FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nancy L. Cohen, Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America

By: Sunday October 14, 2012 1:59 pm

As a reproductive justice activist in Missouri, I had a lot of “preach, sister!” moments while reading Delirium. I’ve seen the damage wrought from the relentless assault on reproductive rights…the unplanned pregnancies resulting from a lack of comprehensive sex education and access to contraception, the emotional and economic toll taken as women navigate a seemingly endless series of hurdles to access reproductive health care, and the devaluing of pregnant women resulting from legislative attempts to cast them solely as reproductive vessels who forfeit their rights once pregnancy has been confirmed. I’ve also seen the transformative power of activism, particularly in my home state of Missouri where the masses hold far more nuanced views on the politics of sex than those elected to represent us. For every challenge to access to birth control or abortion care, there is a fired up response that gives me hope for the future.


Sunday In The Vagina With Ross

By: Monday August 27, 2012 7:55 am

The New York Times columist, Ross Douthat gets all philosophical about abortion rights and finally concludes that Barack Obama and others who accept the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade are just as much extremist on abortion rights as Akin is.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Contraceptive Mandate in Health Care Law

By: Saturday July 28, 2012 11:00 am

A federal court has temporarily blocked the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate for one Colorado air conditioning company, in the first of what promises to be several legal fights over the regulation, ultimately winding up at the Supreme Court.

The ruling comes in a case brought by Hercules Industries, which argued that they should not have to comply with the mandate of providing free contraceptive coverage for their employees because it violates the religious beliefs of the owners.

In Good Omen for Contraceptive Mandate, Federal Judge Throws Out Challenge

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:45 pm

In the first federal court ruling on the Obama Administration’s mandate for the provision of free contraceptive coverage as part of the preventive services package in the health care law, a judge in Nebraska has thrown out, for lack of standing, the challenge to the mandate pursued by six states and several Catholic entities.

Catholic Hospitals Join Criticism of Obamacare Contraception Coverage

By: Monday June 18, 2012 7:15 pm

Only heterogenous institutions that mark themselves as religiously affiliated, like Catholic hospitals and universities, institutions that have non-religious employees or followers of a different religion working there, would have to comply with the birth control insurance coverage under a preventive services regime, and even then, they wouldn’t have to be directly involved in the transaction. Even then, Catholic Hospitals, who seemed originally supportive of the rule have not said they oppose it.

Catholic Institutions Sue Government Over Contraception Mandate

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 1:15 pm

The Department of Health and Human Services instituted a rule from the Affordable Care Act that ensured all employer-provided health insurance plans would cover reproductive and preventive services with no co-pay. This included a wide range of preventive services and not just birth control. But religiously-affiliated institutions, mostly Catholic ones, objected, even though an accommodation place the mandate on insurers and not the institutions. Not satisfied, the institutions are suing HHS.

Sorry, Bishops, But the Answer Is No

By: Friday April 13, 2012 10:38 am

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is trying to play the martyr once more. This time, they are trying to claim the mantle of James Madison and Martin Luther King Jr. as they self-righteously hold themselves up as the defenders of religious liberty. If the bishops were truly honest and transparent about what they are doing, however, there’d be a revision of Dante’s sign hanging over the door to every bishop’s office and over the entrances to far too many catholic churches: “Abandon all independent thinking, ye who enter here”.

Sorry, your eminences, but the answer is no.

The Right’s War On…Freedom

By: Sunday March 18, 2012 9:30 am

The conservative hunger for authority over others is perfectly visible in their ongoing war on women. Consider the pending legislation in Arizona that would require women to get the permission of their employers before insurance policies would cover birth control pills prescribed for health reasons other than preventing pregnancy. Or consider the wave of so-called “sonogram” bills initiated by conservatives so fanatic they mandate non-medical, trans-vaginal violation of women seeking pregnancy terminations.

More Spelunking on Contraception

By: Saturday March 17, 2012 1:00 pm

More caving on mandated coverage of contraception from HHS and the Obama Administration. Religious groups that self-insure will be exempt from the rules, and HHS indicated that they are open to further weakening of the required coverages in the future.

Oh, and in a separate ruling, HHS declared that students at religious institutions (like Sandra Fluke) are SOL when it comes to being covered by this requirement of ACA.

CNN’s Erick Erickson: Insulting Women Is Not Enough, Let’s Lie About What They Said

By: Saturday March 3, 2012 12:00 pm

There have been a disturbing number of instances in recent years when the level of political discourse coming mostly from the right has been so depressing that all you could do is weep for your country, if not the species.

Today’s example is the hate-filled debate between the GOP’s ugly faction and its cowardly faction over whether it’s okay to insult and slime any woman who has the courage to speak out on why health insurance should cover something so totally accepted and important to women as contraception. That’s right, the Republican party is actually having a debate about this.

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