Illinois on Tuesday elected a Republican to be its next governor while voters supported a mandate on contraception coverage in employer health insurance plans, a direct response to the Supreme Court’s controversial Hobby Lobby ruling this summer.
Voters across the country will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to accept or reject 146 ballot measures, many revolving around polarizing issues that have yet to be addressed on the national level, and some representing the political priorities of far-right legislators in deep-red states.
Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota will decide ballot measures, also known as initiatives or issues, on Election Day to increase those states’ minimum wage.
Monday’s Supreme Court order denying review of seven same-sex marriage cases may not be as emotionally satisfying as a pro-equality ruling, but it has a similar effect nonetheless.
In an effort to reduce unintended pregnancy and improve birth outcomes, some states are working to make intrauterine devices easier for Medicaid patients to access.
Many of the employers suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive benefit, including Wheaton College in Illinois, fail to offer employees robust parental leave coverage, an analysis by RH Reality Check shows.
During a press conference announcing the new law, Gov. Pat Quinn said that women should not have to choose between being a mother and having a job.
The policy changes proposed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services would, among other things, increase Medicaid funding for health-care providers to provide birth control for women patients as well as vasectomies for men.
A law forcing notification or consent doesn’t help a young person who feels that they cannot turn to their parents out of fear for their safety or parental anger and disappointment. It simply makes it harder for them to access safe and legal care.
Wheaton College, a religiously affiliated nonprofit, has asked for an emergency order exempting it from complying with the accommodation to the contraception benefit in the Affordable Care Act.