HHS Mandate Crackdown: Obama Admin Warns Insurance Companies They Must Pay for Abortion-Inducing Contraceptives (2015)

The Obama administration has doubled down on its demand that insurance companies furnish women with all forms of contraception, including those that act as abortifacients, at no cost – cracking down on those who allegedly refuse to offer such drugs in their health insurance plans. Congressional Democrats urged President Obama to make the alleged evasion a priority. One of their complaints, based on two April 2015 reports released by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Kaiser Family Foundation, was that while health insurance companies may cover one of each in a “category” of contraceptive/abortifacient, these companies should be forced to cover all 18 methods recognized by the Food and Drug Administration. The New York Times reports: [R]esearchers at the National Women’s Law Center found that some insurers lumped together several methods of contraception and covered only one or two in a category. For example, they said, some insurers did not cover the contraceptive patch or the vaginal contraceptive ring because they covered another “hormonal method” of contraception, like birth control pills. “Under the new guidance,” the Times concludes, “such restrictions are not allowed.” Nor will co-pays or cost-sharing be permitted; insurance companies must provide all contraceptive/abortifacient methods “at no cost to consumers.” NWLC Vice President Gretchen Borchelt that “insurance companies have been breaking the law, and today the Obama administration underscored that it will not tolerate these violations.” The NWLC joined Senator Patty Murray, D-WA, in praising the Obama administration’s move. Murray, who along with other congressional Democrats had demanded clarification of the Department of Health and Human Services’ rules on contraceptive/abortifacient coverage, alleged that women throughout...

Artificial Non-Barrier Methods of Birth Control (Hormonal / IUD)

By Hans E. Geisler, MD, FACOG, FACS Definitions Contraceptive – An agent for the prevention of conception[i] Contraception – Prevention of conception or impregnation[i] Impregnation – Act of making pregnant[i] Pregnancy – The condition of the female from conception to birth[i] Abortifacient – An agent that produces abortion[i] Abortion – Giving birth to an embryo or fetus prior to 20 weeks gestation.  May be spontaneous or induced[i]. Life – The state of existence characterized by active metabolism[i]. Prenatal life – That interval of life between conception and birth; in humans, usually divided into embryonic and fetal periods[i] Metabolism – The sum of the chemical changes occurring in tissue[i] [NOTE: the term "conception", which used to be synonymous with "fertilization" was redefined by the abortion and contraceptive industries in the 1960s to mean "implantation of the embryo in the uterus".] Mechanism of Action Intrauterine device ("Three independent mechanisms have been suggested for the contraceptive action of IUDs, although none has been conclusively established."[ii]) 1.    Inhibition of sperm capacitation and survival[ii]. "The data supporting a predominantly spermicidal effect of IUDs are surprisingly weak."[iv] 2.    Inhibition of implantation[iii],[iv],[v],[vi]. Absence of elevated bhCG only proves lack of implantation not lack of conception[iv]. 3.    Interference with sperm transport from the cervix to the fallopian tube[ii].   Birth control pill 1.    Prevents ovulation by inhibiting gonadotropin secretion via an effect on both pituitary and hypothalamic centers[vii] 2.    Production of an endometrium which is not receptive to conceptus implantation[v],[vii] 3.    Production of cervical mucous which is thick and impervious to sperm transport[vii] 4.    Possible decrease in secretion and peristalsis of fallopian tube[vii]   Long-Acting methods of...