At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Induced Their Own Abortions


The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) yesterday released a groundbreaking report on self-induced abortion. The report found that at least 100,000 Texas women have ever attempted to end a pregnancy on their own without medical assistance. These findings demonstrate that in the face of burdensome restrictions on abortions, like Texas’ onerous House Bill 2 (HB2), women […]

For Undocumented Women Seeking Reproductive Healthcare, Policing and Politics Create a Maze of Barriers

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Reprinted with permission from Bitch In September 2015, an undocumented woman arrived at a healthcare clinic outside of Houston for a routine follow-up exam. Blanca Borrego handed a false driver’s license to the receptionist at the Memorial Hermann women’s clinic upon check-in and waited to be called into the examination room with her two daughters […]

Birth Control Coverage Heads Back to the Supreme Court


The Supreme Court today agreed to hear arguments from religiously affiliated non-profits challenging women’s right to access insurance coverage for birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The non-profits seeking to deny women employees access to birth control argue that the requirement to fill out a one-page form to receive an exemption from covering […]

Abortion Opponents: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say


Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted (again) to defund Planned Parenthood. Another battle in the ongoing war on Planned Parenthood and abortion. Right? Wrong. If you listen to the candidate debates, it’s all about abortion, but if you follow what “abortion opponents” actually do once elected, the motivation becomes clear—it’s not just abortion […]

Mifepristone: More Than An Abortion Pill—A Lifesaver for Women


Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) led the campaign to win FDA approval of mifepristone for early medical abortion from 1989 until victory on September 28, 2000. Today some 40% of all early abortions in the United States are performed simply by women taking medication by mouth with no surgical procedure needed. For millions of women […]

More Evidence that the Affordable Care Act is Working


Census data released Wednesday show that in 2014, the number of Americans without health insurance dropped by 8.8 million from the previous year. Officials say that’s thanks to the Affordable Care Act. What’s more, the Guttmacher Institute reported Wednesday that the ACA has also made long-acting reversible contraceptives—particularly intrauterine devices (IUDs)—far more accessible for insured women. According to the […]

Definitive Proof That We Need Planned Parenthood

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Reprinted with permission from Health Affairs Blog Over the past few months, legislative attempts to defund Planned Parenthood have flared at both the federal and state levels; these moves are clearly an attempt to shutter Planned Parenthood health centers, potentially depriving women of the contraceptive services and counseling, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, […]

Family-Planning Funding Is at Risk: Here’s What You Need to Know


Reprinted with permission from Health Affairs Blog The Title X national family planning program was created 45 years ago with broad bipartisan support. Today, Congress has Title X—still the only federal grant program dedicated entirely to family planning and related preventive health care—in its sights for severe funding cuts or even elimination. The U.S. House […]

Obamacare Is Saving Women Big Bucks on Contraception


A new study published in the July issue of Health Affairs has found that the Affordable Care Act provision requiring insurance coverage of contraceptives is saving women a significant amount of money. For the oral contraceptive pill, average out-of-pocket costs fell from $33.58 from June 2012 to $19.84 in June 2013, according to the report. For an intrauterine device […]

On the 42nd Anniversary of Roe, Time to Listen to Women Born After It


Today marks 42 years since abortion was made legal in all 50 states. Since then, anti-choice politicians have worked endlessly to undermine that decision and make abortion less attainable. Young people are at our most vulnerable when it comes to an unplanned pregnancy, and we are once again concerned that our rights might disappear. This […]