Trump Expands Opt-Out For Workplace Birth Control InsuranceThis expands a religious exemption that previously applied to houses of worship and religiously affiliated nonprofit groups.
Tennessee Jails Are Offering Inmates Shorter Sentences In Exchange For SterilizationTennessee inmates can receive upwards of 30 days cut from jail sentences if they agree to get a vasectomy or insert a contraceptive device into their body.
Students Attending Rally Get Caught In East Coast BlizzardSome Minnesota students found out first-hand what it was like to be stuck in that East Coast blizzard. About 200 teenagers from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis traveled to Washington D.C. this week for a pro-life rally.
4 Things To Know: Post-Holiday Sales, Winter WallopThese are the four stories you need to know about for Monday, Dec. 28. They include the Twin Cities' likely first major wallop of snow this season, and post-Christmas sales you might consider taking advantage of.
Wis. Senate Panel OKs Bills To Strip Planned Parenthood FundingThe state Senate's health committee has approved a pair of bills that would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding and raise its Medicaid expenses. One measure would require the state to apply for $3.5 million in federal Title X grant money, which currently all goes to Planned Parenthood.
Assembly Committee To Vote On Fetal Tissue BanA Wisconsin state Assembly committee plans to vote on a Republican-backed bill that would prohibit research using tissue obtained from aborted fetuses. The measure up for a vote Wednesday in the Assembly's criminal justice committee is opposed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and researchers who say it will impede their work.
Why Don't More Minnesota Teens Use IUDs?Over the past three or four years, the medical community has reached a consensus about the best method for teenage girls to avoid unplanned pregnancies. Long-acting birth control devices -- IUDs and under-the-skin implants -- function for years without requiring any effort by women. Their effectivity rate, more than 99 percent, is surpassed only by sterility and celibacy. Teens who’ve used the devices prefer them to other contraceptives. And while the price of a single device is upward of $800, their long-term cost is among the lowest of any birth control method.
MN Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into Planned ParenthoodA group of Minnesota lawmakers has called on Gov. Mark Dayton to investigate claims that Planned Parenthood is selling human fetal tissue in violation of federal law, claims that the birth control organization dismisses as false.
GOP Presidential Hopeful Walker Signs Abortion Ban BillRepublican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one week after launching his bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, signed a bill Monday that outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Minnesota Mothers Warn Of Permanent Birth Control ProductWomen are planning protests across the country this week against a form of permanent birth control. The FDA announced it will take another look at Essure, the device marketed as being safer and cheaper alternative to getting your tubes tied.
Gov. Walker Backs 20-Week Abortion Ban With Or Without ExemptionGov. Scott Walker says he will sign a 20-week abortion ban whether or not it includes an exemption for cases of rape or incest. Walker was asked Monday about the bill following a speech at a Boys and Girls Club event in Delavan.
Women's Rights Advocates Revive Contraceptive Access BillWomen's rights advocates say a 2014 Supreme Court decision could jeopardize access to birth control in Minnesota. They've revived a bill at the state Capitol to require most companies to include contraception in their health insurance plans' prescription drug coverage.