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… »11/09/15 10:30am11/09/15 10:30am

The Supreme Court Is Trying to Kill Us

The Supreme Court begins its fall term today, and it’s already shaping up to be a doozy. Its docket includes public employee unions, affirmative action, the death penalty, and—oh, hell, why not?— probably abortion and birth control, too. While all of these are politically contentious issues with the potential to shape… »10/05/15 11:37am10/05/15 11:37am

The Little Sisters of the Poor have lost their battle against the Affordable Care Act’s birth contro

The Little Sisters of the Poor have lost their battle against the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage requirement. The Sisters, a religious nonprofit, claimed they were forced to be “complicit” in delivering birth control to their employees by having to opt out of it. In their order, the 10th U.S. Circuit… »7/14/15 1:40pm7/14/15 1:40pm

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 3:15pm7/13/15 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 1:45pm7/08/15 1:45pm

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 11:00am7/07/15 11:00am

Surprise! The Supreme Court Just Saved the Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court has smacked down a major challenge to the Affordable Care Act, one that could have caused millions of Americans to lose health insurance coverage. In a 6-3 decision, they ruled against the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, who argued that the federal government couldn’t provide subsidies for health… »6/25/15 10:50am6/25/15 10:50am

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 2:15pm5/23/15 2:15pm

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 4:40pm5/01/15 4:40pm

Lawyer Fighting Obamacare: 'Women and Minorities' Wrote a Bad Law

Today, Attorney Michael Carvin will argue before the Supreme Court that the Affordable Care Act—or "Obamacare" if you're so inclined—is unconstitutional on the grounds that complying with it causes his clients undue hardship. If he wins, millions will lose their insurance and President Obama's most sizable domestic… »3/04/15 9:50am3/04/15 9:50am

The Plaintiffs Behind the Obamacare Lawsuit Are Your Embarrassing Aunt

Imagine if a right-wing think-tank funded by the Koch bothers approached your weirdo aunt—the one who constantly updates her Facebook with funny pictures about our Kenyan Socialist President, the Democraps, and the insistence that heaven really is for real—and asked her to put her name on a convoluted,… »2/10/15 11:30am2/10/15 11:30am

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 12:30pm1/09/15 12:30pm

Obama Takes Control of The Colbert Report, Delivers 'The Word'

With just two weeks left on the clock for the Colbert Report, the show is cramming in a few more splashy segments. Like for instance last night's visitor: U.S. president Barack Obama, who dropped by for an interview and temporary commandeered Colbert's desk. Welcome to the "fuck it" stage of the Obama presidency! »12/09/14 9:30am12/09/14 9:30am

Finally, a Federal Court Rules in Favor of Birth Control Coverage

On Friday, a federal appeals court in Washington D.C. handed a substantial victory to the Obama administration, finding that the exemption they created for non-profit employers with religious objections to birth control was just fine. The decision was written by Judge Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, who pro-life groups… »11/17/14 11:30am11/17/14 11:30am

​CVS Has Been Illegally Charging Women for Birth Control

Despite the fact that the Affordable Care Act's Women's Health Amendment states that all FDA-approved birth control, like pills, vaginal rings, patches, implantable rods, IUDs, prescribed by a doctor is exempt from cost-share, it looks like some companies have conveniently forgot the mandate, charging women anyway. … »9/24/14 11:00am9/24/14 11:00am