Posts Tagged ‘contraception’

Entrenching a ‘duty to do wrong’ in medicine

March 28th, 2014 Comments off
Canadian government is funding a project to suppress freedom of conscience and religion

A 25-year-old woman who went to an Ottawa walk-in clinic for a birth control prescription was told that the physician offered only Natural Family Planning and did not prescribe or refer for contraceptives or related services. She was given a letter explaining that his practice reflected his “medical judgment” and “professional ethical concerns and religious values.” Read more…

Does having a conscience make a doctor unprofessional?

March 6th, 2014 Comments off
An Ottawa woman created a social media storm after her doctor refused to prescribe contraceptives for her.

On the morning of January 29 this year, a 25-year-old married woman went to Care-Medics Medical Centres in Ottawa, a walk-in clinic that she claims she had frequented for about two years. She wanted a prescription for birth control pills. Read more…

British contraceptive service admits an uncomfortable truth

February 24th, 2014 Comments off

by Louise Kirk

ippf adAn International Planned Parenthood ad.

When I was in Sydney last May, a headline in the free MX newspaper handed out in the underground caught my eye. “Contraception education failing the young”, it announced and went on to say that half of all pregnancies in Australia aren’t planned. Young women were sticking with “the most unreliable forms of contraception”. Read more…

Jennifer Roback Morse: ‘Remember the Victims of the Sexual Revolution’

February 4th, 2014 Comments off

The marriage expert is working to help individuals and families heal from the ill effects caused by today’s sexually permissive culture.


The Ruth Institute, which has focused primarily on defending marriage to college students, has changed its mission and now hopes to create a mass social movement to counteract the ill effects of the sexual revolution, such as the breakdown of family life, including cohabitation, divorce and unwed pregnancies. Read more…

We are before the highest Court!

January 30th, 2014 Comments off

from Helen Alvare at Women Speak for Themselves

Here is the brief I wrote for us, Women Speak for Themselves, and filed yesterday with the United States Supreme Court in the two cases currently before the Court challenging the Contraception and Emergency Contraception Mandate.  Yeah for us!!!! Read more…

Quick update as we head into SCOTUS

January 18th, 2014 Comments off

from Helen Alvare

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The Supreme Court will soon hear two religious, for-profit businesses’ challenges to the Mandate. I’ll be filing an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief on behalf of WSFT so we’ll all be represented before the Court!  I’ll share it when I’m finished, but in brief, it argues that the government has never demonstrated the “compelling state interest” that the law requires before it is permitted to burden religion. This argument takes me through our evidence on the increased rates of abortions and nonmarital and intended births since the government got heavily involved in contraception distribution. My time is donated, but it will cost about three thousand dollars to file the brief. Can you help with that?  After filing, I’ll try to get our argument as widely heard as I can in popular sources.   Read more…

The honest truth about breast cancer

January 10th, 2014 Comments off

by Louise Kirk

I thought I might have it, judging by a headline this week. “Higher breast cancer risk in white women ‘is due to lifestyle’”, proclaimed The Times. The paper was quoting research from the University of Oxford which has found that South Asian women are 18 per cent and black women 15 per cent less likely to acquire the disease than white women, findings representing data taken from a million UK women over the age of 50. Read more…

ACLU tackles US Catholic bishops over abortion

December 18th, 2013 Comments off
If the ACLU is really interested in women’s health, it should tackle carcinogenic contraceptives.

James S. Cole

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a young Michigan woman against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and certain individuals associated with a Catholic hospital in Muskegon, Michigan. The lawsuit seeks damages and a declaration that the USCCB’s Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services violate the duties that doctors and hospitals owe to patients. Read more…

Good news for our efforts!!

December 18th, 2013 Comments off
from Helen Alvare
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Some glad tidings this week!
A federal district court in New York has handed victory to religious plaintiffs in another mandate case against Kathleen Sebelius and HHS.  Read more…

Contraceptive Failure Rates

October 29th, 2013 Comments off

Contraceptive Failure Rates: New Estimates From the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth

By Haishan Fu, Jacqueline E. Darroch, Taylor Haas and Nalini Ranjit

Find full study and complete tables here.

Table 1. Percentage of U.S. women experiencing contraceptive failure, by duration of use and method, according to correction for abortion underreporting, 1995 National Survey of Family Growth
Duration and method Uncorrected Corrected
Unstandardized Standardized
Total 5.5 7.9 7.7
Implant 0.0 0.1 0.1
Injectable 1.3 1.2 1.0
Pill 3.0 4.4 4.3
Diaphraghm/cervical cap 5.5 7.2 8.6
Male condom 5.6 8.9 8.8
Spermicides 7.8 16.2 17.1
Withdrawal 12.4 15.6 16.3
Periodic abstinence 13.2 14.9 17.5
Total 9.9 13.1 12.9
Implant 1.8 2.0 1.4
Injectable 2.8 3.5 2.6
Pill 7.3 8.5 8.1
Diaphraghm/cervical cap 9.2 13.2 15.9
Male condom 9.7 14.9 14.7
Spermicides 16.6 28.2 29.0
Withdrawal 20.1 26.0 27.1
Periodic abstinence 20.2 21.8 25.3
Notes: Total contraceptive failure rates, uncorrected and corrected but unstandardized, are from a model including no covariate other than duration of use. Uncorrected and corrected but unstandardized method-specific failure rates are calculated from a model including duration of use, method and the interaction between duration of use and method. Corrected and standardized rates are based on a model including duration of use, method, age, union status, poverty status, the interaction between duration of use and method, and the interaction between age and union status. In the latter model, abortion data in 19 (5%) of 391 cells were transferred to adjoining cells because of lack of exposure. “Other” reversible methods were included in all models, but separate estimates for these methods are not shown, as they do not reflect experience with any specific method. Read more…