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Birth Control Will Be Covered By Most Employers, Obama Administration Announces

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Most employers will be required to cover the full cost of contraception and other preventative services in their health plans under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. This means that women’s preventative health care like birth control will be available without co-pays or deductibles when Obama’s health care reform law goes into effect in August 1, 2012. 

This past August, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that health insurers would be required to cover birth control without co-pays following the release of a report by the Institute of Medicine. That independent panel of doctors had cited coverage of preventative health care, such as STD screening and birth control, in its recommendation of best practices.  

(And of course the talking boobs on Fox News wasted no time asking what Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be forced to cover next — manicures and pedicures?!?!  Really. Someone said that. )

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Supports Planned Parenthood, Only Makes Us Love Her More

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“I’ve been a Planned Parenthood supporter my whole life — since my mom took me to a rally when I was in sixth grade. It’s chilling to think of this resource being taken away. I have a five-year-old daughter, and I’m pregnant with my second child. I know when my children are older, I will be taking them to events like the one I went to with my mom. I hope we’ll be celebrating our freedoms and rights, not fighting for them once again as we are now.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal penned a piece for Glamour magazine about her support for reproductive rights. She says her mother taught her and her brother Jake to always fight for what they believe in and she believes “every woman has the right to decide what she can do with her body.” I’m impressed a big Hollywood celeb like Maggie is taking the time to support Planned Parenthood; PP is one of the main providers of women’s health treatments like cervical cancer screenings and breast exams for low-income women, who might otherwise go without. Between that and this, can we all just agree Maggie Gyllenhaal is the best?  [Glamour]

Today’s Lady News: Man Arrested For Abortion Clinic Firebombing Over New Year’s

  • An Alabama man has been arrested for allegedly firebombing an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida, on January 1. Bobby Joe Rogers was homeless yet seen at the almost daily anti-abortion protests outside the clinic. [Washington Post]
  • Today’s end-of-year jobs report showed 200,000 new jobs created in December — but therein contained jobs gained for men and lost for women. Shocker of shocks, white men have gained the most jobs over the past year. Don’t pop the champagne just yet, Obama. [NYmag.com]
  • Eve Arnold, a pioneering photojournalist who was one of the first women to join the Magnum Photography Agency, died Wednesday at 99. [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Against Abortion, Unless It’s To Save His Own Wife’s Life

  • Interesting fact about Rick Santorum: his wife, Karen Santorum, had an abortion in 1996 during her 19th week of pregnancy (roughly the fifth month). Karen Santorum’s fetus caused an infection inside her and had to be removed to save her life. The fetus was delivered and could not survive outside the womb, as doctors had predicted. First of all, that is indescribably sad. It was brave for the couple to discuss this on NPR, as they did in 2004 with host Terry Gross. Second of all, how can Rick Santorum oppose all abortion in all cases when terminating a pregnancy saved the life of his own wife? Eh. Don’t answer that. [Jezebel]
  • MSNBC has given a weekend talk show to Melissa Harris-Perry, a Tulane University political science professor who frequently appears on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Congratulations! [The Wrap]
  • Columbia and Yale will now reimburse LGBT employees who are taxed when their same-sex partners sign on to their health insurance. The schools are located in New York and Connecticut, respectively, which both recognize same-sex marriage. However, the federal government doesn’t recognize gay marriage and so lesbian and gay employees who are legally married are still taxed as “single.” [Queerty Keep reading »

Newt Gingrich Doesn’t Support Legal Abortion In The Case Of Rape Or Incest

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Just because Michele Bachmann dropped out of the 2012 presidential race doesn’t mean we’re in the clear — there are still plenty of candidates who would love nothing more than to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Newt Gingrich was asked by a voter yesterday whether he supports abortion if the woman was impregnated via rape or incest. And what do you think Mr. Compassionate had to say about that?

No, I wouldn’t make exceptions. What I would try to do is create a program that would enable women in those circumstances to have support and help them through whatever process they needed both in terms of counseling and in terms of if they wanted to give up the baby for adoption. Keep reading »

Soapbox: Pulling The Mommy Card On Reproductive Rights

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This is not the change I voted for. Nor how I thought the year would end for women’s rights in the USA. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius recently overruled scientists at the Federal Drug Administration and blocked a move to allow for Plan B emergency contraception, also known as the morning after pill, to be sold over-the-counter without age restriction. Her rationale was to protect 11-year-old girls from taking something that might harm them. President Obama backed her up, asked us to use “common sense” and pulled the daddy card.

Well, I’m pulling the mommy card. Keep reading »

Pro-Lifers Spank Ron Paul For Not “Rescuing” Aborted Fetus From Trash Can

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I don’t even know why we’re talking about Republican Ron Paul, because he is never going to be president. (Unless Kelly Clarkson gets her way.) But I do find it entertaining that his campaign ad called “Life,” about his opposition to abortion — despite otherwise being all “get the government out of people’s business!” — is now flying back in his face. In the “Life” ad, Ron Paul explains how he has delivered 4,000 babies as a doctor and believes that life is a precious thing. He also claims he allegedly saw an “aborted baby” in an operating room, crying and breathing, and saw it placed in a bucket in the corner of a room and people “pretended it wasn’t there.” Then he says he allegedly saw a baby the same size being delivered in that same hospital and it made him wonder “who are we” to let one baby die in “a bucket,” but let another one live. Keep reading »

Rick Perry Flip-Flops On Abortion Twice In One Week

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has always been against a woman’s right to choose. As Texas governor, he has supported bills to restrict access to abortion and made public statements like “Every life lost to abortion is a tragedy.” However, Perry had believed abortion should remain legal in cases of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is at risk.

Not for long: in the past week, Perry’s pro-life stance took a sharp — and deadly — turn to an even further extreme. And then, barely a day later, he backtracked on abortion yet again.   Keep reading »

Duggar Family Sends Video Message (With Anti-Abortion Undertones) To Miscarried Baby Jubilee

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I don’t think it’s anyone’s business to tell parents who have suffered a miscarriage how to behave. People express grief in all sorts of ways, even ways you might consider distasteful. That said, a video message to miscarried baby Jubilee Shalom Duggar strikes me as pro-life messaging first and foremost. “So often in society, babies are looks on as a problem, trial or responsibility,” mama Michelle Duggar reads, “but God says babies are a blessing. We do not believe that babies are a bother or a headache, a financial drainer or a career interrupter.” What a lovely way to honor Jubiliee: by guilt-tripping other women who have terminated unwanted pregnancies! Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Judge Rules “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Initiative Is Misleading

  • A Nevada judge has ruled that a fetal personhood ballot initiative, which seeks to criminalize abortion by declaring a fertilized egg a “person,” is misleading and fails to explain its effects to voters. The judge ruled that the ballot initiative needs to make clear that the fetal personhood initiative would criminalize birth control and in vitro fertilization, as well. [Feminist.org
  • The Lowell Sun newspaper in Lowell, Massachusetts, mocked Chaz Bono’s transgender transformation by printing lyrics to a song that’s supposed to be sung to the tune of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” Very classy, folks. [Hufffington Post]
  • Could male rappers pass a version of the so-called “the Bechdel test” in which he has a conversation with a woman that’s not about himself or a business transaction? [Slate] Keep reading »
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