WBEZ | birth control http://www.wbez.org/tags/birth-control Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Firm wins some relief from birth control mandate http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/firm-wins-some-relief-birth-control-mandate-104706 <p><p>A federal judge in Chicago has temporarily blocked the U.S. government from requiring an Illinois for-profit company to provide its workers with health insurance that covers birth control.</p><p>Judge Amy St. Eve granted a preliminary injunction Thursday to the Oak Brook-based company, Triune Health Group.</p><p>The company&#39;s claim is one of dozens of similar lawsuits filed across the country. Mandatory coverage for contraception has been among the most controversial parts of President Barack Obama&#39;s health care law.</p><p>Company owners Christopher and Mary Anne Yep say the law&#39;s requirement for contraceptive coverage for women violates their Roman Catholic beliefs.</p><p>The company&#39;s current group health plan covers contraceptives, sterilization and abortion for about 48 employees and their dependents. The Yeps say they are seeking an employee insurance policy that excludes such coverage.</p></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/firm-wins-some-relief-birth-control-mandate-104706 Plan B push for young teenage girls http://www.wbez.org/news/plan-b-push-young-teenage-girls-104029 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/morning after pill.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The so-called morning after pill may soon be a lot easier for young teenage girls to get their hands on. Currently, only those who are 17 and older can buy emergency contraceptives over-the-counter.<br /><br />The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging doctors to offer contraceptives, like Plan B, &nbsp;to all adolescents---regardless of age. The Chicago-based AAP said teen pregnancies have significantly decreased over the past two decades. But the U.S. still has the highest birth rate in adolescents compared to all other developed countries.<br /><br />&ldquo;We think the reason that it hasn&rsquo;t affected the rate of teen pregnancy is because kids don&rsquo;t know about it, teenagers don&rsquo;t know about emergency contraception,&rdquo; said professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children&rsquo;s Hospital at the University of Washington, Cora Breuner.<br /><br />&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t actually know if that would reduce teen pregnancy because there&rsquo;s no data showing that advanced prescription will reduce it,&rdquo; Breuner said. &ldquo;But we do know that when you do prescribe it, teenagers will use it, as oppose to many of the drugs that we write prescriptions for and people don&rsquo;t fill, this one, they do.&rdquo;<br /><br />Melissa Gilliam, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics at the University of Chicago, said teenage pregnancy is a complex issue that will require many steps to solve. In one week, Gilliam said she treated three 12-year-old girls who were all sexually active. &nbsp;<br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know that we&rsquo;ll actually see big changes due to this, however, it represents a very important step in the right direction, which is acknowledging adolescent behavior,&rdquo; Gilliam said. &ldquo;And instead of saying, &#39;Oh we don&rsquo;t want to talk about this because we wish it didn&rsquo;t exist,&#39; to actually try and have very realistic and practical approaches to preventing teen pregnancy.&rdquo;<br /><br />The AAP is pushing for emergency contraceptives to be available over-the-counter to adolescents of all ages and for pediatricians to offer advanced prescriptions and education to their patients.<br /><br />The recommendation was published in a policy paper today.</p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/plan-b-push-young-teenage-girls-104029 'Archaic, revolutionary': An OBGYN's complicated feelings on the pill http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/archaic-revolutionary-obgyns-complicated-feelings-pill-98544 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6715866381_1bd934f369_z.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 225px; " title="An original package of Ovral birth control pills. (Flickr/Benjamin Stone)">The terms pro-choice and pro-life are so common in our current political discourse that they barely need an explaination. But as the 2012 election cycle heats up, it seems the use of the word "choice" as the terminology of women's reproductive rights appears firmly planted in discussions about abortion only.</p><p>Dr. Crystal Goldsmith joins <em>The Paper Machete</em> this week to provide the history of a form of birth control so popular it got its own nickname, and argues that "choice doesn’t just mean 'abortion.' It means having options for contraception and support in obtaining those options."</p><p>Read an excerpt or listen:</p><p><em>"Every morning, as a doctor -- an OBGYN -- I get to go upstairs and I get to make my post-partum rounds and I check on all my patients who just had lovely little babies and I say the same thing to all of them: What can I get you for birth control?' And invariably there is some woman -- many women -- who say, 'Um, I think I'm just going to use the pill.' And this makes me want to gauge my eyes out.</em></p><p><em>And I look at her and I smile and I say, 'Okay, you just had your third C-section in three years, but I will </em>happily <em>write you that prescription for the pill...although there are some better options.'&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>It's true. As an OBGYN, hearing women say they want to use the pill is sometimes like hearing nails on a chalkboard.</em></p><p><em>The pill is archaic. It’s cumbersome. And women are notoriously bad at taking it.</em></p><p><em>And nonetheless, despite all that baggage, it's pretty darn revolutionary.</em>"</p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 05:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/archaic-revolutionary-obgyns-complicated-feelings-pill-98544 Dold: Obama 'over-stepped' on birth control mandate http://www.wbez.org/story/dold-obama-over-stepped-birth-control-mandate-96362 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/photo(4).JPG" alt="" /><p><p>U.S. Rep. Robert Dold, R-Ill., said Monday the President over-stepped by forcing religious institutions to provide birth control for employees.</p><p>Barack Obama announced a compromise last week that would let certain religious institutions object to providing contraceptives on religious principles. Under the president's compromise, birth control would instead be covered directly by the insurance companies rather than through religious institutions.</p><p>The north suburban congressman said he's waiting to see if the White House will compromise more on the mandate.</p><p>"We'll see how that moves forward in terms of if there's going to be more in terms of a compromise," said Dold. "I think this is going to be about freedom of religion, freedom of speech, those types of things on the first amendment."</p><p>The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement Friday opposing the revised measure.</p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/dold-obama-over-stepped-birth-control-mandate-96362 Chicago Archdiocese: Tweak to birth control mandate a first step http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-archdiocese-tweak-birth-control-mandate-first-step-96298 <p><p>Chicago's Catholic Archdiocese is not yet endorsing President Barack Obama's compromise on forcing religious institutions to provide birth control for employees.</p><p>Mr. Obama announced Friday that certain institutions can object on religious principle to directly provide birth control. In those cases, health insurance companies would be responsible for providing that care.</p><p>Father William Grogan, Vicar for Healthcare at the Chicago Archdiocese, said the Archdiocese stands by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which, in a written statement said they take the announcement as a first step but continue to have concerns.</p><p>Father Grogan couldn’t specify what those particular concerns are, but said they likely result "from the fact that the president made a very sincere but general statement.” He added that they want to see how the proposals will work out in detail going forward.</p><p>Cardinal Francis George recently criticized the regulation in a letter saying, "We cannot - we will not - comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens because of their religious beliefs." Although that letter was written prior to Friday’s announcement by Mr. Obama, it has been distributed to churches in the Archdiocese. Priests will be reading that letter out loud to parishioners at Sunday mass.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-archdiocese-tweak-birth-control-mandate-first-step-96298 Fifty years ago in the U.K., birth control transformed sex lives, mores http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-03/fifty-years-ago-uk-birth-control-transformed-sex-lives-mores-95241 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-03/p00lw93y_640_360.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On December 4, 1961, the contraceptive pill became widely available for the first time in the United Kingdom. For married women, this meant reliable, convenient family planning. For unmarried women, it meant unprecedented sexual freedom.</p><p>The BBC's Claire Bowes talks to the writer Michelene Wandor, who was a student at Cambridge University in 1961, about this turning point in reproductive health.</p><p><em>This piece orignially aired on the BBC World Service.</em></p></p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 17:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-03/fifty-years-ago-uk-birth-control-transformed-sex-lives-mores-95241