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House to Vote on 20-Week Abortion Ban With Onerous Rape and Incest Exceptions

The so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was supposed to pass in January to coincide with the March for Life and anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Observers say the GOP bill is likely meant to intimidate physicians out of performing abortions after 20 weeks simply because the legal hoops seem too risky or burdensome.

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Health Department: Insurers Must Cover All Birth Control Methods

Some insurance companies have been found to give inaccurate information about contraception coverage.

The new guidelines clarify that insurers must cover at least one of each of the 18 FDA-approved methods of birth control, as well as cancer screenings and preventive care for transgender people.

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Anti-Choice Groups Vow to Defy New Provisions of D.C. Law That Don’t Exist

D.C. Councilmember David Gross says anti-choice groups should read the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act closer.

The groups pledged to “vigorously resist” the alleged religious freedom violations in D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act—but the violations they complain about aren’t actually in the law.

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Report: Civilian Victims of Military Sexual Assault ‘Remain in the Shadows’

Sexual assault in the military could be twice as common as the Pentagon claims, according to a new report released this week by the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Sexual assault in the military could be twice as common as the Pentagon claims, according to a new report released this week by the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

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D.C. Reproductive Health Bill Survives Despite House Vote to Overrule It

Congress could still try to overturn the District's Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act later through the appropriations process, but for now it appears that the law will go into effect.

Congress could still try to overturn the District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act later through the appropriations process, but for now it appears that the law will go into effect.

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Report: Insurers Are Violating Obamacare Rules on More Than Just Birth Control

In a survey of more than 100 insurers in 15 states, the National Women's Law Center found that many insurers aren't properly covering birth control, maternity care, preventive services, and care related to gender transition.

The National Women’s Law Center found that many insurers aren’t properly covering birth control, maternity care, preventive services, and care related to gender transition.

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Bernie Sanders to Media: Talk About Inequality, Not Campaign ‘Soap Operas’

"This is not the Red Sox versus the Yankees," Sanders said. "I ask the media’s help on this—allow us to discuss the important issues facing the American people."

“This is not the Red Sox versus the Yankees,” Sanders said. “I ask the media’s help on this—allow us to discuss the important issues facing the American people.”

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Amendments to Senate Trafficking Bill Pose New Problems for Victims, Advocates Say

The Senate passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act in a 99-0 vote late last week, after a protracted, bitter debate over a provision restricting abortion care for underage sex trafficking victims. But some reproductive rights advocates say that the bipartisan compromise is nothing to celebrate.

The Senate passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act in a 99-0 vote late last week, after a protracted, bitter debate over a provision restricting abortion care for underage sex trafficking victims. But some reproductive rights advocates say that the bipartisan compromise is nothing to celebrate.

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Opposition to Paid Sick Leave Could Be Softening as Sen. Murray Pressures GOP

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)  speaking at a markup session in April.

Workers’ rights advocates weren’t expecting 15 Republicans to vote in favor of giving American workers the chance to earn paid sick days, as they did last month.

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House GOP Poised to Revive 20-Week Abortion Ban

The new version of the ban is likely to include changes to its controversial rape exception, but pro-choice advocates say that's a red herring that ignores the reality of women's health needs.

The new version of the ban is likely to include changes to its controversial rape exception, but pro-choice advocates say that’s a red herring that ignores the reality of women’s health needs.

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