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Free Exercise of Religion by Closely Held Corporations: Implications of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43654.pdf

Analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision that corporations owned and controlled by a single family could not be required to provide their employees with contraceptive coverage under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Also examines potential legislative responses and the decision’s effect on employer requirements to offer contraceptive coverage in group health plans.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Abortion Legislation in Europe

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,European Union,Laws/Regulations

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/abortion-legislation/abortion-legislation.pdf

Summarizes laws on abortion in selected European countries; shows diverse approaches to the regulation of abortion in Europe.  From the Law Library of Congress

 

Current Contraceptive Status Among Women Aged 15-44: United States, 2011-2013

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Health/Medical,Statistics,Women

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db173.pdf

Describes patterns of contraceptive use among women of child-bearing age by the most commonly used methods.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Health Insurance Exchanges: Coverage of Non-excepted Abortion Services by Qualified Health Plans

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/665800.pdf

This report describes whether non-excepted abortion services are covered by qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act within the 28 states with no laws restricting such coverage for the 2014 benefit year and provides additional information, such as the scope and cost of non-excepted abortion services coverage, for selected QHPs that cover such services.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Administration Takes Steps to Ensure Women’s Continued Access to Contraception Coverage, While Respecting Religious-based Objections

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/08/20140822a.html

Press release explaining proposed revision to regulations relating to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act to relieve nonprofit organizations and closely held corporations with religious objections from being required to fund such coverage for employees.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

Nonmarital Births: An Overview

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Births/Deaths,Children,Marriage/Family,Women

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43667.pdf

Explores the trends and reasons that nonmarital births are higher (41%) in the 2008-2013 period than formerly (28% in 1990 and 11% in 1970), discusses some of the characteristics of unwed mothers, and the role of cohabitation in producing more nonmarital births.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

McCullen v. Coakley, Attorney General of Massachusetts

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/12-1168.pdf

Unanimous Supreme Court decision that a Massachusetts law, which set up a buffer zone between protestors and the entrance to abortion clinics, is an unconstitutional restriction on protestors’ rights. From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

 

Providing Quality Family Planning Services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Health/Medical,Marriage/Family

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6304a1.htm

Offers recommendations on  how to provide quality family planning services including contraceptive services, pregnancy testing, basic infertility services, and sexually transmitted disease services.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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