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The Cost of Contraception in Insurance Plans: What the Data Say

In 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services examined the issue of just how much it costs insurance companies to cover contraception. Based on data from a wide range of peer-reviewed medical and public health data, the HHS analysis found that it costs more not to provide contraception than it does to provide it. Here’s what the analysis said.

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America’s Non-Existent War on Religion and the Return of the Radical Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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Fighting a non-existent war on religion Senators introduce “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) and consciousness clause amendments.  The casualties of this non-existent war could be just about everyone.  

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Why I Skipped Mass Today: A Practicing Catholic Objects to the Bishops’ Arguments Over Birth Control

A practicing Catholic explains why he skipped a mass that would likely include a bishop’s letter about contraception and a defense of the Catholic Church’s political battle over free birth control, and what his family did instead. 

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Modified Birth Control Rule Should End Controversy (But It Probably Won’t)

The administration’s accommodation should lay to rest arguments that religious liberty is under attack in this country. But it probably won’t.

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Pain and Shame: What Real Life Looks Like in a Religiously-Affiliated Non-Profit Without the Birth Control Mandate

An employee at a religiously-affiliated nonprofit writes about the challenges of getting her workplace to cover contraception to treat conditions like polycystic fibrosis and dysmenorrhea.

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BREAKING: White House Amends Birth Control Mandate: Contraceptive Coverage to be Offered Directly from Insurers

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UPDATED: Today, the White House did the right thing by women and for public health and human rights.  Despite deep concerns the White House has decided on a plan that will enable women to get contraceptive coverage directly through their insurance plans.

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The Hawaii Compromise? White House to Announce Change In Birth Control Mandate

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This morning, news reports indicate an announcement may be imminent from President Obama on a “compromise” on the birth control mandate. To recap, the mandate requires that all employer-based health insurance offer coverage without a co-pay of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods.

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An Open Letter to the President of Georgetown University on the Battle Over Contraceptive Coverage

As a graduate of Georgetown University and advocate for women, I write to express my horror with the actions of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the matter of contraceptive coverage and to ask you directly to initiate a conversation within the Georgetown community, as well as with the bishops who claim to speak on the behalf of women students, employees and our dependents.

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Religious Freedom? Let the Chimes of Freedom Ring

Those of us who revere the constitution and the individual right to exercise freedom of religion enabled by the separation of church and state must stop the mass media procession that is now engaged in a responsive reading from the archbishop’s hymnal. These sounds you hear are not the chimes of freedom.

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Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Moving on From “Religious Freedom” Diversion, USCCB Wants to Exempt All Employers From Birth Control Mandate

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Religious freedom? Who’s zoomin’ who? As I noted in a piece published last night and now confirmed by further comments from representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the far right uterine police are aiming to exclude everyone from contraceptive coverage, not just religious institutions.

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