Contraception http://kut.org en The Texas Abortion Debate Continues a Year After HB 2 Was Signed Into Law http://kut.org/post/texas-abortion-debate-continues-year-after-hb-2-was-signed-law <p>Last legislative session, <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=832&amp;Bill=HB2">House Bill 2</a> proved to be a landmark moment for the abortion debate in Texas. It further politicized the issue both sides of the aisle, garnered national media attention, boosted political profiles and launched campaigns.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the debate was over and it finally passed,&nbsp;HB&nbsp;2&nbsp;established a ban on abortions&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-bill-would-ban-abortion-20-weeks-pregnancy" style="line-height: 1.5;">after 20 weeks of pregnancy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, required clinics to be certified as&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/issue-texas-abortion-debate-whats-ambulatory-surgical-center" style="line-height: 1.5;">ambulatory surgical centers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;and forced abortion doctors to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/what-it-takes-texas-abortion-doctors-get-admitting-privileges" style="line-height: 1.5;">have admitting privileges</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at a nearby hospital.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today marks the one-year anniversary of </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Perry signing the bill into law.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159236004&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:05:15 +0000 Ben Philpott 10811 at http://kut.org The Texas Abortion Debate Continues a Year After HB 2 Was Signed Into Law Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives http://kut.org/post/most-employers-see-benefit-covering-contraceptives Despite questions raised by the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, women in most health plans will still be able to get their birth control covered with no out-of-pocket expenses.<p>The court ruling did not change the health law's requirement that preventive care services, including <a href="http://www.hrsa.gov/womensguidelines/">all Food and Drug Administration-approved forms of contraception</a> for women, be provided by most health plans to customers without cost. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:45:49 +0000 10789 at http://kut.org Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says http://kut.org/post/closely-held-companies-can-refuse-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.<p>The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.<p>The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:46:16 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10703 at http://kut.org Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court http://kut.org/post/hobby-lobby-contraceptive-case-goes-supreme-court The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.<p>This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.<p>In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:05:05 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 10028 at http://kut.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court Gates Foundation Says It's Time For A Snazzier Condom http://kut.org/post/gates-foundation-says-its-time-snazzier-condom Last summer Bill Gates and his foundation held a competition to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/08/08/158447235/why-is-the-worlds-largest-foundation-buying-fake-poop">reinvent the toilet</a>. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:57:26 +0000 7075 at http://kut.org Gates Foundation Says It's Time For A Snazzier Condom Bill Proposing Tax Break Targets Contraception Rule http://kut.org/post/bill-proposing-tax-break-targets-contraception-rule <p></p><p>A bill filed Thursday in the Texas House would give religiously based businesses, such as Hobby Lobby, a state tax break if the businesses were forced to comply with the federal government’s mandate that employers provide contraception coverage.</p><p>"It is simply appalling that any business owner should have to choose between violating their religious convictions and watching their business be strangled by the strong arm of Federal mandates and taxation," Rep.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jonathan-stickland/">Jonathan Stickland</a>, R-Bedford, said in a prepared statement discussing his measure,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Search/DocViewer.aspx?K2DocKey=odbc%3a%2f%2fTLO%2fTLO.dbo.vwCurrBillDocs%2f83%2fR%2fH%2fB%2f00649%2f1%2fB%40TloCurrBillDocs&amp;QueryText=HB+649&amp;HighlightType=1">House Bill 649</a>.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:39:00 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 6346 at http://kut.org Bill Proposing Tax Break Targets Contraception Rule OB-GYNs Told to Look For 'Reproductive Coercion' http://kut.org/post/ob-gyns-told-look-reproductive-coercion Womens' doctors should be on the lookout for patients whose partners are unduly pressuring them to become pregnant — or even sabotaging their efforts to use contraception.<p>That's the advice from the <a href="http://www.acog.org/">American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists</a>, which just published recommendations for doctors about reproductive and sexual coercion.<p>The terms cover interference with contraceptive use, such as destroying birth control pills or poking holes in a condom, and behavior intended to pressure someone into having sex but that stops short of physical force.<p Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:27:02 +0000 Katherine Hobson 6327 at http://kut.org OB-GYNs Told to Look For 'Reproductive Coercion' Free Birth Control Insurance Coverage Takes Effect Today http://kut.org/post/free-birth-control-insurance-coverage-takes-effect-today <p>Starting today, millions of women are going to receive birth control coverage&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/08/01/157674061/under-health-law-no-cost-birth-control-starts-today">at no upfront cost</a>, a change supporters say gives women greater access and control over their own health care.</p><p>Through a provision in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.healthcare.gov/law/index.html">Affordable Care Act</a>, &ldquo;non-grandfathered&rdquo; insurance plans must provide eight new, free prevention-related health services for policies renewed or issued on or after September 23, 2012.</p><p>The new services, provided with no cost-sharing, include: well-woman exams, screening for gestational diabetes,&nbsp;HPV&nbsp;DNA testing, domestic violence screenings and counseling, HIV screenings, breastfeeding supplies, contraception and family counseling services.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 17:17:28 +0000 Mary Mattia 4799 at http://kut.org Free Birth Control Insurance Coverage Takes Effect Today Backers of Cost-Free Coverage for Birth Control Fault Legal Challenges http://kut.org/post/backers-cost-free-coverage-birth-control-fault-legal-challenges You know <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/05/21/153218446/catholic-groups-sue-obama-administration-over-birth-control-rule">all those lawsuits</a> now pending around the country charging that the Obama administration's rule requiring most health insurance plans to offer no-cost contraception is a violation of religious freedom?<p>Well, a whole bunch of supporters of the rule are chiming in now to say that argument has no legal merit.<p>The dozen new suits, representing some 43 Catholic dioceses, universities and charities "have made a splash by virtue of their number, but when you Fri, 25 May 2012 20:26:24 +0000 Julie Rovner, NPR 4333 at http://kut.org Backers of Cost-Free Coverage for Birth Control Fault Legal Challenges Catholic Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Birth Control Rule http://kut.org/post/catholic-groups-sue-obama-administration-over-birth-control-rule So much for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/02/10/146720583/with-contraceptive-coverage-plan-2-0-obama-pleases-allies-but-not-everyone">compromise</a>.<p>A total of 43 Catholic educational, charitable and other entities filed a <a href="http://www.usccb.org/news/2012/12-088.cfm">dozen lawsuits</a> in federal court around the nation Monday, charging that the Obama Administration's rule requiring coverage of birth control in most health insurance plans violates their religious freedom.<p>Among the plaintiffs in the suits are the <a href="http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/b Tue, 22 May 2012 13:32:33 +0000 Julie Rovner, NPR 4294 at http://kut.org Catholic Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Birth Control Rule