Posts tagged "health-care reform"

Obama Changes Health Insurance Coverage Of Birth Control For Religious Employers

The Obama administration released new details this morning about which religious employers will be exempt from covering the cost of birth control under health care reform — which the Associated Press describes as a "broader opt-out." The Health and Human Services Department announced this morning that businesses which object must "self-certify that they are non-profit…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 1, 2013

Republican Proposes Yet Even More Restrictions On Birth Control

Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) plans to propose a spending bill that would allow employers to deny health insurance coverage for birth control and other contraception based on the employer's own "moral reasons." Rehberg's proposed bill would also federally defund Planned Parenthood until the organization no longer provides abortions (despite the fact PP does not…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 19, 2012

Sandra Fluke Talks Sluts, Rush Limbaugh

[W]hat I’ve learned [after being called a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh on his show] has less to do with Mr. Limbaugh specifically and more to do with a part of our population that has this view. Because frankly, you don’t go on national radio and talk for several days about something that no one want…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2012

Catholic Orgs File Massive Organized Lawsuits Against Obama Administration Over Birth Control

Earlier today, 43 Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions filed lawsuits in 12 federal courts over birth control coverage in President Obama's plans for health care reform. The Obama administration has long touted its compromise that contraception coverage will be provided free by health care insurers if the employer refused to cover it; however, the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Catholic College Drops Entire Student Health Plan Rather Than Cover Birth Control

A Catholic college in Ohio will drop its entire student health insurance plan beginning in the fall 2012 semester rather than cover birth control under its policy. Franciscan University would have been required to do so under Obama's health care reform, given how the school is not a religious institution (i.e. it employs many non-religiou…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2012

Anti-Abortion Michele Bachmann Claims Republicans “Want Women To Have Their Own Choices”

Senator Kristen Gillibrand gets the Girl, You've Got Bigger Stones Than Me Award of the week for going head-to-head on "Meet The Press" yesterday with none other than Rep. Michele Bachmann. (Rep. Bachmann, let me remind you, refers to emergency contraception as "the morning-after abortion pill" thus conflating it with abortion, suggests the HPV vaccine

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2012

Today’s Lady News: You’d Have To Prove You Use Birth Control For “Health Reasons” Under Proposed AZ Law

Arizona's State Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill yesterday that would give your boss the right to make you prove that your prescription birth control is being used for health reasons -- and not for being a slutty-slut-slut having sex for her own pleasure. Your boss could also fire you for using birth control to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2012

Fact Or Fiction: ObamaCare’s “$1 Dollar Abortions”

Ridiculously sensational headlines like "$1 Abortions in ObamaCare" and "ObamaCare: Home of the $1 Abortions" are what’s buzzing at the pro-life water cooler today. These headlines would have you believe that under the President's health care reform, taxpayer funding will pay for abortions that cost just a buck.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 14, 2012

Mitt Romney Promises To “Get Rid Of” Planned Parenthood

Mitt Romney must think low-income women don't really need breast exams. And those Pap smears that could detect cervical cancer? So frivolous! Surely that's the only thing the GOP frontrunner could have meant when he told folks in Missouri he would "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, as well as a number of other programs, to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2012

Girl Talk: I Use Birth Control For Health Reasons

One spring afternoon when I was in high school in New York City, I had a bizarre health scare. A friend and I had been lounging by the Hudson River pretending to read and philosophize but really gossiping about our schoolmates — acting exactly our age. That afternoon, I had miserable symptoms as I always did whe…

By: Sarah Marian Seltzer / March 9, 2012

President Obama Called Sandra Fluke Because He Wouldn’t Want Sasha & Malia Called “Horrible Names”

"I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about. Even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2012

Jon Stewart Takes On Rush Limbaugh Over “Slut” Slur

Jon Stewart took on Rush Limbaugh's "slut" slur on last night's show and put it best, as always: "Personally, I don't get too worked up by the things Rush Limbaugh says because he is, and has been for many years, a terrible person." This is so amazing, I have nothing better to say than put your…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2012

Today’s Lady News: 11 Advertisers Drop Rush Limbaugh’s Show

As of this evening, 11 advertisers, including corporate biggie AOL, have dropped their $$$ from Rush Limbaugh's show after he called a woman a "prostitute" and "slut" on air. [Think Progress] Could — and would — Sandra Fluke sue Rush? [The Daily Beast] Women earn less then men at every education level, according to a new report by the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2012

Sandra Fluke Talks Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Slut’ Smear On “The View”

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University Law student who was called a "slut" and a "prostitute" by Rush Limbaugh last week, appeared on "The View" this morning. She utterly floored me with her articulation, composure and professionalism.   Three weeks ago, Fluke was barred from testifying to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committe about women's acce…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2012

Advertisers Drop Rush Limbaugh After He Calls Woman “Slut” On Air

UPDATE, 3/3/12 at 6:30p.m: Rush Limbaugh issued an apology on his web site today to Sandra Fluke, a young woman he referred to earlier this week as a "slut" and "prostitute" during a discussion about birth control. In his apology, Limbaugh said: "For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hour…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 3, 2012

Senate Defeats Blunt Amendment Allowing Employers, Insurers To Opt Out Of Paying For Birth Control

Earlier today, the Senate narrowly defeated a proposal called the Blunt Amendment that would have allowed employers and health care insurers to opt out of paying for birth control (and other medical services) if it is contrary to their religious beliefs. The vote was 51 to 48, with Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine the sole…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2012

Hey, Boss, May I Please Go On The Pill?

You've probably read -- on The Frisky or elsewhere -- that religious employers are at odds with the Obama administration over the requirement, under the health care reform law, that insurers cover the cost of birth control if the employer itself — say, a Catholic school — refuses. These employers say it's against their conscience…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Women More Likely To Support Obama’s Birth Control Decision

Women are more likely than men to support President Obama's mandate that insurers cover the cost of birth control, according to a new poll of registered voters by Poll Position. Forty-six percent of women supported the mandate, compared to only 37 percent of men. Anyone else surprised these numbers are so low? [UPI] Senator Olympia…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 29, 2012

Jon Stewart On Congress’ Anti-Birth Control Sausagefest

Last night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart was freaking hilarious in his coverage of last week's anti-birth control sausagefest in Congress, in which a panel of all dudes tried to argue against President Obama's health care reform compromise. Did you know these men mentioned "spiritual rape," whatever that is, and Josef Stalin? When you…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2012

Today’s Lady News: I Think They’re Just Messing With Us Now

Oh, look at this all-male TV panel that MSNBC convened to discuss yesterday's all-male hearing discussion about birth control coverage in healthcare reform!  Oklahoma's state Senate advanced a "fetal personhood" bill on Wednesday that criminalizes all abortion by defining a "person" as the fertilized egg. A bill like this would also criminalize in vitro fertilization, stem cell…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012
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