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Emergency Contraception

Having a 'Plan B'

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 03.11.2013 | Teen
Hannah Weintraub

We should be applauding young women who seek out emergency contraception for their maturity in taking control over their sexual lives. No girl should be ridiculed for deploying her back-up plan.

Court Rules Conservative Chain Must Cover Emergency Contraceptives

AP | TIM TALLEY | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY — Hobby Lobby Stores asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to block part of the federal health care law that requires it to provi...

43 Million American Women Shouldn't Be "At Risk"

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Usually, societies try to reduce risks, especially those that are preventable. But we'd still rather give mainstream voice to ill-informed, nostalgic conservative malaise than enable teenage girls and adult women to manage their own reproduction.

Emergency Contraception Should Be Available Over the Counter -- and You Can Make That Happen

Kirsten Moore | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics
Kirsten Moore

Medical science, not political ideology, should govern which products are safe and effective. It is clear women of all reproductive ages will be better off when emergency contraception is easily accessible and in their hands.

Katy Hall

5 Awful Reasons For Limiting Access To Birth Control | Katy Hall | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

Emergency contraception should be made available to teenage girls over the counter, a major pediatric group recommended Monday, just a week after the ...

Teenagers Have Sex: Deal With It

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.12.2012 | New York
Marianne Mollmann

High School students under the age of 19 account for approximately one-third of all newly diagnosed sexually transmitted infections in New York State. And not surprisingly, teen mothers are much less likely to graduate from high school than their peers who didn't give birth.

Ending Medical Manipulation

Patricia Miller | Posted 11.06.2012 | Science
Patricia Miller

Social conservatives have every right to hold the religious belief that life begins at conception and to act accordingly in their private lives. But they don't have a right to distort science to achieve their ends.

Romney Fundraiser Hosted By 'Abortive Pill' Maker's Chairman

Posted 05.10.2012 | Miami

Mitt Romney recently slammed the morning-after pill as an "abortive pill," but the Republican presidential candidate will be hobnobbing with its manuf...

Birth Control Battle: The Christian Stance Doesn't Make Sense

Alton Lu | Posted 04.18.2012 | Home
Alton Lu

What happens if abortion is no longer legal? What happens when students are continually subjected to abstinence-only education and people unable to receive contraception?

John Celock

Birth Control Debate Moves To States As Obama Rule Simmers | John Celock | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

With birth control issues taking center stage at the federal level with the Obama administration's new rules requiring insurers to provide contracepti...

Ex-Teacher Faces Felony For Giving Student Emergency Contraceptive

Posted 04.10.2012 | Education

A former Texas High School teacher faces felony charges for delivery of a dangerous drug after admitting to police that she gave a student an emergenc...

Jon Ward

Romney's Emergency Contraception Decision Flares Anew | Jon Ward | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Catholic Church expressed outrage against the White House in recent days for a health care mandate they say violates their consci...

The Surprising Reason Low-Income Teens Are Denied Access To Plan B

Posted 01.25.2012 | Home

The highest teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. are in low-income areas, and a surprising new study finds that in these communities, teens also have the ...

Newt Mailer Hits Rival For Supporting 'Abortion Pills'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

Newt Gingrich is attacking Mitt Romney's past support for abortion rights in a mailer blanketing South Carolina households. The mailer, obtained by...

Mitt Romney: No Moderate When It Comes to Birth Control

Nancy Keenan | Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Maybe Mitt Romney "can't imagine a state banning contraception." But he should know that his own positions would put birth control out of reach for millions of American women.

Laura Bassett

Mitt Romney Made Controversial Birth Control Veto | Laura Bassett | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney artfully dodged a question about whether states have the right to ban birth control during Saturday's Republican presidentia...

Another CVS Claims Uterus Is Required For Purchase Of Plan B

Jezebel | Posted 01.06.2012 | Women

Last month CVS apologized for refusing to let a man buy Plan B at a Houston store because he doesn't have a uterus. The pharmacy acknowledged that the...

In Contraception Battle, Teen Girls Are Ones Who Lose

Laura Stepp | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Laura Stepp

So what was the HHS decision really about? What everything seems about in Washington these days: Garnering political support for President Obama in next year's presidential race.

Alicia Ciccone

Plan B Controversy: What Do Small Pharmacies Think? | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 12.10.2011 | Small Business

In a surprising move, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overturned Wednesday's ruling by the Food and Drug Administration tha...

The Right Plan for Plan B

Cecile Richards | Posted 02.08.2012 | Women
Cecile Richards

After years of acknowledging that emergency contraceptives are safe and effective for nonprescription use, the government missed a tremendous opportunity to make emergency contraception more available to women who need it.

Politics Over Science: HHS Keeps Emergency Contraception From Store Shelves

Jessica Arons | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Jessica Arons

With emergency contraception, time is of the essence. A woman who fears she might become pregnant needs fast access, not delays at the pharmacy counter.

Obama Calls Plan B Decision 'Common Sense'

AP | BEN FELLER and LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.07.2012 | Women

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-af...

We Are All an 11-year-old Girl -- And She Is Pissed

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Women are the last remaining voting majority who are treated like a splinter group. It will stay that way until we stand up for ourselves, together, and demand power.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Defends Morning-After Pill Decision | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama threw his support behind Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday regarding her controve...

Laura Bassett

Plan B Over-The-Counter Plan Struck Down | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

The Food and Drug Administration recommended on Wednesday that Plan B One-Step, commonly referred to as the "morning-after pill," be made available ov...