Idaho officials taking comments on Medicaid expansion waiver
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are taking public comments while considering a Medicaid waiver that would require patients to get a referral from a primary physician before they can get family...
Wisconsin Republicans pushing broader birth control access
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin found themselves in the unusual position Wednesday of breaking with anti-abortion groups and advocating for a bill that broadens birth...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charges were dropped Friday against a woman accused of forcing her friend's 12-year-old daughter to get a birth control implant without the mother's permission.
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is working with other Democratic members of Congress to push legislation aimed at making it easier and less expensive to obtain birth control...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could allow the sale of non-prescription drugs in vending machines under a bill sitting on the Democratic governor's desk.
Correction: Birth Control-Prescriptions story
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story May 14 about a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by the bill sponsors, reported...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House has approved legislation allowing pharmacists to dispense birth-control pills without a prescription, the day after the bill narrowly failed in the same...
Bill advances for no-cost contraceptives in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at ensuring ready access to contraceptives.
The bill that requires insurance plans cover a full range of...
New Mexico weighs requirement for no-cost contraceptives
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House of Representatives is debating a proposal to ensure access to contraceptives at no personal cost under most types of medical insurance.
Proposal would let Utah women stay on birth control in jail
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal in the Utah Legislature would allow female jail inmates to take birth control while behind bars, though county sheriffs have raised concerns about cost of providing the medication.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois offering free birth control
CHICAGO (AP) — Planned Parenthood of Illinois says its clinics are providing free birth control for one year to eligible patients who can't afford it.
The Chicago Tribune reports the organization announced the Access Birth Control plan on Friday. It includes injectable birth control, oral contraceptives, condoms and other devices.
Yale pulls plan for contraception vending machines
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University has dropped plans to install a vending machine that dispenses birth control products at its largest residential college because it turns out it would violate Connecticut state law.
The "wellness-to-go" vending machine for Silliman College was proposed in the fall by a member of the Reproductive Justice Action League at Yale.
The proposal was made because other colleges had installed the machines.
No-cost birth control, now the norm, faces court challenges
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of American women are receiving birth control at no cost to them through workplace health plans, the result of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, which expanded access to contraception.
The Trump administration sought to allow more employers to opt out because of religious or moral objections. But its plans were put on hold by two federal judges, one in Pennsylvania and the other in California, in cases that could eventually reach the Supreme Court.
Trump birth control coverage rules blocked nationwide
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday put a nationwide hold on Trump administration rules that allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.
U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia agreed with a lawsuit originally filed by Pennsylvania, citing the potential harm to states should the rules be enforced.
The Latest: Official decries blocking of birth control rules
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on rulings on Trump birth control coverage rules (all times local):
A federal health official says the nationwide injunction on Trump administration rules that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control will force Americans to "violate" their consciences.
Judge: Women would lose birth control coverage under rules
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A "substantial number" of women would lose birth control coverage under new rules by the Trump administration that allow more employers to opt out of providing the benefit, a U.S. judge said at a hearing on Friday.
Judge Haywood Gilliam appeared inclined to grant a request by California and other states that he block the rules while the states' lawsuit moves forward. He said he would rule before Monday, when the rules are set to take effect.
The Latest: Judge: Women could lose birth control under rule
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing on California's attempt to block new birth control rules by the Trump administration (all times local):
A U.S. judge in California says new rules by the Trump administration would result in a substantial number of women losing birth control coverage.
Judge Haywood Gilliam made the comment Friday during a hearing in Oakland to decide whether to block the rules.
- The Washington TimesCatholics applaud President Trump, hit birth control at prayer breakfastApril 23, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchDisagreement may end rocky relationshipApril 5, 2019
- Winona Daily NewsOther view: Reproductive rights take major hit under new rulesMarch 3, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalChange state law on birth control, despite pope's view -- State Journal editorial from 50 years agoAugust 5, 2018
- The Philadelphia TribuneShift would undermine effective birth control funding programMay 22, 2018
Nevada joins states opposing Trump birth control rollbacks
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's new Democratic attorney general has added the state to lawsuits aiming to block the Trump administration from rolling back Obama-era Affordable Care Act birth control requirements in employer-provided health insurance plans.
