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How Access to Abortion Has Been Federally Limited

By Bill Moyers When Roe v. Wade made abortion legal for all women in 1973, Medicaid covered abortions just like other health care procedure. But three years later US Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), an abortion foe, attached an amendment to a Department of Health and Human Services appropriations bill to ban the use of Medicaid funds to […]

4 Laws That Are Proven To Hurt Single Moms

By Annamarya Scaccia Single parenthood is hard. You have to work and raise a family, often times with little help from your friends and loved ones. It’s a juggling act of epic proportions that can be made worse by outside circumstances out of your control. Take, for example, state and federal legislation. Lawmakers have passed […]

Can Cities Save Our Reproductive Rights from the Grabby Hands of Donald Trump?

By Melissa Batchelor Warnke Donald “Grab ’Em By the Pussy” Trump is proving to be just as cruel a president as reproductive-rights advocates feared. In the course of his campaign, Trump transformed himself into a rigid pro-life candidate; chose a vice president who had, as a Representative, written an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood; and […]

Don’t be fooled: the latest abortion bill is about one thing – hurting women

By Jessica Valenti On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed a ban that would criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with punishment that would include fines and up to five years in prison. The Majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, said that the goal of the bill was “ending suffering and helping people live”, an ironic […]

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 […]

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 […]