The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now considering whether or not to start requiring local makers of emergency contraceptive pills to add weight warnings to product labels after a French maker of a pill similar to Plan B revealed that the drug doesn't work at all for women heavier that 176lbs, and begins to lose effectiveness for those weighing more than 165lbs.
HRA Pharma, the French manufacturer of the emergency contraceptive Norlevo, is currently changing its packaging to warn women of the weight limits after European pharmaceutical regulators approved amendments to the labels on Nov. 10 based on scientific data highlighting the weight problem, according to a report in Mother Jones.
And with the average American woman weighing 166lbs, according to the CDC, this could spell trouble for American women using popular emergency contraceptive pills like 'Plan B One Step', 'Next Choice One Dose', 'My Way' and other generic brands with doses of the drug containing a similar chemical makeup to Norlevo. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will hear arguments for cases involving the Obama administration's birth control mandate as it relates to for-profit companies.
The two cases, which will be heard together, involve two Christian companies: Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. Both companies sued the Department of Health and Human Services for requiring them to provide so-called "morning-after pills" in their employee's health care plans.
Providing those drugs would be in opposition to their religious beliefs because the drugs are abortifacients, they argue. Both companies are owned by Christian families whose pro-life views derive from their religious beliefs. more >>
In his first major written work as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis denounced the world's "tyrannical" economic system while urging further support for the poor, arguing that the church must be poor and be for the poor.
Francis criticized "ideologies that defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation," which he attributed to an "idolatry of money" – much like he has done in the past, when he blasted the free market system and claimed that a global "cult of money" was holding the world captive.
The Vatican leader added in his 50,000-word "apostolic exhortation" that the current economic system is "unjust at its root." more >>
Russia's president Vladimir Putin signed into law on Monday a ban on abortion advertisements in the country. The ban was signed as part of a set of laws that seek to tighten the country's advertising restrictions regarding contraception and medicine.
Russian media reported Monday that the purpose of the new legislation is to stem the country's declining population rate. The ban on abortion advertisements was signed as part of the country's Federal Law on Advertising that also bans advertisements for free drug samples if the drugs contain narcotics or psychotropic samples. The law also puts restrictions on advertisements for traditional "folk medicine" in the country, making the illegal practice of folk medicine a misdemeanor.
According to Reuters, Russia's abortion rates are among the highest in the world and termination is one of the most common practices of birth control in the country. Since taking office 14 years ago, Vladimir Putin has made boosting the country's population rate one of his fundamental priorities. more >>
Taxpayers should not be forced to give money to abortion practices, the Alliance Defending Freedom argues while urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate an Arizona law that limits funds for abortion.
"Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the work of abortionists. Arizona should be free to enforce its public policy against the taxpayer funding of abortion and in favor of the best health care for women," ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden, who argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in June, said on Wednesday.
In August, the 9th Circuit ruled that House Bill 2800, which limits allocation of public funds for elective abortion, violated federal law and held that individual plaintiffs can privately enforce the choice criterion provision – which under the Medicaid "contract" requires states to allow Medicaid beneficiaries to obtain medical assistance from any provider "qualified to perform the service or services required." more >>
WASHINGTON -The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) long ago lost its grounding in the Christian faith, Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. complained Monday at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) "Justice Summit." He recently registered with the organization, he announced, and hopes it will return to its foundational faith.
"The Civil Rights Movement was never intended to be a black movement, it was burned from God's heart to be a revival of Christianity," Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr., senior pastor of Hope Christian Church and founder and president of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, proclaimed. Jackson argued that the Civil Rights Movement lost its way, but he found hope in the future of both the NAACP and the NHCLC.
Citing Job 14:7-9, Jackson declared that "there is hope for a tree if it be cut down that it will sprout again." Hearkening back to the early days of the NAACP, he mentioned that the group was founded with a majority of white and Jewish people and only a handful of blacks. Nevertheless, the group was "birthed out of the heart of racial reconciliation," with a "spirit of Elijah." more >>