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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act: Considers Individual Mandate As Tax, But Women Vulnerable Under Medicaid Finding

Image by Elvert Barnes on flickr. CC.

Supporters of health reform are celebrating today as the Supreme Court voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act by considering the individual mandate as a tax, which people could choose not to pay and incur the penalties. In a split decision, the court did, however, find that states could opt out of Medicaid expansion requirements, a ruling that will have critical implications for millions of low-income women.

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On Contraceptive Coverage, the Government Is Right, the Bishops Are Wrong, and This Is Why

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Obama Administration is right to require insurance companies to cover contraception for public employees. The bishops are wrong to seek to use the government to limit the decision-making power of American women.  And they are surely wrong to call what they are trying to do freedom.

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Anti-Sex Ed Curriculum Makes the List: Don’t Blame Obama, Blame the System

A recently updated list of federally approved “evidence-based” teen pregnancy prevention programs has been causing a stir. Rather than blaming Obama for this, we’d all do better to recognize that it was the result of a fundamentally flawed system sorely in need of review and repair.

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President Obama, Please Keep Your Promise to Insulate Science from Politics and Ideology

One of the most difficult things to do is tell a friend that we are disappointed or upset with them, but that is what we are doing here today.

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Why Scientific Integrity Policies are So Important for Government Agencies

Sadly, only about a quarter of the relevant agencies have developed scientific integrity policies as required under White House guidelines and publicly released them.

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The Plan B Decision: A Dangerous Precedent

To the FDA, the evidence is clear: Plan B is safe for women of all ages. Yet in a dangerous precedent, the Secretary overturned the decision based on pseudo-scientific concerns about misuse among younger adolescents.

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The EC Decision: Where Were The President’s Science Advisors?

Dr. Susan Wood discusses the recent misuse of science and data as part of the decision by the Secretary of HHS to overrule the scientific determination by the FDA Commissioner on bringing Plan B fully over the counter.

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The Plan B Decision: Sacrificing “Change We Can Believe In” for Expediency?

We cannot let the Democrats, let our president, lose sight of what this decades-old debate about access to all forms of reproductive healthcare is really about; that is, for women to have any sort of autonomy and self-determination within our society. 

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STOKING FIRE: Clinic Violence Needs to Be Controlled

Clinic escorts around the country say that antiabortion protesters are allowed great freedom, including physically touching, threatening, and lying to patients. It is imperative that protections for clinicians, patients, and health center property are expanded.

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Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: The First SOTU Promise Broken?

Will the Obama Administration follow through on promises to end “Dont Ask, Don’t Tell,” and lift the ban on gays in the military or are we facing same-old, same-old politics from the administration of “change?”

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