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Chronic Pain, and the Denial of Care for Black Women

Expedited partner therapy is now legal in Washington, D.C., thanks to the passage of Bill 20-343. It's a progressive step for a medical practice whose day is long overdue.

As long as stereotypes and racism get in the way of diagnosis and treatment, young women and women of color will continue to receive substandard care.

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund Announces ‘Women Are Watching’ Electoral Campaign

The massive campaign will take a pro-active approach to campaigning on women's health issues in several key 2014 midterm races.

The massive campaign will take a pro-active approach to campaigning on women’s health issues in several key 2014 midterm races.

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Orwellian Doublespeak on Texas Women’s Health Care

Speak more humanely about abortion, don’t opine on the female body’s abilities if you’re not a doctor, and mislead voters on your intentions to criminalize abortion.

Here’s the real story you won’t hear from the politicians who just last week met to talk “legislative achievements in women’s healthcare”: Texas women are facing a health-care disaster at the hands of a small and extreme group of politicians.

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Proposed Abortion Coverage Ban Moves Forward in Georgia

A state senate committee in Georgia approved a bill that would ban many health insurance plans from covering abortion care except in a narrowly defined "medical emergency."

A state senate committee in Georgia approved a bill that would ban many health insurance plans from covering abortion care except in a narrowly defined “medical emergency.”

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Pennsylvania Legislator Introduces Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

In the wake of similar protections recently passed in Philadelphia, Rep. Mark Painter has introduced HB 1892, dubbed the Pennsylvania Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, in the state house.

In the wake of similar protections recently passed in Philadelphia, Rep. Mark Painter has introduced HB 1892, dubbed the Pennsylvania Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, in the state house.

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Constitutional Court Issues Decision on Abortion Restrictions in Bolivia

View over the city of Sucre, Bolivia.

In a ruling that marks a significant step forward for women’s rights in the region, Bolivia’s highest court, the Plurinational Constitutional Court, issued a decision ending the requirement for judicial authorization for women seeking legal abortion in Bolivia.

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Texas Lawmakers Who Cut Family Planning Meet to Talk ‘Legislative Achievements’

While the committee heard testimony from state health officials, about one hundred members of Texas' "orange army" convened at the capitol complex and were joined by lawmakers including state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate running for lieutenant governor.

The Texas senate health and human services committee met on Thursday to tout newly expanded funding to family planning services, but critics say they have a long way to go.

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Deadline Approaches in Virginia Medicaid Expansion Battle (Updated)

By March 8, we should know the outcome of the budget reconciliation process between Virginia's Democrat-controlled senate and Republican-controlled house, which will determine whether access to health-care coverage will be expanded for 400,000 uninsured, lower-income Virginians.

By March 8, we should know the outcome of the budget reconciliation process between Virginia’s Democrat-controlled senate and Republican-controlled house, which will determine whether access to health-care coverage will be expanded for 400,000 uninsured, lower-income Virginians.

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Colorado Agency Won’t Investigate Complaint Against Catholic Hospital That Banned Doctor From Discussing Abortion

Stethoscope on Bible

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment ruled Wednesday it lacks the authority to investigate a complaint, filed by the ACLU of Colorado, alleging that a rural hospital illegally mandated a staff doctor not to discuss abortion with patients.

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Virginia Legislators, Listen Closely: Virginians Support Women’s Health

If Virginia legislators want to keep their seats, they had better listen closely: Our state is proclaiming, loudly, that it’s time to end out-of-touch policies that restrict women’s health.

Virginia legislators vote Tuesday on whether to repeal the harmful, medically unnecessary law that requires women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion and a mean-spirited ban that outlaws abortion coverage in plans sold in the federally facilitated marketplace.

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