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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]