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February 22, 2012 8:19 pm

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The Truth About Contraception and the HHS Mandate

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Drew Mariani interviews Professor Smith on Relevant Radio about the HHS Mandate and truch about contraception.

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“Where can I find statistics about sexual behavior and unwed pregnancy?”

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“Where can I find good discussion about how contraception has harmed relationships and marriage?”

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The Pill Is Not Good for Women

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February 21, 2012 5:47 pm

The feminist movement asked too little of men.

The recent Health and Human Services mandate and the ensuing debate appear to have pitted religious-liberty claims against women’s health. But because religious leaders (rightly) focused on the need for a religious exemption, it may appear to some observers that they are unable to articulate a reasoned and weighty response to the administration’s claim that contraceptives are essential to women’s health and well-being.

The Obama administration is wrong on this score as well, and the substantive case needs to be made: The contraceptive revolution has failed to be the unmitigated boon to women or to society that it was hyped up to be.

For the past 50 years, the Pill has demonstrably assisted women — especially college-educated, career-minded women — in the timing of pregnancies and the delay of marriage. But the Pill also ushered in an era of unprecedented (and, as things turned out, unwarranted) confidence that sex could be pursued without risk — most notably, outside of long-term committed relationships.

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