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

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 […]

6 Applause-Worthy Pro-Choice Victories of 2014

The war on abortion and reproductive rights has grown alarmingly in the past several years and there are anti-choice politicians and organizations who are obsessed with turning back the clock to a pre-Roe v. Wade era. But there are those on the frontlines who are fighting to maintain and advance reproductive rights. Despite the damage […]

The Dangers of Mansplaining Abortion

Even mansplaining is bigger in Texas. “Mansplaining” was a New York Times Word of the Year after the publication of Rebecca Solnit’s classic essay “Men Explain Things to Me” back in 2008. Before long, the word had morphed to explain the experience of other groups who are often dismissed: whitesplaining, straightsplaining and, for those who […]

Your Vote Matters: Personhood on the Ballot in North Dakota

This November, North Dakota voters will decide whether or not to add a personhood amendment to their state’s constitution. Measure 1 on North Dakota’s ballot would amend the constitution to state, The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected. The stakes are incredibly high for North […]

Your Vote Matters: Say No to “Personhood” in Colorado!

This election, Colorado voters will decide whether or not to add a proposed personhood amendment to their state constitution. If the amendment passes, women will face the prospect of the toughest restrictions on their reproductive rights anywhere in the country (North Dakota voters are faced with a similar proposed amendment on their ballots). Although personhood […]