contraception 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 Missouri House Gives First-Round Approval To 'Health Care Conscience' Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-gives-first-round-approval-health-care-conscience-bill <p>Medical personnel who wish to opt out of participating in procedures that violate their religious or personal beliefs are one step closer to being allowed to do so legally in&nbsp;Missouri.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 02:42:28 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33675 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri House Gives First-Round Approval To 'Health Care Conscience' Bill Missouri House Committee Examines Medical Conscience Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-committee-examines-medical-conscience-bill <p>Legislation to allow medical professionals to refuse to take part in procedures that violate their religious or personal beliefs was heard Wednesday by a Missouri House committee.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:03:06 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33351 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri House Committee Examines Medical Conscience Bill Legal Roundtable: Gay Marriage, Drones, Contraception, Etc. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legal-roundtable-gay-marriage-drones-contraception-etc <p>The U.S. Supreme Court, last week, heard arguments on two gay rights cases which may produce landmark rulings.&nbsp;</p><p>The Missouri legislature is considering banning the use of drones by journalists while the University of Missouri Journalism School is teaching students how to use them.</p><p>And, Missouri’s contraception exception law is no more – at least for now.</p><p>Those and other topics were discussed as part of our monthly legal roundtable.</p><p></p><p>Our guests:</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 22:39:09 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25026 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legal Roundtable: Gay Marriage, Drones, Contraception, Etc. Bill Opponents Say Would 'Terrorize Rape Victims' Passes Missouri House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-opponents-say-would-terrorize-rape-victims-passes-missouri-house <p><em>Updated 12:02 p.m. Edited formatting 12:44 p.m.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health care workers could refuse to participate in procedures or research that violates their religious, moral or ethical principles under a measure passed by the Missouri House.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House sent the measure to the Senate Tuesday with a 116-41 vote.</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier story:</em></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 03:50:55 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 10102 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill Opponents Say Would 'Terrorize Rape Victims' Passes Missouri House Cultural Battle Over Women's Reproductive Health Issues Resumes In Mo. Senate Hearings http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cultural-battle-over-womens-reproductive-health-issues-resumes-mo-senate-hearings <p>Four bills dealing with the ongoing cultural battle surrounding women’s reproductive health were heard Monday night&nbsp;before a <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> committee.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 05:33:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9428 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cultural Battle Over Women's Reproductive Health Issues Resumes In Mo. Senate Hearings Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's Birth Control Exemption Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-missouris-birth-control-exemption-law <P><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">A federal judge has blocked a new Missouri law requiring insurers to offer policies excluding birth control coverage because it conflicts with a federal law mandating such coverage.<?xml:namespace prefix = o /><o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></P> <P><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">Judge Audry Fleissig issued a temporary restraining order Friday against the Missouri law. It was enacted in September when the Republican-led Legislature overrode a veto of Democratic Gov. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 00:27:34 +0000 The Associated Press 7613 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's Birth Control Exemption Law Lawmakers In Mo., Other States, Forming 'Religious Freedom' Caucuses http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-mo-other-states-forming-religious-freedom-caucuses <p>Missouri is one of nine states where lawmakers are forming caucuses they say will focus on preserving religious freedom.</p><p>Departing&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=122">State Representative&nbsp;Mike McGhee</a> (R, Odessa)&nbsp;is organizing Missouri’s caucus.&nbsp; He says one of their functions will be to consult with lawmakers in other states on making sure that the language used in bills doesn’t result in the erosion of religious rights. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:46:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 5203 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawmakers In Mo., Other States, Forming 'Religious Freedom' Caucuses 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 Federal Judge Dismisses Contraception Mandate Lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-dismisses-contraception-mandate-lawsuit <p>A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate of the federal health care law.</p><p>The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frank O'Brien and his company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis, was one of nearly three dozen cases nationally challenging the constitutionality of regulations in the health care law. Among other things, O'Brien, a devout Catholic, claimed the requirement to pay for birth control infringes on his religious beliefs.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 20:14:30 +0000 The Associated Press 4883 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal Judge Dismisses Contraception Mandate Lawsuit