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Women of Color Want to See Moral Leadership From Congress Against the Hyde Amendment

By Marcela Howell, Sung Yeon Choimorrow & Jessica González-Rojas As women of color fighting for reproductive health and rights, we must speak truth to power because too often the policies of those in power do not reflect the priorities or lived truths of our communities. We see decisions that time and again ignore the daily struggle our communities must […]

PRESS ROOM: Reproductive Justice organizations express dismay over Hyde Amendment status

WASHINGTON — Today, the House Appropriations Committee marked up its Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies spending bill for Fiscal Year 2020. This watershed spending bill reflects several progressive policies that matter to women of color. For the first time in more than 20 years, it includes funding to study gun violence and […]

Our View: Maine should end ban on abortion funding

By The Editorial Board: It’s been more than 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down state laws banning abortion, establishing that all women have a constitutional right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy if that’s their choice. Since then, lawmakers at the state and federal levels have battled to determine the circumstances under which […]

‘Budgets Reflect Priorities’: House Democrats Use Spending Bill to Fight Trump’s ‘Gag Rule’

By Ally Boguhn Democrats on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Monday released a draft spending bill that attempts to block the Trump administration’s restriction on Title X family planning funding, dubbed the domestic “gag rule” by reproductive health and rights advocates. The bill also contained Hyde Amendment language restricting federal funding for abortion care, which […]

Playing Politics With Women’s Lives

By Jessica González-Rojas “A Rush to Roll Back Abortion Rights, One Red State at a Time” (news article, April 19) makes clear the high-stakes scenario we’re facing as more states effectively shut the door to abortion access. What upsets me the most is that when politicians play politics with women’s lives, it is women with fewer […]

Saturday’s letters: Insurance is part of a woman’s right to choose

By Charo Valero Reproductive rights are under the greatest threat in generations. Trump has installed a Supreme Court justice who he promised would overturn Roe vs. Wade. And state anti-abortion legislators, including politicians in Florida, are more emboldened than ever by his dangerous rhetoric to launch more extreme attacks on abortion. Read more.     

Maine values mean that MaineCare needs to cover abortion care

By Andrea L. Irwin During Women’s History Month, our country recognizes the remarkable achievements of American women. Here in Maine, we’re proud of the accomplishments of so many women in our state, and this year we even celebrate our first woman governor. Despite incredible gains, though, we are lagging when it comes to policies that improve women’s […]