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Finally, Domestic Workers Get Basic Labor Protections

The White House approved regulations extending minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers.

On Tuesday, the White House approved regulations extending basic labor protections for domestic workers. A confluence of events enabled these regulations to come about—some political, but more movement-driven.

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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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Indiana Finally Agrees Planned Parenthood Medicaid Ban Is Unenforceable (UPDATED)

If a budget is not adopted by July 1, the government will shut down.

Attorneys for the State of Indiana have finally agreed to stop trying to lift a temporary injunction blocking a law designed to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Vermont Collective Bargaining Law a Departure From National Trends

Home care workers in Vermont may soon have collective bargaining rights, as a result of union advocacy and organizing.

Home care workers in Vermont may soon have collective bargaining rights, as a result of union advocacy and organizing. “We’ve gone to thousands of doors. There’s no shop floor here.”

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Why I Refuse to Be Taken to a Catholic Hospital—And Why Other Women Should Too

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If you’re pregnant and wind up in a Catholic hospital, you could find yourself in more trouble after you’ve seen a doctor than before you walked in the door.

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Legal Wrap: A Big Win in Idaho, and Companies Fighting Contraception Coverage

A federal court strikes a bunch of abortion restrictions in Idaho, while another for-profit company tries and fight the birth control benefit.

A federal court strikes a bunch of abortion restrictions in Idaho, while another for-profit company tries and fight the birth control benefit.

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Emergency Contraception Should Be Available Over The Counter. And You Can Make That Happen

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Last week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists called for access to emergency contraception over-the-counter. We need to send a clear signal to Secretary Sebelius that women’s reproductive health and medical science should be the driving force behind public policy. Sign the petition being launched by a broad coalition of medical professionals and advocates today urging Secretary Sebelius to revisit the evidence and remove the restrictions.

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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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Open Letter to Representative Trent Franks: What Caring About Women and Babies Really Looks Like

Dear Representative Trent Franks and other anti-choice politicians: Stop claiming you care about women and babies. You didn’t care about me when I was raped, and you don’t care about the suffering of American people. How dare you suggest otherwise.

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Is Rick Perry’s Rejection of the Affordable Care Act Political Posturing or a Portent of What’s to Come?

On Monday, Texas Governor Rick Perry rejected two major tenets of the Affordable Care act, saying the state would not participate in the individual state exchanges nor in the Medicaid expansion. What does this mean for a state with the highest rate of uninsured citizens — a state that already rejected federal funds for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program? Experts say the result will be escalating private insurance costs and declining public health.

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