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GOP Sweetens Healthcare Bill For Conservatives By Dropping Birth Control Coverage Rule

By Laura Bassett WASHINGTON― The latest version of Senate Republicans’ health care legislation would allow states to decide whether employers and insurance companies have to cover birth control, effectively reversing the Obama-era rule that guaranteed 55 million women contraceptive coverage at no out-of-pocket cost. Republicans amended the original Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill to loosen the […]

Abortion-Rights Stance Bolsters Democrats

By Destiny Lopez Regarding Fred Barnes’s “Democrats Inch Right on Abortion” (op-ed, Aug. 31): You have to question the thinking of the pundits who see support for abortion rights as a vulnerability for today’s Democratic Party, rather than an essential component for its future success. Read more.  

Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-All Bill Covers All Women’s Health Services, Including Abortion

By Claire Landsbaum On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Medicare for All Act, which would create a single-payer health-care system. Under the bill, which has been cosigned by 15 Senate Democrats (including virtually every Dem whose name is being thrown around to run in 2020), everything from mental health services to prescription drugs to vision care would […]

People Have Multiple Abortions—and Stigmatizing Them Is Counterproductive

By Steph Herold Last month, the Guttmacher Institute released a new study examining characteristics of patients who’ve had more than one abortion. This study is the first of its kind to use data from a sample of U.S. abortion patients to explore if there are particular factors that contribute to people having multiple abortions over the course […]

ACA Repeal Would Have Disproportionately Harmed Women of Color

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 […]

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 […]