Court blocks Trump Administration birth control coverage rules

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

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2018-12-13T18:03:12-08:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Religious Freedom|Tags: , |24 Comments

Federal judge blocks conscience exemptions to HHS contraception mandate

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

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2017-12-17T12:55:24-08:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Gov. Brown vetoes AB 569

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

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Population control advocates hobnob at the Vatican

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

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2017-03-14T12:59:21-08:00March 14th, 2017|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: , , |12 Comments

Neural changes in women linked to use of hormonal contraceptives

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

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2016-05-11T19:31:08-08:00May 11th, 2016|Categories: Other News|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Same-sex marriage is uniting Evangelicals and Catholics

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

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2016-05-10T16:08:58-08:00May 10th, 2016|Categories: Other News|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

USC students, professors react to new birth control law

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.

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2016-04-11T11:42:40-08:00April 11th, 2016|Categories: Education|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Pope Francis suggests contraception could be permissible in Zika fight

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,

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2016-02-18T15:13:10-08:00February 18th, 2016|Categories: Other News|Tags: , , |38 Comments

Why Berkeley health professor sees papal visit as a missed moment

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

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