According to the American College of Obstetricians, oral contraceptives should be available over the counter, no prescription or doctor’s exam needed.
The statement, released last week on the ACOG website, argued that easier accessibility would mean more women who take oral contraceptives would obtain (and stick with) their birth control. Though no drug is risk free (the pill has been deemed safe), the College points out that other drugs ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 14, 2012
The United Nations has a message: access to contraception is a human right that will save lives and more than $11 billion in health costs, as well as help remove gender inequalities around the world.
The United Nations Population Fund recently released The State of the World Population 2011 report, titled “By Choice, Not By Chance.” The 140-page report argues for greater accessibility to family planning and contraception. Currently, 222 million ... Read More
Blogger Amy Bursch frequently writes about female contraception and the politics surrounding it. Although she does a lot to promote female contraception, she also “…keeps an eye on what the other side is up to, crazy videos included.” And as far as crazy videos go, this one is pretty fricken crazy.
Pro-life organization “Come Unity in Truth” recently released a video titled “You Deserve to Know the Truth: ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Sep 19, 2012
Though he's one of the leading critics of conservative politicians, comedy news anchor Stephen Colbert is a devout Catholic--and he "loves his Church, warts and all."
This past Friday, Colbert met with the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, to engage in a dialogue on “Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life" at Fordham University. Father James Martin, a Jesuit Catholic priest and author, moderated the conversation.
Three thousand Fordham ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Sep 11, 2012
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
BY Intern Tessa
on Mar 14, 2012
Once again, women’s rights are under attack. The Medicaid Women’s Health Program, a health-care program for low-income women in Texas, is in danger of losing $35 million dollars of federal funding because Governor Rick Perry won't allow any of it to go to Planned Parenthood.
This program, which funds preventative care (including cancer screenings and contraception), currently serves 130,000 women by donating to many clinics in Texas--including ... Read More
BY Intern Maura
in Boob Tube
on Mar 14, 2012
On Monday night, comedian/actress Jane Lynch tried her hand at celebrity-interviewing when she filled in on Piers Morgan Tonight. Aside from making me wish she hosted a talk show on CNN instead of panders-to-women Piers Morgan, she interviewed Joan Rivers, and together (after Rivers admitted, of politicians, that she “hates them all”) they touched on certain issues in politics today. Specifically, the egregious amount of time politicians spend ... Read More
BY Intern Kelsie
on Mar 12, 2012
2012 has been a tough year so far for women’s rights, and it’s only March. With legislation cropping up across the nation that seeks to limit our access to birth control and to put hurdle after hurdle between a woman and a legal abortion, it seems only fair that female legislators are turning the tables. Democrat Nina Turner of the Ohio State Senate has introduced Senate Bill 307, which aims to regulate men’s access to erectile dysfunction drugs ... Read More
Here at BUST, we’ve been following the story of Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke and the fight for affordable contraception pretty well. We’ve also followed the aftermath, which notably involved radio host and creep extraordinaire Rush Limbaugh verbally abusing Fluke, calling her a “prostitute,” and demonstrating his general lack of understanding of the way birth control and contraception work (explained brilliantly by the fabulous ... Read More
BY Intern Maura
on Mar 02, 2012
Yesterday, the Senate narrowly avoided another political attack on women's health when they voted 51 to 48 against the Blunt Amendment. Even though Republicans tried to assure everyone that this bill wasn't actually contributing to their war on women, (just their war on citizens who believe in the separation between church and state), it would have allowed employers to refuse to cover any health care service for their employees, and only have to cite "moral ... Read More