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Alabama Joins States Fighting Birth Control Mandate

Alabama Joins States Fighting Birth Control Mandate


Alabama has become the latest state to challenge the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act as Attorney General Luther Strange filed a motion requesting the state be allowed to join the federal lawsuit already in progress.

The lawsuit was first initiated in February by the Global Catholic Network, EWTN, based in Alabama.

It’s just the latest in a string of attacks by the state on women’s access to safe, affordable reproductive health care. All in all Republican legislators have pushed no less than 16 bills attacking women’s rights since taking control of the statehouse in November 2010. Among the bills that have popped up are personhood measures and a mandatory ultrasound bill.

But citizens of the state would rather their legislators focus on job creation and economic revitalization, not attacking women’s rights and are fighting back. The result has been the defeat of some key anti-woman initiatives.

The Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act March 26-28 and while the birth control mandate is not directly before the court now, a ruling on the constitutionality of health care reform could impact the lawsuit challenging the birth control mandate. But assuming health care reform is upheld, then we can expect to see more and more legal challenges from the right as they continue to put the interests of the health insurance industry above the citizens of their own states.


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6:35PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

I hate these sanctimonious hypocrites...

4:14AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

You know, I don't get it.

There are huge studies and breakdowns from actuarial firms proving that supplying no-co-pay birth control SAVES money over the long run ($97 per year per insured person across the board) for the insured, the insurer, and the company offering a health insurance benefit. SAVES money. NO ONE is going have to pay more because this is offered. In fact, rates might DROP.

It saves even more money when it comes to Medicaid, because 40% of all births now are paid for in full or part by Medicaid. The cost of offering no-pay birth control to women on Medicaid will SAVE money. So why are states fighting it? It would be one thing if they were saying that women were going to be forced to take it, but they aren't!

8:49PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Really, Mit, (unfortunate name) "a lot of women actually believe in no abortions and little birth control"? Who are these women who believe in little birth control? You sound like a man "trapped" into an unwanted pregnancy, in which case you should have used a condom. And I really don't understand what Palin and Bachmann being women have to do with this issue. Most women on Care2 don't identify with them in the least, and I would go so far as to say most women PERIOD don't identify with them. A vocal/hysterical minority is still a minority.

2:21PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

I wish people would stop making this a women vs. men issue. You really do need men to win on these issues because a lot of women actually believe in no abortions and little birth control.
The last anyone has checked, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann are female. Keep this up and those needed men will alienated.

Both genders have a stake in equal rights.

1:48PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

“Religion was invented when the 1st con-man met the 1st fool.”
- Mark Twain

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” -Stephen Hawking

"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men."
-- Voltaire

11:12AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

There were demonstrations all over the state of Alaama Yesterday Against these bills!
Here is a link to all the bills passed and pending in AL if anyone is interested.
I got this from my state representative Max Buttram who proudly informed me he "Always votes Pro-life" ! He will usually reply to me within the our of an email, BUT when I replied asking him Pro Who's life, the lady who went to the polls and voted for him or the mass of cells which is only the possiility of life... he has not replied! I truely believe Men are Afraid of women! We are no longer subservient creatures made for their pleasure and desires but are functioning in all realms of life, a great many of us on our own, witout a man to tell us what to do! They should have thought about this before Demanding we take on the roles of helping them as breadwinner, as well as disciplinarian, homemaker, liason to schools, churches and all the other tasks they didn't want to do!
We Women have the VOTE, we Must Excercise it. We Must Protest Publicly! We Will Win!

10:59AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

The Women of Alabama need to band together to fight against these despicable politicians who are Trampling on their rights. Yes, there is a War on Women but by standing together you can stop it and Never re-elect these idiots again.

10:45AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

reddish ... sorry.

10:45AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

This is going to end up happening in every red/redish state in the country.

10:05AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Glad I don't live in that moronic place...schmucks

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