Hot News Stories (11/24/15)

New York Times (New York, NY)
Citizens in both California and Oregon will soon be able to obtain contraceptives from pharmacists without a doctor’s prescription. These changes make it more convenient and less expensive for patients to receive the contraception they need.

Piedmont Healthcare (USA)
A study done by the CDC has found that the use of long-acting reversible contraception is almost five times higher today than it was a decade ago for women between the ages of 15 and 44.

Reuters (USA)
A Wisconsin TRAP law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital has been deemed unconstitutional by a U.S. appeals court. This same restriction in another case is currently being considered by U.S. Supreme Court.

A similar TRAP law in Texas has reached the US Supreme Court.  Take a look to RMC National Board Chairs Op-Ed standing against the double standard over abortion. Read their Op-Ed at CNN!

Mississippi Clinic Goes the Extra Mile

We are always happy to share the amazing work and good news about family planning providers like the Jackson Mississippi Women’s Heath Organization.  In the face of constant attacks on the services they provide they continue to stay strong and go the extra mile to help women and families in the state of Mississippi and many others.  

This lone clinic is registering itself as an official health provider for insurance companies. It aims to be registered with Medicaid by the end of November and will be training its staff on administering various methods of contraception like the birth control pill and IUDs. It also plans to add additional insurance providers in order to assist even more women than it already does. With so many clinics in the the state closing, the doctors at the JWHO recognize the large void left behind when it comes to accessing affordable contraception in Mississippi.  After years of restrictions and intense regulation,  JWHO is now the only one family planning clinic that offers abortion in Mississippi amongst its many important services. 

Along with the various forms of contraception, the clinic hopes to provide large amounts of factual information to patients about contraception, pregnancy, and STIs. Highlighting the benefits of contraception and risks for STIs has been proven countless times to lower rates of teen and unintended pregnancy, STIs, and abortion. Keeping women safe and healthy goes beyond commonsense policy; it also saves millions of dollars in future medical costs. In 2010, one year of Medicaid-covered contraception costs $239 while a Medicaid-covered birth (including prenatal care, delivery, postpartum care, and infant care for one year) costs $12,770. That’s over fifty times more! Providing women access to affordable contraception is a fiscally responsibly path that the Jackson Women’s Health Organization recognizes and aims to follow through on and we thank them for their important work.

Have you been following along with RMC’s coverage of the 2016 Republican Primary debates?

Catch up on what you missed here!

Don’t forget to follow along with RMC’s live debate coverage and commentary on our social media pages — Primarily twitter(click here for the link) and Facebook (click here for the link).

Welcome to Round 4!

Tonight is the fourth GOP debate in the ever-shifting race for President. With the past three stages crowded by the numerous candidates, this event will feature only eight candidates.

On the main stage tonight, you will find real estate mogul Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former CEO of HP Carly Fiorina, and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Should you tune in earlier in the evening, you’ll see New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Arizona Governor Mike Huckabee, former Senator Rick Santorum, and Louisina Governor Bobby Jindal.

The focus on economic issues in the third debate was refreshing, with a substanttive discussion on issues such as tax and entitlement reform, immigration, and foreign policy. This was a dramatic shift from prior debates that included highlights like litmus tests for defunding Planned Parenthood and overturning Roe v. Wade. 

While we were all relieved that such rhetoric was absent from the third debate, we know women’s reproductive health is an important economic issue for American families. We hope if these issues surface again the contenders will focus on positive, sound solutions like teen pregnancy prevention programs and increasing access to contraception. 

The debate will air on the Fox Business Network and is sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. Reports indicate that it will focus on jobs, taxes, the U.S. economy as a whole, domestic policy, and international policy. We hope the candidates will debate with facts and not with fiction.

Don’t forget to follow along with RMC’s live debate coverage and commentary on our social media pages — Primarily twitter(click here for the link) and Facebook (click here for the link). If you miss out tonight check back on our blog tomorrow for a re-cap of the night’s highlights. 



Today is the day to say “Thanks, Birth Control!” The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is running its #ThxBirthControl campaign and its message revolves around REAL Republican ideals: take fiscal responsibility and allow individuals the freedom to make their own personal health care decisions. Access to affordable birth control reduces rates of unintended and teen pregnancy, which, in turn, drives down the rate of abortion. This is something all political parties can get behind! With fewer unintended pregnancies, billions of dollars are saved every year in Medicaid-covered birth costs. Think of the savings from providing one year of contraception for around $239 compared to a Medicaid-covered birth (including prenatal care, delivery, postpartum care, and infant care for one year) for around $12,770. Thanks, Birth Control, for helping millions of women (and families!) across the country and saving taxpayers billions!


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