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Planned Parenthood Explains What You Need to Know About the Contraception Challenges

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, breaks down what you need to know about the contraception cases that will go before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation v. Sebelius.

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The Life-Saving Power of Birth Control as… Birth Control

Those who are fighting for the right to affordable birth control shouldn’t leave me—or other individuals who use birth control to prevent unplanned pregnancies—out of the discussion.

It’s been said over and over again that birth control is “life-saving” for some women, who need it to aid conditions such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts. But people also, overwhelmingly, use birth control to do exactly as its name implies: to control their fertility. Let’s stop hiding some of the lives we fight for under a “tactical” shroud.

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Use of Contraception Is Not Your Boss’ Business

Lawsuits by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood challenge the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act, which says that certain preventive health-care services like contraception must be covered without copay or cost sharing.

The leaders of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation have invited themselves into their employees’ bedrooms and medicine cabinets under the guise of religious freedom, and these bosses are seriously out of line.

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Generic Emergency Contraception, CPAC, and Abortion in the States

On this episode of Reality Cast, Jessica Arons of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project discusses generic emergency contraception access. In another segment, I discuss how CPAC was, yet again, a wonder of misogyny and sex-phobia, and the pressure intensifies on the state level to end legal access to abortion.

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My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

No one should be forced to choose between her job and her dignity, but that’s what I feel I’m being forced to do right now.

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Right-Wing Myths About Girl Scouts, and Condomless Sex

On this episode of Reality Cast, RH Reality Check‘s Martha Kempner discusses the CDC’s decision to use the phrase “condomless sex.” In another segment, I discuss how the anti-gay bills cropping up around the country are a continuation of the same principle that justifies the attacks on the contraception mandate, and why Fox News keeps misrepresenting the Girl Scouts.

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Dear CVS: A Real ‘Health-Care Company’ Guarantees In-Store Access to Birth Control

If CVS wishes to keep moving in the direction of providing health care, the women who patronize it need to know they can come in to the store for contraceptives and leave that same store with contraceptives in hand.

If CVS wishes to keep moving in the direction of providing health care, the women who patronize it need to know they can come in to the store for contraceptives and leave that same store with contraceptives in hand.

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RJ Court Watch: Contraception and the First Amendment

Elizabeth Sepper (left) and Greg Lipper.

In the first episode of RH Reality Check‘s new podcast, RJ Court Watch, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo discuss the legal challenges to the contraception mandate, including whether or not corporations can exercise a conscience, and whether or not the First Amendment speaks to or has any role in governing employee health insurance plans.

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A History of Condoms

Since the dawn of time, we humans have been wrapping up penises in hopes of preventing pregnancy and infections. Learn about the fascinating history of the condom, so that the next time you reach for that little latex friend, know that you’re one of many people throughout history who has relied on the condom to keep you safe and healthy. [via Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest]

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Anti-Planned Parenthood Congressman: ‘I Have Been Fixed. My Wife Has Been Fixed’

Rep. Phil Roe, who has supported defunding Planned Parenthood, noted at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit Monday that both he and his wife were voluntarily sterilized. He explained that after having three kids, if he’d had to raise another, he’d have thrown himself off the Capitol.

Rep. Phil Roe, who has supported defunding Planned Parenthood, noted at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit Monday that both he and his wife were voluntarily sterilized. He explained that after having three kids, if he’d had to raise another, he’d have thrown himself off the Capitol.

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