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Juneteenth: What It Is, and Why We Commemorate It

Juneteenth celebrates the humanity of Black people and the community's indomitable spirit. It is also a time for rest, reflection and solidarity.

Defeat of Albuquerque Abortion Ban Is a Decisive Warning to Congress and Nation

Yesterday’s defeat of the first-ever municipal abortion ban in the city of Albuquerque marks a major victory for women’s health and shows that voters don’t want to take personal medical decisions out of the hands of women and their doctors. If enacted, the referendum would have banned abortions at 20 weeks, even for victims of rape and incest, severe fetal abnormalities and when a woman’s health is in danger.
Nov. 20, 2013

It Was the Right Decision for Our Family

I've heard people say, no matter what side of the abortion issue they say they are on, that they don't know what they would do if faced with a pregnancy that has taken a tragic turn for the worse. And that is exactly why I urge Albuquerque voters to vote against the abortion ban on the ballot November 19. You just can't make decisions about abortion for someone else.
Nov. 19, 2013

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Republicans Should Get on Board in Protecting Women's Health

Democrats have once again preempted Republicans on the issue of women's health, this week introducing in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, the Women's Health Protection Act. In response to an unprecedented level of attacks on women’s reproductive health over the past few years, the Women’s Health Protection Act would create federal protections against state restrictions on abortion that do not advance women’s health and safety but actually create barriers to women accessing a safe and legal medical procedure that also is constitutionally protected.
Nov. 18, 2013

Is This the End of the Republican Party?

In the wake of the defeat of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the governor's race, I hope we can say this is the end of the Republican Party as we know it. The key words being "as we know it," and how it has been the past few years. Many lifelong Republicans like me have seen our party co-opted by an extreme minority and turned into something we no longer recognize.
Nov. 15, 2013

A Deceptive Ballot Measure in Albuquerque

Senator Lindsey Graham may have introduced a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks in every state with extremely limited exceptions, but opponents of women’s health are taking a different tactic in New Mexico, trying to impose a city-wide ban in Albuquerque.
Nov. 14, 2013

We’re Going on Offense with the Women’s Health Protection Act

Amidst the barrage of attacks on women’s health—from the nationwide 20 week ban to the attempts to chip away at affordable health care under Obamacare—there is some positive news! Today, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) are introducing the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA).
Nov. 13, 2013

Celebrating “Thanks, Birth Control” Day!

Nearly all sexually active women—99%—have used birth control at some point in their lives. It’s basic preventive care, and it's benefited generations of women who have been able to plan their families and accomplish their goals. That’s why today, we’re celebrating The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s first annual “Thanks, Birth Control” Day!
Nov. 12, 2013

Health Care Hero: Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

With more than 640,000 uninsured people, a legislature controlled by anti-women’s health politicians, and two infamous opponents of Obamacare--Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul--representing the state in the U.S. Senate, getting access to affordable health care in Kentucky may not seem like a cake walk. But things are starting to look up for the state. Why? Because Health Care Hero, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear managed to accept Medicaid Expansion for the benefit of his state’s residents.
Nov. 11, 2013

The Battle to Protect Women’s Health in Texas

Since June, when Governor Rick Perry and his cronies rammed through an extreme and dangerous anti-women’s health law—after two special sessions, a citizen filibuster, and a Texas-sized standoff—a lot has happened in the Lone Star State.
Nov. 11, 2013

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