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A False Choice in Virginia and Everywhere: Pitting ‘Health Care’ Against Reproductive Health Care

It was not with just a little bit of discordance when McAuliffe turned around and chose to retain the member of McDonnell's cabinet most charged with implementing his anti-choice laws: Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel.

For one thing, health care doesn’t live up to its own name if it segregates and excludes the medical needs—including abortion, contraception, and family planning—of some because of the discriminatory belief systems of others.

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Catholic Bishops’ Allies Dominate Hearing on Sweeping Anti-Choice Bill

Helen M. Alvaré, Susan Wood, and Richard Doerflinger.

The newest version of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would place tax penalties on women who seek abortion, and permanently forbid the District of Columbia from helping poor women pay for abortions.

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Don’t Call Pennsylvania’s Proposed Medicaid Plan an ‘Expansion’

Victories in the realm of trans health care occasion so much celebration because of what health-care access can do; so many of the trans community’s immediate concerns are quite literally matters of life and death.

In short, Healthy PA would extend some coverage to Pennsylvanians in the health-care gap, but it doesn’t expand the Medicaid program, and would reduce benefits of current enrollees.

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5 Ways the Right Tried to Punish Women, Children, People of Color, and the Poor in 2013

If there's any unifying theme to the barrage of right-wing attacks launched over the past year, it's the politics of punishment--of teaching you a lesson.

If there’s any unifying theme to the barrage of right-wing attacks launched over the past year, it’s the politics of punishment–of teaching you a lesson.

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Pennsylvania’s New Medicaid Plan Likely to Reduce Access to Birth Control for Low-Income Women

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

The plan will result in less access to affordable, consistent birth control for the poor working women of Pennsylvania—which, as the federal birth control mandate demonstrates, is counter to the intention of health-care reform.

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New Report Documents Threat to Women’s Health Posed by Catholic Hospitals

A report released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union and the MergerWatch Project documents the rise in Catholic-sponsored or -affiliated hospitals and the negative impact of that rise on women's access to reproductive health care.

A report released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union and the MergerWatch Project documents the rise in Catholic-sponsored or -affiliated hospitals and the negative impact of that rise on women’s access to reproductive health care.

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The Hidden Work of Abortion Providers: Laverne’s Story

Because of all the ramifications of the abortion wars in this country, U.S. providers have become de facto social workers, fundraisers, and travel agents, to name just a few of their ancillary roles.

Unlike their counterparts in other industrialized countries, abortion providers in the United States don’t simply perform abortions. Because of all the ramifications of the abortion wars in this country, U.S. providers have become de facto social workers, fundraisers, and travel agents, to name just a few of their ancillary roles.

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On Medicaid, Shame, and Not Being Silent

Shame is a powerful cultural and political tool that has been used to keep people from accessing the resources they need.

Shame is a powerful cultural and political tool that has been used to keep people from accessing the resources they need. Shame has kept my name anonymous in this article, but it will not stop me from accessing health care, telling this story, or encouraging others to do the same.

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Texans: If You’re Not Scared, You’re Not Paying Attention

Was it true belief, absolute ignorance, or ruthless political opportunism that caused Texas legislators to decimate the state's family planning safety net and, as the numbers now show, wrest reproductive autonomy out of the hands of tens of thousands of Texans?

Was it true belief, absolute ignorance, or ruthless political opportunism that caused Texas legislators to decimate the state’s family planning safety net and, as the numbers now show, wrest reproductive autonomy out of the hands of tens of thousands of Texans?

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Research Shows Philadelphia Failing UN Maternal and Infant Health Goals

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

Philadelphia’s dire performance can be attributed to the collision of two major factors: widespread, profound poverty and a sharp reduction in the number of hospitals providing maternity care.

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