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Definition of 'Closely Held Corporation' Should Be Narrow for Contraceptive Coverage Purposes, Groups Say
More than three dozen advocacy groups that support the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) contraceptive coverage requirements have submitted comments urging federal regulators to narrowly define which private businesses can object to providing the coverage and claim the accommodation currently in place for certain not-for-profit organizations, following the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" reports.

LA Times Op-Ed: Over-the-Counter Birth Control Should Not Come at the Expense of Insurance Coverage
Ensuring comprehensive insurance coverage for contraceptives and making birth control pills available over the counter "shouldn't be an either/or debate," Daniel Grossman, vice president of research at Ibis Reproductive Health and a clinical professor at the University of California-San Francisco, writes in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece.

Publicly Funded Family Planning Make Sense for Families, Taxpayers, Columnist Argues
It is a "delusion" to think "that we can get entire classes of Americans to practice abstinence until they're financially ready for marriage and children," which is one reason "why subsidies for family planning services make a good deal of sense," Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell writes.

Planned Parenthood's Richards Discusses Abortion Stigma, Shares Her Abortion Story in Elle
Abortion carries a "stigma and judgment" unlike any other medical procedure, but women's increasing openness in sharing their experiences can help reduce those perceptions, Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, writes in Elle magazine.

Blogs Comment on 'Abortion Access as an Economic Issue,' Reproductive Justice Agenda, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at the Center for American Progress, RH Reality Check and more.

Education Dept. Finalizes Sexual Assault Reporting Requirements for Colleges
The Department of Education on Monday published a final rule regarding changes to the Clery Act, emphasizing colleges' responses to sexual assault, stalking, and domestic and dating violence, Inside Higher Ed reports.

NYT Op-Ed Notes Medical Limitations of Egg Freezing
Apple and Facebook's decision to "include egg freezing in their benefits packages" spurred debate "over egg freezing's role in women's careers," but "there has been less talk about the still serious limitations of the medical procedure," author Sarah Richards writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

Studies Show Racial Disparity in IVF Pregnancy Rates Among Whites, Blacks
Black women are about half as likely as white women to become pregnant after in vitro fertilization, a new study has found, according to HealthDay/U.S. News & World Report.

Policymakers Must 'Stand Up' to Gun Lobby To Stop Domestic Violence, Advocate Argues
To help protect women from gun violence, the U.S. needs "legislators who are willing to stand up to the gun lobby," Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense founder Shannon Watts writes in a Daily Beast opinion piece.

Blogs Comment on 'Messy Truth About Breast-Feeding,' 'Pregnancy Penalty,' More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at Salon, the Center for American Progress and more.