Thursday, March 24, 2016

Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks on religious freedom and contraception

As the U.S. Supreme Court debates free insurance coverage for contraception to female workers (Justices Seem Split in Case on Birth Control Mandate, The New York Times, 3/23/2016), it's time to take a look at where GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives stand on the issue.

As quoted in Hobby Lobby Decision Hailed as Victory for Religious Freedom.  (Alabama Political Reporter, 7/1/2014)

Related reading:
No Contraception, No Equality.  (The New York Times, 3/23/2016)
Access to reproductive care is central to equality between the sexes. By requiring employers’ health plans to provide contraceptive coverage, the Affordable Care Act represents an important legislative link between sex equality and reproductive rights. Before it was passed, women were paying more for health care than men largely because of the cost of reproductive health coverage. 

After Health Care Act, Sharp Drop in Spending on Birth Control.  (The New York Times, 7/7/2015)
Cost has long been a major obstacle to women getting birth control, and declines in what they pay for contraceptives have the potential to increase access and reduce unplanned pregnancies. About half of the 6.6 million pregnancies a year in the United States are unintended, far higher than in most developed countries.

Related posts:
Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama.  (3/24/2016)
Martha Roby, R-Alabama.  (3/24/2016)
Mike Rogers, R-Alabama.  (3/24/2016)

Mo related stuff:
Mo Brooks' greatest hits, featuring 'Maya and Fidel'.  (3/3/2016)

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