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Father One Step Closer to Denying His Daughters Birth Control

We’ve all forgotten Missouri State Rep. Paul Wieland, the Catholic patriarch so terrified of his own impotence that he and his wife Teresa sued the federal government to ensure that his wife and daughters would not have access to birth control covered by insurance. The inclusion, the Wielands argued, infringed on… » 7/22/15 7:10pm 7/22/15 7:10pm

Roman Catholic Nuns Still Fighting Obamacare Birth Control Compromise

Another day, another endless lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate. Court after court has ruled that the Obama administration has found an acceptable workaround for nonprofit religious organizations who don’t want to provide birth control coverage to their employees. Nonetheless, yet… » 7/13/15 3:15pm 7/13/15 3:15pm

Obamacare Has Saved Women Over $1.4 Billion in Birth Control Costs

A new study has found that the Affordable Care Act created an immediate drop in out-of-pocket birth control costs for women. The authors saw costs decrease for almost all reversible birth control methods, an average of around $250 per person per year. And that’s even with some health insurance companies still… » 7/08/15 1:45pm 7/08/15 1:45pm

Oregon Pharmacists Will Soon Be Able to Prescribe Birth Control 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed a measure into law that will allow Oregon pharmacists to prescribe birth control directly to patients. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Knute Buehler, who is both male and Republican, who sponsored the proposal because, he said, “it makes no sense that men have unrestrained access… » 7/07/15 7:10pm 7/07/15 7:10pm

There's Nothing 'Startling' About the Success of Colorado's IUD Program

Colorado, in the past six years, has run an incredibly successful initiative in reproductive health: by providing free long-acting birth control to teens and low-income women starting in 2009, the state slashed the teen pregnancy rate by 40 percent by 2013, and the teen abortion rate by 42 percent. » 7/07/15 11:00am 7/07/15 11:00am

Conservative Appeals Court Rejects Religious Whining About Obamacare

A notoriously conservative federal court has ruled that several religious institutions aren’t being oppressed by the process the federal government has created for them to opt out of providing birth control coverage. That’s a mouthful. Let me put it more simply: an ultra-conservative appeals court has directed a group… » 6/22/15 8:30pm 6/22/15 8:30pm

GOP Legislation Expands Birth Control Access (But Not Really) 

On Thursday, Republican Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) announced that they would sponsor legislation that would essentially let common forms of birth control (i.e. the pill) to be sold over the counter. According to the Huffington Post, The Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective… » 5/23/15 2:15pm 5/23/15 2:15pm

Notre Dame Again Loses Anti-Birth Control 'Religious Freedom' Appeal

An appeals court has once again told the University of Notre Dame that their religious freedom is not being compromised by the fact that they have to fill out a two-page form to get out of covering birth control. The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled yesterday that the Obama Administration wasn’t… » 5/20/15 11:10am 5/20/15 11:10am

Feds to Insurance Companies: You Actually Have to Cover Birth Control

Three federal agencies issued a pointed set of “clarifications” Monday, basically reminding health insurance companies that under the Affordable Care Act, they really do have to cover birth control without a co-pay or deductible. No, seriously. The same goes for “well woman” exams, preventive services for transgender… » 5/11/15 6:45pm 5/11/15 6:45pm

Colorado Republicans Refuse to Fund Free IUDs for Teens

Hey, remember that subsidized-IUDs-for-teens program in Colorado? The one that many credit with dramatically reducing the teen pregnancy rate? Well, an attempt to get it state funding just bit the dust in a Republican-controlled state legislature committee. Of course! Because who gives a shit about actually reducing… » 5/08/15 1:10pm 5/08/15 1:10pm

Health Insurance Companies Are Illegally Charging for Birth Control

One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act is that birth control methods — be it pill, patch, shot, ring — are supposed to be covered by insurance companies without a co-pay or other charges. But two studies from the National Women’s Law Center have found that many insurance companies are still charging for… » 5/01/15 4:40pm 5/01/15 4:40pm

Going Off Hormonal Birth Control Can Be a Real Bitch—or Not

It can’t be overstated that reproductive control is essential to reproductive freedom for women. But decades of such freedom have also given us the luxury of a next-level set of worries: What is birth control really doing to my body, and what will happen if I stop taking it? The answer is: mostly good things; maybe… » 4/06/15 4:50pm 4/06/15 4:50pm

Study: Women in Abusive Relationships Choose 'Secret' Birth Control 

A new study has found that women in abusive relationships are less likely to use birth control. When they do use contraception, abused women choose more discreet methods — IUDs, injections, or even sterilization — that they don’t have to disclose, and that their partners are unable to refuse, deny to them or sabotage. » 4/02/15 2:15pm 4/02/15 2:15pm

What Happens When You Give Teenage Girls Free IUDs? 

It's hard to think of a segment of the American population that could benefit more from long-acting contraceptives than the teenager. Effectively using birth control can be difficult no matter how old you are, but preventing pregnancy presents singular challenges for adolescents. There's the mortification of fitting a… » 3/24/15 12:15pm 3/24/15 12:15pm