Just in Time for a Landmark Abortion Case, It's the 143rd Anniversary of the Comstock Act

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt. The justices’ decision will have major ramifications. It’s fitting timing: On this day in 1873, Congress passed the Comstock Act, which was used for decades to prevent the distribution of reliable information about…

Remembering the Decades-Long Abortion Fight You Weren't Alive to Witness

Over the past few years—well, frankly, since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade in 1973—we’ve seen a proliferation of evidence that a woman’s right to have an abortion is actively being curtailed by our nation’s representatives. But it’s easy to forget that if you lived before 1973, your lifetime likely spanned…

Ted Cruz: There's No War on Birth Control Because You Can Always Buy a 'Rubber' From a Vending Machine

Senator and man who would be President Ted Cruz spent Monday night at a town hall in Iowa. While there, he generously shared his thoughts on birth control access, namely how easy it is to get some: “Last I checked, we don’t have a rubber shortage in America.” Oh Ted, you really shouldn’t have.


Women Sue Birth Control Manufacturer For Cost of Raising Children Due to Defective Product

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals is an Alabama-based company that makes birth control pills. In 2011, the company recalled eight of their oral contraceptive lines because they’d placed the pills in the packaging incorrectly. Now, women who became pregnant while taking the pills are suing for millions, demanding to be paid…

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Obamacare For the Fourth Damn Time

A collection of Christian institutions who basically can’t stand the idea of their employees using birth control will be allowed to make that argument before the Supreme Court. SCOTUS has agreed to hear seven related cases from religious employers and non-profits who don’t want to cover birth control in their health…

All the Ways Birth Control Pills Can Affect Your Sex Life, for Better or Worse

Around 10 million women in the U.S. take some form of birth control pill, and with good reason: the Pill is one of the most effective birth control methods. But messing with your hormones can alter your sex life in positive and negative ways. Here’s what you need to know, as a pill-taker or as the partner of one.