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February 2, 2004
THIS IS a story of a girl who had options: abstinence, birth control or abortion. Instead, she chose not to even think of those first two options when having unprotected sex. Nor did her boyfriend. Tamika Fowler's family seemed to be otherwise engaged and did not notice that their daughter was suffering mentally. Post-partum depression is real and Tamika Fowler could have gone to any doctor's office or hospital and said, "I need help. I might hurt my child. " She chose not to. These young girls don't even attempt to abstain or get birth control.
NEWS
August 23, 2005
THE TRAGIC ending to LaToyia Figueroa's life was of her own making. She already had one daughter by a seemingly decent boyfriend. What caused her to leave this boyfriend and hook up with this Poaches character? Poaches already had another girl pregnant, and I guess finding out that he would have two mouths to feed, he may have decided to get rid of LaToyia. If LaToyia wanted to sleep around, why didn't she at least take birth control? She was 24 years old, and, I hope, a little bit smart enough to know that she could get pregnant again if she didn't take the responsibility for herself and use birth control.
NEWS
October 24, 2012 | BY REBECCA RUTENBERG
AS I HANDED my credit card to the pharmacist, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the red letters from the cash register: $49.99 for a month of birth control pills. Sure, I could afford it. But weren't there other things I could be putting my money toward? The school year had just begun and I had yet to purchase my textbooks for the upcoming semester. "Oh, well," I reasoned to myself. "Birth control is an essential. " And then it struck me. If I, a middle-class student at an expensive private university, am struggling to rationalize my birth-control expense, what goes through the mind of women in less-than-ideal financial circumstances as they decide whether to sacrifice necessities or preventative-care services?
NEWS
November 30, 2012
ALDOUS HUXLEY once made this chilling observation: "A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. " I thought of this in the days after the election, as the Left and the Right started arguing about what this country will look like in four more years. Those of us who did not vote for Barack Obama fear that the 2.0 version of his administration will permanently move us from a nation of makers to a nation of takers.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2012 | By Tom Murphy, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Birth-control pills are known to be nearly 100 percent effective when taken properly, but a recall of the drugs could send a shudder through women of childbearing age. A manufacturing mix-up by Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, led to some packets being distributed with the pills out of order. That means a patient could have unknowingly skipped a dose and raised her risk of an accidental pregnancy. Pfizer has recalled about one million packets of Lo/Ovral-28 and its generic equivalent, but the company estimates that only 30 packets were flawed.
NEWS
April 14, 2005
SOME PHARMACISTS around the nation are refusing to fill legal prescriptions if they don't share the moral values of the doctors who prescribed them or the patients who will take them. With their refusals to provide emergency contraception or standard birth-control pills, the pharmacists apparently are throwing in lectures on morality and refusing to return the prescriptions so the patients can go elsewhere. For some clients, getting a prescription from a drugstore chain depends on which pharmacist is on duty.
NEWS
February 6, 2012
Did White House make the right call by requiring most insurance plans to cover birth control?
NEWS
May 27, 1992 | By Gregory Spears, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
To reduce the number of unintentional pregnancies, the federal government is asking that the directions for taking birth control pills be simplified and standardized. About 250,000 of the 10.7 million women who take oral contraceptives in the United States become pregnant each year, mostly because they fail to take their daily dose or use backup precautions when initiating treatment, according to the National Academy of Sciences. "A surprising number of women face unwanted pregnancies each year simply because they were confused by the instructions or did not read them," said Linda Potter, senior researcher at Family Health International.
NEWS
May 9, 2000 | by Mark Angeles, Daily News Staff Writer
It's been forty years since birth control pills received FDA approval, but the medication hailed by some as one of the most significant advances of the century shows no signs of middle age. In fact, the best years for "the pill" may well lie ahead. "For most women, use of birth control pills is safer than not using it," proclaims Dr. Steven Sondheimer, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. It's pregnancy-fighting properties aside, the pill has proven itself to be valuable for a number of "off-label" qualities.
NEWS
November 21, 2012 | By Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists said Tuesday that birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms, no prescription or doctor's exam needed. The surprise opinion from these gatekeepers of contraception could boost longtime efforts by women's advocates to make the pill more accessible. But no one expects the pill to be sold without a prescription anytime soon: A company would have to seek government permission first. Plus, there are big questions about what such a move would mean for women's wallets if it were no longer covered by insurance.
