February 13, 2012 It's a question that Catholic-sponsored employers have objected to the administration's requirement that health plans cover contraceptives at no charge to the insured. What about coverage for medicines to help men with erectile dysfunction?
February 10, 2012 With so much criticism coming not just from clerics and Republican political opponents, who attacked the policy as an assault on religious freedom, but even some of the administration's liberal allies, it was obvious Obama would need to find a compromise. His key political strategist, David Axelrod, seemed to admit as much earlier in the week.
February 10, 2012 The change to a previously announced rule would allow employers that have religious objections to offering contraception as part of their health plans to turn the responsibility over to insurance companies instead.
February 7, 2012 The new poll suggested that Mitt Romney might be "playing with fire," according to the polling firm's director, by opposing the rule since a plurality of voters, including Catholics, said his stance would make them less likely to vote for him.
January 20, 2012 Final rules requiring insurance plans to cover prescription contraceptives will give religious-based hospitals and other organizations whose primary purpose is not religious an extra year to come into compliance. But the requirement remains, despite vigorous objections from some groups.
December 9, 2011 After hours of circular debate about the safety of Bayer's family of oral contraceptives, 15 of the Food and Drug Administration's 26 expert advisers voted that the benefits of these birth control pills outweigh the risk of dangerous blood clots.
November 15, 2011 Among the reasons for using oral contraception other than the most obvious one are reducing cramps associated with periods, regulating periods, which for some women can prevent menstrual-related migraine headaches.
October 13, 2011 Some 8 in 10 sexually active teen boys reported using a condom the first time they had sex, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.
October 4, 2011 Previous research had suggested hormonal contraceptives could raise the HIV infection risk for women. This study is the first to show that the risk is heightened for their male partners.
September 16, 2011 A maker of is recalling a slew of birth control pills because a mistake in the factory put the pills in the wrong place inside plastic packages. The error could leave women taking the pills at risk for unintended pregnancy.
September 7, 2011 Some opponents object to subsidizing contraception on moral grounds; others say it's simply too expensive in an era of tight budgets. The recent battles over the federal budget and the health law may help explain why critics seem to be growing more vocal.
August 9, 2011 Nigeria's birth rate remain high. Rather than reach out to women, one family planning program is reaching out to men to promote the use of long-term contraception.