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Free Birth Control = Fewer Abortions

Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concluded Thursday, offering strong evidence for how a bitterly contested Obama administration policy could benefit women’s health. The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. They were given their choice of a range of contraceptive methods at no cost – from birth control pills to goof-proof options like the IUD or a matchstick-sized implant. When price wasn’t an issue, women flocked to the most effective contraceptives – the implanted options, which typically cost hundreds of dollars up-front to insert. These women experienced far fewer unintended pregnancies as a result, reported Dr. Jeffrey Peipert of Washington University in St. Louis in a study published Thursday. The effect on teen pregnancy was striking: There were 6.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in the study. Compare that to a national rate of 34 births per 1,000 teens in 2010/Associated Press. More here.

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Solon Targets Birth Control Coverage

Rep. Carlos Bilbao (pictured), R-Emmett, took up the issue that consumed Washington, D.C., last week proposing an Idaho law to prohibit requiring insurance policies to cover contraception, sterilization and “abortifacients,” or abortion-inducing drugs. Bilbao presented his House Bill 530 to the House Health & Welfare Committee Thursday, saying he was responding to the Obama administration's controversial policy regarding contraception services. “It is an attack on my rights of conscience,” said Bilbao, a Catholic. “It is an affront to my religious freedoms…It is not right that we have to bow down and take something that is against our moral beliefs.” The measure was opposed by Hannah Brass, legislative director of Planned Parenthood of Idaho/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

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Obama Backs Off Birth Control Policy

President Barack Obama declared today he’s found a solution to a birth-control uproar that will protect religious liberty but also ensure that women have access to free contraception, as he rushed to defuse an election-year issue that threatened to overtake his administration. Capping weeks of growing controversy, Obama announced he was backing off a newly announced requirement for religious employers to provide free birth control coverage even if it runs counter to their religious beliefs. Instead, workers at such institutions will be able to get free contraception directly from health insurance companies/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo: President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius leaving press conference this morning)

Question: What do you make of the move to satisfy Catholics and other religious groups by President Obama?

Congressmen Rip Birth Control Policy

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier today to criticize President Barack Obama for insisting that employers must provide health insurance that includes birth control for women. House Speaker John Boehner said at the news conference that Congress will overturn the policy. Story here. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Question: Will this issue come back to haunt President Obama in fall campaign?

Obama Order Angers Religious Groups

Item: Contraception mandate outrages religious groups: Religious groups that oppose the new contraception mandate say it forces people of faith to choose between upholding church doctrine and serving the broader society/Associated Press

More Info: The Obama administration's decision requiring church-affiliated employers to cover birth control was bound to cause an uproar among Roman Catholics and members of other faiths, no matter their beliefs on contraception. The regulation, finalized a week ago, raises a complex and sensitive legal question: Which institutions qualify as religious and can be exempt from the mandate? For a church, mosque or synagogue, the answer is mostly straightforward. But for the massive network of religious-run social-service agencies, there is no simple solution.

Question: Did President Obama make a serious misstep in his bid to win re-election by forcing this contraception mandate on religious groups like the nation's Roman Catholics?

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