Contraception https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/200/all en Failure to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies: The Case of Tanzania https://reproductiverights.org/document/failure-prevent-unplanned-pregnancies-case-tanzania <span>Failure to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies: The Case of Tanzania</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/fact-sheets" hreflang="en">Fact Sheets</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/519" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">enjie</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/03/2020 - 12:44</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Failure%20to%20Prevent%20Unplanned%20Pregnancies.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=492075" title="Failure to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies.pdf">Failure to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies: The Case of Tanzania</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/tanzania" hreflang="en">Tanzania</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:44:57 +0000 enjie 59333 at https://reproductiverights.org U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Cause Denial of Birth Control Coverage for Thousands https://reproductiverights.org/story/us-supreme-court-decision-will-cause-denial-birth-control-coverage-thousands <span>U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Cause Denial of Birth Control Coverage for Thousands</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Court Gives Trump Administration Broad Authority to Expand Employer Exemptions for Moral and Religious Reasons</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:23</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of the Trump administration’s bid to allow schools and employers to deny birth control coverage because of religious or moral objections will cause tens of thousands of employees and students across the country to lose coverage. </p> <p>In a 7-2 ruling on July 8, the Court cleared the way for Trump administration rules that permit virtually any entity—corporation, university, or non-profit—to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that health care plans provide no-cost contraceptive coverage. The decision also opens the door to discrimination under the guise of “religious freedom.” </p> <p>“The Court’s decision is a gross misinterpretation of the Affordable Care Act and what Congress intended,” said Emily Nestler, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “It will allow companies and universities to impose their religious and moral beliefs on thousands of individuals who will be denied necessary healthcare coverage as a result. This is wrong and discriminatory.” </p> <p>Earlier this year, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined 20 other organizations to file a “friend of the court” brief in the case, opposing the Trump-Pence rule. The brief explained, “Through the rulemaking challenged here, the government has sought to...[establish] religious and moral exemptions that effectively nullify the contraceptive-coverage requirement’s protections for hundreds of thousands of women...”  </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The new rules will harm people in low-wage jobs, students receiving student health insurance, and low-income people of color, who already face disparities in accessing care.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For many, whether they have birth control coverage will now be up to their bosses or universities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>"It's important to bear in mind that any cost is a tremendous burden to people who already face huge barriers to access," Nestler said in <a href="https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/story/latest-supreme-court-decision-means-contraceptive-care-71677804">an interview</a> with <em>Good Morning America</em>. "Any amount of money that you pay for your birth control is money that's not going to other things, like your rent and your food and taking care of your family." </p> <p>The ACA’s contraceptive coverage benefit went into effect in August 2012. As a result, nearly 61.4 million women have no-cost birth control coverage today.  </p> <p>Nestler said Congress also has the power to step in and end the ongoing legal battle by requiring that contraceptives be considered as part of "minimal essential coverage" for Americans under the ACA. The Department of Health and Human Services currently defines what services qualify, which led to the Supreme Court case. </p> <p>"Congress really should take action,” Nestler said, “to ensure that the administration can't enforce these discriminatory rules anymore…these rules that we now have are clearly not what Congress intended. They certainly could and should step in."  </p> <p>In a separate case, which remains ongoing, the Center and its partners in 2018 sued the Trump administration and the University of Notre Dame, after the University opted to deny students, employees, and their dependents the birth control coverage required by the ACA. </p> <p><strong>Related coverage by the Center for Reproductive Rights: </strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/supreme-court-hear-case-challenging-trump-pence-denial-birth-control-coverage">“Supreme Court Hears Case Challenging Trump-Pence Denial of Birth Control Coverage”</a> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Photo credit: Nina Robinson/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--hero paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:23:27 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59248 at https://reproductiverights.org Statements for the Record – Congressional Hearing on Reproductive Health Care Access for Veterans. https://reproductiverights.org/document/statements-record-house-va-health-subcommittee-hearing-repro-health <span>Statements for the Record – Congressional Hearing on Reproductive Health Care Access for Veterans.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:42</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span>Hearing: “Veterans’ Access to Reproductive Healthcare”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Subcommittee on Health</span></span></p> <p><span><span>July 1, 2020</span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-vnd-openxmlformats-officedocument-wordprocessingml-document file--x-office-document"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/CRR%20SFR_House%20VA%20health%20subcomm.%20hearing%20on%20repro%20health.docx" type="application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document; length=107155" title="CRR SFR_House VA health subcomm. hearing on repro health.docx">Center Statement for the Record</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-vnd-openxmlformats-officedocument-wordprocessingml-document file--x-office-document"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Coalition%20SFR_House%20VA%20health%20subcomm.%20hearing%20on%20reproductive%20health.docx" type="application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document; length=78549" title="Coalition SFR_House VA health subcomm. hearing on reproductive health.docx">Coalition Statement for the Record</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:42:55 +0000 ehorwitz 59240 at https://reproductiverights.org News in Brief on COVID-19 and SRHR in Europe: 10 April - 3 May https://reproductiverights.org/document/news-brief-covid-19-and-srhr-europe-10-april-3-may <span>News in Brief on COVID-19 and SRHR in Europe: 10 April - 3 May</span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/other" hreflang="en">Other</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/519" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">enjie</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/07/2020 - 09:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-05/News%20in%20Brief%20COVID-19%20%26%20SRHR%20Europe_2nd%20Edition.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=237610" title="News in Brief COVID-19 &amp; SRHR Europe_2nd Edition.pdf">News in Brief on COVID-19 and SRHR in Europe: 10 April - 3 May</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 07 May 2020 13:32:42 +0000 enjie 59104 at https://reproductiverights.org Supreme Court Hears Case Challenging Trump-Pence Denial of Birth Control Coverage https://reproductiverights.org/story/supreme-court-hear-case-challenging-trump-pence-denial-birth-control-coverage <span>Supreme Court Hears Case Challenging Trump-Pence Denial of Birth Control Coverage</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/06/2020 - 09:45</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On May 6 the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case of national significance that could have a huge impact on the ability of women across the country to access birth control. </p> <p>The case, <a href="https://www.c-span.org/video/?471642-1/supreme-court-pennsylvania-consolidated-health-care-oral-argument&amp;live"><em>Trump v. Pennsylvania</em></a>, challenges the Trump-Pence Administration’s efforts to allow virtually any employer or university to deny its employees and students the birth control coverage required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  </p> <p>The Center for Reproductive Rights joined 20 other organizations, led by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in filing a <a href="https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-431/142049/20200420124107859_19-431%20bsacReligiousAndCivil-RightsOrgsCorrected.pdf">“friend of the court” brief in the case</a>, telling the Supreme Court, “Through the rulemaking challenged here, the government has sought to...[establish] religious and moral exemptions that effectively nullify the contraceptive-coverage requirement’s protections for hundreds of thousands of women...” </p> <p>In a separate case, the Center and its partners in 2018 sued the Trump-Pence Administration and the University of Notre Dame, after the University opted to deny students, employees, and their dependents the birth control coverage required by the ACA. Notre Dame claims that its actions have been independently sanctioned by the Trump Administration through a contract that the University executed with the federal government, and also based on the challenged rulemaking being considered by the Supreme Court in <em>Trump v. Pennsylvania.</em> </p> <p><strong>Trump’s Expanded Religious Exemptions Put Birth Control Coverage at Risk for Many </strong></p> <p>The Affordable Care Act guarantees that health plans provide preventive care for women at no cost. Federal guidelines specify that this includes access to FDA-approved birth control. </p> <p>This coverage is essential to the health and well-being of women and families across the country. For those with lower incomes especially, effective birth control was a burdensome expense before the ACA’s contraceptive coverage guarantee, which explicitly requires insurance plans to cover preventative services at no cost to the covered individual.  </p> <p>Houses of worship and religious nonprofits are exempt from the birth control coverage guarantee, and the Supreme Court <a href="https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/04/argument-preview-justices-tackle-challenge-to-conscience-exemptions-from-birth-control-mandate/">ruled</a> in <em>Burwell v. Hobby Lobby</em> (2014) that small corporations with religious objections can also opt out. </p> <p>The no-cost birth control guarantee remained intact for most Americans until 2017, when the Trump Administration introduced new rules that would expand the exemption so broadly that it could render the birth control guarantee meaningless for millions of Americans. Under the rules, any entity, whether non-profit or for-profit, could deny birth control coverage for its workers or students as long as it claimed to have religious or even moral objections. </p> <p>“Moral” in this context is a term so broad and so vague that it allows companies to offer almost any excuse they want to get out of providing cost-free access to birth control coverage for their employees. </p> <p>The question the Court will address in <em>Trump v. Pennsylvania</em> is whether the Trump-Pence Administration has the authority to create such broad exemptions from the ACA’s birth control coverage guarantee. </p> <p><strong>Defending ACA’s No-Cost Birth Control Coverage </strong></p> <p>Several states challenged the Trump-Pence Administration’s vast expansion of these so-called "conscience" exemptions. In this case, Pennsylvania argues that the government does not have legal authority to broadly exempt private employers from the ACA’s birth control coverage guarantee.  </p> <p>Lower courts repeatedly agreed with the states and blocked the Trump-Pence Administration’s rules from taking effect. The administration then asked the Supreme Court to hear the case. </p> <p>The amicus brief filed by religious and civil-rights organizations, including the Center, notes, “The rights to believe and practice one’s faith, or not, are sacrosanct. But they do not extend to imposing on others by operation of law the costs and burdens of one’s beliefs. Government should not, and under the Establishment Clause cannot, favor the religious beliefs of some at the expense of the rights, beliefs, and health of others.” </p> <p>The Trump-Pence Administration’s rules eviscerate the ACA’s birth control coverage guarantee, as Center staff attorneys Scott Ruskay-Kidd and Joel Dodge <a href="https://www.acslaw.org/expertforum/how-the-trump-administrations-contraception-rules-trample-womens-constitutional-rights/">wrote for the American Constitution Society in 2019</a>: “These extreme rules purport to interpret the Affordable Care Act’s landmark contraceptive coverage guarantee, but perversely hollow it out...Any company that chooses to – think Nasdaq or Fortune 500 – can claim an exemption, as can any private university.” </p> <p>The Supreme Court heard arguments in <em>Trump v. Pennsylvania</em> via teleconference, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the proceedings streamed live. <a href="https://www.c-span.org/video/?471642-1/supreme-court-pennsylvania-consolidated-health-care-oral-argument&amp;live">Click here for a replay of the May 6 oral arguments. </a></p> <p>The Supreme Court may issue a ruling in the case before the end of its term in June.  </p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 06 May 2020 13:45:14 +0000 ehorwitz 59089 at https://reproductiverights.org Servicemembers and Veterans Face Barriers in Accessing Contraception https://reproductiverights.org/story/servicemembers-and-veterans-face-barriers-accessing-contraception <span>Servicemembers and Veterans Face Barriers in Accessing Contraception</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Center and partners publish an issue brief examining barriers to care and policy solutions </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/30/2020 - 09:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Servicemembers, veterans and their families face a number of barriers in accessing </span></span></span><span><span><span>the contraception they need, particularly as compared to the civilian population. The Center for Reproductive Rights has joined with <a href="https://powertodecide.org/"><span>Power to Decide</span></a> and the <a href="https://www.servicewomen.org/"><span>Service Women’s Action Networ</span></a><a href="https://www.servicewomen.org/"><span>k</span></a> to develop an <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/USP-Fed-IssueBrief-Contraception_FINAL.pdf"><span>issue brief</span></a> to identify these problems and recommend solutions.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>“Our servicemembers sacrifice to defend our country and our Constitution, and they deserve to have high-quality, affordable healthcare, including contraception,” said Freya Riedlin, Federal Policy Counsel for the Center. “But for decades, many servicemembers have had to deal with insufficient access to birth control during deployment and a lack of high-quality family planning education. Non-active duty servicemembers, the dependents of servicemembers, and veterans also often face cost barriers for their contraception.This issue brief discusses recent policy advances that should improve many of these issues, and highlights where there is still work to be done.