Dispatches From The War On Women: The Pill On Demand!


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The Catholic Bishops were dealt a significant blow as a federal court ruled they cannot withhold funds from groups or for activities related to contraception and abortion. The challenge came in the context of funds for the treatment of human trafficking victims but the ruling could have broader implications to the birth control fight the bishops picked with health care reform.

One way to solve the “problem” created by the birth control mandate is to just make the pill available as an over-the-counter medicine. It looks like the FDA is giving that idea some thought.

It would appear that the US has exported our anti-woman, anti-choice rhetoric to Britain as at least one British cardinal wants mandatory ultrasounds prior to an abortion. This is after the anti-choice advocacy group 40 Days of Life started protesting at London clinics. Let’s hope the violence doesn’t follow.

More doctors are speaking out against the harsh anti-abortion measures and making it clear that those bills go against an ethical practice of medicine. But will lawmakers listen?

It’s not just doctors speaking out against the attacks on women’s health care. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) broke ranks with her party over Planned Parenthood funding in an interview over the weekend. It’s worth asking the question again: will lawmakers listen?

Sen. Arlen Specter’s memoir has been described as “steamy” in part because of his description of meeting Sarah Palin for the first time.

From the good news front, our male allies are making an appearance in the fight for women’s rights, first to help raise awareness of rape and second to also advocate for an end to street harassment.

One way to deal with the never-ending stream of attacks is through humor. Try this one to start. Or, if blues is more your thing, here’s the War on Women Blues.

Come back tomorrow for another round-up of the latest news and commentary on the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!


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Olli M.
Olli M7 years ago

Of course women should be helped, of course children should be helped. But the fetus is the little guy most needing help as he by the nature of things is not capable of defending himself. But he is a human being; he perceives, records, experiences pressure and pain, feels emotions.

I happen to be regressive therapist and have taken many an individual back down to the prenatal and as far as conception and there they are able to recover all the recordings, all the emotion and pain stored inside, that took place while in the womb. When these are released the person has uniformly changed for the better in a marked and often complete degree emotionally, in intelligence, memory, socially, in behavior and bearing. Even on Youtube I believe there is to be found videos depicting this.

Life starts at the conception and there should be universal respect for that life.

Kaitlyn Wannamaker

Check out the latest research on the effect of birth control pills on SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). Birth control is not necessarily pro- women's sexuality

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W7 years ago

Sorry Heather & Mark, but you two obviously don't know anything about how they work or you wouldn't just up and say they need to be OTC.

But still appreciate the intent.

Mark K.
Mark Kahle H7 years ago

I agree, make it OTC... it becomes even cheaper and takes it out of the insurance pool, tax realm of argument.

Heather G.
Heather G7 years ago

Birth control pills should be available over the counter and thru mail order, just like viagra and other "male enhancement" drugs. Why should a PHARMACY be allowed to decide if women can get contraceptives? Side effects?? Asprin and cough medicine have side effects as well, especially if used improperly.

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey7 years ago

The Repiglicans want a government so small it fits in your bedroom, so they can watch.

It's really very simple. These Rightwingnuts do not see women as human beings. They see them as breeding cows, valuable only in terms of the unpaid (slave?) labor and the number of offspring that can be extracted before death. It's a human rights issue. I am a woman, and I have the same human rights as a man, which includes what happens to MY body. End of story.

Parvez Zuberi
Parvez Zuberi7 years ago

Thanks for the article

Allen Pierce
Allen Pierce7 years ago

-- Marianne C. -- If we could get the Right to "think" about ANYTHING all of these arguements would be long over. The right-wing-nut-job party and its various minions do not think, they just listen to people like Santorum, Romney and Limbaugh and do as they are told. Someone at their church says something stupid and they take it as "gospel" and then try to shove it down the throats of thinking people wherever they are encountered. If thinking were required none of our conflicts would get beyond the planning stage. This is another reason the gop does not want our children to get a good education.

Ruth Barrett
Ruth Barrett7 years ago

I am in favour of universal access to contraception as a human right, but my understanding is the pill can have side effects, and I'm not sure pharmacists are qualified to assess women who might be at an increased risk, and adequately explain the potential side effects. Perhaps if it would be available over the counter for a period of time, say two years, after women had an intial assessment by a doctor, this would be safer?

Frances C.
Frances C7 years ago

Women should have regular check ups as often as their physician recommends. The physician would then recommend what type of b.c. she needs. If a prescription is needed she can take it to a pharmacist, and it would be covered by her insurance. If she is advised that over the counter b.c. will work for her then she can get it that way. It really is not complicated. Women can determine what their choices are along with her health provider...no Congress men or church men needed. We need the the health care act to be there for everyone so women can have preventive care. As well as all children, and men.