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The USCCB and the US Congress: The Morally Blind Leading the Morally Bankrupt

In their righteous search to control women’s lives thank GOD Congressmen have the guidance the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the group that has covered for child rapists, pornographers, adulterers and others.

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A Catholic Bishop Is Indicted in Child Pornography and Again I Ask: Why Does Congress Kowtow to the USCCB?

Almost exactly two years ago, during the heat of the health reform debate, I wrote an article asking why the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has so much power in the halls of Congress, especially when it comes to pushing for policies that deny women their rights.  Today, I ask again: Why?

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Minnesota Bishops Fighting Birth Control Mandate

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with VP Joe Biden. Image source: Washington Examiner.

The groups are afraid they will be forced to provide contraception coverage to their employees.

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!Si, se puede!? For Latinas and Other Uninsured Women, Gaps Remain in Access to Birth Control

Nearly four in ten Latinos are uninsured. “Si se puede…” can mean “IF she can…” and this conditional statement hints at the obstacles that remain after the HHS decision. IF a Latina can get health insurance, IF she can make it to a provider’s office who can provide culturally-competent care in her language, and IF she can obtain and fill her prescription, THEN she will be able to fully enjoy the benefits of no-copay birth control.

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HHS Adopts IOM Recommendations on Reproductive Health Care; Exempts “Religious Employers” From Birth Control Coverage

The Department of Health and Human Services has adopted guidelines for insurance coverage on women’s preventive health services that include all the recommendations recently made by the Institute of Medicine and require new health insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services such as well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening, and contraception without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible.

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What’s At Stake in How HHS Handles the IOM Report?

What’s at stake in the HHS decision around the IOM recommendations on contraception?  First, the health and rights of women who will benefit from easier access to contraception. And second, the IOM’s action draws attention to the extent to which contraception  has become yet another front in the nation’s unending culture war.

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Promise Rings and Nuvarings: Why I Needed Contraception Without Co-Pays

When my mom knew my birth control was not only preventing “changes in my mood” but also the chance that I could get pregnant, she stopped paying for my birth control; she said, “I am not supporting your habit.”

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As Two Deadlines Near, Concern Rises About HHS Adoption of IOM Recommendations on Preventive Care for Women

Over the past 10 days, the White House has postponed two scheduled conference calls on the IOM recommendations regarding preventive care for women. The deadline originally set by HHS for releasing its final recommendations is the same as the deadline for an agreement on the debt ceiling. Are the two connected?

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For Latinas, The IOM Recommendations on Women’s Health Represent a Big Win

Virtually every one of the IOM recommendations will greatly benefit Latina women. whether they are seeking to plan and space pregnancies, have healthy pregnancies, keep their infants healthy, or get basic preventive healthcare.

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IOM Recommends Full Coverage of Contraceptives, Other Reproductive Health Care Under Health Reform

In a new–and much-anticipated–report, the Institute of Medicine recommends that health reform guidelines for preventive care to be developed by the HHS include no-copay for contraception and a wide range of preventive services.

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