The central mandate of President Barack Obama's decision to require most employers to cover birth control and insurers to offer it at not cost has been law for more than a decade, Nick Baumann reports at Mother Jones. Despite the longstanding precedent, "no one screamed" until now, said Sara Rosenbaum, a health law expert at George Washington University. In December 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that companies that provided prescription drugs to their employees but didn't provide birth control were in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prevents discrimination on the basis of sex. That opinion, which the George W. Bush administration did nothing to alter or withdraw when it took office the next month, is still in effect today — and because it relies on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. Employers that don't offer prescription coverage or don't offer insurance at all are … [Read more...] about Obama’s Birth Control Rule Was Law During Bush Years
Birth control withdrawal
A Tennessee judge is taking back his offer to reduce the jail time of inmates who opt to get a vasectomy or birth control implant after being met with backlash and harsh criticism from health officials, prosecutors and civil rights attorneys alike. In a one-page court filing Thursday, White County, Tenn., General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield officially rescinded the order. According to the Washington Post, Benningfield assured those who took “serious and considered steps toward their rehabilitation” that they would still get the credit, but the program would be otherwise canceled. Back in May, Benningfield signed off on a standing order allowing inmates to get 30 days’ credit toward jail time if they agreed to a birth control procedure. For women, the program issued a free Nexplanon implant in their arm that would help prevent pregnancies for up to four years, while men who volunteered were to be given a free vasectomy by the Tennessee Department of Health. … [Read more...] about Met With Backlash, Tenn. Judge Rescinds Offer to Reduce Jail Time if Inmates Get a Vasectomy or Birth Control Implant
As a Northern Californian, I've got some hippie tendencies and never wanted THE MAN fiddling with my vagina through chemical birth control. So when I saw Refinery29's breakdown of non-hormonal birth control, I got excited. And then I got worried. Apparently, the pull-out method is all the rage these days? This old-school, less-than-scientific method — in which pregnancy is potentially averted by the man "pulling out" before ejaculating — is gaining in popularity. One recent study found that one in three young women aged 15 to 25 rely on withdrawal as their primary form of birth control, and that about 21% of them became unintentionally pregnant (compared with just 13% of women using different B.C. methods). Dr. Cullins notes that though using withdrawal as one's primary birth control method is "much better than no method at all," it isn't as effective as other forms, and it should only be considered an option when you have "nothing else to use." I love how they explained … [Read more...] about Non-Hormonal Birth Control: When in Doubt, Pull-Out. Hold Up, What?
Some county jails in Tennessee are now providing long-acting, reversible birth control to inmates who request it. Although the program is, as far as we know, entirely voluntary, it’s being framed as a controversial choice by a local news station, which insinuates that it’s a waste of taxpayer money. Nashville’s WSMV 4 ran a segment Monday on the birth control program at Overton County Jail in Livingston, Tennessee; the station reported that 23 female inmates got Nexplanon implants in their arms. Or, in the slightly sinister parlance of the piece: On Sept. 23, women in handcuffs filed into a regional health center in Putnam County. Local deputies transported the group from and to the Overton County Jail. Less than two hours later, the women walked out with birth control implants, the I-Team discovered. The inmates are counseled on birth control methods close to their release dates, according to the piece. The segment was produced by WSMV’s investigative team, … [Read more...] about Local News Team Oddly Baffled By Jail Giving Birth Control to Inmates
The Victorian era: So attractive in BBC costume dramas, so wildly unappealing upon closer acquaintance. In her new book Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners, recently published by Little, Brown, author—and Jezebel contributor—Therese Oneill offers an educational tour for the prospective time traveler. Often drawing on contemporary etiquette manuals, rulebooks, and scientific treatises that read a century and a half later as part hilarious, part horrifying, Oneill hits the highlights of everyday life, covering everything from feminine hygiene to clothing to dieting. Or maybe we should say the lowlights. In this excerpt, she tackles that offense against God: birth control. Of course these men were not fools. They understood there were cases where it was not advisable to have more children. There was one method that even the most stalwart internal-ejaculation supporter could endorse, and that was temperance. If you want no more … [Read more...] about What Passed for Birth Control in the Victorian Era