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Top U.S. Scientist: Pope’s Climate Push Is ‘Raving Nonsense’ Without Population Control

Without detracting from the moral significance of the pope’s message, a leading U.S. scientist has pointed out that the pontiff’s call for action on climate change is meaningless without a corollary call to limit the size of the human population.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

Why Right-Wing Christian Leaders Are Often Indifferent to Needless Suffering

Conservative readings of the Bible demand suffering for women, the sick and the dying. And this has an impact on our lives today.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: The Colorado Family Planning Initiative

The politics of control over the female body often stand in the way of health and safety, but one program has done an unprecedented job of putting women’s well-being and futures into their own hands.

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 READ MORE

Colorado Finds a Radical Way to Prevent Teen Pregnancies and Abortions

Between the years 2009 and 2013, there was a 40 percent drop in teen pregnancies in Colorado as well as a 42 percent decrease in abortions, especially in the poorest regions of the state. How exactly did the Centennial State achieve such remarkable results?

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Amy Schumer Asks Priest, Boss Whether Birth Control ‘Is Right’ for Her

In a sketch that starts off as a spoof of pharmaceutical commercials, the feminist humorist highlights just how many hoops conservatives expect women to jump through (including going all the way to the Supreme Court) in order to exercise their reproductive rights.

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Why the Midterm Elections Should Matter Especially to Women

By Robert Reich

If Republicans take over Congress on Tuesday, the economic position of women will take a major hit.

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New, Condom-Free Birth Control for Men Could Soon Be a Reality

Soon, men may be able to shoulder the burden of contraception without the finality of vasectomy or the muss and fuss of condoms.

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Hobby Lobby

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What You Need to Know to Follow the Hobby Lobby Cases

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the religious exemption cases. Here’s how to get up to speed.

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‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Discovers Medicare Has Spent $172 Million on Penis Pumps

Clearly restoring “the glory” of male erections is a more pressing health matter than providing contraceptives for women.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE

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Sex, Gender, and the Familiar Fight Over Religious Exemptions

The conflict between religious freedom and gender/sexual equality has become “the most important civil rights issue of this time.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE

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Who’s Behind the Rapid Decline in Abortions in the U.S.?

The abortion rate has hit a 30-year low, but anti-choicers had nothing to do with it.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE

Jon Stewart: ‘The White House Is Fighting Nuns?!’

“The Daily Show” is back from its holiday break and as funny as ever with this segment about Catholic nuns battling with the Obama administration about the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Watch as Jon Stewart’s rage tumor grows back to its usual size as he grapples with sweet, musical nuns and birth control.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE

The Gentrification of Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

As rising prices in the rest of the beloved Brazilian city are pushing more people to live in shantytowns, they may become unaffordable to lower income residents; Bob Dylan has been charged in Paris for comparing Croats to Nazis; meanwhile, a forthcoming Supreme Court ruling will put the “corporations are people” argument to the test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE

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Supreme Court to Review Contraception Provisions in Obamacare

As if the contested law known as Obamacare didn’t have enough assailants already, the United States Supreme Court has added another level of complication by deciding Tuesday to take another look at the sections in the Affordable Care Act dealing with contraception coverage.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Elizabeth Warren on the Government’s Hostage Tactics on Birth Control (Video)

As the government was on the verge of shutting down, the Massachusetts Democrat exclaimed Monday that she was in a “state of disbelief” because Republicans have decided the “single most important issue facing our nation” is women’s access to birth control thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

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Big Government

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Maternity Costs

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‘Left, Right & Center:’ A Dismal Jobs Report and the Morning After Pill

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the depressing jobs report, unrestricted birth control, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ looks and Social Security.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE

Birth Control Is the New Poison

Laws proposed this year include a bill whose proponent is an Oklahoma cardiologist who sees venomous effects in hormonal contraception for women; the Obama administration has created a policy that will allow more public access to federally financed research; meanwhile, an Italian newspaper claims Pope Benedict resigned thanks to pressure from a secret gay lobby. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE

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Peacemaking on Birth Control

America’s Big Religious War on contraception coverage ended Friday. Or at least it ought to after the Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement of new regulations.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE

Obama’s ‘Worst Day’ as President, Bachmann’s Surprising Honor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the company that would rather pay a daily $1.3 million fine than fund contraceptive coverage and a news magazine’s accidental posting of an obituary of an ex-president who is still alive.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE

Stewart Rips Fox News for ‘Blaming’ Obama Win on Single Women

According to Fox News, married women have more responsibility and are more concerned about the future of this country than single women, who care only about abortion and free birth control. Cue “The Daily Show” host!

