birth control http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Study: For Women, Free Birth Control Doesn't Lead To Risky Sex http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/study-women-free-birth-control-doesnt-lead-risky-sex <p>New research out of Washington University has found that giving women free birth control does not increase risky sexual behavior.</p><p>The analysis included 7,751 St. Louis-area women between the ages of 14 and 45.</p><p>It was part of an even larger effort called the <a href="http://www.choiceproject.wustl.edu/#MISSION" target="_blank">Contraceptive CHOICE Project</a>, whose goal is to promote the use of long-term contraceptive methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:46:38 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34250 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Study: For Women, Free Birth Control Doesn't Lead To Risky Sex Study: Giving Women Free Birth Control Reduces Abortion Rates http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/study-giving-women-free-birth-control-reduces-abortion-rates <p>Giving women free access to contraception can dramatically reduce abortion rates.</p><p>That's the finding of <a href="http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Abstract/publishahead/Preventing_Unintended_Pregnancies_by_Providing.99945.aspx">a new study</a> out today from Washington University School of Medicine.</p><p>Researchers gave more than 9,000 St. Louis-area women free birth control for three years.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 22:04:50 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 5047 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Study: Giving Women Free Birth Control Reduces Abortion Rates Mo. Legislature votes to override veto of birth control bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-legislature-votes-override-veto-birth-control-bill <P><STRONG>Updated 9/13/2012,&nbsp;4:51 p.m.</STRONG></P> <P>A Kansas City-based labor group is seeking to block the new law allowing Missouri employers to deny health insurance coverage for birth control pills and other contraceptive procedures.</P> <P>The new law took effect after the Missouri General Assembly overrode Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto during Wednesday’s veto session.&nbsp; Attorney E.E. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:26:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin, Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 4581 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Legislature votes to override veto of birth control bill Study: IUDs, implants 20 times better than pill at preventing pregnancies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/study-iuds-implants-20-times-better-pill-preventing-pregnancies <p>A <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1110855?query=featured_home">new study</a> out of Washington University has found that long-term birth control methods are 20 times more effective at preventing unplanned pregnancies.</p><p>The research compared the rates of contraceptive failure in women using long-term methods like intrauterine devices or contraceptive implants to those using short-term methods like oral birth control pills or a contraceptive patch.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 21:02:53 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3769 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Study: IUDs, implants 20 times better than pill at preventing pregnancies St. Louis Catholic institutions file birth control suits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-catholic-institutions-file-birth-control-suits <p><strong>Updated 5:10 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic&nbsp;Charities of St. Louis are among dozens of Roman Catholic&nbsp;institutions suing the Obama administration over a mandate that&nbsp;most employers provide birth control coverage.</p><p>The archdiocese and Catholic Charities <a href="http://archstl.org/liberty/page/lawsuit-information-0">filed suit Monday</a> in U.S.&nbsp;District Court in St. Louis. The other suits from around the&nbsp;country <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76570.html">were also filed Monday</a>.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 18:33:09 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 3750 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Catholic institutions file birth control suits Mo. Senate passes birth control coverage measure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-passes-birth-control-coverage-measure <p><strong>Updated 3:34 p.m. </strong><em>with correction from The Associated Press - the legislation was approved on a 26-5 vote, not a voice vote.</em></p><p>The Missouri Senate has approved&nbsp;legislation letting employers refuse to provide health insurance&nbsp;coverage for birth control in some instances.</p><p>The legislation, passed Thursday on a 26-5 vote, would let&nbsp;employers deny coverage unless an employee has a medical need for&nbsp;birth control. The measure now goes to the Missouri House.</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:37:13 +0000 The Associated Press 3386 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate passes birth control coverage measure Hundreds rally against contraception mandate at Mo. Capitol http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hundreds-rally-against-contraception-mandate-mo-capitol <p>Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the <a href="http://www.healthcare.gov/law/index.html">2010 Affordable Care Act </a>and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control.</p><p>Several hundred people attended the rally held at the State Capitol, led by several religious leaders.&nbsp; Maggie Karner with the<a href="http://www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=190"> Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod </a>told the crowd that President Obama&rsquo;s birth control mandate is an attack on religious freedom.</p><p>&ldquo;This debate is simply about us being forced to pay for products and services that are contrary to our religious beliefs, and we cannot be expected to check our faith at the door,&quot; Karner said. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:32:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3363 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hundreds rally against contraception mandate at Mo. Capitol Morning headlines: Friday, March 2, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-march-2-2012 <p><strong>Mo. House member proposes restriction on vasectomies</strong></p><p>A Missouri House member frustrated with recent legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health is proposing to restrict vasectomies.&nbsp;</p><p>Legislation sponsored by Democrat Stacey Newman would only allow vasectomies when they are necessary to protect a man from serious injury or death. The vasectomies would have to be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery center or health facility licensed by the state Department of Health and Senior Services.</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 14:51:57 +0000 Alex King & The Associated Press 3190 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, March 2, 2012 Majorities In Senate And Public Support Birth Control Coverage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/senate-says-no-blunt-amendment-birth-control The Senate has turned back an attempt to kill President Obama's new rules requiring most health insurance plans to provide contraceptives without additional cost.<p>The 51-48 vote against an <a href="http://blunt.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/12ca4c96-d98c-4b37-920a-cdb15edb24d4/S.%201813%20Amendment.pdf">amendment</a> to an unrelated highway bill (Yes, that's just how the Senate works) was mostly along party lines.<p>Missouri Republican <a href="http://blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography?p=about-the-senator">Roy Blunt</a>, the amendment's sponsor said its goal was a simple one. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:15:53 +0000 Julie Rovner 3180 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Majorities In Senate And Public Support Birth Control Coverage Morning headlines: February 22, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-february-22-2012 <p><strong>Ill. Gov to propose closing 14 major facilities in budget address</strong></p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn&#39;s administration says the cuts and consolidations will result in more than 1,100 layoffs.</p><p>The cuts come in all sizes. At the large end is Tamms Correctional Center, a southern Illinois prison that houses about 400 inmates&nbsp; -- which is just over half of capacity.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:25:32 +0000 Julie Bierach, Illinois Public Radio & The Associated Press 3122 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: February 22, 2012