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Illinois governor agrees to allow Medicaid for abortions

By John O’Connor CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner ended months of speculation Thursday and signed legislation allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, a reversal of the first-term Republican’s stance on the proposal last spring. The Legislature, which is run by Democrats, approved the measure in May but delayed sending it […]

Hundreds Gather For The March For Black Women In D.C.

By Taryn Finley Black activist groups marched on the National Mall and Justice Department in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to raise awareness about the injustices black women face. Black Women’s Blueprint, BYP100 and Trans Sistas of Color Project and other groups have united for the March for Black Women. The event’s co-chairs are activists Farah Tanis, Bré […]

5 Times Abortion Laws Failed Pregnant Women

By Sara Coughlin Today is International Safe Abortion Day. The anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which banned Medicaid coverage for abortions and has been blocking low-income women from receiving care for more than 40 years, is this Saturday.  These two events were formed independently of each other, but, side by side, they highlight the urgent need for safe […]

Racial Justice March to Center Black Women and Girls

By Miriam Zola Perez On Saturday (September 30), the March for Racial Justice (M4RJ) will wind its way through Washington, D.C. Per the event website, the march was planned by Black and Indigenous leaders “to create a just and equitable future for communities of color and others harmed by White supremacy, so that we may all thrive together.” Organizers […]

GOP Sweetens Healthcare Bill For Conservatives By Dropping Birth Control Coverage Rule

By Laura Bassett WASHINGTON― The latest version of Senate Republicans’ health care legislation would allow states to decide whether employers and insurance companies have to cover birth control, effectively reversing the Obama-era rule that guaranteed 55 million women contraceptive coverage at no out-of-pocket cost. Republicans amended the original Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill to loosen the […]