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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 | Singled Out: What the Supreme Court’s Recent and Upcoming Decisions Could Mean for Women’s Health and Economic Security

December 1, 2014

This Supreme Court Term, another challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will command attention due to its important implications for many who rely on the ACA for health coverage, but equally importantly, the Court will take up one or more cases focusing squarely on women’s health and economic security.  Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued two rulings (Hobby Lobby v. Burwell and McCullen v. Coakley) that threaten to have a significant impact on both, in decisions that had the effect of singling out women’s reproductive health needs for diminished legal protections. This Term, the Court will hear a pregnancy discrimination case (Young v. UPS), and another birth control coverage case may be ripe for review before the Term is out. A key question is whether in deciding these cases, a majority of the Justices will continue to dismiss women’s health and economic security or will instead recognize that promoting women’s reproductive health is critical to protecting women’s equal opportunity to achieve and succeed.

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Fact Sheet | The Hyde Amendment Creates an Unacceptable Barrier To Women Getting Abortions: We Must Use the Resources To Get Women the Health Care They Need

November 10, 2014
The federal laws that withhold insurance coverage of abortion from qualified women threaten women’s health and well-being. These restrictions, commonly known as “the Hyde Amendment,” particularly harm low-income women and women of color. These restrictions must be overturned so that a woman has the insurance coverage she needs to make a real decision about whether or not to end a pregnancy.
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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 | Singled Out: What the Supreme Court’s Recent and Upcoming Decisions Could Mean for Women’s Health and Economic Security

December 01, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | Amicus Brief in Iowa Telemedicine

November 21, 2014

Fact Sheet | The Hyde Amendment Creates an Unacceptable Barrier To Women Getting Abortions: We Must Use the Resources To Get Women the Health Care They Need

November 10, 2014

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