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Bill Introduced To Forbid Your Pharmacist From Denying You Birth Control

Pharmacists would be forbidden to refuse to dispense birth control based on their religious beliefs under a bill re-introduced to Congress last week. The Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act would punish pharmacists who force women to either find another pharmacy to get their contraceptives — a problem if you live someplace like rural Idaho — or go without their Loestrin entirely. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Birth Control For Everybody!

  • Health insurers will be required to offer birth control without co-pays under the new health care reform laws after August 1, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. The Institute of Medicine, an independent panel of doctors, released a report last month which said preventative health care for women should be covered and named birth control, STD screening, and HPV testing, among others, as the best practices. Despite pushback from religious groups, the HHS took their suggestions to heart. In a press release, HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius noted “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need.” This is exciting! [CNN.com]
  • A federal judge has ruled that Kansas must resume giving federal funding to Planned Parenthood, arguing that the law defunding the state’s clinics is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten said the law seemed to be designed to punish Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions. [Washington Post]

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Bill O’Reilly: “Many Women Who Get Pregnant Are Blasted Out Of Their Minds When They Have Sex”

Birth control should not be covered without co-pays as part of preventative health care, Bill O’Reilly says, because “many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex, [so] they’re not going to use birth control anyway.” He introduces this Fox News segment while talking about pot and booze and says covering the Pill would cost four billion dollars a year (um, can I get a source on that?) and suggests improving access to birth control will “maybe” cut back on the number of abortions, foster care, and people on welfare.

First of all, WHAT? Second of all, WHAT WHAT WHAT? Keep reading »

Birth Control Should Be Covered By Health Care Plans, Says Report

Health care plans should cover birth control, STD screening, HPV testing, and other services for women without co-pays, according to an independent panel of doctors from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). President Obama’s new health care reform requires “preventative care” services be covered and the Obama administration asked that the IOM assess which services fell under this category.

According to the IOM report [PDF], their eight recommendations for coverage include: “the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity”; HPV testing as part of cervical cancer screening for women over 30; counseling on STDs; counseling and screening for HIV; lactation counseling and equipment to promote breast-feeding; screening for gestational diabetes; screening and counseling to detect and prevent domestic violence; and annual preventive care visits. Including these services are integral for women to “better avoid unwanted pregnancies and space their pregnancies to promote optimal birth outcomes” as a key method of preventative care, the IOM report said.

No co-pays for your Nuva Ring and HPV testing? Preventing pregnancy until you and your boo are ready to be parents? Sweet, right!? Alas, not everyone is so thrilled. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: New Hampshire Planned Parenthood Stops Dispensing Birth Control

  • Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire has stopped dispensing birth control because of budgetary issues. The state government, upset that Planned Parenthood clinics provide abortions, naturally yanked funding from the clinics, preventing them from providing services which could prevent women from having abortions. It makes so much sense. [Concord Monitor]
  • The New York Post‘s “scoop” that the hotel maid who accused ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was actually a prostitute is looking hella fishy. [Washington Post]
  • Why won’t the mainstream media call abortion clinic violence what it is: terrorism? [Slate]

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I Am Never Trying To Skip My Period Again

I have been fascinated by the notion of going without a period since the 8th grade, when I heard about an older, incredibly beautiful girl at my school who didn’t wear underwear. I was a maxi pad user at the time — tampons did not register as an option until 10th grade — so I couldn’t understand how this chick could go panty-less during her monthly flow.

“Where does she stick her pad?” I asked a friend as we sat on the school’s front lawn giving each other hairwraps. (It was a hippie school and it was the early-’90s.)

“Oh, I heard her tell someone that she rarely gets her period because she drinks so much water.” Keep reading »

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