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Virginia woman: The GOP’s War on Women makes me feel ‘unwelcome in my hometown’

Nell Boeschenstein is angry. “I take birth control to minimize my risk of ovarian cancer,” she said. “To have that be potentially denied coverage makes my blood boil in ways I can’t articulate.” Boeschenstein once wrote, “I’ve never sprained an ankle. The only bone I’ve ever broken is the forefinger…

Study shows birth control saves taxpayer money

In recent weeks, conservatives have complained about being forced to pay for other people’s birth control, but a recently released study indicates that increasing availability to contraception actually saves taxpayer money. A report released by The Brookings Institution this week showed that a $235 million program to expand access to…

Santorum: Contraception ‘a grievous moral wrong’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says an amendment put forward by Senate Republicans that would have allowed any business to exclude contraceptives from health care plans was not really about birth control. “The Blunt amendment was broader than that,” Santorum told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. “It was…

Olbermann: Did Limbaugh just call his own mother a prostitute?

Countdown host Keith Olbermann on Thursday said conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh of probably inadvertently called his own mother a prostitute. “His attacks on Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke have cross some kind of line, particularly when it comes to revealing his own sexual desires and preferences,” he…

63 percent of voters back Obama birth control policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of Americans favor President Barack Obama’s policy requiring birth control coverage for female employees, including clear majorities of Roman Catholic, Protestant evangelical and independent voters, a poll showed on Thursday. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of 1,500 adults showed public opinion breaking more strongly according…

Brownback: ‘Go work somewhere else’ if you want contraception

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has a simple solution for women who work for religious institutions that refuse to cover birth control: Find a new job. During a call-in show on C-SPAN Monday morning, a woman named Doris from Osawatomie, Kansas told Brownback that she was worried that he wanted…

Republican state attorneys general sue Obama over birth control rule

Seven state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration that seeks to block the implementation of new federal government rules regarding contraception coverage. The attorneys general of Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas, along with some Catholic organizations, said in their lawsuit that the…

Contraception battle spreads to state legislatures

The political fight over the new federal contraception mandate has made its way to several state legislatures, where conservative lawmakers hope to block the Obama administration’s new rules, according to Politico. In recent weeks, a controversy has erupted over the issue of employers being required to provide birth control coverage,…

What would an all-women panel have to say about men’s junk?

Inspired by the Republican led House’s hearing on birth control featuring an all-male panel, comedian Andy Cobb decided to flip the script with an all-female panel discussing men’s health. The women recommend that men roll up their private parts “in a tiny ordorless porch,” and shove an aspirin “up their…

Six people the media should have talked to last week about birth control

It has been widely remarked that last week’s discussions about the Affordable Health Care Act’s mandate that insurers provide women with free birth control was a little heavy on men and religious figures and awfully light on women and health care experts. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) held a hearing on…

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