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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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Miles Ahead for Early Learning

Posted by Amanda Hooper, Outreach Manager | Posted on: September 18, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Every child deserves a strong start to be successful in school and in life and getting there involves more than a small sprint. To highlight the importance of expanding child care and early opportunities, NWLC and MomsRising teamed up to host “Miles Ahead for Early Learning”, a relay race on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. 

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Happy Constitution Day!

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: September 17, 2015 at 03:36 pm

Happy Constitution Day!!! Can you feel the excitement?? Did you even know this was happening today? Well, it’s happening! So buy your friends and family a round of doughnuts because it is time to celebrate.

What exactly are we celebrating?

Today the Constitution of the United States—the founding document establishing the structure of our government as we know it—turns 228 years old.  That’s pretty old.  But it’s also important to remember how young that is, how young our nation still is, and how much growing our nation and our Constitution still have to do.

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The Largest and Smallest State Wage Gaps of 2014

Today the Census released new state data and we’ve crunched the numbers to tell you who has the largest wage gap—and who has the smallest. Here’s what we found:

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