By Jessica Valenti On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed a ban that would criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with punishment that would include fines and up to five years in prison. The Majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, said that the goal of the bill was “ending suffering and helping people live”, an ironic […]
By Susan Scutti For most women, access to reproductive and sexual health services is crucial to well-being. A new study highlights the difficulties surrounding access to one aspect of health care — abortion services — faced by women in some areas of the United States. Overall, between 2011 and 2014, the average distance a woman […]
By Kimberly Lawson The decision of whether or not to become a parent is one of the most important choices you’ll ever make. Only you can decide if you’re ready to have a miniature carbon-copy of yourself hanging around 24/7—one who will melt your heart with the request for a hug and five minutes later have you cursing when […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
By Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez The Oregon legislature passed a measure on Wednesday night that could be an incredible victory for reproductive rights in the state. Among many new protections, the Reproductive Health Equity Act of 2017 requires insurers to offer coverage for reproductive health services at no cost, protect abortion rights even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and […]
By Jamila Taylor and Anusha Ravi The Trump administration and congressional Republicans have taken actively hostile stances against both immigrant and refugee communities as well as reproductive rights. President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders, currently held up in court, which block the entry of immigrants into the United States from six predominantly Muslim […]