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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 […]

Does Your Insurance Cover Abortion?

By Rebecca Grant In September 1977, a 27-year-old woman named Rosie Jimenez died from an illegal abortion in McAllen, Texas. Her insurance, Medicaid, no longer reimbursed abortions and she didn’t have the money to pay for a legal the procedure out of pocket. Bereft of options, the student and single mother visited a local midwife who performed […]

Abortion-Rights Stance Bolsters Democrats

By Destiny Lopez Regarding Fred Barnes’s “Democrats Inch Right on Abortion” (op-ed, Aug. 31): You have to question the thinking of the pundits who see support for abortion rights as a vulnerability for today’s Democratic Party, rather than an essential component for its future success. Read more.  

Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-All Bill Covers All Women’s Health Services, Including Abortion

By Claire Landsbaum On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Medicare for All Act, which would create a single-payer health-care system. Under the bill, which has been cosigned by 15 Senate Democrats (including virtually every Dem whose name is being thrown around to run in 2020), everything from mental health services to prescription drugs to vision care would […]

People Have Multiple Abortions—and Stigmatizing Them Is Counterproductive

By Steph Herold Last month, the Guttmacher Institute released a new study examining characteristics of patients who’ve had more than one abortion. This study is the first of its kind to use data from a sample of U.S. abortion patients to explore if there are particular factors that contribute to people having multiple abortions over the course […]

Abortion is Central to Universal Health Care. Will Democrats Protect It?

By Christine Grimaldi When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) partnered for an overflowing health-care town hall in Michigan over the August recess, they shared more than a stage. The veteran lawmakers are leading the charge in Washington for universal health coverage. Read more. 

Free taxpayer-funded abortions? What Oregon’s new reproductive health law does (and doesn’t) do

By Gordon R. Friedman This summer, Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation expanding the reproductive services that insurers must provide if they sell health plans in Oregon. Among those services: abortion. That provision is one reason House Bill 3391, also called the Reproductive Health Equity Act, passed along totally partisan lines. Not a single Republican in the state House or […]

What Happens When You Can’t Afford an Abortion?

By Kayla Webley Adler It’s 9:40 a.m. on a humid Friday in April when Oriaku Njoku arrives at her office building, 20 minutes before the Atlanta-based abortion-fund hotline she founded opens for the day. After riding on an elevator as slow as molasses to the second-floor office she rents in a coworking space, she makes […]