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Guest Column: My faith calls me to support HB 40

By The Rev. Dr. Larry Greenfield Throughout my life and work as a Baptist minister, seminary teacher and dean, and denominational executive in Illinois, I have always viewed support for women’s health and moral agency to be a core tenet of my faith and service to my community. Laws that push abortion out of reach […]

Oregon’s Fight For Abortion Access Didn’t Leave Anyone Behind

By Amy Casso Oregon has achieved something that seems impossible in the Trump era: With one single piece of legislation, Oregon has protected abortion access, lifted a ban on abortion coverage, and ended restrictions on health coverage based on immigration status. How did the state achieve this? It wasn’t an easy road — but the journey […]

If Democrats Compromise On Abortion, Women Will Pay An Enormous Price

By Alex Berg When Ruby Sinreich got pregnant at 17 years old, she decided to have an abortion so that she could go to college without the added pressure of raising a child. After all, she was still living with her parents and relied on them “100 percent,” except for a minimum wage summer job. “I often think […]

For women of color, access to vital health services is threatened

By  Marcela Howell and Ann M. Starrs Across a broad range of issues, the policy priorities of the Trump administration and conservatives in Congress are likely to have a devastating impact on many Americans. One group at particular risk from current efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act (ACA), gut Medicaid and slash domestic programs are […]

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 […]