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Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

A new bill that would ban abortions in Ohio has been introduced by Statehouse Republicans. A similar total ban bill was introduced last year didn’t pass. So why is this bill being introduced now?

Wellness Wednesday: Birth Control In The U.S.

Aug 28, 2019

Birth control delivery startup Pill Club publicly accused CVS Caremark of cutting payment rates for mail-order birth control pills, making it more expensive and potentially out of reach for women who can’t get to the pharmacy every month.

The feud spawned the trending hashtag #CVSDeniesCare and shined a spotlight on the issue of cost and accessibility in birth control.

More than 19 million women in the U.S today report living in an area without access to contraceptives. 

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

A new Ohio bill would ban most private insurance coverage for abortions. Opponents say it would also ban effective methods of birth control.

Updated at 5:58 p.m. ET

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked the Trump administration from implementing a rule allowing employers to decline to offer contraceptive coverage on moral or religious grounds.

U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia imposed a nationwide injunction Monday which has wider effect than a similar ruling issued Sunday by a federal judge in California.

The Trump administration has made a number of changes to health policy in the past two weeks, raising questions about how consumers will be affected. Will the new rules for birth control coverage affect access to an intrauterine device? Might an association health plan help bring down costs for workers at small businesses? And if you're healthy, doesn't a short-term health plan that is cheaper than marketplace coverage make sense? Here are some answers to those questions.

Updated 4:52 pm

The Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women.

According to senior officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the new rule is to allow any company or nonprofit group to exclude the coverage for contraception if it has a religious or moral objection.

If you're failing less, then you're succeeding more, right? That's exactly what appears to be happening with birth control in the United States, according to a new study released by the Guttmacher Institute.

Guttmacher Institute

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute says the rate of abortion in Ohio, and across the country, has hit the lowest rate on record. Even as access to abortions has become more limited in Ohio, experts attribute the decline to wider use of contraceptives.

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Not long ago it was considered taboo to feed a young child peanut butter before allergies could be tested.  Now there's research that says exposing infants to the allergen could reduce their risk of developing a severe allergy. Also, we will discuss birth control under a Trump presidency and treatment options for pancreatic cancer. 

Whether it's an IUD, a shot, an implant, or a daily pill, birth control is a regular part of many adult women's lives. It has left a lot of women asking: Why not men?


A new option for obese individuals trying to lose weigh removes some food through a stomach tube and has just been approved by the FDA. Also, brain stimulation by electric shocks is becoming a more popular method to maintain alertness. And, birth control apps are making it easier for some woman to get their birth control without having to visit the doctor's office. 

10:00 Today, voters in Mississippi will consider an amendment that would end all abortions and could also restrict in vitro fertilization and certain kinds of birth control. The ballot initiative is part of a national campaign called Personhood USA that next year will target Florida, Montana and Ohio. On this hour of "All Sides," we'll hear from a reporter covering the campaign in Mississippi, as well as proponents and opponents for the campaign already begun in Ohio. Guests