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

Doctors Right, Politicians Wrong on Prescribing Abortion Drugs

Hey, wow, who could've predicted this: a new study on mifepristone and misoprostol, the two drugs taken together to induce an abortion, shows that it's perfectly safe to use a lower dosage of the drugs than the FDA recommends. Doctors have been saying that since at least 2001. It's almost as though their medical… » 1/26/15 9:35pm 1/26/15 9:35pm

The Future of Just-For-Fun Sex Sounds Like No Fun at All

Professor Carl Djerassi, Austrian-American chemist and inventor of the Pill, recently made an interesting prediction in the Telegraph: that, by 2050, most babies in the West will be born via IVF, thereby making all sex recreational. Yes! Let's go get our free-spirited fuck on because oh wait yeah no this is terrible. » 11/15/14 2:00pm 11/15/14 2:00pm

'Pro-Life' States Do a Shitty Job Providing Care to Women and Kids

New research indicates that the states with the biggest anti-choice boner also happen to be the ones with the worst record of caring for the fully formed human beings forced to live with the consequences of their leaders' ideology. What's more pro-life than ignoring a high maternal mortality rate? Besides everything? » 10/01/14 1:40pm 10/01/14 1:40pm

We Could Have Effective Male Birth Control (Without Condoms!) By 2017

Although a veritable cornucopia of birth control options exists for women, men currently only have the condom available to them — which is unfair, if you think about it, because it takes two to create a wriggling human life. Fortunately, science may have finally come up with a contraceptive equalizer: the elusive male… » 9/10/14 11:40am 9/10/14 11:40am

White House Has a Plan to Keep Your Boss' Hands Off Your Birth Control

Some American corporation-people (and religious non-profits!) believe that their sincere God-related prudery trumps women's right to affordable contraception. The Supreme Court agrees with them. And so the White House has been forced to make two major changes to the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate in order… » 8/22/14 6:00pm 8/22/14 6:00pm