Mother Jones reports that Sen. Marco Rubio’s legislative response to a federal decision requiring health insurers to cover contraception as a preventive service “could cut off birth control coverage for millions of women who receive it through their health plans.”
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In an op-ed printed in USA Today yesterday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius takes on accusations that a recent federal decision requiring health insurers to cover contraception as a preventive service is an attack on religious groups.
Twenty U.S. senators have endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio’s effort to reverse a recent decision by the Obama administration to require that insurance providers — with the exception of religious employers — cover birth control as a preventive service, according to Rubio’s office.
The Hill is reporting that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has introduced a bill that would roll back a recent decision by the Obama administration to require that insurance providers — with the exception of religious employers — cover birth control as a preventive service. Rubio is among a small group of legislators that receives money from a Catholic group that has been opposed to the mandate for some time.
The Obama administration announced today that it is standing by its decision to require that insurance providers — with the exception of religious employers — cover birth control as a preventive service. Instead of giving in to requests that all objectors be able to opt out, the feds have instead given religious groups a one-year extension to meet the mandate.
Yesterday, state Attorney General Pam Bondi rewrote the ballot summary for an amendment for Florida’s 2012 ballot as ordered by a Leon County judge a week ago. The amendment, if passed, would allow the state to commit to unfettered funding of religious institutions.
Women’s health advocates all over the country were stunned yesterday when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reversed an FDA request to expand access to over-the-counter emergency contraception for teenagers under the age of 17. In press releases denouncing the decision, a common theme has emerged: President Obama has followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, George W. Bush, on the heated issue of emergency contraception.
The National Organization for Women (NOW), the largest organization of feminist activists in the U.S., has joined reproductive rights advocates in asking President Obama to not cave in to pressure from the Catholic leaders asking that he strike a recent decision that increases access to birth control for women.
Responding to a newly introduced contraception bill, Planned Parenthood is calling upon the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, to remove an exemption in the bill for religious employers.
St. Pete priest threatens to cancel health insurance for employees because of federal birth control decision
A Catholic priest in St. Petersburg is threatening to cut health insurance benefits from employees as a form of “civil disobedience” to challenge a recent decision by the federal government to include birth control in a list of preventive health care.