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UPDATED: Wed., July 8, 2020

Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled broadly Wednesday in favor of the religious rights of employers in two cases that could leave more than 70,000 women without free contraception and …


UPDATED: Wed., May 6, 2020

Justices wary of ‘Obamacare’ birth control coverage changes

The Supreme Court seems concerned about the sweep of Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Court to look anew at health care law birth control rules

The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Wisconsin bill has GOP pushing broader birth control access

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin found themselves in the unusual position Wednesday of advocating for a bill that broadens birth control access, an area where Democrats typically lead.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Washington, 12 other states

A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018

Court: Trump can’t let companies deny birth control coverage

A divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.


Trump administration finalizes birth control opt-out policy

A day after Republicans expanded their Senate majority, the Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a policy change that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of …


Trump administration set to expand religious exemptions to birth control coverage

The Trump administration is expected to soon issue regulations that would expand religious and moral exemptions for covering birth control in employer health insurance plans, a move that critics say …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018

Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown on abortion, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood

A vacancy on the closely divided U.S. Supreme Court has renewed talks about the long-standing court decision that ensured the availability of abortion in the United States. The congresswoman and …


Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018

Idaho’s House rejects another health care bill, a day after dramatic showdown

House Democrats mounted a final effort to do something for at least some of those who fall into Idaho’s health coverage gap on Thursday, when Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

Idaho senator yells at students lobbying for birth control

A state senator shouted at University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood trying to schedule a meeting with him to discuss birth control and sex education.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018

Employer’s religious objections shouldn’t block birth control coverage, Senate says

Employers with religious objections to birth control could not keep their workers from having medical insurance that includes that coverage if it also has maternity coverage, a bill narrowly approved …


Bill would expand women’s reproductive health care

Senate considers requiring coverage of abortions for plans that offer maternity care.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017

Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control.


Birth-control coverage fight faces key hearing in California

The state of California and the Trump administration will square off Tuesday before a U.S. judge who will decide whether to block new rules allowing more employers to opt out …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives

Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017

Lawsuit targets Trump’s rollback of birth-control rule

Two national advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit in Indiana on Tuesday challenging a rule change by President Donald Trump’s administration allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth …


Michigan State researchers are on the cusp of developing a birth control for men

In studying the causes of male fertility and infertility and using a new gene editing technology, researchers discovered that they can effectively block the gene that controls sperm production in …


Women’s health docs say Trump ignores birth control science

The Trump administration’s new birth control rule is raising questions among some women’s health experts, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts …


California sues over changes to birth control coverage rule

California sued the Trump administration Friday, claiming that it unlawfully discriminated against women in its decision to limit a rule that requires employers to provide for contraceptives in their health …


Trump’s one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump’s administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

Birth control: Trump expands opt-out for workplace insurance

The Trump administration is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women for religious and moral reasons.


Trump may limit Obama-era free contraception mandate

The Trump administration could issue a rule as early as Friday that would sharply limit the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean hundreds of thousands …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017

Leaked birth control rule would broaden religious exemption

Women’s groups are threatening to take the Trump administration to court after a leaked draft regulation revealed a plan to let employers opt out of providing no-cost birth control to …


Trump administration keeps defending contraception mandate

President Donald Trump promised religious groups he would reverse the Obama administration’s requirement that employers provide birth control to their employees under the Affordable Care Act.


Birth control options for women over 40 – other than the pill

Almost one quarter of women in the United States between ages 15 and 44 use the birth control pill to prevent pregnancy. Some doctors advise against continuing its use after …


Supreme Court announces compromise on Obamacare contraceptives dispute

The Supreme Court on Monday announced a compromise ruling on contraceptives that clears the way for women working for religious organizations to receive the free birth control promised by President …


When Zika hits, a push for birth control and abortion?

There’s little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects – and, most likely, newly urgent discussions about abortion and contraception.


Early embryo development seen with aid of new lab techniques

New lab techniques have provided the first good look at a crucial but mysterious stage in the development of human embryos, scientists reported Wednesday.