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A Family Planning Miracle In Colorado: Program Has Teen Births And Abortions Drop by Half, And It’s Heading To Other States

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.

April 8, 2017
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5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016

As ‘Abortion Pill’ Turns 15, Debate Rages On

Fifteen years after its approval in the United States, the drug mifepristone is used in nearly a quarter of all abortions, a proportion that has grown steadily even as the national abortion rate has fallen to a historic low

September 20, 2015

GOP Lawmakers Vote To Increase Unplanned Pregnancy Rate

The United States has a higher rate of unintended pregnancies than virtually any other industrialized country.

July 11, 2015
Health, Teens, Youth, America, Birth Rate, Children, Birth Control, Implants, Contraception

Teen Birth Rate Falls In U.S.

While the teen birth rate falls, few are opting for implants or other preventative measures of birth control which would further lower birth rates.

April 8, 2015

7 Reproductive Rights Issues To Watch in 2015

2015 could be a difficult year for women’s health.

January 20, 2015

Time To Dust Off My Reproductive Freedom Flag

For women, the midterms were one battle in a long war.

November 5, 2014

White House Working On New Birth Control Insurance Rule

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 […]

July 23, 2014

Democratic Lawmakers Move To Upend Ruling On Birth Control

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 […]

July 9, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision Is Not About Religious Freedom

Why are we still arguing over contraception? Of all the mind-blowing medical advances of the last 50 years — in-utero surgery, genetic testing, face transplants — why is it that the sale and use of convenient, reliable birth control pills and devices still sparks such controversy? The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision — in which […]

July 5, 2014

After Hobby Lobby

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 […]

July 3, 2014

The Supreme Court’s One-Two Punch Against Women’s Health: McCullen And Hobby Lobby

The Court’s rulings place more barriers, both physical and financial, between U.S. women and basic health care. In the last week the Supreme Court announced two decisions that could dramatically change the landscape of women’s health access in the United States. It will be some time before we know the full impact of McCullen v. Coakley and Burwell […]

July 2, 2014

A ‘Narrow’ Decision From The Narrow-Minded

Relax. This is not a slippery slope. So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision. The same august tribunal that gutted the Voting Rights Act and opened the doors for unlimited money from unknown […]

July 2, 2014

GOP Forced To Walk Thin Line After Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Supreme Court officially adjourned for the summer on Monday, but not before bestowing Republicans with a double-edged sword in the form of a major ruling. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby struck down a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that had required employer-provided health care to include contraception coverage for […]

July 1, 2014

Breaking: Supreme Court Says Some Businesses May Refuse To Offer Contraceptives

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a setback to President Obama’s health-care law Monday and ruled that Christian business owners with religious objections to certain forms of birth control may refuse to provide their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives. In a major 5-4 ruling on religious freedom, […]

June 30, 2014

Why Are Courts Allowing Redefinitions Of Emergency Contraception?

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 […]

May 14, 2014

For U.S. Mothers, Conservative Policies Can Be Deadly

This post is the first 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. Today, a look at why conservative policies at the state level are leading to increased maternal mortality rates. For much of the […]

May 12, 2014

Appeals Court Hears Arguments From Catholics Against Mandate For Contraceptive Coverage

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Even as the Supreme Court considers one challenge to the Obama administration’s rule that female employees be offered health plans that include a full range of contraceptives, lawyers for the several prominent Catholic groups are seeking to set up a potential Round 2 in the fight. In […]

May 9, 2014

Cliven Bundy’s Window Into The War On The Poor

Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the Nevada rancher after his remarks about slavery, but he points to a deeper issue with conservative policy. It’s tempting dismiss Cliven Bundy – the Nevada rancher who last week suggested that blacks were better off under slavery – as a fringe conservative unworthy of any more airtime. […]

May 5, 2014

Hobby Lobby Case Is A Slippery Slope

Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. That bit of live-and-let-live wisdom, usually attributed — some say misattributed — to Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides a useful framework for considering a high-profile case argued before the Supreme Court last week. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses, if they provide health insurance for […]

March 31, 2014

Justices Sound Ready To Reject Contraceptives Mandate Under Obamacare

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative justices sharply criticized part of President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, suggesting they will rule later this year that requiring Christian-owned corporations to offer their employees contraceptives coverage violates the freedom of religion. “Your reasoning would permit requiring profit-making corporations to […]

March 25, 2014

Religious Case At Supreme Court Could Affect Obamacare And Much More

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A challenge to part of President Barack Obama’s health care law that hits the Supreme Court on Tuesday could lead to one of the most significant religious freedom rulings in the high court’s history. Four years ago, in their controversial Citizens United decision, the justices ruled […]

March 24, 2014

Memo To Congress: Family Planning Needs More Funding

On Thursday, March 20, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn joined the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association for a briefing on “The Publicly Funded Family Planning Network: An Essential Partner in the New Health Care Environment.” Her prepared remarks are below. The Affordable Care Act represents an historic investment in the health of American women and […]

March 23, 2014

Poll: Catholics Around The World Support Abortion Rights, Contraception

A new global poll conducted by Univision finds that Catholics around the world are divided on Church doctrine. According to the poll, which surveyed 12,000 Roman Catholics in 12 countries, Catholics tend to break from the Church on issues related to contraception and birth control. Despite the Church’s longstanding anti-abortion doctrine, an overall 65 percent of Catholics […]

February 10, 2014

In ‘Nuestro Texas,’ A Call For Human Rights In Reproductive Health Care

A new report on access to reproductive health care in the Rio Grande Valley highlights the human rights violations happening right in the U.S. During the past three years, more than 150,000 women in Texas have lost access to reproductive health services, thanks to a relentless barrage of laws and policies that have shuttered 76 family planning clinics across […]

February 5, 2014