August 6, 2015 |
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.
March 22, 2014 |
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.
January 3, 2014 |
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.
November 28, 2013 |
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.
September 22, 2013 |
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.
May 15, 2013 |
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.
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.
November 21, 2012 |
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.
October 24, 2012 |
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?
September 21, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Teenage girls may prefer the pill, the patch, or even wishful thinking, but their doctors should be recommending IUDs or hormonal implants - long-lasting and more effective birth control that you don't have to remember to use every time, the nation's leading gynecologists group said Thursday. The IUD and implants are safe and nearly 100 percent effective at preventing pregnancy, and should be "first-line recommendations," the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said in updating its guidance for teens.