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Supreme Court Protects Access Abortion — For Now

In June Medical Services v. Russo, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a resounding message to politicians all across the country: It is unconstitutional to impose medically unnecessary laws that place an undue burden on a person’s right to safe, legal abortion.

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Another state legislator gets it wrong: "No one is prohibited from having birth control because of economic reasons."

"No one is prohibited from having birth control because of economic reasons," said State Senator Fred Dyson on the floor of the Alaska state house.
March 6, 2014

Why Abortion Isn't Just About Abortion

Jessica Valenti, feminist writer and Nation contributor, noticed something that should irritate and concern everyone who cares about the progress of women in America: When it comes to high-minded discussions about feminism, nobody knows quite how to talk about abortion.
Feb. 14, 2014

3.3 Million and Counting: Obamacare Enrollment by the Numbers

Great news! With each and every day, more and more individuals are getting access to affordable health care with Obamacare (not to mention the millions of women who are already benefitting from access to preventive care with no copay). Yesterday, new numbers were released showing that as of February 1 nearly 3.3 million individuals have signed up for affordable health care under the law.
Feb. 13, 2014

What Are the Women’s Health Cases before the Supreme Court This Term?

Since the Supreme Court started their new term in October, there have been a lot of developments on issues related to women’s health. We pulled together a quick overview, to get you up to speed about what has already taken place, and what’s on the horizon.
Jan. 15, 2014

Cecile Richards Discusses Birth Control and the Supreme Court with MSNBC’s Alex Wagner

Last week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit requirement as applied to religiously affiliated organizations.
Jan. 7, 2014

What Justice Sotomayor’s Ruling Is Really About

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor grabbed some headlines (and understandably caused some confusion) after she temporarily blocked implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit requirement as applied to religiously affiliated organizations. To be clear: the dispute does not in any way involve whether or not churches and places of worship are exempt from covering birth control (they are). Rather, the dispute is about other, religiously affiliated organizations, and how they can choose to “opt out” of the requirement.
Jan. 3, 2014