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Taking Away Women's Health Care? Don't Bring It On

Posted by Sharon Levin, Director of Federal Reproductive Health Policy | Posted on: September 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Anti-women’s health Members of Congress have become obsessed with de-funding Planned Parenthood and other providers of health services — without any concern for where millions of patients will go to get the health care need if they succeed in their attack.

Today alone, the House is interrogating the President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, and voting on a bill that gives states broad unchecked authority to de-fund it.

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Celebrating Fifteen Years of Safe, Legal Medication Abortion in the United States

Posted by Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: September 28, 2015 at 03:12 pm

To mark the 15th anniversary of the Food & Drug Administration's approval of the use of mifepristone for nonsurgical abortions, the National Women's Law Center welcomes a blog post from guest writer Melissa Grant, Vice President of Health Services at carafem. carafem is a network of health centers that provide women early abortion care.

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What a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood would cost women and families

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Some lawmakers want to force the government to shut down on October 1
st in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood. If they succeed, not only would this be a reprehensible attack on women’s health—but it would also come at a substantial cost to the country. The full cost of the last government shutdown in 2013 to the U.S. economy is estimated at about $1.5 billion a day. 

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Non-Profits Win and Women Lose in the 8th Circuit

Posted by Rachel Easter, Fellow | Posted on: September 22, 2015 at 03:31 pm

Last week, the 8th Circuit Court dared to be different. It decided to look at what all the other circuit courts are doing and run the other direction. The problem is individuality makes for great fashion choices, not great legal reasoning. The 8th Circuit issued a decision in one of the many cases challenging the accommodation in the birth control coverage benefit. And the result denies women health care protections that have been safeguarded in every other circuit court decision in this line of cases. Now, some religiously-affiliated employers have the ability to take important health care decisions out of their employees’ hands.

The Court’s Decision

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The Attack on Planned Parenthood: Smoke and Mirrors

Posted by Mara Gandal-Powers, Counsel | Posted on: September 21, 2015 at 03:16 pm

In a revealing interview with Politico, the founder of the fraudulent organization that set out to “expose” Planned Parenthood has finally told us how he actually operates. Here’s a direct quote from him, when asked about the details of his organization and how it produced the videos, “My philosophy is that a good magician never reveals his secrets and I want to preserve the efficacy of those techniques for the future.”

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The Economics of Reproductive Justice

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: September 18, 2015 at 03:48 pm

On Monday, CNN Money ran a story describing how a single mother, Safiyyah Cotton, survives making $7.50 an hour in Philadelphia. Spoiler alert: It’s not easy and she’s often left in debt at the end of the month. In order to keep a roof over her head, Ms. Cotton spends most—and sometimes all—of her first paycheck of the month on rent. This leaves little money for all other expenses. Even with SNAP benefits, Ms. Cotton often skips lunch to save money although she always makes sure that her son has enough to eat. Ms. Cotton also doesn’t go to the doctor herself, relying instead on home remedies. She is not always able to pay her child care bills. In fact, her child care costs would be greater than her entire monthly income if she didn’t receive government help.

Skewed Priorities

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More Corporate Tax Breaks While One in Seven Women Lives in Poverty?

Posted by Reggie Oldak, Senior Counsel and Director of Government Relations | Posted on: September 18, 2015 at 03:39 pm

Unfair tax breaks for corporations cost the federal government billions of dollars a year — money that should be used to fund programs that alleviate poverty and create opportunities for women and their families.

Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee voted along party lines to make permanent five of the more than 50 so-called “tax extenders” without offsetting any of the cost and without considering whether they remain (or ever were) good tax policy. These provisions are officially temporary but have been routinely renewed every year or two as a package. Most of them benefit corporations, including multinational companies that ship jobs and profits overseas.

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5 Things Census Data Tell Us About Elderly Poverty

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: September 18, 2015 at 03:32 pm

1. Poverty among the elderly is worse than you may think.

Under the Census Bureau’s updated and more comprehensive supplemental poverty measure, the poverty rate for people 65 and older is over 40 percent higher than under the official measure:  14.4 percent v. 10.0 percent [PDF, Table 2].

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