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From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet and Sarah Fleisch Fink

A Double Bind: When States Deny Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Expecting and New Parents

It’s the most basic of rights and foundational to our ability to thrive: Every person should have the freedom to decide if, when and how to raise a family. But for many women struggling to make ends meet, this is not reality.


Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

We Cannot Remain a Nation of Paid Leave Haves and Have-Nots

September 26, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

New data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrate how far the country still has to go when it comes to paid leave access.


From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Momentum in Minnesota: 68,300 Workers in St. Paul Will Gain Paid Sick Days

September 13, 2016

The St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a paid sick days ordinance on September 7. When fully implemented, the law will guarantee approximately 68,300 additional private sector workers in the city the right to earn paid sick time. This is the second paid sick days win in Minnesota this year, following Minneapolis’s victory in May. Advocates now have their sights set on making Duluth next.  


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Kind of Paid Leave Program the Country Needs

Sometimes we simply have to pause to say: Wow! At the National Partnership, we’ve pioneered education and advocacy to advance family and medical leave in this country.


Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Airbnb Takes a Strong Stand Against Discrimination

September 8, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Those of us who have spent our careers fighting discrimination in all its forms have been deeply concerned by reports of bias by Airbnb hosts, and allegations that Airbnb’s platform might have helped facilitate some of the discrimination. 


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Eight Labor Days

September 5, 2016

Today is the eighth and final Labor Day the country will celebrate with Barack Obama as its president.


Carol Sakala, Director of Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Carol Sakala

A New Look (and Updated Content) for

Co-author(s): Maureen Corry
September 1, 2016 | Health Care > Maternity

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a completely updated – our online hub for evidence-based information on childbirth and maternity care. 


From the desk of ... Debra Ness, David Lansky, Richard Gilfillan, Fran Soistman and Jay Cohen

How Person-Centered Is Your Health Care Organization?

August 30, 2016 | Health Care

The movement to transform the country’s health care delivery system has been underway for several years now, and some moments of truth are approaching. 


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 ... Christine Sloane

Paid Sick Days Advocates Help Bring Paid Sick Days Access to All-Time High

July 27, 2016

New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that the tireless work of paid sick days advocates and thoughtful lawmakers across the country is making a real difference. Sixty-four percent of private sector workers can now earn paid sick time, compared to 61 percent in 2015. That is the highest share on record – and it means millions more workers have gained access to paid sick days.


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.


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. 


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.


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