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Contraception is an essential part of health care. Beyond allowing people to plan and space pregnancies, birth control can be used for a variety of non-contraceptive benefits, including management of medical conditions such as pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, menstrual migraines and endometriosis. For servicemembers, the ability to regulate or suppress menstruation by using birth control can be especially important during deployment. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This new brief on contraception is the second part of the Center’s “Serving Those Who Serve?” series focusing on reproductive care for military personnel, veterans and their families. The <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/document/serving-those-who-serve-issue-brief-restrictions-abortion-access-servicemembers-veterans"><span>first brief in the series</span></a> addressed access to abortion care.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The brief calls on Congress and the administration to reinforce and build upon DHA guidance in order to improve access to contraception, including by:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>Eliminating copays for contraception for all servicemembers, their dependents and veterans; </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Codifying regulations that ensure prompt access to emergency contraception for sexual assault survivors; </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Ensuring that veterans can receive a full year’s supply of contraception; </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Codifying the requirement for evidence-based family planning education; and</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Monitoring implementation of the recent Defense Health Agency instruction to ensure servicemembers receive the full benefits of the new policies. </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/USP-Fed-IssueBrief-Contraception_FINAL.pdf"><span>Read the full issue brief here.</span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Center developed this brief in cooperation with:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>The <a href="https://www.servicewomen.org/"><span>Service Women’s Action Networ</span></a><a href="https://www.servicewomen.org/"><span>k</span></a>, a member-driven organization that acts as a voice for women who have served or are currently serving in the military. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://powertodecide.org/"><span>Power to Decide</span></a>, a campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy by <span>ensuring that all young people have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers-0" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 13:59:10 +0000 ehorwitz 59034 at https://reproductiverights.org Serving Those Who Serve? Access to contraception for servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents https://reproductiverights.org/document/serving-those-who-serve-access-contraception-servicemembers-veterans-and-their-dependents <span>Serving Those Who Serve? Access to contraception for servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents</span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/briefing-papers" hreflang="en">Briefing Papers</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/17/2020 - 15:20</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Servicemembers, veterans and their families face a number of barriers in accessing the contraception they need, particularly as compared to the civilian population. Contraception is an essential part of health care. Beyond allowing people to plan and space pregnancies, birth control can be used for a variety of non-contraceptive benefits, including management of medical conditions such as pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, menstrual migraines and endometriosis. For servicemembers, the ability to regulate or suppress menstruation by using birth control can be especially important during deployment.</p> <p>The issue brief calls on Congress and the administration to reinforce and build upon Defense Health Administration guidance in order to improve access to contraception, including by:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><span>Eliminating copays for contraception for all servicemembers, their dependents and veterans; </span></li> <li><span>Codifying regulations that ensure prompt access to emergency contraception for sexual assault survivors; </span></li> <li><span>Ensuring that veterans can receive a full year’s supply of contraception; </span></li> <li><span>Codifying the requirement for evidence-based family planning education; and</span></li> <li><span>Monitoring implementation of the recent Defense Health Agency instruction to ensure servicemembers receive the full benefits of the new policies. </span></li> </ul> <p><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/USP-Fed-IssueBrief-Contraception_FINAL.pdf">Read the full issue brief here.