Attorney General Aaron (AY'-ron) Ford filed friend-of-the-court briefs Monday in Philadelphia and Oakland, California, to join lawsuits filed in 2017 by attorneys general in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California.
Court: Trump can’t let companies deny birth control coverage
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.
The ruling, however, may be short lived because the administration has adopted new rules on contraceptive coverage that are set to take effect next month and will likely prompt renewed legal challenges.
San Diego Zoo gets surprise baby; mom was on birth control
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new baby at the San Diego Zoo came as a real surprise.
Eloise, a 37-year-old siamang — that's a type of gibbon — had been on birth control for years. But on Nov. 12, she gave birth to her seventh child.
Eloise and her partner, 35-year-old Unkie, had their last child at the zoo in 2006.
Trump administration finalizes birth control opt-out policy
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after Republicans expanded their Senate majority, the Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a policy change that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for female workers.
Swedish regulator ends investigation of birth control app
LONDON (AP) — Swedish regulators have closed their investigation of a birth control app after finding that the rate of unwanted pregnancies, which had gained media attention, was actually in line with clinical data.
The Swedish Medical Products Agency said Thursday a review found about 7 percent of women using the Natural Cycles app got pregnant in the first half of the year, equal to the "typical use" failure rate in the clinical study submitted for its European certification.
UK regulator says ad for birth control app were misleading
LONDON (AP) — Britain's advertising regulator says a birth control app's Facebook advertisement contained misleading claims that breached the country's advertising code.
The Advertising Standards Authority ruled Wednesday that the ad by Swedish startup Natural Cycles shouldn't appear again because there wasn't evidence to back up the app's claims.
Birth control app highlights emerging health tech market
LONDON (AP) — The condom, the pill and now, the smartphone?
Natural Cycles, a mobile fertility app, this month became the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA marketing approval. Women take their temperatures and track their menstrual cycle on the app, which uses an algorithm to determine when they're fertile and should abstain from unprotected sex or use protection. In effect, it's a form of the rhythm or calendar method.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S., the only country where it remains available.
Bayer said the safety of its Essure implant has not changed, but it will stop selling the device at the end of the year due to weak sales.
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- Business WirePill Club Announces ‘Freedom to Decide’ Partnership with Power to Decide to Offer Free Emergency Contraception to Those in NeedAugust 6, 2019
- Business WireGlobal Hirsutism Treatment Market 2019-2023 | Use of Birth Control Pills to Boost Growth | TechnavioApril 15, 2019
- BusinessWireThe Pill Club Raises $51 Million to Expand Birth Control Delivery and Prescription Services to Women Across the CountryJanuary 22, 2019
- BusinessWireGlobal Preterm Birth Control Market Analysis and Forecasts, 2017-2018 & 2025 - ResearchAndMarkets.comNovember 27, 2018
- BusinessWireTherapeuticsMD Announces FDA Approval of ANNOVERA™ (Segesterone Acetate/Ethinyl Estradiol Vaginal System) for Birth ControlAugust 10, 2018
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bipartisan bill to give women a full-year supply of birth control pills with a single prescription has been signed into law by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu.
The bill lifts a three-month cap for contraceptive prescriptions, raising it to 12 months. Doctors would prescribe 12 months of the medication and insurance carriers would be mandated to cover it without imposing co-pays.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In effectively knocking down a California law aimed at regulating anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to abortion-rights supporters who saw the law as a crucial step toward beating back the national movement against the procedure.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed in Indiana challenging Notre Dame University's plan to make health plan members share in birth control costs.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana college has won its long-running lawsuit seeking religious exemption from paying for employees' birth control under former President Barack Obama's health care law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Step by methodical step, the Trump administration is remaking government policy on reproductive health — moving to limit access to birth control and abortion and bolstering abstinence-only sex education.
