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The Catholic Bishops have been at the front of challenges to the Obama administration’s women’s health policies, and as Sam Taxy reports, there’s plenty of reasons for that to cause great concern. The Catholic health care system controls more than 11% of the country’s total community hospitals and more than 16% of the nation’s community hospital beds. That means that women will be denied a tubal ligation after a C-section as religious ideology and basic health care for women routinely clash. Bottom line: if you’re a woman you should avoid religious-based health care institutions all together as there’s no way to know for sure you’re getting robust care.
If it’s robust women’s health care is your thing then Arizona is not the state for you. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed into law a bill that allows employers that offer employee health insurance plans to interrogate employees about prescription birth control and demand proof that if used it is for something other than preventing pregnancies.
There’s more evidence of the dangers of religious dogma driving health policy. First the anti-choice activists claimed abortions cause breast cancer. Now they claim they cause child abuse.
Is your state among the worst states for working mothers?
Here’s an update on the tragic story of justice denied and how ‘stand your ground’ laws fail victims of domestic abuse.
Mexico’s drug war continues to be a U.S. enabled blood bath with women and children bearing the biggest burden.
Zach Wahl’s is really turning into an amazing and inspirational advocate.
Good news: Westchester County, New York voted to toughen up laws designed to fight “sidewalk counseling” by abortion foes at local women’s health clinics.
More good news: an Oklahoma district court judge permanently blocked the state’s attempt to outlaw medication abortions. In a frenzy of anti-choice legislation, Republican lawmakers passed a bill that singled out for prohibition the off-label use of medications to induce abortion. Now, the off-label use of prescription medication raises a host of issues, but as the judge in the legal challenge to the bill made clear, singling out abortion care is not the way to get at those issues.
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