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December 13, 2013

Behind the Slavery-Abortion Analogy - Justin Dyer, Public Discourse

Analogies between slavery and abortion are frequent in American politics. In his recent decision in Planned Parenthood v. Abbott (2013), federal district judge Lee Yeakel joine...

December 12, 2013

Implementing the Birth Control Mandate - Finer et al., Guttmacher

The proportion of privately insured U.S. women who paid $0 out of pocket for oral contraceptive pills increased sharply, from 15% to 40%, after the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) cont...

December 11, 2013

Don't Force Catholic Hospitals to Perform Abortions - The Editors, NRO

There can be no truce in the culture war — the Left has made that abundantly clear. It is not sufficient that there be a nearly unrestricted abortion license, or that those w...

December 5, 2013

Birth Control and Gender Equality - Robert VerBruggen, RealClearPolicy

The government states -- see also page 25 here -- that "gender equality" is one reason it is requiring employers to provide insurance that includes contraceptio...

December 3, 2013

Religious Liberty: What the Law Says - Eugene Volokh, Volokh Conspiracy

The previous post in this series has explained what RFRA is, and what general rules it sets forth. For nearly all the remaining posts, I’ll take RFRA as given, and not deal wit...

December 2, 2013

The Corporatist Contraception Mandate - Timothy Carney, Wash Examiner

The audacity and mendacity with which the Obama administration defends its illegal contraception mandate is standard fare for politics. What's distinctively Obamian in this fight i...

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November 29, 2013

What a 'Right' to Birth Control Coverage Entails - Art Carden, EconLog

In a consideration of the HHS mandate, Rachel Held Evans (who spoke at my institution a few months ago) asks whether it is OK for firms to refuse to provide contraceptive cove...

November 29, 2013

Refusing to Provide Birth Control Is Tyrannical - Jill Filipovic, Guardian

Are for-profit companies persons entitled to First Amendment free religious exercise protections? Should the religious beliefs of the controlling stakeholders of your employing com...

November 27, 2013

Don't Let Bosses Make Birth Control Decisions - Valerie Jarrett, Huff Post

Ensuring the full freedom of women as health care consumers to access essential preventative health services is a vital component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And nowhere are ...

November 27, 2013

Thank You, Hobby Lobby - Michelle Malkin, Creators

Religious liberty is front and center on the nation's Thanksgiving table. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The family-owned craft st...

November 25, 2013

A Custody Battle and the Rights of Pregnant Women - Erik Eckholm, NYT

When Bode Miller, the Olympic ski star known for daring Alpine racing, met Sara A. McKenna in San Diego last year through the high-end matchmaker Kelleher International, they were ...

November 22, 2013

Obamacare's Abortion Funding Streams - Sarah Torre, Heritage Foundation

Taxpayer funding streams from Obamacare and mandates on insurers could provide increased funding and coverage for abortion providers. Through grants awarded for promotional efforts...

November 12, 2013

Don't Ban Late-Term Abortions - Dana Singiser, Planned Parenthood

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) just introduced an extreme bill that would ban all abortion after 20 weeks in every state – and criminalize doctors who perform the procedure wit...

November 9, 2013

The Reasons for Texas's Abortion Law - Cathy Cleaver Ruse, FRC

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently ruled against Planned Parenthood’s challenge to a Texas abortion law, overturning the ruling of a lower court judge j...

November 4, 2013

Banning Anti-Gay Discrimination Is Popular - Krimmel et al., Columbia

The above graph shows the estimated support, by state, for the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, a gay rights bill that the Senate will be voting on this Monday. The estimates were...

November 2, 2013

The Hazards of Egg Donation - Jennifer Lahl, Public Discourse

It almost always starts with an emotional story: an infertile couple trying desperately to conceive; a woman diagnosed with cancer, worried that she may lose her fertility when she...

November 1, 2013

How the Pill Transformed Life for Women - Sawhill & Karpilow, Brookings

The ability to control our fertility, to have children when -- and with whom -- we want, is a precious gift of modern science. For women in particular, birth control has also been ...

October 31, 2013

Abortion Pill Bans: Constitutional? - Amelia Thomson-Deveaux, Prospect

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court handed down a ruling that will help determine how the U.S. Supreme Court handles its next big abortion case. But Cline v. Oklahoma Coali...

October 30, 2013

Dissecting an Argument Against Gay Marriage - Zack Ford, ThinkProgress

Opponents of marriage equality have long argued that reserving marriage for opposite-sex couples is important for promoting “responsible procreation” in society. Indeed...

October 30, 2013

What Women Think About Abortion - Daniel Kuebler, Public Discourse

When Wendy Davis announced she was running for governor of Texas, the news was heralded as the dawning of a new day for Texas. Davis, whose filibuster temporarily halted the T...

