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Honduran Supreme Court Upholds Most Sweeping Ban on Emergency Contraception Anywhere

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The Honduras Supreme Court has upheld the country’s absolute ban on emergency contraception, which would criminalize the sale, distribution, and use of  the “morning-after pill” — imposing punishment for offenders equal to that of obtaining or performing an abortion, which in Honduras is completely restricted.

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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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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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Expanded Access to Contraception? No Wonder the Right is So Scared

Now that the fig leaf of “religious liberty” has been torn away, the right wing opposition to contraception coverage can be seen for what it is. But the question is, why are conservatives so afraid of free birth control?

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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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