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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 […]

LETTERS: Female Asian-American leaders urge Rauner to sign abortion bill

By: State Rep. Theresa Mah, Chicago Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Today, eight prominent Asian-American women leaders sent a letter to Governor Rauner asking him to sign House Bill 40, a bill passed earlier this year by the Illinois legislature that would protect the legal right to abortion in Illinois and lift […]

Oregon Passed the Country’s Most Progressive Reproductive Health Care Policy

By Lauren Longo The same day Texas took another swing at reproductive rights, Oregon showed the rest of the country what reproductive health legislation can and should look like. On Tuesday, Governor Kate Brown (D) signed into law what many are calling the country’s most progressive reproductive health care policy, expanding access to abortion, birth control, […]

Group rallies in support of House Bill 40

By WAND Channel 7 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Advocates of legislation that removes provisions that deny insurance coverage of abortions for women enrolled in Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance gathered in Springfield to urge Governor Rauner to sign the bill into law. Read more.

ACA Repeal Would Have Disproportionately Harmed Women of Color

By Heidi Williamson Women of color have benefited immensely from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Through the ACA, coverage for women of color grew at more than twice the rate of women overall between 2013 and 2015. Of particular importance is the ACA’s role in addressing women of color’s reproductive health needs, both through its requirement for […]