society has filed a lawsuit challenging Obamacare on behalf of Missouri state Representative Paul Joseph Wieland (R-Imperial) and his wife on Tuesday.
More than Abortion: What We Lose When Clinics Shut Down

More than Abortion: What We Lose When Clinics Shut Down

Make no mistake: though headlines focus narrowly on only the abortion care provided at these clinics, the regulation of health centers means we're losing much more than one procedure.
Leading Reproductive Rights Organizations Join Together for "31 Days of Unity"

Leading Reproductive Rights Organizations Join Together for “31 Days of Unity”

Center for Reproductive Rights joins with reproductive rights, health, and justice organizations in August to urge Congress to take action against extreme attacks on women’s health.
Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

When women get pregnant in America, they pay more and die more than women in other industrialized nations.
Roundtable: Our Experiences Buying Plan B

Roundtable: Our Experiences Buying Plan B

"I also bought some Advil and a Dr. Pepper. Made my flight. It should always be that simple."
Catholic Church Continues Fight Against Women's and LGBT Rights

Catholic Church Continues Fight Against Women’s and LGBT Rights

The Catholic church acknowledged Monday that they have no plans to revise their stance on birth control or same-sex marriage despite falling flat with voters this year. This comes alongside complaints filed last week with the Internal Revenue Service that allege that many bishops and religious organizations violated requirements that they be non-partisan during this...
No Copay Day and You

No Copay Day and You

American women should be celebrating today because an important provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going into effect. Birth control will officially be available to women with no copay, as will breast exams, breast-feeding support, domestic violence counseling, HPV testing, and many other services.  These preventative services will save women a huge sum...
Know Your Benefits Under Obamacare

Know Your Benefits Under Obamacare

Just yesterday, one of my friends paid $35 for her monthly co-pay for her birth control prescription. And she has good insurance – yikes! But that was yesterday. Starting today, because of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), every new health insurance policy must include FDA-approved contraceptives without any co-pays or deductibles. And that’s not...
Fortnight of Failure? Catholic Bishops Fail to Rally Support

Fortnight of Failure? Catholic Bishops Fail to Rally Support

Since the end of last month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have been busy rallying up their base to come out and defend their “religious liberty.” A series of events, spanning over two weeks and dubbed the ‘Fortnight of Freedom,” were planned and publicized to parishes and diocese across the US in an attempt to...
Supreme Court Health-Care Decision is Historical Advance for Women

Supreme Court Health-Care Decision is Historical Advance for Women

The Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. magazine are elated that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act–the most important advance for women in nearly 40 years. Feminists are determined to protect the gains of the Affordable Care Act, which will protect the lives and health of millions of women and...
Rio Disappoints on Women’s Rights

Rio Disappoints on Women’s Rights

I could go on. But if you’ve seen any of the news on the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, you know it did not live up to the hype. Ask anyone from any sector--oceans, food security, education, energy--and they will all express disappointment. But for those of us advancing the sexual and reproductive rights...
"Where Are the Women?"

“Where Are the Women?”

by Ali Tweedt, FMF Intern Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s (D-NY) now-infamous words have gone viral paired with a picture of last Thursday’s all-male panel at the hearing on contraception coverage by religious institutions. The hearing, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” was...
HERvotes Blog Carnival: No Religious Exemption for Birth Control Coverage

HERvotes Blog Carnival: No Religious Exemption for Birth Control Coverage

Despite enormous pressure from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Obama Administration recently decided not to broaden the religious exemption for contraceptive coverage under the Preventive Care package of the Affordable Care Act. This demand for additional exemptions,  would have denied millions of American women contraceptive coverage, including students, teachers, nurses, social workers, and...
Seven Things You (and the Media) Need to Know about Birth Control

Seven Things You (and the Media) Need to Know about Birth Control

by Jacqueline M., Planned Parenthood Action Fund We were thrilled with President Obama’s decision a few weeks ago to protect access to birth control for women who work at religiously affiliated universities, hospitals, or institutions. By not further expanding a refusal clause to the birth control coverage benefit under the Affordable Care Act, he is...
One more time…

One more time…

by Jill Morrison, National Women’s Law Center Abortion. [uh-bawr-shuhn] Contraception. [kon-truh-sep-shuhn] These are not the same. Yet I’ve repeatedly seen claims that the HHS decision on contraceptive coverage requires religious employers to cover “abortifacients.” Clearly, those opposed to the preventive services rule know they are on shaky ground when it comes to rallying their troops against...
VICTORY: Health & Human Services Decides in Favor of Women’s Health

VICTORY: Health & Human Services Decides in Favor of Women’s Health

This afternoon, US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration released their decision not to broaden the exemption for birth control without copay. In August, HHS ruled that a host of women’s preventive health care services – including all FDA approved contraceptive methods – will be covered under...
Obama’s Deeply Paternalistic Statement on Plan B Decision

Obama’s Deeply Paternalistic Statement on Plan B Decision

by Jon Walker This post originally appeared on Firedoglake. This is a pure expression of male paternalism regarding women being able to make their own reproductive decisions. From USA Today: President Obama said today that “as the father of two daughters,” he supports his health secretary’s decision to block over-the-counter sales of the Plan B...
Conscience Clause: Preserving Morality or Creating Immorality?

Conscience Clause: Preserving Morality or Creating Immorality?

by Elizabeth Beaulac, Outreach Intern, National Women’s Law Center August brought with it a victory for women’s health. It was announced that all new health insurance plans would be required to coverage preventive services such as contraceptive coverage. However, in not so great news, the mandate included language that would allow religious employers to deny...
Should Catholic Bishops Have The Right To Control Your Life?

Should Catholic Bishops Have The Right To Control Your Life?

By Janet Hill, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), National CLUW Vice President (United Steelworkers) Catholic bishops are pressuring the Obama administration to dilute the rule proposed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow women access to birth control without paying out of pocket. There is a narrow exemption that allows religious...
Women’s Basic Health Coverage Is Not For Sale

Women’s Basic Health Coverage Is Not For Sale

by Miri Cypers, Jewish Women International Nearly one week after the defeat of the Mississippi “personhood initiative,” when the state of women’s reproductive rights in our country seemed like it could not be any more threatened, various news outlets have published an incredibly troubling story that requires our immediate attention. This Monday, the New York...