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The Panel Congress Really Needs to Hear From

There are many more perspectives Congress needs to hear from on the important topic of contraceptive access…especially when it comes to contraceptive access for women who use birth control to prevent unintended pregnancy. Here is a quick list of folks I’d love to see testifying, as well as a little background to show why their voices are so important.

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Lady-Parts, the Church, and Planned Parenthood: When I Became Pro-Choice

I’ve been on both sides of the reproductive rights debate – the side that thinks reproduction is not a right or a decision but a God-given duty; and the side that thinks birth control and abortions ought to be available to whoever the hell wants ‘em, regardless of age (within reason) or reason (within reason). I’ve spent my entire adult life on the latter side of the issue.

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The High Costs of Birth Control: A Major Barrier to Access

President Barack Obama, accompanied by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, announces the revamp of his contraception mandate.

Many people seem to think birth control is affordable, but high costs are one of the primary barriers to contraceptive access.

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Birth Control in Vending Machines? It’s About Time.

For the past two years, the Etter Health Center at Shippensburg University, a small-town Pennsylvania school, has provided access to a vending machine that dispenses Plan B One-Step® (among other health products) to students at a cost of $25. While politicians and political elites continue to get their knickers in a twist over contraception, it is heartening to see some public health experts who just get it.

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Five Big Facts on Birth Control Not Discussed Nearly Enough by Men in the Mainstream Media

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On the past couple of weeks the major cable networks invited nearly twice as many men as women to discuss the fight for contraceptive coverage. So here are five big facts on birth control not nearly enough discussed by men in the mainstream media.

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Why the Birth Control Mandate Is Not About “Freedom of Conscience”

Freedom of conscience” is code for “the right to enforce conformity amongst religious women.” Actual freedom is about having a choice. The Church and its supporters want to monopolize freedom and choice for themselves while taking those things away from their employees and congregations.

 

 

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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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