- -05-08-09 Obama Replaces Abstinence-Only Education (ABC News)
"Two $100 million programs from his predecessor's budget pushing abstinence only are casualties in President Obama's $3.55 trillion budget proposal."
"The President is replacing them with $110 million 'for teenage pregnancy prevention programs that have been proven effective through rigorous evaluation....'
"A recent study in the journal Pediatrics indicated that teenagers who make "virginity pledges" to remain chaste until marriage are no less likely to engage in premarital sex but significantly less likely to use birth control."
" 'Taking a pledge doesn't seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior,' Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health told the Washington Post. 'But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking.' " Visitors sometimes misspell abstinence as abstinance. 05-09
- "Morning After" Pills (MSNBC News)
Describes a pill now available that is used as an emergency form of birth control or contraception soon after unprotected sex has occurred. It prevents conception rather than causing an abortion. 9-04.
- -Editorial: Behind the Family Planning Flap (Time.com)
"The policy of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is that abortion "may not be claimed as a family-planning service" under any circumstances. Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has barred the use of federal funds to pay for abortions. Individual states can use their own funds to pay for 'medically necessary' abortions for Medicaid recipients, and at least 17 states currently do so."
"After Obama overturned the so-called abortion gag rule late last Friday — which had prohibited foreign nongovernmental family-planning groups from receiving any U.S. funds if they provided abortions or even lobbied for abortion rights in their country — House GOP leader John Boehner shot out a press release titled 'President Obama's Executive Order Allowing Taxpayer-Funded Abortions Overseas,' even though federal law continues to prohibit the use of U.S. funds for abortions in other countries." 01-09
- -Editorial: Could Birth Control Be Illegal Again? (Time.com)
"The right to use contraception seems so obvious that it is startling to realize that not that long ago even married couples could be arrested for using it. In 1965, the Supreme Court overturned a doctor’s conviction for helping married couples obtain birth control. It was not until 1972 that the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law making it illegal to distribute birth control to single people."
"Americans have been fighting for decades over abortion, but a new battle has been raging lately — and it’s one with a distinctly retro feel. This time, the war is over birth control: whether insurance companies or government should have to pay for it — and yes, even whether it should be legal." 02-12
- -Editorial: How to End the War Over Sex Education (Time.com)
"Advocates will debate at top volume the merits of abstinence-only efforts vs. more comprehensive programs that also teach about birth control and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)."
"These arguments miss the point. We now have a pretty good sense of which sex-education approaches work. Substantial research--including a 2007 Bush Administration report--has concluded that comprehensive programs are most effective at changing teen sexual behaviors. They are also largely uncontroversial outside Washington. Vast majorities of parents favor teaching comprehensive sex education." Visitors sometimes misspell abstinence as abstinance. 03-09
- -Editorial: Who Should Win on Contraception Insurance Coverage? (Time.com)
"A comprehensive study by the World Health Organization confirmed that abortion rates in countries that prohibit or restrict legal abortion are no different than abortion rates in countries with liberal abortion laws; the only reliable way to reduce abortion is through the provision of affordable, accessible contraception."
"Why should an employer’s right to reject birth-control coverage trump a society’s collective imperative to reduce unintended pregnancy?" 01-13
- -Judge Strikes Down Ultrasound Requirement for Abortion (CNN News)
"A North Carolina law that made women who wanted an abortion get an ultrasound, and then have the image described to them, is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday."
" 'The Supreme Court has never held that a state has the power to compel a health care provider to speak, in his or her own voice, the state's ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term and this court declines to do so today,' U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles said in her ruling." 01-14
- Are Doctors' Exams a Barrier to Birth Control (Time.com)
"Physicians usually require an annual pelvic exam before prescribing oral birth control to women, but the two practices have no medical reason to be linked. Indeed, according to a consortium of health-care providers and researchers, called Oral Contraceptives Over-the-Counter Working Group (OC-OTC), the annual pelvic exam is still a major barrier to access to contraception for many American women." 12-10
- Editorial: Science and Contraception (CNN News)
"Our country's top health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, counts contraception as one of the 10 greatest health achievements of the 20th century. Yet recently:”
"Some members of Congress, in their attempt to derail legislation requiring insurers, including the insurers of some religious organizations, to cover birth control, falsely argued that Plan B, the 'morning after' pill taken after sex in order to avoid pregnancy, causes abortions."
"It does not, nor do other methods of contraception, James N. Martin, Jr., president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pointed out in a letter to the editor in USA Today. 'The definition of contraception is to prevent pregnancy, which occurs at implantation,' he wrote."
"The morning-after pill is often confused with another drug, RU-486, which, he said, does induce abortion and is therefore not considered contraception." 05-12
- Help Your Kids Dodge Pregnancy and STDs (U.S. News)
"Broaching the subject may be awkward, but gradually it will get easier for both parent and child, Schuster assures parents. His main advice: Start well before kids hit puberty, and don't shy away from questions or you'll encourage them to turn elsewhere for information. Research, he says, suggests that the kids most likely to delay sex, and practice it safely once they start, are those who think about their future—full of dreams and ambitions—and whose parents communicate with them about sexuality. 'Parents can have a much greater influence than they realize,' says Schuster."
- Judge Overturns Age Limit for Plan B Pregnancy Prevention Pill (Time.com)
"In the latest volley over the contraceptive Plan B, a federal judge reversed the Department of Health and Human Services decision to restrict over-the-counter availability of the morning after pill to those 17 years or older." 04-13
- Mississippi to Consider If a Fertilized Egg Is "a Person" (CNN.com)
"Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour offered his support Friday for an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception, saying he cast his absentee ballot for the measure despite struggling with its implications."
"Though the text of the amendment is simple, the implications if it passes couldn't be more complex. If approved by Mississippi voters on Tuesday, it would make it impossible to get an abortion and hamper the ability to get some forms of birth control." 11-11
- Study: Free Contraceptives Dramatically Reduce Abortion Rate (NBC News)
"When more than 9,000 women ages 14 to 45 in the St. Louis area were given no-cost contraception for three years, abortion rates dropped from two-thirds to three-quarters lower than the national rate, according to a new report by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers." 10-12
- Testimony of Sandra Fluke (WhattheFolly.com)
"Hearing on women’s reproductive health and contraception before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee held on Feb. 23, 2012." 02-12
- The Administration Changes Its Rules on Funding for Contraception (New York Times)
"The Obama administration on Friday proposed yet another compromise to address strenuous objections from religious organizations about a policy requiring health insurance plans to provide free contraceptives, but the change did not end the political furor or legal fight over the issue." 02-13
- Women on Birth Control Choose "Wrong" Partners? (CBS News)
"A woman is sexually attracted to men who smell like a good genetic match, but birth control pills make her desire the "wrong" men, a U.K. study shows." 08-08