The problem with the birth control benefit debate is that few are thinking about the competing religious liberty rights of women.
In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they’ll be back.
To the House Republicans, who are hostage to their party’s Tea Party faction, there’s probably no dirtier word than “bipartisan”—except, perhaps, for the words “birth control.”
A new survey from the American College of Nurse-Midwives found that women don’t feel confident in their own knowledge about contraception and, in fact, don’t know a lot about the methods that are available.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan dances to the bishops’ tune in shutdown and debt limit fights, refusing to compromise because he wants “leverage” to curtail Obamacare contraceptive benefit.
Reproductive rights advocates have waged a long campaign to make Plan B One-Step available over the counter—but are pharmacies actually making the crucial drug accessible? The Portland Mercury looks at how emergency contraception access plays out on the ground in Portland, Oregon, secretly shopping for Plan B at pharmacies citywide to see how they stack up. (Full Story) [via Where is Your Plan B?]
Most press coverage celebrating recent changes to the federal law around Plan B One-Step has left at least one group behind: Native Americans. That’s why Native American activists are still pushing the slow-moving bureaucracy at the Indian Health Service to make Plan B available over-the-counter for women of all ages.
The U.S. Catholic bishops want to be known as the champions of the poor and struggling. But they’re happy to block services to the needy to further their anti-contraception agenda.
Though many women have said that hormonal contraceptive methods affect their mood, research has shown mixed results. A new study found that young women using the birth control pill and other hormonal methods were no more likely to be depressed than other young women. Other experts, however, are skeptical of the study’s approach and results.
We all, men and women alike, should be demanding better birth control for men.