contraception

Reproductive Health
4:00 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Study: Giving Teens Free Birth Control Means Fewer Unplanned Pregnancies And Abortions

IUDs and implants are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than short-term birth control options like the pill, patch, or vaginal ring (pictured).
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Giving teenagers access to free, long-term contraception can dramatically reduce rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion. That's according to new research out of Washington University in St. Louis.

The study is part of a larger effort called the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, whose goal is to promote long-acting forms of birth control like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants in order to reduce unplanned pregnancies in the St. Louis region.

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Affordable Care Act
12:43 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Legislator Tells Federal Appeals Court Why He Objects To Birth-Control Coverage

Paul Wieland
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The lawyer for state Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, predicts that his suit against mandated contraceptive coverage will help launch an avalanche of court challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s provision requiring insurance companies to offer such benefits.

But first Wieland needs to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate his case. A lower court had tossed it out.

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U.S. Supeme Court
11:14 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision May Be Bigger Blow To Gay Rights Than Contraceptive Access

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The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision may not be as big a threat to contraceptive coverage for women as it first appeared.

After a few weeks of legal sleuthing, several leading Supreme Court experts think the court has signaled it will approve a compromise to provide free contraceptive coverage to women who work for companies and religious nonprofits that object to the coverage on religion grounds.

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Contraception
10:33 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision Says Corporations Have Religious Freedom; Local Cases Seek More

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Update: U.S. district court grants St. Louis Archdiocese an injunction from enforcement of the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage, even with the existing religious accommodation.

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Reproductive Health
2:46 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Study: For Women, Free Birth Control Doesn't Lead To Risky Sex

IUDs and implants are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than short-term birth control options like the pill, patch, or vaginal ring (pictured).
Credit Via Wikimedia Commons/Victor byckttor

New research out of Washington University has found that giving women free birth control does not increase risky sexual behavior.

The analysis included 7,751 St. Louis-area women between the ages of 14 and 45.

It was part of an even larger effort called the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, whose goal is to promote the use of long-term contraceptive methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants.

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Medical Conscience
8:42 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri House Gives First-Round Approval To 'Health Care Conscience' Bill

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

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 Missouri.

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Health care
7:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Missouri House Committee Examines Medical Conscience Bill

A doctor's stethoscope
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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.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:39 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Legal Roundtable: Gay Marriage, Drones, Contraception, Etc.

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The U.S. Supreme Court, last week, heard arguments on two gay rights cases which may produce landmark rulings. 

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.

And, Missouri’s contraception exception law is no more – at least for now.

Those and other topics were discussed as part of our monthly legal roundtable.

Our guests:

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Medical conscience bill
10:50 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Bill Opponents Say Would 'Terrorize Rape Victims' Passes Missouri House

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Updated 12:02 p.m. Edited formatting 12:44 p.m.

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.

The House sent the measure to the Senate Tuesday with a 116-41 vote.

Earlier story:

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would allow medical workers to refuse to take part in procedures that violate their religious or ethical beliefs.

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Contraceptive care
11:33 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Cultural Battle Over Women's Reproductive Health Issues Resumes In Mo. Senate Hearings

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Four bills dealing with the ongoing cultural battle surrounding women’s reproductive health were heard Monday night before a Missouri Senate committee.

They include a measure that would require a doctor to be physically present whenever abortion-inducing drugs are administered to a woman.  It’s sponsored by freshman Senator Wayne Wallingford (R, Cape Girardeau).  He says women who take RU-486 or other abortion-inducing drugs at home run a severe risk of complications.

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