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Young Parents Deserve Dignity in Health Care, Housing, and Child Care, Too!

Posted by Allie Bohm, Legal Intern | Posted on: June 29, 2015 at 10:36 am

Last week, I wrote about the recent Title IX Anniversary Young Parents with Dignity Briefing, which was co-sponsored by the National Women’s Law Center. But, I didn’t tell you the full story (too many words for one blog post!). The young mothers also talked about their struggles finding affordable healthcare, housing, and childcare.

Leydi Bautista, one of the young mothers on the panel, characterized her housing hunt as follows: “Discrimination comes first … I can afford to pay [the rent], but the [would-be landlord] asks all these questions that are uncomfortable like, ‘How big is your family?’ ‘Are you planning to have more kids?’”

Shatia Burks, another young mother panelist, who had graduated high school at age 15 and started college, nonetheless found herself homeless after her pregnancy, surrounded by the refrain that having a child would ruin her life. She was unable to enroll in Medicaid, because she refused to name her son’s father, a man who had been a toxic force and whom she did not want to have rights to her kid.

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Seven Reasons I Am Having a Dance Party in My Office Right Now

Posted by Rachel Easter, Fellow | Posted on: June 26, 2015 at 04:27 pm

For the past few years, the end of June has brought bad news. Two years ago the Voting Rights Act was struck down and the Texas legislature passed HB 2 despite Wendy’s Davis heroic filibuster. Last year the Supreme Court decided Hobby Lobby and completely ignored women’s health. But things in 2015 are looking up! This year, the end of June has given us a lot to celebrate.

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Love Wins: Supreme Court Recognizes Marriage Equality

Posted by Elizabeth Johnston, Fellow | Posted on: June 26, 2015 at 04:01 pm

Today, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision [PDF],holding that “same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry” and guaranteeing that the right to marry the person you love no longer depends on where you live. In doing so, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitutions protections “extend to certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices that define personal identity and beliefs.”

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Iowa Supreme Court Protects Women's Access to Abortion

Posted by Rachel Easter, Fellow | Posted on: June 26, 2015 at 03:55 pm

Iowans won big on Friday when the state Supreme Court voted 6-0 to strike down a prohibition on the use of telemedicine for medication abortion. In August 2013, the Iowa Board of Medicine banned the use of telemedicine for medication abortion by requiring doctors to meet in-person with patients before prescribing the necessary medications. Ignoring the fact that telemedicine for medication abortion is extremely safe, the Board shut down the country’s first program while claiming to care about health and safety. Rightly, the Iowa Supreme Court considered the facts and struck down the restriction because it imposed an unconstitutional burden on the right of Iowa women to access abortion.

The Importance of Iowa’s Telemedicine Program

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On Title IX's Birthday, Young Parents Demand Dignity

Posted by Allie Bohm, Legal Intern | Posted on: June 26, 2015 at 03:43 pm

Leydi Bautista’s son looked at the ad in the New York City subway featuring a picture of a toddler crying with the caption, “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen.

“Mom,” he said, “is that me? Am I not going to succeed because you had me young?”

Leydi told this story to a room full of congressional staffers and policy advocates as part of a young parents’ panel at this week’s Young Parents’ Dignity Agenda Briefing, which was hosted by several youth advocacy and reproductive justice organizations, including the National Women’s Law Center, on the 43rd anniversary of Title IX.

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Happy Anniversary, Title IX

Posted by Katherine Protil, Intern | Posted on: June 26, 2015 at 03:04 pm

On a hot Tuesday afternoon, social justice advocates gathered in the Russell Senate building in D.C. to pop champagne, munch on cupcakes, and celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the passage of Title IX.

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Another Strong Ruling for Birth Control Coverage

Posted by Margot Benedict, Legal Intern | Posted on: June 26, 2015 at 09:47 am

Two is company, three is a crowd, and four, well, four is great news for the birth control coverage requirement. On Monday, the Fifth Circuit became the fourth appeals court to reject non-profits’ challenges to the accommodation in the birth control requirement of the Affordable Care Act.

What the Accommodation Is

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision that requires insurance plans to cover birth control alongside a range of other preventive services, without co-payments or deductibles. The accommodation allows a non-profit organization with religious objections to birth control to exclude it from its insurance plan. The non-profit must notify its insurance plan or the federal government of its objections, so that women who work for objecting employers get birth control coverage directly from the insurance company.

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Now There's Really No Excuse: Pass the PWFA!

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: June 24, 2015 at 03:06 pm

Today is not just any old Wednesday. In fact, let’s rename it “Bipartisan Wednesday.” Or, “We All Stand for Pregnant Workers Wednesday.” Or, “The Day the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Gained a Republican Sponsor in the House (So There’s Really No Excuse Not to Pass It) Wednesday.”

What’s the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?

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