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Obama Contraception

Should Employers Be Allowed to Use Their Faith to Discriminate Against Women?

Louise Melling | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Louise Melling

Once again, the contraception benefit in the ACA is before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. What's at stake this time is every bit as critical as what was at stake in Hobby Lobby.

Women Are Spending $1.4 Billion Less On Birth Control Due To Obamacare: Report

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

Spending on birth control has significantly decreased since the Affordable Care Act's mandate for insurance companies to cover contraception went into...

It's Still Pretty Hard For Women To Get Free Birth Control

Emily Cohn | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Emily Cohn

Obamacare was supposed to make birth control free for all women. But that reality is still far off.

Reproductive Health: The Battle Resumes

Robert Walker | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Based upon their scores, each state received a "core" grade (A, B, C, D or F), but some states received an additional "plus" or a "minus" for factors not reflected in the core grade, such as pending regulations or legislation. Only 17 states received a B- or higher.

Laura Bassett

White House Rolls Out New Birth Control Rule | Laura Bassett | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration announced on Friday a new accommodation for religious nonprofits that object to covering the full range of contraceptives in ...

Laura Bassett

White House To Tweak Birth Control Coverage Rule | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is developing a new accommodation for religious nonprofit organizations that want to opt out of covering contra...

5 Lessons From The Hobby Lobby Decision

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe & Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Five things to know about one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year: 1. Corporations can’t pray, but they ...

Jennifer Bendery

In Wreckage Of Supreme Court Decision, Gay Rights Groups See Hope | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom was a blow to progressives, but leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender righ...

Poll Reveals Public Support For Contraception Mandate

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to finally issue its ruling this week in the highly anticipated case of the craft companies vs. Ob...

My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control

Jessica R. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Jessica R.

After the insurance company first denied me birth control, I made an appointment with the Human Resources director. I assumed it was a problem with the insurance company. Boy, was I wrong. The director told me that birth control is something the university should never be expected to cover, and that I should be more responsible for my reproduction and "proud" of my child.

Contraception Mandate War: The Endless Saga Continues...

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

For those who haven't been following every twist and turn of this controversial issue, you may have (wrongly) assumed that the contraception mandate war has long been settled by now. Alas.

The Still Uncertain State of Reproductive Health in America

Robert Walker | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

This week the Population Institute released its second annual report card on reproductive health and rights in the US, and the results were not encouraging. Thirteen states received a failing grade, and the US as a whole received a "C-" for the second year in a row.

A Woman's Health Care Decisions Should Be in Her Own Hands, Not Her Boss's

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

No corporate entity should be in position to limit women's legal access to care, or to seize a controlling interest over the health care choices of women.

A Grandmother on Sex, Contraception and Religious Freedom

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Margaret Sullivan

In our plural society, Americans hold differing religious and moral views on these matters. I respect that and others' right to act on theirs and to preach them in churches and elsewhere. Nothing in current law prevents that.

The Bishops v. Birth Control: It's Not About the Money

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Angela Bonavoglia

It is maddening that the administration had to go to such extremes to placate the Church fathers, who dare to put "moral" and "money" as it applies to this deeply compromised institution in the same sentence.

Laura Bassett

White House Weighs In On Contraception | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration announced the final rules under the Affordable Care Act on Friday requiring most employer health insurance plans to cover emp...

Pandora's Pillbox: Obamacare as Proxy Culture War

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

Our health care system is the dumping ground for all of our worst, unresolved arguments as a society. It is a long, messy list, and runs from the ovary to the grave.

Jaweed Kaleem

Obama Taps Baptist Lawyer To Lead Faith-Based Office | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion

The White House on Wednesday appointed Melissa Rogers, a Baptist lawyer whose career has specialized in religion's role in public life and in the gove...

2013: The Year Women Abolish God

Mark Morford | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Mark Morford

Could this be the grand finale? The glorious death knell for the ugliest portions of organized religion and its relentless, impressive beat-down of the stubborn female species for lo these past 2,013 years? Can we at least hope?

Jesuit University Backtracks On Birth Control

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 11.05.2012 | College

When the protests over the new federal requirement that health insurance cover birth control for all female employees were at their peak in April, Xav...

Amanda Terkel

Paul Ryan To Social Conservatives: 'Religious Freedom' At Risk If Obama Is Reelected | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) used some of the precious remaining hours of the 2012 campaign to reach out to social conservative voters in a t...

University President Doesn't Want To Pay For Workers' Birth Control Because 'Life Begins At Conception'

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.10.2012 | Business

Two universities are alleging that it's unconstitutional for Obamacare to require employers to cover contraception for workers. East Texas Baptist...

War on Women?

Mary L. G. Theroux | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Mary L. G. Theroux

Shouldn't we be working to build a solution for those who don't have access to care, rather than an unsustainable one that subsidizes those of us fully able to pay for our own contraceptive needs?

Obama Defends Freedom of Religion: Be Not Afraid of Mitt Romney

George Lakoff | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
George Lakoff

Do you believe in freedom of religion? President Obama does, and he is defending Americans' freedom of religion against Mitt Romney and Fox News in the administration of his health care bill.

Concerned Women For America Mocks Sandra Fluke

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

Concerned Women for America fired a few insults on Wednesday at women's health advocate Sandra Fluke, who is slated to introduce President Obama at a ...