Sometimes I get the feeling that hardly anyone under 50 reads some of these posts. In that sense, talking about birth control might seem sort of, well, theoretical for this crowd. (Really important back in the day, less so now, hmm?)
Albany, NY, Apr 03, 2012 — The Obama administration set off a firestorm when it released rules requiring employer-provided health insurance to cover the cost of contraceptives. Leaders in the Catholic Church said the policy violates their right to religious freedom.
Meanwhile, states around the country are considering hundreds of bills addressing women's health care: everything from forcing women to carry dead fetuses to term, to forcing women who seek abortions to go through invasive ultrasounds, to cutting funding for health clinics. Many women say these bills violate their right to to make their own health care decisions, and will limit access to quality health care..
The New York State legislature is considering a bill called the Reproductive Health Act. It codifies a woman's right to contraception and abortion. But even so, some women see a trend, and they're worried. Go to full article
Mar 13, 2002 — The state's Catholic Bishops and Cardinal Edward Egan came to Albany to lobby against a Senate bill that would require some Catholic run schools and hospitals to pay for contraceptive coverage for employees. The Catholic leaders were more reluctant to speak about the growing child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the church in recent weeks. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Feb 06, 2002 — Senate Republicans announced that they'll pass a bill to give most women in New York State access to birth control through their health insurance plans. The move drew sharp criticism from the Catholic Church. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Feb 05, 2002 — Birth control advocates are praising a compromise bill introduced in the state senate to be passed later this week. It would allow most New York women to obtain contraceptives through their health insurance coverage. Go to full article
Feb 01, 2002 — New York state lawmakers are still arguing over a bill to fund more health care for women, but now there's more of a chance they'll resolve their differences and agree on a law. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
May 23, 2001 — Women's groups are trying to revive the Women's Healthcare Act with an ad campaign. The bill was scrapped earlier this year after the Catholic Church objected to a provision that would require paying for birth control coverage. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article