October 26, 2013

U.S. Has Evolved on Marriage - James Esseks, ACLU

Earlier this week, the New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the National Center for Lesbian Rights on behalf of six same-sex couples...

October 24, 2013

The Public Cost of Unintended Pregnancy - Sonfield & Kost, Guttmacher

Nationally, two out of every three births resulting from unintended pregnancies, approximately 1.1 million births, were paid for by public insurance programs in 2008,according to a...

October 21, 2013

A Burgeoning Fight Over Late-Term Abortions - Beth Reinhard, Atlantic

On their way to the ultrasound exam, Abbey and Kyle Sanders stopped at Babies"R"Us. They picked out a navy sundress with white flowers for a girl, navy shorts with white stripes fo...

October 18, 2013

The Merits of Traditional Marriage - Family Research Council

Family Research Council (FRC) has released a policy analysis report by Rob Schwarzwalder,senior vice president for FRC, entitled, "Complementarity in Marriage: What it is and Why ...

October 16, 2013

Birth Control's Economic Effects - Martha J. Bailey, NBER

This paper assembles new evidence on some of the longer-term consequences of U.S. family planning policies, defined in this paper as those increasing legal or financial access to m...

October 14, 2013

Planned Parenthood's Effect on Teen Pregnancy - American Life League

The case just got stronger for defunding Planned Parenthood. A new meta-study, conducted by ALL’s Stop Planned Parenthood International (STOPP) project, concludes, “Thr...

October 11, 2013

Women Are Ill Informed About Birth Control - College of Nurse-Midwives

How much do you know about the different types of birth control you could use?Despite the broad range of options available to women for contraception and family planning, our surve...

October 10, 2013

Sex Selective Abortions Come to the West - Walter Mead, American Interest

Two startling stories about sex selective abortion in the West hit papers this week. First is one about Dr. Mark Hobart, an Australian doctor who is under investigation&n...

October 10, 2013

New Evidence About Gay Parenting - Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse

There is a new and significant piece of evidence in the social science debate about gay parenting and the unique contributions that mothers and fathers make to their children&rsquo...

October 3, 2013

The Policy Implications of Surrogacy - Charlotte Allen, The Weekly Standard

In the late summer of 2011, a 29-year-old woman named Crystal Kelley of Vernon, Connecticut, agreed to become a surrogate mother for a Connecticut couple who already had three chil...

October 2, 2013

The Shutdown Is an Attack on Women - Dana Singiser, Planned Parenthood

Just when you think the far-right wing of the Republican Party can’t get any more out of touch: House Republicans voted to shut down the federal government and the services i...

October 2, 2013

Are Taxpayers Funding Abortions Now? - Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress

There’s been a lot of confusion over how Congress members and their staff will factor into Obamacare. On Monday, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a final ...

October 1, 2013

The Hyde Amendment's Unhappy Anniversary - Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU

Some anniversaries just don't deserve a celebration, and today is one of them. Thirty-seven years ago today, Congress shut off Medicaid coverage for abortion care, unfairly targeti...

September 26, 2013

Obamacare's Route to Subsidized Abortions - Charlotte Lozier Institute

On January 1, 2014 state health exchanges, or the federal or “partnership” versions that will operate in their stead in a narrow majority of states, are required by law...

September 20, 2013

The Right to a Sex Selective Abortion - Sarah Ditum, The Guardian

When you talk about being pro-choice, sex selective abortion is often slung at you as the triumphant gotcha. "You love women so much you want them to be in charge of what grows ins...

September 11, 2013

The Cleverest New Anti-Abortion Law - Emily Bazelon, Slate

The biggest-ever wave of abortion restrictions has been flooding the states since Republicans victories in the 2010 election. The canny genius behind these new laws is th...

September 10, 2013

Half of Pregnancies Are Unintended - Guttmacher Institute

Most American families want two children. To achieve this, the average woman spends about five years pregnant, postpartum or trying to become pregnant, and three decades—more...

September 4, 2013

Do Americans Support Late-Term Abortions? - William Saletan, Slate

Two months ago, several media polls examined the latest trend in pro-life legislation: outlawing abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, on the grounds that fetuses at this st...

August 24, 2013

Must Discrimination Always Be Illegal? - Scott Shackford, Reason

he Supreme Court in New Mexico made official what appeared to be inevitable: It is legal to force somebody who hates you to photograph your wedding. Or, rather, the courts have det...

August 21, 2013

Talking Points for Traditional Marriage - John Jay Institute

Only seniors and aging baby boomers strongly support preserving the historic meaning of marriage. In 20 years, they will be gone. Younger Americans—particularly “Millen...

August 20, 2013

Interpreting Polls on Same-Sex Marriage - Mark Regnerus, NRO

Reports of recent nationwide polls about same-sex marriage would seem to put those who oppose the idea squarely in the minority, with many who formerly opposed it apparently fearin...

