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.
By Claire Lampen Some good news and some bad news: On Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill vastly expanding insurance coverage for abortion and birth control, while in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott scaled it way back. Read more.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]