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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Issues in the U.S. Ratification Debate

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Civil/Human Rights,Disability,Marriage/Family,Treaties,United Nations

Discusses areas of debate over whether the U.S. should join 138 other countries in ratifying the UN CRPD treaty.  Areas of debate include alleged loss of U.S. sovereignty, parental rights, and the issue of abortion.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Merit Systems Protection Board


Use of Family Planning and Related Medical Services Among Women Aged 15-44 in the United States: National Survey of Family Growth, 2006-2010

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

43 million women received family planning or related services  within the previous 12 months during the 2006-2010 period.  Pap tests and pelvic exams were the most common services received followed by receipt of a method of birth control.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Women

Final regulations issued by the Obama Administration to try to balance coverage of health care services including women’s preventive health and contraceptive services with accommodations for religious employers who are opposed to offering contraceptive coverage.  From the Department of Health and Human Services


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