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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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Irrationality vs. Science: The IOM Recommendations

If you had any lingering hope that the Institute of Medicine could recommend including contraception in the list of preventive services that should be offered without co-pay and not have a hysterical reaction from anti-choicers, I’m afraid I’ll have to dash those hopes.

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House Committee Votes to Reinstate Global Gag Rule (Again) and Other Misogynistic Amendments

Just weeks after publication of a major report underscoring the benefits of robust U.S. investment in family planning worldwide, the GOP-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee voted in the early hours of the morning today to reinstate the Global Gag Rule with broader and more damaging implications than ever before.

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Anti-Choicers Gear Up To Fight Guidelines on Preventive Care for Women

The Institute of Medicine recommended that insurance plans cover contraceptive care with no co-pays and alarm bells start ringing in anti-choice offices across the land.  So get ready for the smear campaign to come.

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Why Contraceptive Coverage Is Critical: Lessons from Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, we have already learned some lessons about why it is important to include contraception at no additional cost.

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No Co-Pay for Birth Control? A Great First Step Towards Truly Universal Access

The Affordable Care Act provides a huge opportunity to make sure US women have access to contraception. Contraception should be on the list of preventive medicines and services that don’t require a co-pay—that makes health and fiscal sense.

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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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At Global Leadership Council Meeting, Silence on Family Planning

It’s time for acknowledgement of the world’s best-kept little secret—family planning saves lives, boosts economic growth, and makes for a safer world.

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Maloney and Menendez Introduce Bill to End Deceptive Practices by Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced a bill entitled the “Stop Deceptive Advertising in Women’s Services Act” (SDAWS), which would crack down on clinics (so-called crisis pregnancy centers) which falsely advertise themselves as a honest providers of information and services for women facing unintended and untenable pregnancies.

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Judge Blocks New York City Law Requiring Crisis Pregnancy Centers to Divulge Bias

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge has blocked New York City from enforcing a new law designed to force pregnancy centers to disclose what services they offer.

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