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Why All 100 Senators Should Support Access to Abortion in Cases of Rape in the Military

The Shaheen Amendment currently has 12 cosponsors. It should have all 100. This amendment should be entirely non-controversial and should appeal even to those who generally oppose abortion but are sympathetic to its need in cases of rape or incest. Even the Hyde Amendment — the original ban on government coverage for abortion — allows for abortion in those circumstances.

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Contraception: Expand Access, Not Exemptions

A broad religious exemption for contraceptive coverage would go too far, depriving millions of women of an important health benefit. Instead of expanding exemptions, we should be expanding access to affordable care.

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Mississippians Rightfully Reject Personhood Amendment

Mississippi voters yesterday soundly defeated Initiative 26, the so-called Personhood Amendment, by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent. The vague proposition, which would have defined a fertilized egg as a person, threatened a multitude of untold consequences.

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A Tale of Two Countries: The Hyde Amendment Turns 35

Rep. Henry Hyde's (R-IL) amendment has worked its way into several other government programs. Photo: AP/David Karp.

Until the Hyde Amendment is repealed and poor women receive adequate support for all of their reproductive health needs, rich and poor women will continue to live in two different countries with two different sets of rights.

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Chris Smith Introduces Radical Abortion Ban

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) claims his bill would “only” codify, or make permanent, the Hyde Amendment. But it goes far beyond current law, seriously compromise women’s access to reproductive health care, and hamstring government operations.

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Prop 8 Court Victory: A Reproductive Justice Win Too

The widely-celebrated court decision striking down Proposition 8 is important for many reasons, not least because it underscores that reproductive and sexual rights are integrally and intimately linked.

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Obama Administration Applies Stupak Amendment to High Risk Pools

This week the Obama Administration placed a total ban on abortion coverage in Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans even though nothing in the law requires such action.

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A Universal Win: Universal Health Care Will Lead to Fewer Abortions

No more speculation. Now we know — universal health care coverage leads to a reduction in the abortion rate.

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Boehner Repeats False Claim that White House Health Plan Would Fund Abortions

At the recent health reform summit, Minority Leader John Boehner again repeated the misleading canard that the White House’s healthcare reform bill would allow public funding of abortions.

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Both Health Reform Bills Change Abortion Status Quo

Opponents and supporters of abortion rights agreed early on, in theory, to maintain the “status quo” in health reform with “abortion neutral” legislation. Unfortunately, neither the House nor Senate versions preserves the status quo.

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