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  • Symposium Commentary: The ACA's Other Mandate: Contraceptive Coverage, Conscientious Objection, and Reproductive Rights

    Reproductive health care is itself an expansive health topic. In my remarks today I’m going to really center on what that term is often euphemistically used to mean – abortion. Then I’m going to put contraception in quotes to refer to drugs, chemicals, and procedures that are aimed at halting the reproductive process. When you listen to speeches at the Democratic National Convention this year, or if you’ve received e-mail from any policy group or any politician, you have heard a lot of heightened rhetoric about where we are and where we’re going on the topic of reproductive health care legislation. Though phrased in admittedly catchy slogans and always delivered with much passion, it’s often divorced from the actual reality of the landscape of legislation.