Seven states asked to block an federal mandate that requires birth control coverage for employees of religious-affiliated hospitals, schools and programs.
A manufacturing mix-up by Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest drug maker, led to some packets being distributed with the pills out of order. That means a patient could have unknowingly skipped a dose and raised her risk of an accidental pregnancy.
The volatile mix of religion, reproductive rights and politics has a new flash point.
Birth control drugs that were heavily promoted as having fewer side effects and the ability to clear up acne and other hormonal bothers are under new scrutiny from safety regulators.
Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no co-pays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores.