After implementation of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, teen births and abortions dropped by nearly half.
Public health experts have known this for decades, and evidence showing the protective benefits of intentional parenthood keeps pouring in. The challenge has been how to move the dial. That’s why Colorado’s success caught experts’ attention worldwide.
When U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) launched his challenge to incumbent Democratic senator Mark Udall, one of his first moves was backtracking on his support for fetal personhood, which would ban abortion and outlaw some forms of birth control and emergency contraception. “This was a bad idea driven by good intentions,” Gardner told The Denver […]
By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times Elections have consequences, and those consequences are most acutely felt, it seems, in closely contested elections. In at least four hot races across the nation, Republican candidates have adopted a new approach to birth control: It should be available over the counter. “More rights, more freedom,” Republican Cory Gardner […]
By Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel DAVIE, Fla. — Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, stopped at a Hobby Lobby store in her district on Wednesday — not to pick up some craft supplies for one of her kids’ school projects, but to alert people to the store’s existence […]
In a recent feature in the New York Times Magazine, Robert Draper described Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) vision for the GOP as “libertarian — though only up to a point.” Thanks to an interview that Senator Paul did with the American Liberty Association this week, we have a better idea of what that point is. […]
Republicans are already at a disadvantage when it comes to female voters, and their support for the Hobby Lobby ruling could hurt them even more. A recent poll shows that a majority of female voters from across the political spectrum oppose the Supreme Court’s decision — and candidates who back it. Hart Research Associates, a Democratic firm, released a survey […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times The Obama administration plans to make another change in the rules governing how employer health care plans cover birth control, one in a long series of efforts to accommodate religious objections to some contraceptives. Details of the new rules will not be set for a few weeks, a senior […]
By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — Taking up advice from Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., congressional Democrats Wednesday introduced legislation to get around the court’s decision last month to exempt private corporations from having to provide coverage for birth-control pills and devices that violate the companies’ religious beliefs. The […]
WASHINGTON — It’s not often that social and corporate conservatives come together, but the five right-of-center justices on the U.S. Supreme Court fashioned exactly this synthesis in their Hobby Lobby decision this week. In a religious freedom case related to birth control, the majority focused on the liberties of the company’s owners, not of those […]
This post is the third in the Roosevelt Institute’s National Women’s Health Week series, which will address pressing issues affecting the health and economic security of women and families in the United States. This post considers the problems created when judges accept misinformation about certain kinds of birth control as fact in the courtroom. In […]
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a law guaranteeing access to birth control and sex education in a country that has high maternal mortality and ranks 53rd worldwide in total fertility rate. Implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, also known as the RH Law, had […]
The Affordable Care Act demonstrates an affirmative, proactive step from government for women’s access to reproductive health care, but conservatives are bent on moving backwards. Contraception should be understood as a fundamental right of American women and a necessary foundation of human security. If that seems controversial, consider this: 99 percent of American women approve of birth […]
By Tangi Quemener and Laure Brumont Vatican City (AFP) — U.S. President Barack Obama spoke of his admiration for Pope Francis and invited him to the United States at their first talks on Thursday, but got a reprimand for contraception clauses in his healthcare reform act. Obama said he had been “extremely moved” by the […]
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee triggered outrage this week with just one word: “libido.” Republicans insisted that the politician-turned-TV/radio host who was speaking at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting had been misquoted. There’s no way what he said could actually have been offensive, because he was accusing Democrats of something bad… and that’s always good. […]
At this year’s annual winter meeting of the Republican National Committee, the assembled partisans have focused on rebutting the perception that they are waging a “war on women.” It is not going well. Speaking to committee members on Thursday, former Arkansas governor and failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made the following attempt to prove that […]