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How Access to Abortion Has Been Federally Limited

By Bill Moyers When Roe v. Wade made abortion legal for all women in 1973, Medicaid covered abortions just like other health care procedure. But three years later US Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), an abortion foe, attached an amendment to a Department of Health and Human Services appropriations bill to ban the use of Medicaid funds to […]

Ten Progressive Justice Organizations Call on Congress to Lift Bans on Abortion Coverage

November 6, 2017 Dear Members of Congress: Nearly a year ago, President Trump’s election brought a daunting challenge to our doorstep. In the past twelve months, we have seen hurtful and divisive rhetoric; dismantling of federal infrastructure that protects workers and the environment; and executive actions that scapegoat immigrants, harm people of color, and attack […]

The Country’s Largest Abortion Fund Launched This Week

By Nicole Knight Alana found herself in a bind this summer when she discovered the abortion care she wanted would cost $650—more than she could afford. “I was really close to having enough, but it was kind of like the difference between paying a bill, and not paying a bill,” said the 29-year-old Seattle woman, […]

4 Laws That Are Proven To Hurt Single Moms

By Annamarya Scaccia Single parenthood is hard. You have to work and raise a family, often times with little help from your friends and loved ones. It’s a juggling act of epic proportions that can be made worse by outside circumstances out of your control. Take, for example, state and federal legislation. Lawmakers have passed […]

Can Cities Save Our Reproductive Rights from the Grabby Hands of Donald Trump?

By Melissa Batchelor Warnke Donald “Grab ’Em By the Pussy” Trump is proving to be just as cruel a president as reproductive-rights advocates feared. In the course of his campaign, Trump transformed himself into a rigid pro-life candidate; chose a vice president who had, as a Representative, written an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood; and […]

Take Care of Care-Workers

By Ai-Jen Poo Every morning, two separate workforces, heading in opposite directions, cross paths. One, the larger and formal workforce of around 100 million women and men across the United States, leaves its homes for its workplaces – an office, a worksite, a studio. They are employees, freelancers and contractors that drive the American economy […]

Don’t be fooled: the latest abortion bill is about one thing – hurting women

By Jessica Valenti On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed a ban that would criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with punishment that would include fines and up to five years in prison. The Majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, said that the goal of the bill was “ending suffering and helping people live”, an ironic […]

The wind shifts on abortion: A Republican governor leads the way

By Amanda Marcotte While Republicans in Alabama just nominated Roy Moore, a theocratic Christian “dominionist,” as their Senate nominee, the Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, just made a startling move in bucking the religious right. Thursday, Rauner signed a law written by Democratic legislators that allows the state’s insurance programs, including Medicaid, to cover abortion. It also ended […]