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Where the Safety Net Won’t Catch Us: How Obamacare Fails Black Women on Maternal Health

Black women in America are more likely than their white counterparts to experience poor pregnancy outcomes.

Even with the Affordable Care Act in place, Black women will still be plagued by the chronic stress that comes with simply being Black in the United States.

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Immigrant Women Should Not Have to Wait Years to Access Health Care

A provision included in an immigration reform bill could keep immigrant women from accessing essential health services for up to 15 years.

A provision included in an immigration reform bill could keep immigrant women from accessing essential health services for up to 15 years.

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McDonald’s Sample Budget Is Not ‘Good for Us All’—Especially Not Women With Children

The fast-food chain may have been sincere in its attempt to help its low-wage workers budget, by creating a a financial planning guide that suggests monthly spending on a variety of expenses. But the company is blind to the realities.

The fast-food chain may have been sincere in its attempt to help its low-wage workers budget, by creating a financial planning guide that suggests monthly spending on a variety of expenses. But the company is blind to the realities.

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Unfair Sacrifice: Female Peace Corps Volunteers Shouldn’t Have to Give Up Their Right to Health Care

One thing I never thought I’d have to sacrifice was my access to comprehensive medical care.

Women serving our country should never have to face the tragedy of a sexual assault, but if they do, they should be able to access comprehensive health care and support services.

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New York City Council Holds Paid Sick Days Hearing, But Mayoral Hopeful Quinn Barely Shows

sick woman in bed

Christine Quinn’s silence was notable because she is widely perceived to be the only obstacle standing between the bill and its passage.

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Paid Sick Leave Pays for Itself: So Why Is NYC’s Mayoral Hopeful Blocking It?

New York's city council has a bill that would require paid sick days for more than 1.2 million workers; calling for its passage, the New York Times editorial page noted that it is “a normal benefit for workers in at least 145 countries.”

New York’s city council has a bill that would require paid sick days for more than 1.2 million workers. Research shows it’s an economic no-brainer. But the bill’s been stalled for more than 1,000 days, even as a natural disaster and flu epidemic hit the city.

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Politicians Didn’t Walk With Me Through My Life. They Don’t Belong In My Bedroom

(original photo via Pottery Barn)

However a person feels about abortion, it’s not their place to make that personal decision for someone else. And it’s certainly not the place of our elected officials.

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President Obama: Women Stood for You. Stand With Us and Remove Abortion Restrictions From Your Budget

(Steve Rhodes/Creative Commons license via ANSIRH blog)

We put President Obama into office. Now my generation must hold Obama accountable to his commitments, including urging him to submit a budget to Congress without unfair restrictions on coverage for abortion care. Obama Administration, take note that women will be watching to see if you live up to your commitments to women’s health care.

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Reproductive Rights as Human Rights? Is the World Flat?

As we celebrate International Human Rights Day, there are still those around the world who think that reproductive rights are not human rights. For me, it is a simple concept: every person should be able to make decisions about her or his body. 

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Census: Low-Income People Still Lack Access to Health Care

If we are truly committed to communities of color, it is imperative that reproductive health and justice communities work to expand access to health care for low-income people. 

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