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Obama Contraception

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Seeks To Make Birth Control 'Obsolete And Outdated' | John Celock | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire has proposed repealing the state's requirement to provide insurance coverage for birth control by attaching the...

Don't Judge This Christian By Her Cover

Meredith A. Bennett-Smith | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Meredith A. Bennett-Smith

We as a society have become so polarized of late, the belief in a higher power has become a caricature, used to label vast groups of actually quite diverse peoples for the purpose of sweeping, often ignorant rhetoric and ideological cable network warfare.

Laura Bassett

Former Bush Official Files Suit Against Birth Control Rule | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

Jim Towey, the former director of George W. Bush’s Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, slapped that same office with a federal lawsuit an...

A Father's Perspective on the Contraception War

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

In recent weeks, the nation has talked more about contraception than at any other time during my 58 years of life. Many Republican office holders and outspoken Catholic bishops call the discussion one of religious liberty. For me, it is a matter of whom I trust.

And Again: Political Strategy Trumps Female Well-Being

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 04.21.2012 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

With mounting signs that the economy is getting some traction, boiling populist rage is dialing down to a grumbling simmer. This raises the possibility of the GOP nightmare scenario: voters going into the election in a reasonably upbeat mood.

Why the War on Birth Control Is a Political Disaster for the GOP

Robert Creamer | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

You have to wonder if the Republican presidential candidates have lost their minds. Their positions are so far outside the political mainstream that they might as well be on the former planet Pluto.

Republicans Attack Obama's Health Care Overhaul Over Contentious Issue

AP | By JOHN MILLER | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics

BOISE, Idaho -- Republican lawmakers in a handful of states are opening another front in the war against President Obama's health care overhaul, seizi...

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker's Suggestion For Married Couples' Contraception | John Celock | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

A New Hampshire lawmaker with a history of surprising statements suggested on Thursday that married couples who want to use contraception should pract...

Honoring Religious Objections And Access To Contraceptive Coverage

Melissa Rogers | Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion
Melissa Rogers

It is right to honor the religious objections of faith-based employers, but it is also right to ask why we retain a system where the health coverage employees receive may be limited by those objections.

This Is a Joke, Right?

Nita Chaudhary | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Nita Chaudhary

It's 2012 and the biggest controversy in Washington, D.C., is over unemployment, the foreclosure crisis, the war in Afghanistan, birth control.

Elise Foley

House Democrat Mocks Newt Gingrich For Birth Control Comments | Elise Foley | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) mocked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on the House floor Thursday for his statements on abortio...

Freedom Of And From Religion

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion
Bill Moyers

Here we are once again, arguing over how to honor religious liberty without it becoming the liberty to impose on others moral beliefs they don't share. Our practical solution is the one Barack Obama embraced the other day.

Laura Bassett

House Dems Walk Out Of Birth Control Hearing | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three Democrats walked out of a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on religious liberty and the birth control rule on Thursda...

99% of Women Have Used Contraceptives. The GOP Again Goes For The 1%

Michael Keegan | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The GOP has followed its extremist fringe off the deep end, leaving the rest of us back in the reality based world, and befuddled. Their strategists warned them not to do this, but it appears that to the GOP, unhinged fringe issues are like catnip.

Faith's Big Picture

Patricia McGuire | Posted 04.16.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Catholic institutions that truly believe in celebrating life need to be good models of welcome, hospitality and pastoral care for all of God's children, whether virtuous or wayward, righteous or confused.

The Birth Control Debate That Isn't Happening

Margie Omero | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Margie Omero

It's 2012, but to hear the Right talk about birth control, and "emotional" women in the workforce and the military, one might think we're trapped in Downton Abbey's 1914.

Sam Stein

White House Denounces Congress Revival Of Birth Control Debate | Sam Stein | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Unbowed by the dust-up from last week’s contraception debate, the Obama administration has jumped feet-first into the next round. ...

The Long History of the War Against Contraception

Ellen Chesler | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Ellen Chesler

Why have Republicans allowed the family planning issue to tie their candidates up in knots in 2012? The answer is in just how outsized the influence of a minority viewpoint can be on a political party, so long as it represents the base of that party's support.

The Illiberality of ObamaCare

Michael F. Cannon | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Michael F. Cannon

The non-compromise Obama floated does not reduce by one penny the amount of money he would force Catholics to spend on contraception. Worse, this mandate is just one manifestation of how the president's health care law will grind up the freedom of every American.

Keep Your Leeches for Yourself

Emily Spitzer | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

This decision is not about the administration siding with or against different interest groups. It is about siding with science, and with the right of all people to access health care that meets modern standards of appropriate care.

Zach Carter

Pacifist Activists Deride Bishops Over Birth Control Coverage | Zach Carter | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High-profile Republicans and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have decried the Obama administration's new contraception ...

Amanda Terkel

Obama's Birth Control Rule Will Hurt Homeless Veterans, Warns GOP Congressman | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), a leading Republican congressman overseeing veterans issues, is warning that President Obama's decision on bi...

White House Attacks Rubio's 'Dangerous' Bill

AP | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday legislation in the Senate that would give employers broad leeway to restrict coverage for contraception...

Religious Freedom Means Choice for Individuals, Not Institutions

Kristin Aschenbrenner | Posted 04.14.2012 | College
Kristin Aschenbrenner

I'm a church-attending Christian, and faith is a large part of my own life. My faith, much like my medical decisions, is both nuanced and personal.

Open Letter To Archbishop Timothy Dolan: Stop The Partisan Politics

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

There is a double standard where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is concerned: you'll start a nuclear political war with a pro-choice Democrat but allow a pro-life Republican to get away with anything.