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Obama Contraception

My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control

Jessica R. | Posted 03.14.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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.

State's Anti-Obamacare Law Smacked Down

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge has struck down a Missouri law exempting moral objectors from mandatory birth control coverage because it confl...

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...

Group Tries To Block Controversial Obamacare Provision

AP | TIM TALLEY | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY — An arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday to block a portion of the new federal health...

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 ...

Cardinal Suing Obama Administration Invites President To Dinner

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK — New York Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan is suing the Obama administration, but he's inviting President Barack Obama to dinner ...

Obama Campaign Ad Knocks Romney Over Women's Health: "This Isn't The 1950s'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama's reelection campaign slammed Mitt Romney over women's health issues in a new ad released Saturday. The ad, titled "Importan...

New Guttmacher Video: "Benefits of Contraceptive Use in the United States"

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Sharon L. Camp

Contraception is basic preventive health care for women -- a simple truth that is too often lost in our national political discourse.

Why Republicans Punishing a Rep for Saying "Vagina" Matters

Mitchell Bard | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

It makes one wonder: Would the Michigan Republican leadership have banned a male conservative representative for using the term "vagina" in the debate? Somehow I doubt it.

John Celock

Opponents Claim State Could Legalize Child Abuse | John Celock | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

North Dakota residents are voting Tuesday on a controversial religious freedom referendum that opponents say could legalize child abuse, domestic viol...

Should Women Be Taxed For Taking The Pill?

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 06.04.2012 | Money

While President Obama wants to grant women access to free birth control, this guy thinks women ought to pay more for access to contraception -- $1,50...

Does Religious Liberty Equal Freedom to Discriminate?

Lawrence M. Krauss | Posted 07.29.2012 | Science
Lawrence M. Krauss

Organized religion, wielding power over the community, is antithetical to the process of what modern democracy should define as liberty. The sooner we are without it, the better.