Obama Still Fighting Court Order on Plan B Pill

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 12:10 pm

Responding to a court order the Obama Administration begrudgingly approved over-the-counter sales of Plan B or “the morning after pill” to ages 15 and up. But the court order required all ages to have access to the medicine.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Robin Marty and Jessica Mason Pieklo, Crow After Roe: How “Separate But Equal” Has Become the New Standard In Women’s Health And How We Can Change That

By: Sunday April 28, 2013 1:59 pm

Do you think the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established abortion rights? If you’re like the 53% of Americans polled by Gallup recently, chances are you don’t. In that case, you will be dismayed to learn in Crow After Roe: How “Separate but Equal” Has become the New Standard in Women’s Health and How We can Change That about the many creative ways that anti-abortion activists have undercut the right to abortion in the past forty years.

If you identify more closely with the 29% of Americans who want to overturn Roe v. Wade, you may applaud the clever anti-abortion strategies detailed here.

Romney Tries to Claim that Abortion Not an Executive Branch Issue

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 6:55 am

I guess Mitt Romney wanted to get in one more shift in position before his convention speech. On CBS News last night, Romney added an exception to his views on abortion rights, and also tried to claim that Presidents have nothing to do with the matter. His aides couldn’t deny his change in position fast enough.

VP Nominee Ryan Also Deeply Anti-Abortion

By: Monday August 13, 2012 3:30 pm

Ryan believes the unborn are fully human and must be protected. That’s a deeply radical take with implications for birth control and in vitro fertilization and a whole host of other policies. He believes in forcing women to birth children, as their choice cannot trump the unborn’s life. And on the question of whether women should face murder charges for abortions, he has said, obliquely, is that “If it’s illegal, it’s illegal.”

Mitt Romney has been all over the place on this question, as with many others, throughout his political career. But his choice of running mate says plenty about who he would seek to appeal to in his Presidency.

Susan G. Komen Founder Demoted, President Leaving

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 7:20 am

As I said when this scandal was going on, I don’t think there will be a Susan G. Komen Foundation for too much longer. This demotion just makes me believe that more. The shine on the pink ribbon has completely worn off, with fundraising and major events like their annual walk-a-thon down sharply. The Planned Parenthood controversy really put the spotlight on not only Komen’s politics but also their activities, and how they weren’t really moving toward “the cure” but raising a lot of money to raise their own profile. Women are savvy enough, when presented with the facts, to recognize the fundraising-for-fundraising’s-sake at the heart of the Komen mission.

Free Preventive Health Services for Women Begin Under ACA

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 2:00 pm

Today, a series of new health insurance regulations under the Affordable Care Act go into effect, in particular the free (i.e., no co-pay) preventive services for women’s health. And both the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress are in the midst of a full-court press to let everyone know about it.

Republican Congressman Introduces Bill to Defend Planned Parenthood

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 6:15 pm

Almost as odd as an American President endorsing the right of same-sex couples to marry today, was the sight of a Republican member of Congress holding a press conference to announce legislation to guarantee funding of Planned Parenthood. But that happened today as well.

Late Night FDL: Komen Foundation Funding Planned Parenthood Again

By: Friday April 13, 2012 8:00 pm

I don’t know that there will BE a Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure for much longer, but let the record show that they have been forced into a complete reversal on their high-profile effort to defund Planned Parenthood. This exposed the right-wing tendency inside the foundation’s leadership, appalling much of their membership.

Arizona Passes Most Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law in Nation

By: Friday April 13, 2012 6:45 am

At the end of yesterday, Arizona’s female Governor, Jan Brewer, signed a bill banning abortions after 18 weeks and creating a new definition of “pregnant.”

Religious University Abruptly Drops Birth Control Coverage

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 1:30 pm

For years, Xavier University, a Jesuit school in the Cincinnati area, had a health care plan that included birth control coverage. Faculty and other employees at the college, including non-Catholics, could get birth control under their health plans. When the Obama Administration mandated this as part of their preventive health services, the President of Xavier looked at his insurance plan, and finding birth control on there, he swiftly moved to cancel it.

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