The Hill (Washington, DC)
An anti-choice group wants Pope Francis to declare Planned Parenthood an “enemy of the Church.”
Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
With minimal fanfare, California state officials have nixed an underhanded effort by two anti-choice Catholic-affiliated universities and their insurers to deprive the universities’ employees of insurance coverage for abortions.
National Journal (USA)
The Obama administration released new plans Friday to soften Obamacare’s contraception mandate in response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling.
NBC News Local (Rochester, NY)
The City of Rochester, New York’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention program has received a $1.4-million federal grant. The program works to make sure medically accurate, age-appropriate programs are available at the local level in an effort to prevent teen pregnancy.
Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
The Obama administration issued a new rule Friday aimed at winding down its years-long fight with religious groups over the requirement in its landmark healthcare law that companies provide insurance that covers contraceptives.
The Shreveport Times (Shreveport, LA)
A pro-choice organization has filed the first court challenge to an anti-choice Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to be granted admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Similar laws have resulted in clinic closures around the country as hospitals purposefully deny physicians this privilege.
Cincinnati News (Cincinnati, OH)
An Ohio reproductive health clinic has ceased giving abortions, abandoning its court fight and leaving the Cincinnati metropolitan area with one abortion clinic.
New York Times (New York, NY)
The deception behind the wave of state-level abortion restrictions now threatening women’s access to safe and legal abortions was strikingly revealed during a trial that ended last week in Texas.
Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL)
Medicaid patients in Illinois could gain increased access to contraception under policy changes proposed Wednesday by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
The Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Between 2007 and 2012, Colorado saw the highest percentage drop in birth rates among teens 15 to 19 in the country, according to a report released today by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. During that time, its teen birth rates dropped 39 percent compared to 29 percent nationwide. Abortion rates in the state among teens fell 35 percent between 2009 and 2012 and are falling nationally, as well. One simple policy led to America’s biggest drop in teen birth rates.
The Oklahoman News (Tulsa, OK)
Teen childbearing in the United States has been declining for years. However, over the past 20 years, Oklahoma has seen its teen birth rate decrease more slowly than most other states. Public officials say Oklahoma could do a better job of educating youth about prevention and family planning.
The New York Times (New York, NY)
Every year in the United States thousands of men and women die from cancers that can be prevented with a simple vaccine. Sadly, uptake of this cancer-preventing vaccine is abysmal. One reason: Doctors don’t want to talk about sex.
Senator James L Jeffords, the gentleman from Vermont who rocked the political world on May 24, 2001 when he announced that he was leaving the Republican Party to be an Independent, passed away yesterday at the age of 80 at a military retirement home in Washington, DC.
With a political career that spanned more than 30 years, Jeffords was long considered an effective leader who worked hard to bridge the partisan gap and put solutions before politics. Jeffords served seven terms in the House of Representatives and three terms in the US Senate.
During his career Jeffords championed public education, the environment, aid for the disabled, gay rights and family planning rights. He was a strong supporter of the work of the Republican Majority for Choice and in turn was supported by its Federal PAC. A true believer in personal responsibility and individual freedom, Senator Jeffords supported Title X funding, and consistently opposed medically unnecessary restrictions on reproductive health clinics. As the Wall Street Journal wrote, Jeffords was ahead of his time. “He was what we used to call a Rockefeller Republican, socially and culturally liberal and concerned about funding for education and the arts, environmental protection and programs for the poor. He believed government had a role to play in improving the lives of Americans but he was also fiscally responsible and favored balanced budgets…”
The funeral for Senator Jeffords will take place on Friday, August 22nd at the Grace Congregational United Church of Christ in Rutland, Vermont.