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Has the Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Benefit Been Saved?

In a key win for the Obama administration, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Nina Pillard authored an opinion that should put to rest any remaining legal threats to the contraception benefit.

In a key win for the Obama administration, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Nina Pillard authored an opinion that should put to rest any remaining legal threats to the contraception benefit.

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Federal Judge Rules Obama Administration Didn’t Go Far Enough to Accommodate Opponents of Birth Control Benefit

A federal judge in Florida ruled Ave Maria University did not have to comply with the Obama administration's latest accommodation process for religiously-affiliated nonprofits who object to covering contraception in insurance plans.

A federal judge in Florida ruled Ave Maria University did not have to comply with the Obama administration’s latest accommodation process for religiously affiliated nonprofits that object to coverage of contraception in insurance plans.

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GOP Candidates in Key Races Downplaying Anti-Choice Views

Overall, at least some Republican candidates appear to be trying to neutralize "war on women" criticisms to narrow the gender voting gap that favors Democrats among women.

Some Republican candidates appear to be trying to neutralize “war on women” criticisms to narrow the gender voting gap that favors Democrats among women.

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Legal Scholars, Reproductive Health Advocates Comment on Exemptions to Birth Control Benefit

The administration sought comments on how to define a closely held for-profit company and whether other reporting or enforcement steps might be appropriate to implement an exemption to the birth control benefit.

The administration sought comments on how to define a closely held for-profit company and whether other reporting or enforcement steps might be appropriate to implement an exemption to the birth control benefit.

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Health-Care Company Looks to Increase Emergency Contraceptive Use by Cutting Price in Half

AfterPill is the first emergency contraception to be sold exclusively online. The company offers one dose of EC for $20, plus a $5 flat-rate shipping fee, making it roughly half the price of Plan B One-Step.

AfterPill is the first emergency contraception to be sold exclusively online. The company offers one dose of EC for $20, plus a $5 flat-rate shipping fee, making it roughly half the price of Plan B One-Step.

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This Week in Sex: Kansas’ Sex Toy Auction

This week, there are new recommendations for chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for young women, a secret shopper study found that young men may have a harder time buying EC over the counter, and Kansas seizes sex toys.

This week, there are new recommendations for chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for young women, a secret shopper study found that young men may have a harder time buying EC over the counter, and Kansas seizes sex toys.

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Sen. Murray Introduces Legislation to Improve Emergency Contraception Education, Access

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Sen. Patty Murray has introduced a bill that would both educate the public about emergency contraception and make it available to more rape survivors who go to the emergency room.

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CVS Illegally Charged 11,000 Women Contraceptive Co-Pay

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) sent letters to the CEOs of CVS Health and Walgreens earlier this month calling for them to correct a coding error that led to the illegal charges, and to provide remedies to women who had been unjustly charged.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) sent letters to the CEOs of CVS Health and Walgreens this month calling for them to correct a coding error that led to the illegal charges, and to provide remedies to women who had been unjustly charged.

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Religious Nonprofits Will Continue Legal Battle Against Federal Contraception Benefit

Priests for Life told the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that the Obama administration's latest efforts to accommodate religious objections to the birth control benefit fell short.

Priests for Life told the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that the Obama administration’s latest efforts to accommodate religious objections to the birth control benefit fell short.

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Legal Wrap: No End in Sight for Lawsuits Challenging Obamacare

Republicans are never going to successfully repeal health-care reform, so instead they hope to use the courts to gut the most popular and important provisions and render the law a political liability for Democrats.

Republicans are never going to successfully repeal health-care reform, so instead they hope to use the courts to gut the most popular and important provisions and render the law a political liability for Democrats.

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