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May 21, 2015

(Washington, DC) A report released today by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) exposes at least 20 insurance companies that are violating the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) breastfeeding benefits and identified troubling trends in insurance company compliance that are likely to be systemic nationwide. NWLC found violations that include limiting coverage of breast pump purchases and failing to have lactation counselors in network.  

May 13, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) The House today passed H.R. 36, a ban on later abortion that flouts medical evidence and women’s needs.

The following is a statement by Gretchen Borchelt, NWLC Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights:

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In response to a complaint filed by the National Women’s Law Center, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that girls in the Deer Valley Unified School District (AZ), the Wake County (NC) Public Schools, Columbus (OH) City Schools, the Houston Independent School District and the Irvine Unified School District (CA) are underrepresented in athletics programs.

I worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for close to two decades. I was paid less than my male co-workers the entire time—even though I was doing the same work they were and doing it well. Near the end of my time there, I received an anonymous note alerting me to the discrimination, and I decided to fight for justice, with the help of the National Women's Law Center and its allies.

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As many of you know, due to several extreme anti-abortion bills, over half the abortion clinics in Texas have been forced to close. Amy Hagstrom Miller, who led the fight against the Texas laws, is still fighting. She has just launched a new non-profit called Shift, because, as she says, she is “so over” abortion stigma.

California is the best. I may be biased because I used to live there, but it really is a phenomenal state. Here are just a few of the reasons why—Mission burritos; sunshine; wine country; Big Sur; and their amazing protections for reproductive health like the Contraceptive Coverage Equity Act; and hopefully soon AB 775, the Reproductive FACT Act.

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#Medicaid is incredibly important for pregnant women. Did you know Medicaid pays for 40% of all births in the US? http://t.co/OA4fnranA2
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Here's how much you need to make per hour in each state to afford a two-bedroom apartment (spoiler: it's not pretty): http://t.co/4X1qKyutd6
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