What We're Reading This Morning -- February 16
Good afternoon, everyone! Despite the fact that a vote on the Blunt amendment (which would give any employer the power to deny insurance coverage based on a so-called “moral conviction”) is being pushed back until after the Presidents’ Day recess, it’s a busy day here in Washington. Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has convened a hearing on religious institutions and the president’s decision to protect access to birth control. We’ve been following the hearing closely, so expect a follow-up later today. In the meantime, here’s what we’re reading and watching.
Stephen Colbert on the “the contraception crusade” on The Colbert Report. Watch the clip and share it below!
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Reaffirming the White House’s commitment to women, Kathleen Sebelius defends the administration’s decision to require coverage of birth control without co-pay. POLITICO reports: “Sebelius: Contraception rule 'major step forward'” – “HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the contraceptive coverage requirement ‘a major step forward’ on Wednesday, making it clear that she’s back to full-scale advocacy mode after the Obama administration’s compromise on the rule last week. In comments to reporters following a Senate Finance Committee hearing, Sebelius said the requirement was the latest in a series of steps to ensure that women get equal treatment in the medical system. She pointed out that the National Institutes of Medicine did not have a policy about including women in medical trials until the 1980s.”
How much would $600 get you? Following the administration’s decision to protect no-cost birth control, women can be saving as much as $600 a year. Students share just how much that means to them. Indianapolis’s ABC News affiliate reports: “Planned Parenthood Uses Noodles To Promote Birth Control” – “Planned Parenthood volunteers gave students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis food for thought on Wednesday as they promoted their views on free contraception …. Planned Parenthood of Indiana volunteers wanted others to think like a college student in terms of birth control and handed out $600 worth of Ramen noodles, a popular meal on college campuses.”