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Abortion rights face a full-on assault at the state level

By E.A. Crunden With national focus on GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, attention is being diverted away from another critical health crisis: state-wide efforts to legislate and restrict reproductive rights. Since 2010, when elections swept a wave of anti-choice politicians into office across the country, virtually all reproductive health legislation at the state […]

‘My last resort’ — thousands come to Illinois to have abortions

By Angie Leventis Lourgos The young woman in a gray hoodie and backpack boarded a bus alone just after midnight, departing for an interstate trip to make the most pivotal choice of her 24 years. A lightning storm raged outside her window, illuminating in flashes the gently rolling landscape of the Ozarks in southwest Missouri. Her […]

Letter: Tell all the facts about abortion

By Nan Kirkpatrick The recent Amarillo Globe-News editorial (Editorial: Don’t abort the truth, July 11, amarillo.com) props up harmful myths about bans on abortion coverage — such as the Hyde Amendment and the new proposals being considered in Texas Legislature’s upcoming special session. Read more. 

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 […]

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.