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In Washington D.C.

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…

Senator Murray Introduces Bill to Dramatically Expand Birth Control Access

(PRESS RELEASE) Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) was joined by over 20 of her colleagues today in introducing the “Access is Affordability Act”—a measure which would ensure oral contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter use would be covered in health…

U.S. House Votes to Overturn D.C. Law Prohibiting Employer Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Care Decisions

(PRESS RELEASE) Late last night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 228 to 192 to block a D.C. City Council bill that would protect employees in the District from discrimination based on their personal reproductive health care decisions…

Human Trafficking Bill Passes Senate Without Expanding Restrictions on Abortion Services for Survivors

(PRESS RELEASE) Today the U.S. Senate voted to pass legislation intended to help survivors of human trafficking that retains harmful restrictions on abortion care for survivors…

Congresswoman Lujan Grisham Introduces Federal Bill Restoring Vital Health Care Services to Immigrant Women and Families

(PRESS RELEASE)—Women’s health advocates, health care providers, and immigrant’s rights leaders applaud Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) for introducing the “Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2015.” This groundbreaking legislation…

U.S. Senate Passes Medicare Bill with Abortion Coverage Restrictions Attached

(PRESS RELEASE) Last night the U.S. Senate approved a bill designed to change how Medicare reimburses physicians that includes harmful abortion coverage restrictions—despite laudable efforts by Senators who support women’s affordable access to reproductive health care…

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…