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE

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Proof! Free Birth Control Means Fewer Abortions

A study published Thursday by researchers at Washington University confirmed the obvious: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions and teenage pregnancies.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 READ MORE

Obama the ‘Clear Favorite,’ Clinton Aide Goes Rogue, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one state increasing access to birth control, Rick Perry’s poor debate performances explained and a funny “Saturday Night Live” parody of undecided voters.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE

Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly Argue About Sandra Fluke

Sandra Fluke has become a favorite target of conservative commentators such as Bill O’Reilly. But on Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” the Fox News host’s blistering criticism of the feminist activist was tempered by a champion of Fluke’s: Jon Stewart.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE

GOP Candidate: War on Women Leads to ‘More Liberties’

In a mythical, Republican fantasyland, making abortion illegal, restricting access to birth control and defunding Planned Parenthood gives women more free choice and greater liberties. At least, that’s what one rising GOP star and congressional candidate told Fox News.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


Conservatives Rip Fluke’s Speech, Reiterate Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Comments

Conservatives are once again leveling the false claim that Fluke, the women’s rights activist who was thrust into the national spotlight after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut,” wants the government to pay for her to have sex.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 2

Highlights of the second day of the Democratic National Convention included speeches by Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, plus a last-minute change for President Obama’s address Thursday night.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE

Rachel Maddow on the ‘New Back Alley’ Abortion

The image of a coat hanger has symbolized the kind of back-alley abortions that were common before Roe v. Wade made the medical procedure legal in this country. But perhaps now that gruesome image can be replaced with a new, more modern one.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE

Ryan VP Buzz, Romney’s ‘War on Religion’ Charge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new tax defense from Mitt Romney and what is possibly the most ridiculous claim ever about President Obama.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE

Bain Capital’s Death Squad Ties, Limbaugh Talks Fluke (Again), and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Clinton ripping Mitt Romney and details on the extremist views of the victor of Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary in Missouri.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE

GOP Congressman Defends Comparison of 9/11, Free Birth Control

Instead of doing the right thing—i.e., apologizing—for his insensitive and outrageous claim that President Obama’s mandate that insurance companies provide contraception without a co-pay is just like the 9/11 terrorists and Pearl Harbor, GOP freshman Rep. Mike Kelly is doing the opposite: doubling down on his remarks.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE

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GOP Congressman Compares Free Birth Control to 9/11

Caution: Rep. Mike Kelly has made a statement so ridiculous it might make your head spin. To see the Pennsylvania Republican’s remark, click below.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE

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Notre Dame Sues Obama Administration Over Birth Control Mandate

The University of Notre Dame, along with other Catholic groups, filed lawsuits Monday against the Obama administration over a federal mandate that requires most employers to provide free contraceptives as part of their health insurance plans for workers.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE

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How the Vibrator Got Its Start

With right-wing demagogues such as Rush Limbaugh and Rick Santorum on the attack against female sexuality, a review of the vibrator’s origins in an age of similar sexual prejudice may provide some useful perspective.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 READ MORE

Will Catholic Bishops and the Religious Right Save Obama?

President Obama’s adversaries don’t seem to realize they have fallen into a trap, whether the White House set them up intentionally or not.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE

Martha in the Middle

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Boehner Goes on the Attack Against Contraception Policy

John Boehner’s keen instincts have compelled him to zero in on the highly charged—and politically advantageous—dispute about religious organizations and contraception coverage that’s currently reaching the boiling point on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, the House speaker made a special speech devoted to the topic on the floor of Congress.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE

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Obama Gets Ready to Defend Birth Control Policy

It’s an election year, so it’s time to play wedge issue roulette. Which culture war favorite is it going to be this time? Gay marriage? The Obama administration’s recent and contested decision to require Catholic organizations to provide birth control coverage to employees? Updated

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE


Birth Control Recall: Pfizer Warns of Unintended Pregnancies

The pharmaceutical manufacturer says the million packets of mis-packaged birth control pills it is recalling won’t harm women’s health, but it acknowledges that they could fail to prevent users from becoming pregnant.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE

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Catholic Churches Bring Birth Control Debate Into Sunday Services

Health care, religion and contraception commingled in last weekend’s Sunday services at Catholic churches around the country after new health insurance rules from the Obama administration struck some church leaders as anathema to their beliefs and a threat to their religious freedom. 

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE

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Free Birth Control Possible With Health Care Overhaul

Health insurance companies may soon be required to provide women with free birth control among other services, as part of the health care law passed last year. On Tuesday an independent panel of health specialists released its recommendation concerning services under the law.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE

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N.H. Cuts Off Funding to Planned Parenthood ... for Birth Control

The backlash against Planned Parenthood continues, and anti-abortion advocates have emerged victorious in New Hampshire, where the state’s executive council has dropped funding for the reproductive health organization ... (more)

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE

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Fabio Pozzebom / Agencia Brasil

More Big Condom News From the Pope

Now there’s a headline we didn’t count on writing anytime soon, at least not with this news under it: Pope Benedict XVI followed his surprising words about male prostitutes and condoms with a clarification, according to one Father Federico Lombardi ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE

Larry’s List: End-of-the-Oughts Edition

It’s been kind of a lousy decade, but things are looking up. An Indian minister says TV works as birth control, coffee might not kill you, and there’s plenty more where that came from. Today’s list after the jump.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE


America’s War on Sex: The Contraception Battle

Dr. Marty Klein, author of “America’s War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust and Liberty,” has some additional questions for John McCain—who flailed in the face of a perfectly reasonable query about Viagra versus birth control last week—as well as his rivals for the presidency.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE

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Maine Middle School to Offer Birth Control

While the nation’s tweens and teens are taught the laughable “abstinence only” government-sponsored curriculum about sex, one middle school in Maine is taking a more realistic approach to the matter, offering a range of birth control options in an effort to curb a troubling trend toward teen pregnancy among its students.  Yes, you read that right:  This is a middle school we’re talking about here.

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE

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