August 17, 2013

Obamacare's 'Abortion Complication' - Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress

The latest media reports about the health reform law proclaim that the “abortion complication” is the Obama administration’s latest headache. That’s referri...

August 7, 2013

After Abortion Decisions, Women Have Mixed Emotions - Guttmacher

Women who are denied an abortion feel more regret and less relief one week later than women who undergo the procedure, according to “Women’s Emotions One Week After Rec...

August 2, 2013

Don't Ban 'Extreme' Pornography - Jillian Keenan, The American Prospect

Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to make it a criminal offense to own or view pornography that simulates rape. It’s already illegal t...

August 2, 2013

Reconciling Gay Marriage With Religious Liberty - Ilya Shapiro, Cato

Ryan T. Anderson, one of the most articulate advocates for the “traditional” view of marriage, points out at NRO that extending marriage to sam...

July 31, 2013

Iowa's Fight Over High-Tech Abortion - Amelia Thomson-Deveaux, Prospect

One night in 2007, Jill June, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, couldn’t sleep. She was grappling with a problem that vexes rural pro-choice advocates everywhere: t...

May 28, 2013

Gunmakers Saw No Role in Curbing Improper Sales in 2000s

May 24, 2013

Boy Scouts Votes to Drop Ban on Gay Youth Members

May 24, 2013

House Panel Considers Bill to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts Divided on Gay Members Ahead of Vote

May 23, 2013

In Election Year, Virginia Is a New Gay Rights Battleground

May 22, 2013

Courts to Hear Birth Control Religious Liberty Suits

May 21, 2013

NTSB Chair Defends Lower Blood-Alcohol Level Limits

May 20, 2013

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas' 12-Week Abortion Ban

May 17, 2013

Liberty University Pivots in Suit Against Obamacare

May 16, 2013

Republicans Say to Leave Drunk Driving Laws to States

May 15, 2013

Vermont OKs Assisted Suicide

May 15, 2013

MN Gay Marriage Law Signed

May 14, 2013

DOJ Appeals for Stay of Plan B Contraceptive Court Order

May 13, 2013

Ginsburg: Roe v. Wade Gave Anti-Abortion Movement a 'Target'

May 10, 2013

Gay Marriage Passes Minn. House

May 8, 2013

Delaware Legalizes Gay Marriage

May 7, 2013

SOCIAL ISSUES

May 7, 2013

GOP Senators Call for Review of Abortion Policy After Gosnell Case

May 3, 2013

Rhode Island Enacts Gay Marriage

April 30, 2013

Final Arguments in Gosnell Case

April 30, 2013

Obama, Pols Laud NBA's Jason Collins Coming Out as Gay

April 29, 2013

Closing Arguments Set for Philly Abortion Doctor's Trial

April 25, 2013

Obama Postpones Planned Parenthood Appearance

April 24, 2013

Judge Throws Out 3 of 7 Murder Charges Against Gosnell

April 24, 2013

President Obama to Headline Planned Parenthood Gala

April 20, 2013

Boy Scouts Propose Lifting Ban on Gay Kids, But Not Adults

April 18, 2013

President Obama Declines to Comment on Gosnell Trial

April 16, 2013

Will the Kermit Gosnell Clinic Trial Affect Abortion Debate?

April 16, 2013

Officials: Trial Unlikely to Lead to More Abortion Regulation

April 15, 2013

GOP Lawmakers Call for Media Spotlight of Abortion Doctor's Trial

April 15, 2013

Media Late to Gosnell Trial

April 12, 2013

Paul Ryan: GOP Must Stay Strong on Abortion Issue to Win

April 11, 2013

Rand Paul Speaks at Howard

April 11, 2013

Carson Cancels Johns Hopkins Speech Over Controversy

April 11, 2013

Kirsten Powers: Deafening Silence on Gosnell Abortion Clinic Case

April 6, 2013

Federal Court Strikes Down Age Limit for Morning-After Pill

April 4, 2013

RNC's Priebus Suggests Obama, Democrats 'Endorse Infanticide'

April 1, 2013

The States Are Increasingly Polarized Over Abortion

April 1, 2013

Social Conservative Strike Back

March 29, 2013

Wave of States Adding Abortion Regulations and Restrictions

March 28, 2013

Cash-Strapped States Consider Implementing Marijuana Taxes

March 27, 2013

North Dakota Adopts Nation's Strictest Regulation of Abortion

March 27, 2013

Pro-Life Activists Push Abortion Issue Forward in States

March 26, 2013

Colorado Pot Growers, Wary of Feds, Prepare for Legalization

March 25, 2013

Pennsylvania Study: Halfway Houses Don't Reduce Recidivism

March 25, 2013

Rand Paul: Bush, Obama Lucky They Weren't Arrested for Pot