</a></p> <p>The Center developed this issue brief in cooperation with:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><span>The <a href="https://www.servicewomen.org/">Service Women’s Action Networ</a><a href="https://www.servicewomen.org/">k</a>, a member-driven organization that acts as a voice for women who have served or are currently serving in the military. </span></li> <li><span><a href="https://powertodecide.org/">Power to Decide</a>, a campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy by ensuring that all young people have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.</span></li> </ul> <p><span>This issue brief on contraception is the second part of the Center’s “Serving Those Who Serve?” series focusing on reproductive care for military personnel, veterans and their families. The <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/document/serving-those-who-serve-issue-brief-restrictions-abortion-access-servicemembers-veterans">first brief in the series</a> addressed access to abortion care. The <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/document/serving-those-who-serve-access-ivf-servicemembers-and-veterans">third brief </a>addresses access to access to infertility care, including IVF coverage and services.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/USP-Fed-IssueBrief-Contraception_FINAL.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=295813" title="USP-Fed-IssueBrief-Contraception_FINAL.pdf">Serving Those Who Serve Issue Brief</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 19:20:29 +0000 ehorwitz 58999 at https://reproductiverights.org Breaking Ground 2020: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights https://reproductiverights.org/document/breaking-ground-2020-treaty-monitoring-bodies-reproductive-rights <span>Breaking Ground 2020: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/books-reports" hreflang="en">Books &amp; Reports</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/28/2020 - 00:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><i>Breaking Ground 2020: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights</i>summarizes the jurisprudence from United Nations treaty monitoring bodies (TMBs) on reproductive rights, particularly the standards on reproductive health information and contraception, maternal health care, and abortion. It is intended to provide treaty body experts and human rights advocates with succinct and accessible information on the standards being adopted across treaty monitoring bodies surrounding these important rights. In addition to considering non-discrimination, bodily autonomy, and social determinants of health, there are three thematic areas given particular attention: Assisted Reproductive Technology; Humanitarian Settings; and Capacity &amp; Consent.</p> <p>This booklet is the fourth edition of this publication. It includes new standards issued by TMBs on reproductive rights over the past two years, such as the Human Rights Committee’s General Comment No. 36 on the right to life, new standards from CESCR prohibiting the exposure of pregnant women to biased and medically unsound information on abortion, and CEDAW’s recommendation that laws on surrogacy must not impose criminal or administrative sanctions on women who act as surrogates.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</h2> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GLP_TMB_Booklet_Update_2019-Cover.jpg?itok=-CSOkM_o" width="160" height="220" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Breaking-Ground-2020.pdf" type="application/pdf; 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length=1108408" title="3rd US UPR - repro rights and justice stakeholder report.pdf">Joint-Submission on Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice to Third Universal Periodic Review of United States</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/funding-for-reproductive-healthcare" hreflang="en">Funding for Reproductive Healthcare</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/at-the-united-nations" hreflang="en">At the United Nations</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:45:00 +0000 Anonymous 58886 at https://reproductiverights.org Opinion & Order - Irish 4 Reproductive Health, et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al. https://reproductiverights.org/document/opinion-order-irish-4-reproductive-health-et-al-v-united-states-department-health-and <span>Opinion &amp; Order - Irish 4 Reproductive Health, et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al.</span> <div class="field field--name-field-case-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Case Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/court-opinions-orders" hreflang="en">Court Opinions &amp; Orders</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/63" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">hbolton</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/16/2020 - 16:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/irish-4-reproductive-health-et-al-v-united-states-department-of-health-and-human-services-et-al" hreflang="en">Irish 4 Reproductive Health, et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/1.16.20%20Contraception%20MTD%20opinion.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=229552" title="1.16.20 Contraception MTD opinion.pdf">Opinion &amp; Order - Irish 4 Reproductive Health, et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al.</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 16 Jan 2020 21:12:58 +0000 hbolton 59298 at https://reproductiverights.org