The U.S. Gets a 'C' For Reproductive Rights, Which Seems Generous

For the third year, the Population Institute, a D.C.-based think tank that promotes access to family planning, has released a report card on the state of reproductive rights in the United States. Depending on where you live, things are bad to mediocre, with the country as a whole getting a 'C' grade and 15 states… » 1/09/15 12:30pm 1/09/15 12:30pm

NY Times' 'Room for Debate' Column Wrongly Argues Plan B is Dangerous

Last week, the New York Times ran "Room for Debate" feature centered on CVS' recent decision to stop selling tobacco products. The question posed was fairly innocuous: "What Unhealthy Products Should CVS Stop Selling?" Three of the four responses were about products that have been proven to pose actual health risks… » 2/18/14 5:15pm 2/18/14 5:15pm

Buying Plan B Is Still a Confusing Clusterfuck

Julia*, a 25-year-old Manhattanite, was perplexed when she was carded at her local Rite Aid last weekend while trying to purchase the morning-after pill. She thought the FDA had recently approved OTC emergency contraception for all ages, so figured she'd be able to buy it with ease; instead, she had to ask an… » 8/14/13 11:30am 8/14/13 11:30am

Increased Access to Plan B Does Nothing for Drug Companies' Profits

Now that the Obama administration has dropped its appeal to keep age restrictions on sales of emergency contraception, it means the aisles of CVS will witness stampedes of wanton sluts eager to get their hussy hands on whore pills while evil drug companies are maniacally laughing as they roll around in a pile of cash… » 6/12/13 2:20pm 6/12/13 2:20pm

For-Profit Companies Get Their Day in Court Over Your Whore Pills

It's contraception game time: puritanical fairytale "morals" will go up against the Obamacare birth control mandate over the next few weeks as four different appeals courts decide whether private businesses should be able to object to the policy on the grounds of religious freedom/thinking unchained vaginas are icky.… » 5/22/13 4:00pm 5/22/13 4:00pm

Worked Up About Teens and Plan B? Here's What the Kids Actually Think.

Lots of important adults — judges, doctors, the POTUS himself — have fervent opinions on whether the morning-after pill should be available to girls of all ages without a prescription and point-of-sale or age restrictions, yet no one ever asks teenagers themselves what they think. So we did. » 5/16/13 2:00pm 5/16/13 2:00pm

Meet the Federal Judge Who's Dropping Sass All Over the Plan B Debate

Consistently no-bullshit Federal Judge Edward Korman flat-out denied the government’s request to stay his order pending an appeal to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals today, calling the administration's appeal of a federal court order to make emergency contraception fiiinally over-the-counter for all women “frivolous”… » 5/12/13 4:30pm 5/12/13 4:30pm

Just Give Us Our Goddamn Morning-After Pills Already

American women have more than doubled their use of emergency contraception in recent years, thanks mostly to millennials, according to the latest episode of Girls. No, just kidding; we know 11 percent of women have used emergency contraception at least once, up from 4.2 percent in 2002, and that nearly one in four… » 2/14/13 11:30am 2/14/13 11:30am

Meet the 18 For-Profit Companies Fighting Obamacare's Contraception…

When conservative blowhards argue that women should pay for their own damn contraception, they really mean women should pay for their own sluttish decisions; religious right talking heads never tire of asking why employers should subsidize sinful lifestyles. But here's the real question: why should women bear the cost… » 2/07/13 12:05pm 2/07/13 12:05pm

Whore Pill-Hating Hobby Lobby Will Have to Pay A Buttload of Fines for…

Here's a word you should know, if not from listening to the Avenue Q soundtrack until your college roommate threatened to throw the CD out of the window: schadenfreude. It's German, and it means being happy when others meet misfortune. It's a perfect way to describe how I felt when I read that Hobby Lobby, the… » 12/28/12 6:15pm 12/28/12 6:15pm

This Handy Video Explains How Plan B Works and Why It's Not an…

Emergency contraception, also known as Plan B, cannot cause an abortion. Yet, religious employers still claim that they shouldn't have to cover it for exactly that reason and high-profile Republicans like Mitt Romney (ha, remember him?) refer to emergency contraception as "abortive pills." Even the Associated Press » 12/04/12 4:10pm 12/04/12 4:10pm

Illinois Pharmacists Can Now Legally Refuse to Sell You Plan B Because…

If you live in Illinois, you better pray super hard that your condom never breaks — or that something even worse transpires — because a state appeals court recently upheld a ruling that exempted pharmacists with religious objections from prescribing emergency contraceptives. Let's hope your friendly local Walgreens… » 9/26/12 2:40pm 9/26/12 2:40pm

Hobby Lobby Crafts Lawsuit to Keep Employees from Getting Slut Pills

Giant crafteteria Hobby Lobby has hot glue gun and feathered itself a cool, make-at-home lawsuit that is so easy to put together, even kids can do it. In it, the giant store chain's owners, who are evangelical Christians, claim that the Affordable Care Act's "insurance has to cover birth control, sry" provision… » 9/13/12 11:35am 9/13/12 11:35am

Christian College Suing Over Birth Control Mandate Didn't Realize it…

Wheaton College, a private Christian school in Illinois, wishes to be exempt from the Obama administration's newly-enacted birth control insurance mandate, like other religious-run schools and hospitals. But there's one problem: Wheaton doesn't qualify for the exemption, despite the fact that they're adamantly against… » 8/03/12 4:50pm 8/03/12 4:50pm