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May 04, 2012

More Teen Girls Use Best Birth Control

Health officials say more teen girls use the best kinds of birth control. A recent survey found 60 percent of teen girls who have sex use the most effective kinds of contraception. That's up from the mid-90s, when less than half were using the best. Health officials say the trend may help explain a large decline in the U.S. teen birth rate since 1990. Read more...

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March 14, 2012

Bishops Consider Focus in Birth-Control Fight

Facing small but clear signs of discontent within their own ranks, U.S. Catholic bishops may be poised to rethink their aggressive tactics for fighting a federal mandate that health insurance plans cover contraception, according to sources close to influential bishops. There are no indications the bishops will drop their fight against the federal mandate. But dozens of bishops, meeting this week in Washington, are likely to discuss concerns that their battle against the Obama administration over birth control risks being viewed by the public as narrow and partisan and thus diminishes the church's moral authority, the sources said. Read more...

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February 21, 2012

Evangelicals Want Reversal of Birth Control Rule

A group of evangelical pastors on Monday joined Roman Catholic clergy who oppose an Obama administration requirement that employees of religiously affiliated businesses receive birth control coverage. Speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said more than 2,500 pastors and evangelical leaders have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to reverse the mandate. Read more...

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February 15, 2012

Mandate: Unconstitutional and Illegal

Last Friday, the White House announced that it would revise the controversial ObamaCare birth-control mandate to address religious-liberty concerns. Its proposed modifications are a farce. The Department of Health and Human Services would still require employers with religious objections to select an insurance company to provide contraceptives and drugs that induce abortions to its employees. The employers would pay for the drugs through higher premiums. For those employers that self-insure, like the Archdiocese of Washington, the farce is even more blatant. Read more...

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February 06, 2012

Bishop Condemns Birth Control Requirement

The Diocese of Allentown made its stance clear during the weekend in a letter condemning rules that could force religious employers to provide contraception to workers in government-mandated health insurance plans. In the letter, distributed to Catholic church bulletins in all 104 parishes of the diocese, Bishop John O. Barres called the ruling a "heavy blow" to the Catholic population, and to the "millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful." Read more...

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February 03, 2012

Parents Sue After Teen Dies of Gardasil

The parents of a 14-year-old girl who died following Gardasil vaccinations provided by the Quebec government are suing the manufacture of the HPV vaccine, pharmaceutical giant Merck Frosst, as well as three doctors and a clinic, for $197,000. Annabelle Morin died on December 9, 2008 after having received two doses of Gardasil under a program introduced by Quebec in September 2008. Annabelle's mother Linda said her daughter received the first shot at a clinic in October 2008, and that the teenager vomited, became confused and incoherent and was unable to speak or walk. Read more...

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February 02, 2012

Oops! Pfizer's Birth Control Pill Doesn't Work

Pfizer said it was recalling about a million packets of birth control pills in the United States because they may not contain enough contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. "As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy," according to a Pfizer statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. Pfizer found that some packets of the drugs had too many active tablets, while others had too few. Read more...


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