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Some US women travel hundreds of miles for abortions, analysis finds

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 […]

Rosie and Me: Remembering the Hyde Amendment’s First Victim

By Victoria Gómez Betancourt I had an abortion. Every time I tell my story, it gets a little easier because I know that by sharing my story I can help others—other women, other Latinxs—feel like they are not alone. Read more.

Hundreds gather for the March For Black Women In D.C.

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 Anne Campbell, Charlene […]

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 […]

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.