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Bethany Sousa, Senior Counsel

Bethany Sousa is a Senior Counsel for Health and Reproductive Rights. Her work focuses on the protection and expansion of women's reproductive rights at the federal level, including expanding access to abortion services and ensuring comprehensive insurance coverage for women under the health care reform law. Prior to joining NWLC, she worked on women's rights issues at several non-profits and as a Women's Research and Education Institute (WREI) fellow for Rep. Carolyn Maloney. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia School of Law, and received a master's degree in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics.

My Take

House Leadership Decides Not To Take Up Abortion Coverage for Rape & Incest Survivors in the Military

Posted by Bethany Sousa, Senior Counsel | Posted on: May 25, 2011 at 04:01 pm

Currently, servicewomen and military dependants do not have comprehensive health care coverage. They are prevented from choosing insurance that includes abortion coverage because they rely on the federal government for their health care. The only exception to this ban on abortion coverage is in cases of life endangerment.

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Too Early For a Lesson? Health Care Reform and the Right to Abortion

Posted by Bethany Sousa, Senior Counsel | Posted on: January 22, 2010 at 03:55 pm

By Bethany Sousa, Senior Counsel,
National Women’s Law Center

Since Tuesday night, all anyone can do is talk about the fate of health care reform. Will it happen? If it does pass, what will it look like? While these are important questions, let’s not let our devotion to health care reform allow us to forget about today’s date, January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

You might wonder, should I care? Is this date worthy of forgetting about health care reform, even for a minute? Luckily, we don’t have to choose, since abortion rights have played a starring role in the health care debate since the beginning.

For those of us working on abortion coverage in health care reform, the past few months have produced a stomach-churning ride over a predictably bumpy road. Restrictions on abortion coverage, as many know, were inserted into both the House and Senate bills. Almost as troubling, the debate over abortion coverage has meant watching our administration, some of our congressmen and women, and members of the public discuss our nation’s supposed aversion to public funding for abortion. 

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Oklahoma Court Strikes Down State Abortion Law

Posted by Bethany Sousa, Senior Counsel | Posted on: August 19, 2009 at 08:15 pm

by Bethany Sousa, Senior Counsel,
National Women's Law Center

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A Step Forward for Women in DC

Posted by Bethany Sousa, Senior Counsel | Posted on: July 12, 2009 at 12:34 pm

by Bethany Sousa, Senior Counsel, 
National Women’s Law Center 

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