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October 11, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drastic as it may sound, sterilization is the second-most-popular birth control method among U.S. women, and more than 10 million have opted for it. For many decades, that meant surgery to "tie the tubes. " But in 2002, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked approval of a seeming breakthrough in sterilization: metal coils implanted in the fallopian tubes though the vagina. The Essure procedure could be done in a doctor's office, required no incisions or general anesthesia, and maker Conceptus Inc. said it was 97 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.
NEWS
August 6, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Tuesday reflected on his Catholic faith and told diners at a New Hampshire restaurant that he had used birth control, against the teaching of his church. While saying he "absolutely" believes in God, the New Jersey governor suggested religion leaves room for different interpretations of the Bible. "We should all acquit ourselves in a way that we believe is consistent with the teachings that we follow if we follow certain teachings from a religious perspective," Christie said.
NEWS
March 22, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine second-grade students swallowed birth-control pills, prompting a health scare Thursday morning at a school in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia, a district spokesman said. None of the children got sick, said Fernando Gallard, the spokesman. A second-grade girl brought the pills to Rudolph Blankenburg Elementary School at 4600 W. Girard Ave. and shared them with numerous other students between 10 and 10:30 a.m., Gallard said. Believing they were candy, nine students ate the pills, and three others tasted them.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer and David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writers
Several area religious organizations and businesses appeared to be happier Wednesday after an order by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked a requirement that some religious-affiliated employers provide health insurance that includes birth control. Sotomayor's two-sentence order came about two hours before the policies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. The order applies only to this issue, but adds to the debate about the law. She gave the Obama administration until Friday to respond to a bid by the Denver and Baltimore chapters of the Little Sisters of the Poor for an exemption from the mandate.
NEWS
November 28, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lancaster County cabinet maker who says the Affordable Care Act's mandate on contraception coverage violates his business' religious rights will have the chance to argue his case before the U.S. Supreme Court next year. Justices on Tuesday chose an appeal from Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. of East Earl as one of two they will hear on an issue that has divided lower courts and become the subject of roughly 40 lawsuits from companies seeking exemption from having to cover birth control for their employees.
NEWS
September 22, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lancaster County furniture company could get the chance to tell the U.S. Supreme Court why - on religious grounds - it shouldn't have to pay for its employees' birth-control costs. Attorneys for the Mennonite-owned Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. filed a petition this week to argue before the nation's highest court after losing in federal court in Philadelphia. Even if the Supreme Court doesn't pick up Conestoga's case, it still is likely to weigh in on the federal government's contraception mandate, legal experts say. That's because the Obama administration also wants the Supreme Court to settle the matter.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
AFTER THE JURY decided the fate of Kermit "House of Horrors" Gosnell yesterday, my editor asked me, "So what do you think, now that Gosnell has been found guilty?" He inquired as though my opinion mattered, which it's supposed to when you write an opinion column, right? But the truth is, I feel almost too overwhelmed by the case to render an opinion about Gosnell beyond the most obvious one: That he's a monster who became rich by preying on the poor and desperate, and that I wish him years of misery behind bars until a death sentence ends his waste of a life.
NEWS
November 30, 2012
ALDOUS HUXLEY once made this chilling observation: "A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. " I thought of this in the days after the election, as the Left and the Right started arguing about what this country will look like in four more years. Those of us who did not vote for Barack Obama fear that the 2.0 version of his administration will permanently move us from a nation of makers to a nation of takers.
NEWS
November 21, 2012 | By Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists said Tuesday that birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms, no prescription or doctor's exam needed. The surprise opinion from these gatekeepers of contraception could boost longtime efforts by women's advocates to make the pill more accessible. But no one expects the pill to be sold without a prescription anytime soon: A company would have to seek government permission first. Plus, there are big questions about what such a move would mean for women's wallets if it were no longer covered by insurance.
NEWS
October 24, 2012 | BY REBECCA RUTENBERG
AS I HANDED my credit card to the pharmacist, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the red letters from the cash register: $49.99 for a month of birth control pills. Sure, I could afford it. But weren't there other things I could be putting my money toward? The school year had just begun and I had yet to purchase my textbooks for the upcoming semester. "Oh, well," I reasoned to myself. "Birth control is an essential. " And then it struck me. If I, a middle-class student at an expensive private university, am struggling to rationalize my birth-control expense, what goes through the mind of women in less-than-ideal financial circumstances as they decide whether to sacrifice necessities or preventative-care services?
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