Contraception and the Catholic Church

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Protect Access to Birth Control

Wait, Did An Oklahoma Hospital Try to Ban Birth Control Prescriptions For An Entire Town?

By Kelsey Townsend, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU at 2:06pm
Last week, women in Bartlesville, Oklahoma faced a terrifying possibility. According to a new religiously based directive from the town's main health care system, only one OB-GYN in the entire town would have been allowed to prescribe birth control. So access to contraceptives in the city would have gone something like this: Is Dr. Oliver your OB-GYN? If so...congratulations! You can continue receiving prescription contraception for birth control. If not…too bad! Unless you require contraceptives for reasons other than birth control, you can no longer receive a prescription from your physician.
Before You Go to a Catholic Hospital, Read This

Before You Go to a Catholic Hospital, Read This

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 2:13pm

"Whatever you do, if anything happens, don't take me to St. Vincent's." Those were the words my friend uttered to her husband regularly throughout her pregnancy years ago, when St. Vincent's, a Catholic hospital serving lower Manhattan, was still open.…

Pregnant Woman Suffers. You Won't Believe Who's to Blame.

Pregnant Woman Suffers. You Won't Believe Who's to Blame.

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 12:34pm

When you show up at a hospital, in need of medical aid, you expect that you're going to get the care that you need—that the doctors and nurses will figure out what's wrong, explain to you the options for treating it, and give you the best medical…

Twelve More Lawsuits, Still No Case

Twelve More Lawsuits, Still No Case

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:55pm
Every few weeks, opponents of birth control manage to garner some media attention by objecting – again – to the federal contraceptive coverage rule, which ensures that millions of women will have affordable insurance coverage for contraception…

Victory! Court to Bishops: Federal Help for the Most Vulnerable Should Have No Strings Attached

By Andrew Beck, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:27pm

Once again the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has attempted to impose its religious beliefs on those who don't share them. This time, they did so in an attempt to deny victims of human trafficking access to reproductive health services…

ACLU on Today: Birth Control Rule Does Not Put Religious Liberty at Risk

ACLU on Today: Birth Control Rule Does Not Put Religious Liberty at Risk

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 12:09pm

Laura Murphy of our Washington Legislative Office appeared to discuss the Obama administration’s plan to retain a proposed rule that ensures new insurance plans cover contraception.

ACLU's Laura Murphy on the "Today" Show Tuesday Morning

ACLU's Laura Murphy on the "Today" Show Tuesday Morning

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 6:02pm

Tune into NBC at 7 a.m. to watch Laura talk about the president's decision that ensures contraception is covered by the new health insurance plans.

Gerson Gets it Wrong on Contraception

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:44pm

Earlier this week, Michael Gerson’s disregard for the health of women and their families appeared once again on the pages of the Washington Post.

The affront? The administration’s announcement that all new health insurance…

Birth Control Decision Defends Religious Liberty

Birth Control Decision Defends Religious Liberty

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 12:00pm

(A version of this post was originally published in the Washington Post "On Faith" opinion section on Friday, January 20.)

Recognizing the importance of birth control to women’s health and lives, the Obama administration stood…

Score One for Women's Health! Obama Administration Stands Up For Birth Control

Score One for Women's Health! Obama Administration Stands Up For Birth Control

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:39pm

Today, the Obama administration announced that it would keep in place a proposed rule that ensures that new insurance plans include contraception coverage.

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