Can Catholic Colleges Block Free Condom Distribution?

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The Affordable Care Act requires that birth control be made available through health plans, in some cases without co-pays or deductibles. That’s prompted religious institutions to object to paying for care that’s not consistent with their values. But Boston College’s recent steps to stop free condom distribution doesn’t involve sponsoring birth control—it involves location. Boston […]

Making Heart Disease a Women’s Issue

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In the past two months, two of my friends–both seemingly healthy women–became unlikely victims of cardiovascular disease. One, a woman who by any textbook definition would be considered at low risk for heart problems, nonetheless suffered a heart attack. Thankfully, she is recovering. The other, a longtime friend and a mentor of mine, tragically passed […]

California Improves on Affordable Care Act By Letting RNs Dispense Birth Control

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The debate in several states over women’s reproductive rights and care has implications for the care women will receive under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA provides preventive care, including contraceptive and reproductive services, with no copays. However, several states are attempting to defund Planned Parenthood and otherwise reduce support for […]

Celebrating Birth Control on Mother’s Day? Not as Counterintuitive as It Sounds

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On Mother’s Day, we honor the women in our lives for all they do–meal planning, financial planning and family planning, to name a few. Regrettably, the latter task is going to cost mothers even more, as coverage for reliable birth control and related services comes under increasing challenge in the U.S. Last week, Gov. Jan […]