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Father One Step Closer to Denying His Daughters Birth Control

We’ve all forgotten Missouri State Rep. Paul Wieland, the Catholic patriarch so terrified of his own impotence that he and his wife Teresa sued the federal government to ensure that his wife and daughters would not have access to birth control covered by insurance. The inclusion, the Wielands argued, infringed on their religious freedom. Read more...

The Little Sisters of the Poor have lost their battle against the Affordable Care Act’s birth contro

The Little Sisters of the Poor have lost their battle against the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage requirement. The Sisters, a religious nonprofit, claimed they were forced to be “complicit” in delivering birth control to their employees by having to opt out of it. Show More Summary

Roman Catholic Nuns Still Fighting Obamacare Birth Control Compromise

Another day, another endless lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate. Court after court has ruled that the Obama administration has found an acceptable workaround for nonprofit religious organizations who don’t want to provide birth control coverage to their employees. Show More Summary

A Vintage Birth Control Method Is Back

Are you a fan of the retro-inspired? Is your vagina? If you’re into the old-school and non-hormonal birth control, you might be interested in Caya, a new version of the diaphragm. Unlike old-timey diaphragms, Caya comes in one size, which, due to its anatomical and ergonomic shape, will fit most women. Show More Summary

Obamacare Has Saved Women Over $1.4 Billion in Birth Control Costs

A new study has found that the Affordable Care Act created an immediate drop in out-of-pocket birth control costs for women. The authors saw costs decrease for almost all reversible birth control methods, an average of around $250 per person per year. And that’s even with some health insurance companies still illegally charging patients for birth control. Read more...

Oregon Pharmacists Will Soon Be Able to Prescribe Birth Control 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed a measure into law that will allow Oregon pharmacists to prescribe birth control directly to patients. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Knute Buehler, who is both male and Republican, who sponsored the proposal because, he said, “it makes no sense that men have unrestrained access to contraception” while women don’t. Oregon, man. Read more...

There's Nothing 'Startling' About the Success of Colorado's IUD Program

Colorado, in the past six years, has run an incredibly successful initiative in reproductive health: by providing free long-acting birth control to teens and low-income women starting in 2009, the state slashed the teen pregnancy rate by 40 percent by 2013, and the teen abortion rate by 42 percent. Read more...

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

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

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 

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

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) 

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

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

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

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

3 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

3 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

4 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 

4 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

4 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? 

4 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

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