Posts Tagged birth control

Plan B still not over-the-counter for everyone

Looks like we haven’t fully won the battle over Plan B.  While I have begun to see Plan B over-the-counter in drugstores near me in New York City, that isn’t the case for everyone.  Not only are there logistical setbacks to ensure that all women have access to emergency contraception, the messaging campaign to confuse everyone about the safety of Plan B and what the pill actually does is impacting the ease with which it’s made available to all women.  Conservative states like Oklahoma are blatantly violating the FDA’s instructions, while some stores are resistant to putting Plan B on the shelves because at $50 each, they are afraid of shoplifters.

Via ThinkProgress:

Aside from medical misconceptions about the contraceptive, moving ...

Looks like we haven’t fully won the battle over Plan B.  While I have begun to see Plan B over-the-counter in drugstores near me in New York City, that isn’t the case for everyone.  Not only are ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

U.S. religious leader linked to Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill is sued for committing a crime against humanity. Great work Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG).

Same sex marriage news: The 9-year fight to block same-sex marriage in California is officially and finally over! Yay! In New Jersey a judge will wait til September to rule on the issue. And the Pentagon announced it will extend all benefits received by straight military spouses to LGBT military spouses.

According to a new study from Boston University, African American women who experience more racism have a higher likelihood of getting adult-onset asthma.

In case you weren’t sure, the pull-out method really is

U.S. religious leader linked to Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill is sued for committing a crime against humanity. Great work Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG).

Same sex marriage news: ...

Missouri lawmaker sues to personally exempt his family from the contraception mandate

Missouri state Rep. Paul Wieland and his wife used to opt out coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion services in their state insurance plan. But under Obamacare, the plan is required to cover birth control and they can no longer do so. The Wiedlands have filed a lawsuit, saying their religious freedom is being violated and asking for a personal exemption to the contraceptive coverage mandate.

Rep. Wieland explains, “I see abortion-inducing drugs as intrinsically evil, and I cannot in good conscience preach one thing to my kids and then just go with the flow on our insurance. This is a moral conundrum for me. Do I just cancel the coverage and put my family at risk? I ...

Missouri state Rep. Paul Wieland and his wife used to opt out coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion services in their state insurance plan. But under Obamacare, the plan is required to cover birth control and they ...

Why young women are still relying on partners to “pull out”

As ThinkProgress reports, new research has found that a third of young women are still relying on the “withdrawal method” to prevent pregnancy. As those of us lucky enough to have benefited from a more comprehensive sex education probably know, this method is far from reliable as a form of birth control. According to the report:

“Researchers at the Duke University Medical Center analyzed data from 2,220 participants in between the ages of 15 and 24, and found that 31 percent of those women had used withdrawal as a form of birth control at least once. Twenty one percent of the women who had used the “pull out” method experienced an unintended pregnancy, compared to only 13 percent of ...

As ThinkProgress reports, new research has found that a third of young women are still relying on the “withdrawal method” to prevent pregnancy. As those of us lucky enough to have benefited from a ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

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Zerlina talks with MHP about institutional betrayal.

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And his testimony says much about us.

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How ...

Guest post: The freedom not to choose birth control

This is a guest post by Gloria Malone. Gloria is a freelance writer, blogger, and teen and young parent advocate based in NYC. You can find her on Twitter and on her personal blog, teenmomnyc.com.

I was 15 years old when I had my daughter. A week after having her I went to my post birth appointment and was told by the doctor that she had already scheduled an insertion appointment for a five year hormonal Mirena IUD all I had to do was say yes and this “super convenient, hassle free, and no pill” form of birth control would be mine. My teenage self agreed and a few days later I had my IUD. However, the ...

This is a guest post by Gloria Malone. Gloria is a freelance writer, blogger, and teen and young parent advocate based in NYC. You can find her on Twitter and on her personal blog,

Happy anniversary to your right to birth control!

On this day 48 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that (married) couples have a right to use contraception. Although a vocal minority–including a recent presidential candidate–thinks this ruling never should have happened, the vast majority of us seem to like it quite a bit. As conservative attacks against birth control access continue–over the past three years, more than 60 lawsuits have been filed against the contraceptive coverage benefit in Obamacare–we need to remain ready to fight for this right that our generation has always been able to take for granted.

On this day 48 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that (married) couples have a right to use contraception. Although a vocal minority–including a recent presidential candidate–thinks this ruling never should have happened, ...

Weekly Feminist Reader: Mother’s Day Edition

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

A Mother’s Day letter by Gloria Malone: “The problem with being a teen mom is that I don’t hate myself nearly as much as you wish I did.”

To celebrate Mother’s Day,

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