Contraception http://nhpr.org en The Male Pill: Birth Control For Men In The Near Future? http://nhpr.org/post/male-pill-birth-control-men-near-future <p>It seems like we’ve been hearing for years about a male birth control pill is in development that will&nbsp; soon be available… so, what’s taking so long? <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/mcph/falc_Rehman.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Jalees</strong><strong> Rehman </strong></a>is a cell biologist and physician at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He <a href="http://www.aeonmagazine.com/being-human/why-is-there-still-no-pill-for-men/" target="_blank">wrote an article </a>for <a href="http://www.aeonmagazine.com/" target="_blank">Aeon Magazine </a>discussing what he calls “society’s failure to produce male contraceptive options beyond the condom or the vasectomy,” and spoke with us about the future of the male pill.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:29:30 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33096 at http://nhpr.org The Male Pill: Birth Control For Men In The Near Future? NH House Reconsiders 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-reconsiders-24-hour-abortion-waiting-period <p>&nbsp;</p><div><p>The New Hampshire House has moved to reconsider passage of a<a href="http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120314/NEWS06/703149951">&nbsp;controversial bill&nbsp;</a>requiring pregnant women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Results.aspx?q=1&amp;txtsessionyear=2012">bill&nbsp;</a>would also require them to receive explicit information on fetal development.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 18:26:57 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 2539 at http://nhpr.org NH House Reconsiders 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period How North Country Reps Voted On Employer-Contraception Bill http://nhpr.org/post/how-north-country-reps-voted-employer-contraception-bill <p>North Country representatives were evenly split on the vote for <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1546.html">House Bill 1546</a>, which <a href="http://news.nhpr.org/post/house-votes-through-contraception-exemption">NHPR reported </a>allows &ldquo;any employer with a religious objection to deny workers insurance coverage for contraceptives.&rdquo;</p><p>Supporters of the bill said it was about religious freedom.</p><p>Opponents note the Catholic church helped draft the bill and say it&nbsp;supports its anti-contraception views.</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 12:18:43 +0000 Chris Jensen 2366 at http://nhpr.org House Votes Through Contraception Exemption http://nhpr.org/post/house-votes-through-contraception-exemption <p>&nbsp;The New Hampshire House voted to allow any employer with a religious objection to deny workers insurance coverage for contraceptives.</p><p>Adding an exemption to New Hampshire&rsquo;s 12-year-old law requiring contraceptives be covered in all drug plans has become a priority for&nbsp;House Speaker William O&#39;Brien. And his leadership team pushed the bill&nbsp;through over strong objection from Democrats and a gallery full of protesters.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:45:04 +0000 Josh Rogers 2364 at http://nhpr.org House Votes Through Contraception Exemption New Hampshire Senators Split On Blunt Amendment http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-senators-split-blunt-amendment <p>Thursday New Hampshire&rsquo;s senators voted along party lines as the Senate rejected an amendment to unwind a controversial new contraceptive rule from the Obama Administration.&nbsp;</p><p>Instead of requiring religious institutions to provide birth control in their health care plans, the White House pivoted and is now forcing insurance companies to provide contraception free of charge. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt&rsquo;s amendment would have allowed employers to decide their own coverage based upon their religious&nbsp;beliefs. Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte supported the amendment.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:31:08 +0000 Matt Laslo 2234 at http://nhpr.org Majorities In Senate And Public Support Birth Control Coverage http://nhpr.org/post/majorities-senate-and-public-support-birth-control-coverage 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 18:04:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 2250 at http://nhpr.org Majorities In Senate And Public Support Birth Control Coverage House Passes Contraception Resolution http://nhpr.org/post/house-passes-contraception-resolution <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The resolution asks the federal government&nbsp;to undo a rule requiring insurance companies to provide contraceptives to employees of religious organizations.</p><p>House republican leaders say religious liberty is in jeopardy under the federal rule, even though it no longer requires religious organizations to directly pay for contraceptives. House Speaker William O&rsquo;Brien says the 227-to-121 vote sends the message that either way, the requirement&rsquo;s intent is simply wrong.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:12:41 +0000 Josh Rogers 2044 at http://nhpr.org House Passes Contraception Resolution The Surprising History of the War on Contraception http://nhpr.org/post/surprising-history-war-contraception <p>For much of recent history, banning access to birth control was a Democratic issue. When did that change?</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:12:12 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2037 at http://nhpr.org The Surprising History of the War on Contraception O'Brien Pushing Back On Contraception Mandates http://nhpr.org/post/obrien-pushing-back-contraception-mandates <p>The&nbsp;New Hampshire&nbsp;House&nbsp;will likely vote next week to ask the federal government to rescind a rule forcing insurers to provide contraceptives to employees of religious organizations.&nbsp;House Speaker William&nbsp;O&#39;Brien says he&#39;ll also work to undo&nbsp;a similar state law.&nbsp;</p><p>O&rsquo;Brien&nbsp;told the&nbsp;house state and federal relations committee it&#39;s&nbsp;unconstitutional for governments, federal or state,&nbsp;to tell insurers to offer contraception to workers at religious organizations.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:00:11 +0000 Josh Rogers 1960 at http://nhpr.org Rules Requiring Contraceptive Coverage Have Been In Force For Years http://nhpr.org/post/rules-requiring-contraceptive-coverage-have-been-force-years There's been no let-up in the debate about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/02/07/146547418/poll-many-catholics-support-birth-control-coverage?ps=cprs">Obama administration's rule</a> requiring most employers to provide prescription birth control to their workers without additional cost.<p>Here's the rub: The only truly novel part of the plan is the "no cost" bit.<p>The rule would mean, for the first time, that women won't have to pay a deductible or copayment to get prescription contraceptives.<p>"Now millions more women and families are going to have access to essential health care cover Fri, 10 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 1816 at http://nhpr.org Rules Requiring Contraceptive Coverage Have Been In Force For Years White House: 'Ways To Resolve' Contraception Issue http://nhpr.org/post/white-house-ways-resolve-contraception-issue Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has joined the chorus criticizing President Obama over a<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=146328896" target="_blank"> controversial policy</a> that would require most employers, including Catholic hospitals and universities, to include birth control in their employees' health insurance.<p>Catholic opinion leaders have denounced the policy as an assault on their religious freedom.<p>Ever since <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/02/02/146265425/u-s-catholic-bishops-take-stand-against-birth-control-rules" target="_blank">priest Tue, 07 Feb 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 1764 at http://nhpr.org White House: 'Ways To Resolve' Contraception Issue The 'Morning After' Pill: How It Works And Who Uses It http://nhpr.org/post/morning-after-pill-how-it-works-and-who-uses-it Access to emergency contraception has swirled at the center of a recent flurry of debate over insurance coverage. It's a pill women can take if their birth control fails or they forget to use it.<p>The most popular brand of emergency contraception is called "<a href="http://planbonestep.com/what-is-plan-b.aspx">Plan B One-Step</a>." You might better know it as the morning-after pill. Today, about 10 percent of sexually active women say they've used it.<p>Katie Wilcox, a 20-something college graduate, is a typical example of who uses it. She's working now and has a boyfriend. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 1704 at http://nhpr.org The 'Morning After' Pill: How It Works And Who Uses It