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By Rebecca Grant In September 1977, a 27-year-old woman named Rosie Jimenez died from an illegal abortion in McAllen, Texas. Her insurance, Medicaid, no longer reimbursed abortions and she didn’t have the money to pay for a legal the procedure out of pocket. Bereft of options, the student and single mother visited a local midwife who performed […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Abortion coverage bans on public and private insurance: Access to abortion care limited for millions of women
Health insurance is intended to help people cover both preventive and unexpected health costs. Yet federal and state politicians have singled out abortion and placed numerous bans on coverage for this health service within government-sponsored and private health insurance plans. Restrictions on insurance for abortion can have negative impacts for millions of women, especially low-income […]
By Christine Grimaldi When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) partnered for an overflowing health-care town hall in Michigan over the August recess, they shared more than a stage. The veteran lawmakers are leading the charge in Washington for universal health coverage. Read more.
By Gordon R. Friedman This summer, Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation expanding the reproductive services that insurers must provide if they sell health plans in Oregon. Among those services: abortion. That provision is one reason House Bill 3391, also called the Reproductive Health Equity Act, passed along totally partisan lines. Not a single Republican in the state House or […]
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