By Ally Boguhn Democrats on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Monday released a draft spending bill that attempts to block the Trump administration’s restriction on Title X family planning funding, dubbed the domestic “gag rule” by reproductive health and rights advocates. The bill also contained Hyde Amendment language restricting federal funding for abortion care, which […]
By Jessica González-Rojas “A Rush to Roll Back Abortion Rights, One Red State at a Time” (news article, April 19) makes clear the high-stakes scenario we’re facing as more states effectively shut the door to abortion access. What upsets me the most is that when politicians play politics with women’s lives, it is women with fewer […]
By Destiny Lopez Earlier this year, the Trump administration proposed a new restriction to dissuade private insurers from offering abortion coverage. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it had so received many comments on the proposal that it is unable to put its plan into action. Read more.
By Charo Valero Reproductive rights are under the greatest threat in generations. Trump has installed a Supreme Court justice who he promised would overturn Roe vs. Wade. And state anti-abortion legislators, including politicians in Florida, are more emboldened than ever by his dangerous rhetoric to launch more extreme attacks on abortion. Read more.
By Andrea L. Irwin During Women’s History Month, our country recognizes the remarkable achievements of American women. Here in Maine, we’re proud of the accomplishments of so many women in our state, and this year we even celebrate our first woman governor. Despite incredible gains, though, we are lagging when it comes to policies that improve women’s […]
Black women and the fight for abortion rights: How this brochure sparked the movement for reproductive freedom
By Natelegé Whaley Faye Wattleton, the first black woman to serve as president of Planned Parenthood, stood on the steps of the Supreme Court in the summer of 1989 to condemn its decision on the abortion rights case Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. The high court had ruled that states had the right to limit abortion access. […]
By Jessie Hellmann Support is growing among Democrats in Congress for allowing abortion coverage in publicly funded health programs. House Democrats, who say they have a “pro-choice majority” for the first time in history, are vowing to end a long-standing ban of abortion coverage in Medicaid called the Hyde Amendment. They also want to ensure that […]
By Carrie N. Baker Anti-abortion activists, conservative pundits and apparently Donald Trump are outraged about New York’s Reproductive Health Act. Anticipating the demise of Roe v. Wadebecause of Trump’s recent appointments to the Supreme Court, the New York Assembly overturned antiquated pre-Roe laws still on the books, removing abortion from the criminal code. Opponents claim that the law allows […]
By Marcela Howell Women of color—particularly Black women—marched, wrote letters and knocked on doors in November to educate people about the issues facing our country like fair wages, child care and health care. The historic 2018 elections ultimately saw a record number of women of color voting and winning public office. Now, we must turn […]
Each Woman Deserves Reproductive Rights in Practice, Not Just on Paper: Why We Need the EACH Woman Act
By Sen. Patty Murray I’m proud that yesterday, my colleagues in Congress and I introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act. Our bill would help make sure all women have access to the full range of reproductive health care services regardless of their income, where they live, or how […]