Court blocks Trump Administration birth control coverage rules

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals won't permit employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control:

A U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. States were likely to succeed on their claim that the changes to President Barack Obama’s health care law were made without required notice and public comment, a divided, three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of … [Read more...]

Federal judge blocks conscience exemptions to HHS contraception mandate

U.S. District Court Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, saying the new rules contradicted the Obamacare law by allowing employers to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage if they had religious or moral objections

A federal court on Friday blocked Trump administration rules that made it easier for employers to deny insurance coverage of contraceptives for women. Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the Federal District Court in Philadelphia issued a preliminary injunction, saying the rules contradicted the text of the Affordable Care Act by allowing many employers to opt out of providing … [Read more...]

Gov. Brown vetoes AB 569

Bill, opposed by California's bishops, would have made it illegal for employers to punish workers who get an abortion or use birth control

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed legislation wading into the contentious debate over reproductive health rights and religious freedom in the workplace. Assembly Bill 569 would have prohibited employers from punishing workers who use birth control, get an abortion or make other reproductive health decisions they disagree with. The measure, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood's other 98 percent

Ever since David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress first revealed the abortion industry’s illegal trade in baby body parts, Planned Parenthood has ferociously insisted that only three percent of its “services” involve abortion. In its most recent annual report, the nation’s largest abortion provider reduced that figure to two percent. Close observation reveals what … [Read more...]

Population control advocates hobnob at the Vatican

Is the Church being penetrated by neo-Malthusians whose end goal is support, via public policies, for birth control?

In 1873, a saint who professed herself “madly fond of children,” who “desire[d] to give many elect souls to Heaven,” gave birth to her ninth child—St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Today, the bishop presiding over the Vatican’s “Biological Extinction” workshop explains that with “education” we “don’t have children. We don’t have seven children. Maybe we have one [or] two children. No … [Read more...]

Neural changes in women linked to use of hormonal contraceptives

Study indicates there is less gray matter in brains of those who are on the Pill

The following comes from a May 2 Science World Report article by Michael Finn: Research shows that contraception is likely to modify the function and structure of an adult woman's brain. 28 young females were compared before and after the three months of a regular intake of contraceptives, with another 28 normally cycling women of the same age. The objective of this … [Read more...]

Same-sex marriage is uniting Evangelicals and Catholics

President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says that Catholics got it right on contraception

The following comes from a May 9 Mercator article by Michael Cook: One surprising effect of the rise of same-sex marriage in the United States may be a convergence between evangelicals and the Catholic Church. The best evidence for this is a recent book by Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and one of the nation’s most prominent Evangelical … [Read more...]

USC students, professors react to new birth control law

As of April 1, pharmacists may now administer birth control without a prescription

The following comes from an April 10 Daily Trojan article by Danny Helms: The USC Pharmacy will now have the option to offer birth control following the implementation of the new California Birth Control Law, which went into effect Friday. The law allows pharmacists to offer birth control products, such as pills, shots, skin patches and vaginal rings, to women without a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis suggests contraception could be permissible in Zika fight

He was asked whether abortion or birth control could be considered a “lesser evil”

The following comes from a February 18 Washington Post article by Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein: Pope Francis told reporters Thursday that using artificial contraception may be morally acceptable in fighting the Zika virus, but called abortion another situation entirely, akin to “what the Mafia does.” Francis’s comment came on the plane ride back to Rome … [Read more...]

Why Berkeley health professor sees papal visit as a missed moment

Non-Catholic wants church to reject St. Augustine's teaching

The following comes from a September 28 California Magazine article by Krissy Eliot: As Pope Francis ended his widely hailed U.S. visit yesterday and flew home, he left behind at least one disappointed American: UC Berkeley professor of public health Malcolm Potts. Once again the Pope ignored the urging of family planning advocates such as Potts, who has repeatedly—and … [Read more...]