contraception

Out-Of-Order Birth Control Pills Not Great At Preventing Pregnancy, Prompt Recall

Out-Of-Order Birth Control Pills Not Great At Preventing Pregnancy, Prompt Recall

As anyone who’s ever used an oral contraceptive knows, it’s important to take the pills in the right order, because each dose is different: Some pills contain hormones and some are inert and don’t do anything. Mixing those up could mean the difference between remaining unpregnant and getting pregnant. To prevent the latter, the maker of one birth control product is recalling pills that are packaged incorrectly. [More]

Supreme Court To Hear Another Challenge To Affordable Care Act Contraception Rules

Supreme Court To Hear Another Challenge To Affordable Care Act Contraception Rules

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear its fourth challenge to the five-year-old Affordable Care Act — and the second challenge involving the law’s requirement that employers provide insurance that includes coverage for female workers who choose to use birth control. [More]

Supreme Court Hearing Arguments On Hobby Lobby’s Challenge To Contraception Mandate

Supreme Court Hearing Arguments On Hobby Lobby’s Challenge To Contraception Mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could have a far-reaching impact on businesses whose owners’ religious beliefs may run counter to the medical needs of their employees, as craft store chain Hobby Lobby and a Pennsylvania cabinet-making business each challenge the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employers provide health insurance that includes coverage for contraception. [More]

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FDA: Generic Morning-After Pills Can Be Sold Off The Shelf Without Proof Of Buyer’s Age

When the Food and Drug Administration decided last year that the brand name version of the morning-after pill, Plan B, could be sold to anyone of any age without a prescription, it granted the drug’s manufacturer three years of protection from generic competition. The FDA has now reconsidered that concession. [More]

Wide Array Of Women's Health Care Costs Must Be Covered By New Insurance Plans As Of Today

Wide Array Of Women's Health Care Costs Must Be Covered By New Insurance Plans As Of Today

A few months ago the Obama administration announced new rules as part of its health care reform plan requiring U.S. insurers to cover a wide swath of preventative health services for women at no extra cost to women, including contraceptives, breast-feeding supplies and gestational diabetes screening for pregnant women, prenatal care, routine breast and pelvic examps and pap tests. Starting today, all of those things will be covered in new plans as well as renewed plans.

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Seven States Sue Over Health Worker "Conscience" Rule

Seven States Sue Over Health Worker "Conscience" Rule

Seven state attorneys general, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU have sued to overturn the so-called “conscience” rule, which allows doctors, pharmacists, and other health care workers to refuse to perform procedures or dispense medication that conflicts with their beliefs.

New "Pro-Life" Pharmacies Won't Sell You Birth Control

New "Pro-Life" Pharmacies Won't Sell You Birth Control

Putting their own beliefs ahead their customers’, the DMC Pharmacy, scheduled to open in Chantilly, VA., is among a growing number of “pro-life” pharmacies that will not sell any form of contraception. According to the Washington Post, the pharmacy, an expansion of Divine Mercy Care, asserts a “right of conscience” which means they won’t provide any services or products that they find objectionable. Details, inside…