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A woman who just had a baby may decide that's it; no more kids, at least for a while. 

But the most reliable methods of birth control, intrauterine device (IUD) and implant, often require a return visit to a doctor, a tough schedule for a woman with a newborn. 

IUD and implant can be placed while women are still in the hospital after giving birth, but not all states require insurance companies to pay for the service. 

California now requires it and Oregon is considering. 


While legislatures in other states continue to work on bills restricting abortion, Oregon is getting out front on birth control. 

House and Senate have both passed a bill that would guarantee no out-of-pocket costs for women prescribed a year of birth control. 

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon played a major role in passage of the bill. 

Hobby Lobby/Contraceptives Reaction

Jul 8, 2014
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Who knew a place with the rhythmic name of "Hobby Lobby" could cause such an uproar? 

But that's what happened recently, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby stores do not have to cover certain contraceptives in their employee health plans, for religious reasons. 

The outcry from reproductive rights groups has been sharp. 


Birth control is a fact of life in our society, but it was not always easy to obtain. 

It took a Supreme Court ruling in the mid 1960s to legalize contraception for married couples. 

The availability has only expanded from there, but not without challenges. 

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is taking note of the anniversary of that earlier court decision.