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The Senate health bill could prove particularly costly for mothers

By Ella Nilsen Senate Republicans released a new version of their health care bill that would have serious ramifications for women’s health care: It would allow health insurers to offer plans that don’t cover maternity care, no longer require health plans to cover birth control and other preventive services, and make it much more difficult to buy plans […]

‘Handmaid’s Tale’-Dressed Protesters Will Urge Rauner To Pass Abortion Protection

By Stephen Gossett More than a dozen women dressed in red-robes and white-bonnets, plus their supporters, will gather at the Thompson Center on Thursday afternoon to rally in support of reproductive rights, The Handmaid’s Tale-style. Protesters around the country have been drawing inspiration from Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel—and its recent Hulu television adaptation—about an authoritarian near-future in […]

These States Are Moving to Protect Birth Control Access as Congress Debates ACA Repeal

By Andrew Villegas State lawmakers aren’t waiting to see what GOP repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will look like or if the Trump administration will follow through on its promise to gut access to contraception without co-pay. At least eight states have taken a proactive approach and enshrined Obamacare’s birth control benefit into their own laws. Read more. 

56 Organizations call on House Appropriations Committee to lift abortion coverage bans

Fifty-six (56) organizations committed to advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice and related social justice causes asked House Appropriations Committee Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Mike Quigley (D-IL) to reject policy riders that would withhold insurance coverage and funding of abortion services in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations legislation. The letter to the House, with […]

One State Just Stepped Up to Protect Reproductive Rights

By P.R. Lockhart At a time when reproductive rights are under siege at the federal level and in statehouses across the country, a handful of states are pushing back with legislation protecting access to reproductive health services. Oregon, already one of the least restrictive states when it comes to abortion access, added its name to […]