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FDA Revisits Safety Of The Essure Contraceptive Device

FDA Revisits Safety Of The Essure Contraceptive Device | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It's the only available, nonsurgical permanent birth control option that's FDA-approved. But thousands of women have complained of serious side effects like severe pain, heavy bleeding and depression.
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If I am reading this properly, some women have serious side-effects and there's about a 10% failure rate, yeah there should be a review. On the other hand, many women (and men) want an easy, permanent form of contraception. Perhaps that isn't as scientifically challenging as some other goals for medical research, it is one we should support, especially those who want to see fewer (and someday perhaps no) abortions. Indeed, wouldn't it be wonderful if we had non-surgical, permanent  way to stop pregnancies except when we wanted them, a removable insert. The women of the world deserve control over conception.

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Pope affirms contraception ban but encourages responsible parenting, not breeding 'like rabbits'

Pope affirms contraception ban but encourages responsible parenting, not breeding 'like rabbits' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said plenty of church-approved ways are available to regulate births. But he said most importantly, no outside institution should impose its views on regulating family size, blasting what he called the "ideological colonization" of the developing world.
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He said, "The woman might argue that she should trust in God. "But God gives you methods to be responsible." I guess science and modern medical techniques aren't gifts from God so women aren't allowed to use them. Now that's downright absurd. And, by the way, why is it the woman's responsibility? Does that mean he endorses the conservative Islamic view that the woman must remove the temptation from the man by hiding herself? It is only when the Catholic Church accepts the right of women to have true equality and freedom that any Pontiff will be truly worth respecting.

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Supreme Court Birth Control Ruling May Impact Millions Of Americans

Supreme Court Birth Control Ruling May Impact Millions Of Americans | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court said in a landmark ruling on Monday that "closely held" corporations with religious owners may opt out of Obamacare's birth control mandate, a definition that sounds narrow in scope but actually comprises a vast majority of American businesses.

The most immediate impact will be felt by the female employees of Hobby Lobby (which employs 13,000 people total) and Conestoga Wood (which employs 1,000 people), who will no longer have cost-free access to emergency contraceptives like the morning-after pill. Beyond that, health care experts and pro-choice advocates say it's close to impossible to know precisely how many women will be affected because it depends on which employers opt out.
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Am I the only one wondering what happens when it comes out that a member of that close group which owns Hobby Lobby (or some other company) is using the pill for contraception? When it comes out that a member of that group is investing in a pill manufacturer? When it comes out that they have bought their own insurance which covers the pill? I have a strong suspicion that skullduggery will out; that these are not honest people; that they are hypocrites motivated by the show of religiosity not by its spirit.

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Ted Cruz has no idea how birth control works

Ted Cruz has no idea how birth control works | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Cruz should probably review his facts on contraception since he hates it so much VIDEO
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How can it be wrong if Ted Cruz says it? Besides being a chronic liar, he doesn't know what he's talking about. Is this the face of the GOP? If it is, then I suggest that the Republican Party is mooning us all.

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Insurers Flout Rule Covering Birth Control, Studies Find

Insurers Flout Rule Covering Birth Control, Studies Find | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two reports say that failure to follow provisions of the Affordable Care Act had left some women with significant cost barriers to birth control.
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If the proper goal is to reduce the number of abortions and reduce the number of unwanted children, then contraception and education are essential. Insurers cutting corners for short-term financial gain is unacceptable and a good example of the kind of thinking that makes me still support national healthcare. What the insurers are counting on is that if a woman becomes pregnant and has an unwanted child, she is likely to end up leaving her work and therefore her insurance plan and going on Medicaid or at least somebody else's dime.

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How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage | Upsetment | Scoop.it
For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.
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I do not understand how companies can, from a religious perspective, have moral choices since they have no souls to be judged. If the owners of a company have the moral responsibility for making decisions such as the coverage of birth control, how can they then avoid liability for other actions by their businesses? So, can we please have a trial of all GM stock holders, BP, and the list goes on.

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Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court To Rule In Landmark Birth Control Case

Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court To Rule In Landmark Birth Control Case | Upsetment | Scoop.it
On Monday, the Supreme Court is poised to rule in a landmark case about whether for-profit corporations are entitled to religious-based exceptions from neutral laws.
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The ultimate question of most SCOTUS decisions is at the intersection between conflicting rights. If we start with the premise that women have a right to equal insurance treatment regardless of where they work and that corporations have a right to religious freedom, then we have a conflict worthy of adjudication. Of course, this entire case rests on the shoulders of Citizens United, which held that corporations were persons. Take that crazy assumption out, and there would be no case. It also rests on the assumption that the government should mandate health insurance -- not just provide it as the governments in most advanced economies do. For my part, I think that striking down Citizens United by saying that corporations cannot have religious views would be the way to go.

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