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Call Your Members of Congress and Join the Fight for Health Care Reform

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: July 06, 2009 at 06:19 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women’s Law Center 

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 06, 2009 at 05:30 pm

by Catherine Kruse, Outreach Intern, 
National Women's Law Center 

Devon Haynie at The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette shared stories of local women that demonstrate the negative impact of the economic downturn on women’s health.

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Just Released: New Opinion Research Shows Broad Public Support for Reproductive Health Coverage in Health Reform

Posted by | Posted on: July 06, 2009 at 04:42 pm

As the House and the Senate develop the details of health care reform legislation this week, a new national opinion survey conducted for the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) demonstrates that Americans strongly believe that basic health insurance should include women’s reproductive health services and that medical experts – not politicians – should decide the details of a benefits package.

“There’s no debate about it: Americans recognize that reproductive services are basic health care for women and help ensure that women can attain good health throughout their lives,” said Judy Waxman, NWLC Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights. “Congress should refrain from practicing medicine and instead let medical professionals determine what health care services will be included in a benefits package.”

Findings from the survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted by the Mellman Group include:

  • Voters overwhelmingly support the broad outlines of reform and requiring coverage of women’s reproductive health services.  Seven-in-ten (70%) favor a proposal that establishes a National Health Insurance Exchange with a public plan option. If the reform were adopted, voters overwhelmingly support requiring health plans to cover women’s reproductive health services (71% favor-21% oppose).
  • Absent coverage for women’s reproductive health services, majorities oppose reform. If reform eliminated current insurance coverage of reproductive health services such as birth control or abortion, nearly two-thirds (60%) would oppose the plan and nearly half (47%) would oppose it strongly.
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Stand Up and Serve

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 02, 2009 at 05:00 pm

by Amy Rosenthal, Outreach Intern, 
National Women's Law Center 

In a recent message, President Obama has called on Americans to “stand up and serve.” The Corporation for National & Community Service is carrying the message coast to coast this summer through its “United We Serve” program which encourages people from all backgrounds to “become engaged in issues such as education, health care, energy independence, economic renewal, and other issues.” 

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D.C. Graduation Rates Continue to Drop

Posted by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate | Posted on: July 02, 2009 at 03:22 pm

by Kolbe Franklin, Program Assistant,   
National Womens Law Center 

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No Justice for Rape Victims: Realities of Budget Cuts

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 02, 2009 at 12:00 pm

by Amy Rosenthal, Outreach Intern, 
National Women's Law Center 

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