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On ‘Roe’ Anniversary, West Virginians Protest New 20-Week Ban Proposal

A group of nearly 100 West Virginians gathered at the state capitol on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade to protest a new bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization. Image: WV Free The post On ‘Roe’ Anniversary, West Virginians Protest New 20-Week Ban Proposal appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Will Obama’s Vision of Child Care Overcome Nixon’s Legacy?

As a longtime advocate for quality child care, I was heartened to hear President Obama's forceful words on the matter during his State of the Union address. It occurred to me that it had been more than 40 years since a U.S. president...Show More Summary

Letters to Justice Blackmun Offer Glimpse of Public’s Post-‘Roe’ Reactions

By 1994, when Roe v. Wade's majority opinion author Justice Harry Blackmun retired from the Supreme Court, more than 70,000 Americans had poured out their approval, outrage, and ambivalence in letters to him, a sample of which are stored...Show More Summary

Let’s Use Our Abortion Stories to Push Policy Reforms in 2015

As more people share their abortion stories this year, let's ensure the policy agenda advocates are pushing for addresses the full spectrum of needs laid bare in these stories. Image: Shutterstock The post Let’s Use Our Abortion Stories to Push Policy Reforms in 2015 appeared first on RH Reality Check.

House GOP Cancels 20-Week Abortion Ban Vote, Introduces Another Anti-Choice Bill

Concerned about a possible female GOP "revolt" over a 20-week abortion ban, Republicans will pinch-hit with another bill from their deep bench of anti-choice legislation—a bill to restrict federal funding for abortion coverage. Image: Shutterstock The post House GOP Cancels 20-Week Abortion Ban Vote, Introduces Another Anti-Choice Bill appeared first on RH Reality Check.

What Would Change If ‘Roe’ Were Overturned?

Forty-two years after the Supreme Court's historic decision affirming a woman's right to choose an abortion, access to reproductive health care remains out of reach for a majority of Americans. Image: Shutterstock The post What Would Change If ‘Roe’ Were Overturned? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Study: Medicaid for Children Pays for Itself

Low-income children with access to health insurance are more likely to attend college and live longer than poor children without insurance, according to a groundbreaking new study published this month. Image: Shutterstock The post Study: Medicaid for Children Pays for Itself appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Democrats Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Abortion Access

House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday reintroduced the Women’s Health Protection Act, a response to an unprecedented onslaught of state-level restrictions on abortion providers that has restricted women’s access to reproductive health care. Image: Shutterstock The post Democrats Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Abortion Access appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Don’t Be Fooled By Joni Ernst’s Minor Mention of Abortion in Her SOTU Response

In contrast to last year's SOTU response, Joni Ernst barely nodded at the issue of abortion. But that doesn't mean congressional Republicans are letting it go. Instead, they are ready to vote on five bills meant to restrict reproductive...Show More Summary

Pope Francis’ Remarks About Birth Control ‘Methods’ Offend Pro-Choice Catholics

While his off-the-cuff comments may have garnered chuckles from some people, many others are offended and point to the Church’s central role in denying women access to birth control. Image: giulio napolitano / Shutterstock.com The post Pope Francis’ Remarks About Birth Control ‘Methods’ Offend Pro-Choice Catholics appeared first on RH Reality Check.

On Muslims, No One at State of the Union Can Bring Themselves to Cheer

The State of the Union address can often feel like a cheer-fest. But last night, there was one moment in which the audience met a sentence obviously intended to be an applause line with profound silence instead. Image: ABC News/ Youtube The post On Muslims, No One at State of the Union Can Bring Themselves to Cheer appeared first on RH Reality Check.

To Push Back Against Mounting Restrictions, We Must Be Honest About Abortion Care

As a provider, I will celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by discussing abortion in order to highlight just how unnecessary—and potentially dangerous—the anti-choice restrictions sweeping the country truly are for women and their...Show More Summary

In State of the Union Address, Obama Makes Strong Case for Women’s Economic Issues

“It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us,” Obama said Tuesday night. Image: ABC News/ Youtube The post In State of the Union Address, Obama Makes Strong Case for Women’s Economic Issues appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Tennessee Considers Half Measure in Expanding Medicaid

A plan to provide health care to low-income Tennesseans seems to be gathering support among state lawmakers, business leaders, and voters. Image: Shutterstock The post Tennessee Considers Half Measure in Expanding Medicaid appeared first on RH Reality Check.

El Salvador Legislature Denies Pardon to One of ‘Las 17’—But Hope Isn’t Lost

The El Salvador national legislature had the opportunity on January 16 to pardon a woman named Guadalupe, who was convicted of aggravated homicide against her newborn when, in fact, she had suffered obstetrical complications. Her petition...Show More Summary

Obama Threatens 20-Week Abortion Ban Veto as Two GOP Congresswomen Withdraw Support

The White House called HR 36 "an assault on a woman's right to choose" and a "direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s holdings on abortion," such as Roe v. Wade. Image: Shutterstock The post Obama Threatens 20-Week Abortion Ban Veto as Two GOP Congresswomen Withdraw Support appeared first on RH Reality Check.

West Virginia Democrat Introduces 20-Week Abortion Ban Similar to Congressman Trent Franks’

Lawmakers in West Virginia introduced a bill Tuesday mirroring the 20-week abortion ban legislation introduced by Congress. HB 2153, the deceptively named Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would make illegal abortions after 20...Show More Summary

That Time Joni Ernst Voted Against Women

The GOP can't run from their anti-woman, anti-choice agenda. But they'll definitely try and hide: it's the second year in a row they've chosen a woman to deliver their party's response to the State of the Union. And (of course) they've chosen one of the most extreme, anti-choice senators in their party: Joni Ernst. Show More Summary

Black Women Push ‘In Our Own Voice’ Reproductive Justice Agenda

The agenda is “a powerful platform for us to really organize ourselves, to speak on our own behalf, and to be at the table when decisions are being made about us,” said La’Tasha Mayes, founder and executive director at New Voices Pittsburgh. Image: Shutterstock The post Black Women Push ‘In Our Own Voice’ Reproductive Justice Agenda appeared first on RH Reality Check.

To Abortion Clinic Operators and Patients, the Erosion of ‘Roe’ Is a Stark Reality

Over the past few years, the three abortion clinics I run across the South have been struggling financially and legally. Roe v. Wade turns 42 this year. How did this we end up in this mess? Image: Shutterstock The post To Abortion Clinic Operators and Patients, the Erosion of ‘Roe’ Is a Stark Reality appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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