Tag » contraceptives
On Monday the Obama administration announced that the morning-after pill will now be sold to girls of all ages, without requiring a prescription. We were already rejoicing just a month ago over the increased access to young ladies, but now no one is excluded. This means that Plan B can be purchased over-the-counter by ladies younger than 17. This is reversal of the federal government's previous decision in late 2011 to restrict minors from obtaining the pill so ... Read More
Today, the Obama administration added another chapter to the Affordable Care Act saga. Under the newly proposed changes to the Act, non-profit organizations with religious affiliations will not have to pay for their employees’ contraception; instead, a health insurer will cover the cost of birth control, with no cost to the employee. The administration is responding to a series of lawsuits filed on behalf of religiously affiliated non-profits, who argued ... Read More
Is anyone really surprised?  Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention last week was filled with doubletalk calling for an end to abortion rights, gay marriage, and contraceptive coverage. Dolan gave a similar benediction at the Republican National Convention. The Archdiocese of New York, of which Dolan is Archbishop, gave a statement that Dolan would pray at both conventions “solely as a pastor, only to pray, ... Read More
The federal government has until tomorrow, December 7th, to decide whether it'll allow the sales of Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive directly on store shelves. Teva Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the pill, petitioned the FDA to make it available on store shelves alongside condoms and other contraceptives. While technically Plan B is already an over-the-counter product for women 17 and older, it's still sold only at pharmacies and health clinics. ... Read More
Today is a victorious day for the supporters of Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has put into effect the new guidelines requiring health insurance plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 to cover birth control, among other preventive services. The list of services that will now be covered includes free screenings for conditions such as gestational diabetes and the human papillomavirus (HPV), support for breastfeeding ... Read More