Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category

California Considers Mandated Insurance for ‘Gay Infertility’

April 12th, 2013 Comments off

Health Costs Will Never Be Contained

When antidiscrimination law meets infertility treatment mandates.

Apr 15, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 29 • By WESLEY J. SMITH

Should health insurers be legally required to offer infertility treatment for gay couples? Yes, according to a bill (AB 460) filed in the California legislature by assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). In fact, refusing to do so should be a crime. Read more…

some reflections

March 21st, 2013 Comments off

from Helen Alvare

I’ve been working on several projects that have occupied all my little brain cells, including at the United Nations and around the U.S.

Rather than recount individual developments, I want to remark upon a few trends I have noticed. Perhaps these remarks might provide “talking points” when you are confronting arguments nowadays equating liberty for women with women’s (and girls!) sexual license. Read more…


August 30th, 2012 Comments off

Who speaks for women?

August 27th, 2012 Comments off

by Sheila Liaugminas

Now that’s become a very interesting question.

This election, candidates and campaigns are as focused as ever on demographics. But this year, the ‘Woman Vote’ has either hit a new stride, or been thrust into a endurance marathon. The competition over who speaks for women hasn’t been this strong since the original feminists emerged. That competition has re-emerged because their voices and message have been subjugated since Roe. Read more…

Obamacare Begins Child Sterilization, Without Parental Consent

August 17th, 2012 Comments off

As though a 15-year-old is mature enough to make the decision to never have children. Umm, hello! Brains don’t mature until age 25. Will there be some serious regrets several years down the road as a result of this. Heck, yes! But it’s all okay in the face of “reproductive freedom”! The government cares little about us, people. They just want there to be less of us. It’s like a sci-fi novel now.

By Stephanie Zawada

Scandalous provision quietly takes effect in Oregon. Read more…

Forging ahead

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

by Helen Alvare

Greetings Fellow Distance Runners!

Several things to tell you, so please excuse the longer-than-average length of this letter.

ONE:  this whole WomenSpeakForThemselves project inspired me to push out a book entitled what else? Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves.  It is available now for pre-order on and in print September 5. Read more…

It’s not over yet.

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

from the Manhattan Declaration

Individual Mandate Upheld; Religious Freedom Remains Undecided

By now, you know that the Supreme Court today voted to uphold President Obama’s health care law in a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts providing the decisive swing vote. President Obama responded quickly, urging “it’s time for us to move forward.” Read more…

How Will the Supreme Court’s Decision Impact the HHS Mandate?

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

Look at the handy graphic.

Unless the entire act is struck down, the HHS cases move forward.  Learn more here.

In the next few weeks the Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act.   How does this impact the HHS lawsuits?   The graphic above illustrates the three different scenarios. Read more…


June 28th, 2012 Comments off

from Helen Alvare

The Supreme Court has just announced its decision in the historic health care law cases Florida v. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and The National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. The Court deemed the law constitutional. Read more…

HHS Update and Highlights of the USCCB’s Statement

April 14th, 2012 Comments off

An email from Helen Alvare

Thought you might like a brief update on the religious freedom front in connection with the HHS mandate on contraception and early abortion drugs.
The White House and HHS would certainly prefer that this issue go away until August 2013 when the mandate is currently scheduled to go into effect. But several federal lawsuits claiming violations of the Free Exercise Clause and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act are proceeding. The marvelous religious freedom law firm, the Becket Fund, is pursuing several cases. Information on these is available at Read more…