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In the four decades since Roe v. Wade, women and their families have come to rely on the right to abortion. But attacks on abortion continue, putting a woman's ability to obtain a safe, legal abortion at great risk.

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Fact Sheet | Reproductive Health Is Part of the Economic Health of Women and Their Families

July 31, 2014

The economic security of women and families is directly tied to a woman’s access to reproductive health care.  As the United States Supreme Court has said, “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.”   The ability to decide when and whether to become a parent due to access to reproductive health care has led to a dramatic increase both in women’s participation in the workforce and families’ reliance on women’s earnings.  Yet, accessing reproductive health care can be costly for women, if available at all, because of ever-increasing government-imposed barriers that threaten their health and economic well-being. It is imperative to strike down these barriers and ensure every woman has access to safe and affordable reproductive health services – women’s economic security could depend on it.

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Fact Sheet | 2014 State Level Abortion Restrictions at Mid-Year: An Extreme Overreach into Women’s Reproductive Health Care

July 17, 2014

State legislators in 2014 continue to enact laws that restrict access to abortion or ban it outright. So far this year, 13 states have adopted 21 new restrictions that limit access to abortion.  These state restrictions are a dangerous overreach into women’s personal medical decisions.

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Fact Sheet | The D.C. Abortion Coverage Ban Threatens Women's Health

June 25, 2014

The District of Columbia—unlike any of the fifty states—is currently barred from using its local funds to provide abortion services for low-income women. This ban prohibits D.C. from deciding how to spend its own revenue and threatens the health of its residents.

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Fact Sheet | State Bans on Insurance Coverage of Abortion Endanger Women’s Health and Take Health Benefits Away from Women

May 5, 2014

The health care law goes a long way toward improving women’s health and addressing the discrimination women have faced in the health insurance market. Unfortunately however, the health care law explicitly allows states to pass laws banning private insurance coverage of abortion in any exchange set up in their state.  State politicians who want abortion to be illegal have wasted no time pushing bans on insurance coverage of abortion, making abortion unaffordable and interfering with a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions.

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Fact Sheet | Reproductive Health Is Part of the Economic Health of Women and Their Families

July 31, 2014

Fact Sheet | 2014 State Level Abortion Restrictions at Mid-Year: An Extreme Overreach into Women’s Reproductive Health Care

July 17, 2014

Fact Sheet | The D.C. Abortion Coverage Ban Threatens Women's Health

June 25, 2014

Fact Sheet | The FY15 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Corrects a Health Care Coverage Inequity for Peace Corps Volunteers

June 23, 2014

Fact Sheet | State Bans on Insurance Coverage of Abortion Endanger Women’s Health and Take Health Benefits Away from Women

May 05, 2014