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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Activism Can Change the Landscape for Expecting and New Parents

August 26, 2016 | Work and Family


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Failing Our Families

In the United States today, whether you can take a few paid sick days or a few weeks of paid family or medical leave, and whether your employer must make reasonable accommodations that allow you to continue working through your pregnancy, all depend on where you work.


From the desk of ... Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women Foundation and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Clinic, Repro Health Watch

Pedal to the Metal: Trust Women in Oklahoma

Two weeks after Dr. George Tiller was assassinated at his church, I told his wife I was going to re-establish abortion services in Wichita, Kansas.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Hospital Compare: A Tool Consumers Need Now

July 21, 2016 | Health Care

Every day, consumers make choices about which hospitals they or their families will use – and too often, they make those decisions without enough information to guide them.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

An Opportunity to Advance Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
July 8, 2016 | Health Care | Other > Medicare

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will bring the biggest change in decades to how we pay physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care providers who treat Medicare beneficiaries. 


From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Paid Sick Days Victory in the Third Largest City in the Nation

June 22, 2016

Chicago took a major step toward becoming the 34th jurisdiction in the country with a paid sick days law today, following unanimous approval by the city council. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has pledged to sign the ordinance. When it takes effect on July 1, 2017, more than 460,000 workers will newly gain the right to earn paid sick time. And the nation’s three most populous cities will guarantee this common sense protection. 


From the desk of ... Caitlyn Caruso, Campus Organizer, Advocates for Youth , Repro Health Watch

What Happens in Vegas Changes Nevada: The Fight for Comprehensive, Inclusive Sex Education in Sin City

June 17, 2016 | Reproductive Health

On May 24, 2013, hope had died for me. I had been working for the last six months on a comprehensive sex education bill here in my home state of Nevada only to see it die in the state Senate.


Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

The Do No Harm Act: An Opportunity to Protect Women and Families from Discrimination

Earlier this month, I joined a strong group of civil rights advocates on Capitol Hill to celebrate the introduction of the Do No Harm Act of 2016. 


From the desk of ... Theresa Chalhoub

Further Improvements to ACA Marketplace Websites Are Helping Consumers Find the Right Health Insurance Plans, but More Progress Needed

May 19, 2016 | Health Care

During the third open enrollment period, which ran from November 2015 through January 2016, roughly 12.7 million people purchased health insurance through the marketplace.


Maureen Corry, Senior Advisor for Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Maureen Corry

Good News for Women and Babies: New Toolkit Aims to Help Providers and Hospitals Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Number of Unnecessary Cesareans

May 18, 2016 | Health Care > Maternity

On the heels of last month’s Cesarean Awareness Month, there has been robust public discussion about how to reduce the high cesarean birth rate in the United States.


From the desk of ... Tammi Kromenaker, Director, Red River Women’s Clinic, Repro Health Watch

Red River Women’s Clinic "Gets it Done": The New FDA Medication Abortion Label Helps North Dakota Women

In the fall of 2007, Jackie* called to schedule an abortion appointment. She said she had heard of a way to have an abortion with medicine, and asked if we offered that at our clinic. 


Carol Sakala, Director of Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Carol Sakala

Keeping the Momentum Going as Cesarean Awareness Month 2016 Comes to an End

April 28, 2016 | Health Care > Maternity

Cesarean Awareness Month has been an important opportunity to raise awareness about the high cesarean section rate in the United States.


Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

What Advice Would You Give Young Women in the Workplace?

April 21, 2016 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

MTV asked that question as it announced its 79% Work Clock and effort to call attention to the gender wage gap. This was my response.


From the desk of ... Isabelle Beauregard, Campus Organizer (University of Alabama), URGE Alabama, Repro Health Watch

Let’s Be Bold! #AbortionPositive in Alabama

April 20, 2016 | Reproductive Health > Abortion

The #AbortionPositive Tour is meant to be daring.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

It’s Time to Stop Claiming Businesses Oppose Paid Leave Policies

Last week, through a leaked internal poll, we gained even more evidence that business support for paid family and medical leave is strong.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Something is Wrong With Wages in America

April 12, 2016 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

The annual recognition of Equal Pay Day  —  the day that marks how far into the year women have had to work to catch up with what men were paid in the previous year — is always a stunning reminder of just how far we still have to go to reach true equality for women in this country.


From the desk of ... Brooke Tucker, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Michigan, Repro Health Watch

Michigan Women Fight Back Against Attacks to Their Reproductive Rights

As a civil rights lawyer and Michigan resident, I am incredibly saddened and disappointed by the man-made public health disasters that my government allows to persist.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Happy Sixth Birthday, Obamacare: Six Ways the ACA Helps Women

March 23, 2016 | Health Care

Six years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, there is a lot to celebrate.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women and Families in 2016

“These issues should be at the top of our national agenda.” That was the message Sen. Cory Booker delivered at the National Partnership’s annual congressional briefing. 


From the desk of ... Fatimah Gifford, Deputy Director, Shift. , Repro Health Watch

To Fight The Wave of TRAP Laws, We Must First Fight Abortion Stigma

March 11, 2016 | Reproductive Health > Abortion

Texas has a proud legacy of fighting for freedom and trumpeting our independent spirit. We are a state full of dualities.


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