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Obama Contraception

It's Not About Conscience, It's About Bullying

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

When officials of the Catholic Church resort to claims of conscience, they are not referring to the conscience of the women who seek insurance coverage for birth control; they are referring to their own stricken conscience.

Conservatives Scoff At Obama's Birth Control Shift

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's political shifting over contraception coverage has united conservative Republicans in protest even as they...

Friday Talking Points -- White House Fumbles

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No matter what you think of the administration's decision on birth control, I think we can all agree that it was handled extremely badly from the get-go. This is not the way to roll out a contentious policy, guys and gals.

John Celock

Birth Control Debate Moves To States As Obama Rule Simmers

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Amanda Terkel

Republicans Go After Tammy Baldwin, Claire McCaskill On Birth Control Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are trying to use President Obama's recent birth control rule to cause trouble for Democratic senatorial candidates, airing ...

Sam Stein

Rick Santorum: Contraception Shouldn't Be Covered By Insurance At All

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Rick Santorum said on Friday afternoon that he was not persuaded by the Obama administration's revisions of rules requiring religious inst...

Obama Compromise Gains Key Backers

AP | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House has support from a key Catholic health group on its compromise birth control policy. Sister Carol Keehan heads the Cath...

The Catholic Church's Game With Women's Health

Madeline Walsh | Posted 04.11.2012 | College
Madeline Walsh

In my 15th year of Catholic education, I am very familiar with the Catholic Church's opposition to birth control despite the fact that 98 percent of Catholic women have used contraception. This underscores the huge gap between the views of the Church and practicing Catholics.

Catholic Leader Slams Obama's 'Unjust' Birth Control Mandate

Posted 02.10.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George this week entered the fray of a national debate over President Obama's plan requiring most religiously affi...

Sam Stein

Obama's Contraception Rule A Matter Of Life-Altering Care For Some

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The debate over President Barack Obama's new contraception-coverage rule has been largely been considered through the frame of rel...

Maddow Fights Back Against Fox News Pundit's Ugly Attack

Posted 04.11.2012 | Media

Rachel Maddow used her Thursday show to respond to columnist and Fox News pundit Cal Thomas' comment that she should never have been born. Speaking...

They're Baaaaack

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — All of a sudden, abortion, contraception and gay marriage are at the center of American political discourse, with the struggling &n...

WATCH: Obama Shoots Down Reporters Over Controversial Ruling

Posted 04.11.2012 | Media

President Obama shot down reporters pestering him for a comment on his controversial ruling on contraception during a Thursday photo op in the Oval Of...

The Santorum Strain

Robert Walker | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Santorum represents a strain in American politics that believes preventing unintended and unwanted pregnancies is both a moral wrong and a social ill: women who engage in sexual intercourse -- voluntarily or not -- should have children by chance, not by choice.

Have Catholic Bishops Turned Their Backs On The Working Class And The Poor?

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

Bishops have urged Catholics to be single issue voters -- that issue being of course the sexual politics of an anti-abortion and anti-gay rights agenda. The century-old Catholic social justice tradition in America has been pushed to the side.

Contraception Isn't a PR Game; It's a Woman's Right

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

This is about the notion that some religiously affiliated hospitals and schools receive federal money and therefore cannot deny a woman a federal guarantee. This is real 'class warfare' and this time the victims are the most vulnerable -- women from lower-income neighborhoods.

Sam Stein

Barack Obama's Contraception Ruling Backed By Previously Unreleased Survey

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to hold the line on President Barack Obama's controversial contraception ruling, which requires most religiously affiliated emplo...

Do Republicans Have Sex?

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Members of Congress love to talk about their families. So we should be able to tell whether or not members who say they don't believe that contraception is an essential aspect of health care, especially for women, are likely users of contraception.

Five Reasons Why Obama Is Losing The Contraception Fight

Posted 02.08.2012 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) The White House has surprised observers and disappointed some liberal allies by signaling that it is w...

Queen of Angels' Condoms

Greg Palast | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Greg Palast

If a religious organization abjures condoms or The Pill or blood transfusions, that's their right. It should not be their management's right, even if the managers wear vestments, to impose those religions strictures on the bodies of their workers.

White House Fires Shot At Romney

AP | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House is taking on GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney over his criticism of President Barack Obama's birth control coverage ...

White House Defends Contentious Decision Amid Criticism

Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON--The Obama administration is willing to work with Catholic universities, hospitals and other church-affiliated emplo...

I'm Outraged - Why Aren't You?

Jen Psaki | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Jen Psaki

For full disclosure, I am a Catholic, I am a Democrat and I am a woman. I am also someone who if push came to shove can afford to pay over the counter for birth control. But the false outcry this week over the need to cover birth control has made me raving mad.

Contraception Compromise?

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

No matter how the administration explains the decision, most Catholics see the proposal as forcing institutions run by the Catholic Church to violate the churches' own moral teachings. And, while well intentioned, this does not make sense and it is not smart politics.

Marco Rubio Talks 'Unplanned' Children

Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gave a lighthearted personal anecdote this week amid a broader rebuke of the Obama administration's decision to disallow rel...