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Finally: A Win for Women’s Rights as Bill Passes in Oregon

By Kimberly Lawson The decision of whether or not to become a parent is one of the most important choices you’ll ever make. Only you can decide if you’re ready to have a miniature carbon-copy of yourself hanging around 24/7—one who will melt your heart with the request for a hug and five minutes later have you cursing when […]

What a Ban on Insurance for Abortions Means for Women with High-Risk Pregnancies

By Sophie Novack On the day before her abortion, Kristyn Ingram and her husband flipped through books of baby names. They chose one if it was a girl, and another for a boy. The next morning — December 8, 2006 — Ingram, then a fourth-year medical student in San Antonio and 17 weeks pregnant, received the […]

Abortion rights face a full-on assault at the state level

By E.A. Crunden With national focus on GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, attention is being diverted away from another critical health crisis: state-wide efforts to legislate and restrict reproductive rights. Since 2010, when elections swept a wave of anti-choice politicians into office across the country, virtually all reproductive health legislation at the state […]

‘My last resort’ — thousands come to Illinois to have abortions

By Angie Leventis Lourgos The young woman in a gray hoodie and backpack boarded a bus alone just after midnight, departing for an interstate trip to make the most pivotal choice of her 24 years. A lightning storm raged outside her window, illuminating in flashes the gently rolling landscape of the Ozarks in southwest Missouri. Her […]

Letter: Tell all the facts about abortion

By Nan Kirkpatrick The recent Amarillo Globe-News editorial (Editorial: Don’t abort the truth, July 11, amarillo.com) props up harmful myths about bans on abortion coverage — such as the Hyde Amendment and the new proposals being considered in Texas Legislature’s upcoming special session. Read more. 

The Senate health bill could prove particularly costly for mothers

By Ella Nilsen Senate Republicans released a new version of their health care bill that would have serious ramifications for women’s health care: It would allow health insurers to offer plans that don’t cover maternity care, no longer require health plans to cover birth control and other preventive services, and make it much more difficult to buy plans […]

‘Handmaid’s Tale’-Dressed Protesters Will Urge Rauner To Pass Abortion Protection

By Stephen Gossett More than a dozen women dressed in red-robes and white-bonnets, plus their supporters, will gather at the Thompson Center on Thursday afternoon to rally in support of reproductive rights, The Handmaid’s Tale-style. Protesters around the country have been drawing inspiration from Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel—and its recent Hulu television adaptation—about an authoritarian near-future in […]

These States Are Moving to Protect Birth Control Access as Congress Debates ACA Repeal

By Andrew Villegas State lawmakers aren’t waiting to see what GOP repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will look like or if the Trump administration will follow through on its promise to gut access to contraception without co-pay. At least eight states have taken a proactive approach and enshrined Obamacare’s birth control benefit into their own laws. Read more. 

56 Organizations call on House Appropriations Committee to lift abortion coverage bans

Fifty-six (56) organizations committed to advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice and related social justice causes asked House Appropriations Committee Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Mike Quigley (D-IL) to reject policy riders that would withhold insurance coverage and funding of abortion services in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations legislation. The letter to the House, with […]

One State Just Stepped Up to Protect Reproductive Rights

By P.R. Lockhart At a time when reproductive rights are under siege at the federal level and in statehouses across the country, a handful of states are pushing back with legislation protecting access to reproductive health services. Oregon, already one of the least restrictive states when it comes to abortion access, added its name to […]