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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act: Considers Individual Mandate As Tax, But Women Vulnerable Under Medicaid Finding

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Supporters of health reform are celebrating today as the Supreme Court voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act by considering the individual mandate as a tax, which people could choose not to pay and incur the penalties. In a split decision, the court did, however, find that states could opt out of Medicaid expansion requirements, a ruling that will have critical implications for millions of low-income women.

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Without Millions of Dollars in Wealth, Chronic Illness Can Destroy a Family. Does Mitt Romney Understand This? And Does He Care?

The Romney campaign is out with a new ad talking about Ann Romney’s Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis and her ‘soul mate’ Mitt’s reaction and subsequent handling of her chronic illness. Unfortunately it doesn’t say a word about what ‘President’ Romney would do for people with the illness. Not. One. Single. Word.

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Ann Romney May Not be Able to Pay for Treatment of her Chronic Illness if her Husband is Elected

The Romney campaign is out with this new ad talking about Ann Romney’s Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis and her ‘soul mate’ Mitt’s reaction and subsequent handling of her chronic illness. Unfortunately it doesn’t say a word about what ‘President’ Romney would do for people with the illness.

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Raped In Oklahoma? Better Know Your Hospitals

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A rape victim is turned away because there is no one on staff able to examine her.

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Anti-Sex Ed Curriculum Makes the List: Don’t Blame Obama, Blame the System

A recently updated list of federally approved “evidence-based” teen pregnancy prevention programs has been causing a stir. Rather than blaming Obama for this, we’d all do better to recognize that it was the result of a fundamentally flawed system sorely in need of review and repair.

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Will Low-Income Women in Texas Find Care Without Planned Parenthood? An Analysis of the System Says the Answer is No

Texas’ new state-only funded Women’s Health Program, built expressly to exclude Planned Parenthood from participation, has launched a website that’s meant to help low-income women find health care providers. But does it work? And is the capacity there to fill the need? Our analysis indicates the answer is no.

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Sponsor a Uterus in Need: Make Life Decisions for It & Its Negligent, Incapable Host

Please share and save an American woman…from herself. Written and produced by Kate Lambert. Directed, filmed and edited by Bobby Richards.

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They’ve Told Us “No” Before: Fight for the Health Care Law

For generations, women have overcome obstacles, exceeded expectations and fought for equality. We fought discrimination in the health insurance market, where women have been considered a pre-existing condition and denied health coverage due to a previous Caesarean section or a history of domestic violence or rape. We fought to end the discriminatory practice of insurance companies charging women more than men for health coverage, simply because we are women. And we won: the health care law finally ends these odious practices. 

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Brewer Ends Planned Parenthood Funding in Arizona

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that would cut Arizona’s funding to Planned Parenthood. MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and the NOW panel discuss similar political moves across the country and the real effects of defunding Planned Parenthood. 

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Effort to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

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A federal judge today blocked the state of Texas from de-funding Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state, and excluding them from participating in Texas’ Women’s Health Program (WHP).  

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