Hot News Stories (8/12/15)

IB Times (USA)
Three Christian universities have garnered support from 16 states in their fight against the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that requires for-profit companies to cover birth control in their health insurance offerings.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
Last week the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York knocked down an assertion by two Roman Catholic high schools and two Catholic healthcare systems that their religious rights are violated by even the requirement that they put their objections to contraception on the record so the government, their insurers, and their employees can make other arrangements.

Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX)
Defunding Planned Parenthood would in essence defund women’s health services, principally access to birth control. Furthermore, any cuts to its services would fall most heavily on lower-income patients – 79 percent of people receiving services from Planned Parenthood in 2012 were at or below 150 percent of the poverty level, or about $18,500 for a single adult.

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