global health
6:25 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Melinda Gates claims pushing birth control isn't controversial

“We've made it controversial in the United States, and it doesn't need to be," Melinda Gates said on the Colbert Report.

Melinda Gates is promoting access to contraceptives around the world, and urging everyone to believe it's not a controversial step.

She's co-hosting a global summit on Wednesday in London, along with the British government.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to overcome religious and cultural resistance by saying birth control is simply one option that women want.

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NPR opinion
6:35 am
Mon March 19, 2012

New Republic: Birth control different than Starbucks

From left to right, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah participate in a news conference on Medicare reform on Capitol Hill March 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul unveiled a Medicare reform plan that would allow seniors to join their Member of Congress's health plan.
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Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 6:11 am

Jonathan Cohn is the senior editor of The New Republic.

The controversy over contraception has faded a bit. Congressional Republicans are rethinking efforts to overturn a requirement that would make birth control coverage a mandatory part of health insurance. Rush Limbaugh has stopped talking about the issue, at least for the moment.

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Emergency contraceptives
12:51 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Pharmacists don't have to sell Plan B contraceptive, judge rules

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the state's true goal was to suppress religious objections by druggists — not to promote timely access to the medicines for people who need them.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton heard closing arguments earlier this month in a lawsuit that claimed state rules violate the constitutional rights of pharmacists by requiring them to dispense such medicine.

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