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Contraception Debate

Women's Health: A Priority, Not an Afterthought

Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD

I respect the rights of others, including for-profit employers, to have their own opinions. But that does not mean that bosses should have a role in a woman's decisions about her reproductive health. Like all health care decisions, any decision about contraception should be based on a woman's needs and her current health.

GOP: Sensitivity Training in Animal House

Michael Keegan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

What the GOP doesn't seem to have grasped is that just saying sensitive things (or refraining from saying stupidly insensitive things) isn't enough to win voters. It's the policies, not just the way you talk about them.

To Promote Family Planning, Let's Have More Controversy

Christopher Purdy | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Christopher Purdy

The family planning community should be willing to take some reasonable risks when it comes to acknowledging the pleasure motivation in birth control. We know that sexy advertising works to sell pretty much everything else. Why not family planning, one of the most empowering and powerful forces for good and pleasure in the world?

Laura Bassett

White House Weighs In On Contraception

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

What Republican War on Sex?

Eli Lehrer | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

I'm a conservative Republican, a married father, and a strong supporter of everyone's freedom to marry. And it strikes me that The Huffington Post is ...

On Women's Day: We Need to Focus on Birth Control

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The Obama administration has proposed a regulation on birth control that treats us like the property of our employer. We need to help them to a more respectful posture.

6 Reasons To Love Sandra Fluke

Christina Huffington | Posted 12.04.2012 | Women

Sandra Fluke -- birth control championing attorney, Rush Limbaugh target and all-around kick-ass lady -- is under consideration to be TIME Magazine's ...

The Contraception Benefit We Rarely Talk About

Posted 09.26.2012 | Women

Contraception has shaped American women's lives since they gained access to The Pill in the early 1960s. One benefit, however, seems to have received ...

Go for It, GOP -- Sperm Rights!

Martha Burk | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

Protecting sperm rights would benefit society, and wouldn't really harm men. Understand -- a man's right to control his own body and life choices would not be infringed. Men could still have sex. They would merely be asked to accept a few tiny, ever-so-reasonable restrictions.

The Dangers of Contraception Revealed

Robert Walker | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

There's a basic misconception that clouds the thinking of many social and religious conservatives. Believing that contraceptive use is a moral wrong, they desperately want to make it into a social ill. To do that, they confuse correlation with causation.

The Illusion of Religious Choice

Joseph Rauch | Posted 06.11.2012 | College
Joseph Rauch

I do not think raising a child without religious values bears more merit than raising a child with religious values, but the development is certainly worth looking into.

Haley Speaks Out On 'War On Women'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

Nikki Haley objected to the idea that the GOP is waging a "war on women," telling Fox News on Monday that "women are doing well" and shouldn't be char...

Obama, Don't Take Female Vote for Granted -- Earn It!!!

Laura Finley | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Laura Finley

Mr. Obama, please take seriously the needs of women and do not presume that the female vote is yours for the taking.

Knitted Uteruses Delivered To GOP Lawmakers

Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

In a creative response to a controversial bill that would allow employers to opt out of providing coverage for contraception, a group of women's right...

The Gender Crisis in Politics: U.S. Congress Fails at Equality

Lili Gil | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Lili Gil

No, this is not a feminist column or a complain letter -- so please keep reading -- it simply is a reminder of the embarrassing facts that ranks the United States 78th worldwide in female political representation, according to data gathered by the Inter-Parliamentary Union in 2011.

Romney Versus Romney

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

George Romney stood up to the GOP's right-wing extremists, including his party's presidential candidate, while his son trembles before the loutish Limbaugh. Though Mitt Romney may carry his father's DNA, he failed to inherit his father's spine.

Laura Bassett

Birth Control Access Boosts Women's Pay: Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 03.26.2012 | Women

While women still earn 77 cents for every dollar that men make in the United States, the gender wage gap has closed significantly over the past severa...

Bishops Face Internal Challenges In Negotiating Contraception Debate

Posted 03.08.2012 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) In the weeks since President Obama proposed a compromise on his plan to mandate free contraception cov...

Limbaugh Smackdown and Women Unite

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.07.2012 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Let's show the world Americans will not tolerate women being treated as second-class citizens. Do it for your mothers, sisters, nieces, daughters and granddaughters. And do it for mine.

Pass the DUH Act

Jess Coleman | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
Jess Coleman

Following the Catholic Church's declaration of war on contraception, the Republican-controlled House decided to delve deeper into the issue of women's health. Fair enough. But where were the women?

Give It Up for Lent

Patricia McGuire | Posted 04.23.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

While Lent is traditionally about private sacrifice, with so much talk of religion in the public square, it seems like a good time to consider embracing some collective acts of atonement for the sorry state of human behavior.

Sam Stein

Why Washington Won't Quit Talking Birth Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the current dust-up between Republicans and Democrats on the issue of contraception is its stayin...

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.

Obama's Win on Health Insurance and Contraception

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Every minute that the Republicans spend discussing not how to get the American economy back on strong footing but whether or not adults should have the right to affordable contraception is a good minute for the president.

Father Rick

Larry Womack | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Larry Womack

If we are going to have a serious argument about civil liberties, specifically freedom of religion, I fail to see how anyone can argue that our first amendment rights are best left to interpretation by church oligarchs.