Thursday, July 24, 2014
By Fred Mogul : Reporter, WNYC News
New York is one of the first states to pay for intra-uterine devices through Medicaid at the time of childbirth.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The basis of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling comes from the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law was adopted after a 1990 Supreme Court decision denied unemployment benefits to two Native American men who used peyote in a religious ritual.
Monday, June 30, 2014
In twin 5-4 rulings, the Supreme Court ruled that companies may refrain from providing contraception if they object on religious grounds; and that public sector unions may not collect dues from some non-unionized employees.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
It’s been over 40 years since the FDA approved the birth control pill, but there is still no comparable option for men. Research and funding for developing male contraception has been sporadic over the years, but there are small groups of scientists who are very committed to the project. Dr. Diana Blithe of the National Institutes of Health discusses developing a “male pill” that is safe, effective and reversible.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Anders Kelto, Africa Correspondent for The World, shares a glimpse of the issues Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa face when it comes to family planning. Those issues range from getting men to participate in the conversation to tackling infertility. Kelto's three-part series "Family Choices: Fertility and Infertility in Africa" recently aired on The World.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Late last night, the Obama administration appealed a judge's ruling that lifted the age restriction on over-the-counter emergency contraception. This after the FDA had suggested earlier in the day that the age limit be lowered from 17 to 15. Confused? Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post explains the policy and politics of the rulings.
Monday, December 31, 2012
In January 2012, as she imagined the year ahead, Sandra Fluke, then a third year law student at Georgetown, assumed her role in the 2012 campaign would be similar to that of most Americans. "At the beginning of the year, I imagined my influence was going to be my one vote and potentially volunteering for some candidates," she explains. "But it turned out to be somewhat larger than that." Fluke reflects on 2012, and discusses her goals for the year ahead.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
By Adam Dawson : It's A Free Country blogger
Reverend Wright’s “radical beliefs” have resulted in no policy decisions whatsoever from the Obama White House. You cannot say the same thing about the beliefs of the religious right and their influence in the GOP.
Friday, March 23, 2012
A new report says women living on Native American reservations face major obstacles to accessing Plan B emergency contraception. The report also criticizes the Indian Health Service for not implementing standard policies and protocols dealing with sexual assault and rape. Joining us is the co-author of the report, Charon Asetoyer, executive director of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
In recent weeks, the Republican Party has found itself entrenched in battles over women’s health and lifestyle issues; most notably, over access to contraception. At the same time, many female voters, regardless of party affiliation, are finding themselves disenchanted with the Republican candidates.
According to a new poll conducted by CBS and the New York Times, only about a third of the women polled said they would vote for Mitt Romney over President Obama. When asked if they would vote for Rick Santorum over Obama, the president held the same advantage. Do the Republicans have a serious female problem on their hands?
This Week's Agenda: Primaries in the South, the GOP and Women, Major Economic Indicators, and Another Greek Bailout
Monday, March 12, 2012
While moderate Republican and independent women express their frustration with the GOP's stance on social issues like contraception, President Obama's reelection team is trying to seize the moment and court female voters for November. Meanwhile, the Republican candidates head south, where primary voters will vote in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday. And while the jobs numbers looked promising last week, a number of new economic indicators will tell us much more about the economy this week, with figures on consumer spending, retail sales, and inflation. Finally, Eurozone finance ministers will decide whether Greece deserves a second bailout this week.
Friday, March 09, 2012
After Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke spoke on Capitol Hill about her university's coverage of contraception, radio host Rush Limbaugh criticized her on his show. Those comments quickly went viral, and over 40 of Limbaugh's advertisers have pulled their sponsorship of the radio show.
Monday, March 05, 2012
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
In response to a range of rabid right-wing assaults on women, legislators—often female—are using absurdist legislation with increasing effectiveness.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
After more than a day of intense scuttle over the contraception debate, the Senate defeated a bill that would govern women’s access to birth control and other preventive health care services. Lawmakers voted 51-48 to table the bill.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Later in the week, the Senate is expected to vote on a bill which would repeal the Obama Administration's health care regulation requiring birth control coverage. This follows a case in Tacoma, Washington where a federal judge ruled a law which requires pharmacies to offer emergency contraceptives to be unconstitutional. The plaintiff in the case, Kevin Storman, a store owner, felt his religious freedom was violated by the legislation.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
By Steffen Schmidt : IAFC Blogger
The GOP has had a continuous and serious deficit in the support it receives from women in the United States. The contraception debate hasn't helped.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Obama administration is responding to criticism about its decision to mandate that all insurance providers – even those contracted by Catholic organizations – provide contraception. But New York State has had such a law on its books for a decade. Lois Uttley, Director of the MergerWatch Project and Raising Women’s Voices-NY, discusses how New York’s policy functions.