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Engaging Policymakers

In Washington D.C.

U.S. House Passes Harmful Measure Stripping Planned Parenthood of All Federal Funding

(PRESS RELEASE) Despite one in five women depending on Planned Parenthood in her lifetime, the U.S…

U.S. Senate Defeats Harmful Measure Stripping Planned Parenthood of All Federal Funding

(PRESS RELEASE) Pro-choice Senators blocked attempts to advance a measure today which would have stripped Planned Parenthood of all federal funding dedicated to providing basic health care services, including cancer screenings and contraception, to millions of low-income women, men, and young…

Hope for EACH Woman

Five hundred dollars. That’s about what it costs for a woman to exercise her constitutional right to end a pregnancy in the United States—not including associated expenses such as travel, child care, and lost wages…

Seventy-One Human Rights Organizations Call on President Obama to End Unnecessary Reproductive Health Restrictions That Harm Women

(PRESS RELEASE) As President Obama makes official visits to Kenya and Ethiopia this week, a broad-based coalition of leading domestic and global organizations are calling on him to put an end to the incorrect implementation of the Helms Amendment in order to save women’s lives and protect…

Mandatory Delays and Junk Science Among New Abortion Restrictions in 2015

 (PRESS RELEASE) Anti-choice politicians in states across the U.S…

A Vision of Health

The audience clusters attentively around her as she describes a morning two years ago—taping a catheter to the inside of her thigh, lacing up her pink running shoes, and assembling a binder of emails from hundreds of women. …

Congresswomen Introduce Historic Bill to Ensure Coverage of Abortion Services for All Women

(PRESS RELEASE) Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) today introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would ensure all women have access to health insurance…

House Committee Advances Funding Bill Giving Employers, Health Care Personnel Free Rein to Discriminate Against Women Based on Health Care Decisions

(PRESS RELEASE) The House Appropriations Committee today voted along party lines to approve a funding bill with unrelated riders attached that would allow employers and health care personnel to refuse to offer essential reproductive health services and insurance coverage based solely on…

New House Bill Would Prevent Harmful Federal Restrictions That Deny Safe Abortion Services to Millions Worldwide

(PRESS RELEASE) New federal legislation was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent future U.S. presidents from imposing a harmful policy barring any organization that receives U.S…

Senator Lindsay Graham Introduces Unconstitutional Federal Abortion Ban

(PRESS RELEASE) Today Senator Lindsay Graham led a group of anti-choice lawmakers in introducing a bill that would ban abortion in the United States at 20 weeks—a cruel and unconstitutional measure with only narrow exceptions for women with life-threatening conditions, rape survivors who…

Our Work in Focus

The new federal requirement that private health insurance cover the cost of birth control has generated much heated controversy these last few weeks: Congressional hearings, proposed legislation to unwind it, multiple legal actions…
Put 2012 against any year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, in 1973, and you would be hard pressed to find a period that offered as many highs and lows as the past 12 months. Let's start with the highlights…