Social and religious conservatives praise the administration for promoting "a culture of life." But women's-rights activists and some medical experts view the multi-pronged changes as a dangerous ideological shift that could increase unintended pregnancies and abortions.
MADISON, N.J. (AP) — Allergan is voluntarily recalling packs of its birth control pills in the U.S. because of a packaging error with placebos, increasing the possibility of unintended pregnancy.
The company says four placebo pills were placed out of order in the Taytulla packs. Allergan says the first four days of therapy had four non-hormonal placebo capsules instead of active capsules.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — In 2016, Oregon became the first state to allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control to consumers in an effort to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. But while the state has made great progress in training and certifying pharmacists to provide the service, significant logistical hurdles remain, blunting the early impact of the effort.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators are split on President Donald Trump's decision to impose new restrictions on federally funded family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood.
Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in a statement praised the Trump administration's action to bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions. Blunt says taxpayers "should not be forced to fund abortion because of misguided regulations."
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NEW YORK (AP) — Two major organizations that promote birth control filed lawsuits in federal court Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration from shifting national family planning policy to stress abstinence and potentially limit counseling for adolescents.
Tennessee Legislature OKs no sterilization sentences
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bipartisan bill aimed at making sure Tennessee prisoners are no longer encouraged to undergo sterilization if they want to spend less time in jail passed in the state legislature on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Monday placed new restrictions on a permanent contraceptive implant that has been subject to reports of painful complications from thousands of women. But the metal implant, called Essure, will remain on the market.
From the pill to newer methods like the vaginal ring and implant, women have more birth control choices today than ever before.
But, unfortunately, pregnancy prevention still falls heavily on women as options for men still haven’t progressed beyond vasectomies and condoms.
According to Planned Parenthood, other than sterilization — vasectomies for men and tubal ligation for women — the most effective birth control methods involve artificial hormones.
A new effort is afoot to create a male birth control pill.
The prospect could become reality in the next decade, researchers said.
Enrollment down for Iowa family planning program
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The first patient to receive services through Siouxland Community Health Center's Title X family planning program needed an expired birth control implant removed.
As the appointment progressed, health care providers discovered a potential sign of cancer.
By Nicole Brodeur
The Seattle Times
Well, well, well. The ball has been knocked roundly into your court, gentlemen.
Someday soon, you will be able to do more than just shrug on a raincoat and consider it doing your part to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
A birth-control pill for men has (finally!) been developed, and could hit the market in five years.
UW School of Medicine endocrinologist Dr. Stephanie Page presented her research recently at the Endocrine Society’s meeting in Chicago.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Women in conservative Utah will soon be able to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription, a move taken by only a few other states, many of them liberal.
County considers dropping reproductive health services
BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Deschutes County Health Department is weighing whether to recommend an end to birth control and family planning services at some of its clinics.
Idaho panel spikes 12-month supply of birth control bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Senate Republicans have killed an Idaho Democrat's bill that would have allowed women to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescribed birth control.
Currently, most Idaho insurance providers have a one-month or three-month limit.
Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, the bill's sponsor, says her proposal is needed because women in rural areas have limited access to pharmacies and birth control is dependent on consistent use.
Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling ‘abortion is murder’
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican Idaho state senator yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic lawmaker.
Sen. Dan Foreman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has no plans to apologize and denied any ties to the social media account that purported to belong to him.
Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican state senator who shouted at University of Idaho students in the Capitol to lobby for a birth control bill on Monday now faces an ethics complaint after a tweet from an account presenting as the lawmaker's directed students to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic colleague.
State Sen. Maryanne Jordan filed the complaint against Republican state Sen. Dan Foreman.
The Latest: Twitter account says no affiliation with senator
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Dan Foreman getting in a heated exchange with students (all times local):
The tweet that led to an ethics complaint against state Sen. Dan Foreman came from an unverified account, which has since issued a statement that it is not run by the legislator.