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Conservative Appeals Court Rejects Religious Whining About Obamacare

An notoriously conservative federal court has ruled that several religious institutions aren’t being oppressed by the process the federal government has created for them to opt out of providing birth control coverage. That’s a mouthful. Show More Summary

Pro Life Groups Once Again Take Credit for Work of Birth Control, Sex Ed

A new report from the Associated Press found that abortion rates have dropped by 21 percent since 2010, and anti-abortion groups are once again taking the credit. And, as ever, they had nothing to do with it. The opposite, actually. Read more...

Report: Abortion Rates Have Fallen Significantly Since 2010 

According to a new report by the Associated Press, abortion rates in the United States have fallen nearly 21% since 2010. The drop is attributable to a number of factors ranging from widening access to birth control, to restrictive TRAP laws and the nationwide closure of about 70 abortion clinics. Read more...

GOP Legislation Expands Birth Control Access (But Not Really) 

On Thursday, Republican Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) announced that they would sponsor legislation that would essentially let common forms of birth control (i.e. the pill) to be sold over the counter. According...Show More Summary

Military to Finally Improve Birth Control Access for Female Soldiers

Congress is aiming to offer better birth control access to women in the military: The annual defense policy bill passed on Friday stipulated that armed forces clinics and hospitals must have a number of contraception methods on hand. Read more...

Notre Dame Again Loses Anti-Birth Control 'Religious Freedom' Appeal

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

An appeals court has once again told the University of Notre Dame that their religious freedom is not being compromised by the fact that they have to fill out a two-page form to get out of covering birth control. The Seventh U.S. Circuit...Show More Summary

Feds to Insurance Companies: You Actually Have to Cover Birth Control

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Three federal agencies issued a pointed set of “clarifications” Monday, basically reminding health insurance companies that under the Affordable Care Act, they really do have to cover birth control without a co-pay or deductible. No, seriously. Show More Summary

Health Insurance Companies Are Illegally Charging for Birth Control

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act is that birth control methods — be it pill, patch, shot, ring — are supposed to be covered by insurance companies without a co-pay or other charges. But two studies from the National Women’s...Show More Summary

A Third of American Women Don't Allow For Enough Time Between Births

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

The average American mother spaces the birth of her children two and a half years apart. But one-third of women don’t allow enough space between children. A study released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 30 percent of mothers become pregnant again within 18 months. Read more...

Going Off Hormonal Birth Control Can Be a Real Bitch—or Not

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

It can’t be overstated that reproductive control is essential to reproductive freedom for women. But decades of such freedom have also given us the luxury of a next-level set of worries: What is birth control really doing to my body, and what will happen if I stop taking it? The answer is: mostly good things; maybe bad things. And it depends. Read more...

Study: Women in Abusive Relationships Choose 'Secret' Birth Control 

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

A new study has found that women in abusive relationships are less likely to use birth control. When they do use contraception, abused women choose more discreet methods — IUDs, injections, or even sterilization — that they don’t have to disclose, and that their partners are unable to refuse, deny to them or sabotage. Read more...

Fish Don't Want Your Birth Control Pills, Thanks

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Bad news about birth control pills: they might keep you from getting pregnant/regulate your cycle/all that jazz, but they're causing reproductive problems in fish, who are picking up their chemical byproducts through sewage systems connected to waterways. Read more...

What Happens When You Give Teenage Girls Free IUDs? 

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

It's hard to think of a segment of the American population that could benefit more from long-acting contraceptives than the teenager. Effectively using birth control can be difficult no matter how old you are, but preventing pregnancy presents singular challenges for adolescents. Show More Summary

Free Birth Control: Let's Have It, Say (Some) Religious Women

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Religious leaders, who are all, "I don't want the Affordable Care Act and its free birth control pills to ruin my church-going ladies": you're in for a rude awakening. Read more...

Study Suggests Link Between Birth Control Pills and Crohn's Disease

4 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Birth control pills : good for you or not good for you? (Don't answer that; it's a trick question, since no one has a definitive answer.) Read more...

SCOTUS Orders Lower Court to Reconsider Notre Dame Birth Control Case

4 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

University of Notre Dame really, really doesn't want to cover birth control pills for its employees and students, and it doesn't have to. But it also doesn't want to be forced to fill out a two-page form opting out of birth control coverage, because that too is somehow an infringement of the school's religious liberty. Show More Summary

How To Actually Get Your Free Birth Control 

5 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Remember when Barack Obama announced that the Affordable Care Act would include a birth control mandate that gives women access to birth control for the lovely cost of free? That was great. Those guidelines kicked in on August 1 of 2012,...Show More Summary

New Walgreens App Helps Ladies Manage Their Periods and Whore Pills

5 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Welcome to the Internet of Your Ovaries—it's like the Internet of Things but with birth control. Walgreens pharmacy has partnered with a company called Glow to refill your birth control from your smart phone and yes, the robots are coming for us—with tampons, hopefully. Read more...

This Week In Tabloids: Kendall Jenner and Lord Disick Are Doing Sex

5 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Welcome to Midweek Madness, where we crush our birth control pills into a fine dust and release them into the Santa Ana winds, howling the ancient words ( inTouch, OK!, Life & Style, Star, Us Weekly) under the light of the moon. This...Show More Summary

Chicago Is Giving Rats Birth Control

6 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Chicago's rats are getting contraception.

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