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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

What Happens When Abortion Opponents Turn Lies into Law?

March 3, 2016 | Reproductive Health > Abortion

Over the past five years, abortion opponents have quietly passed hundreds of restrictive laws.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Promising Paid Sick Time News for Nearly 830,000 More Workers

February 24, 2016

Right on schedule, the U.S. Department of Labor today proposed a rule that will ultimately give 828,000 workers who service federal contracts expanded access to paid sick time, including nearly 437,000 workers who are currently not guaranteed a single paid sick day. This is a much-needed and encouraging step toward implementing the executive order President Obama issued on Labor Day. 

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

“Bad Medicine” Laws Are Harming Women in a Majority of States

February 24, 2016 | Reproductive Health > Abortion

Imagine for a moment that you are a woman in Louisiana who has decided to have an abortion. Here’s what you will experience as you set out to get safe, legal health care. 

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

After Yearslong Battle, Victory in Vermont!

February 17, 2016

Today, by a vote of 81 to 64, the Vermont House of Representatives reaffirmed its support for a statewide paid sick days bill and sent the proposal to the governor, who supports it. The hard-fought victory means Vermont will soon be the fifth state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days.

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From the desk of ... Allison Glass, State Director, Healthy & Free Tennessee, Repro Health Watch

Laws Criminalizing Pregnant Women Put People Who Need Health Care in Handcuffs

In 2014, Tennessee enacted a law that threatens women with jail time if they give birth to babies who are shown to have been affected by the use of narcotics during pregnancy.

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Rachel Lyons, Senior Government Affairs Manager

From the desk of ... Rachel Lyons

An Inspiring Day of Action on Paid Leave

When you spend most of your days walking the halls of Congress advocating for policies you truly believe in, you quickly learn that some days are special.

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From the desk of ... Megan O'Boyle, GetMyHealthData Tracer, Health IT

A Mother's Journey

Megan is the mother of a child with a rare genetic syndrome. Here, she shares her story of overcoming many obstacles – from high fees to puzzling policies and procedures – to get copies of her daughter’s medical records so she can better coordinate her care.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Voters Say It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave

23 years. During that time, you can raise and put a child through college. Transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic disease. Move the country from “don’t ask, don’t tell” to marriage equality for all.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

Troubleshooting Tracers’ Stories

We continue our Tracer Series this week by sharing common roadblocks Tracers have faced when they tried to get and use their health data.

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Small Businesses Support Paid Sick Days in Minneapolis and Across the Country

January 19, 2016

Advocates and small business owners in Minneapolis are making the case for paid sick days. A new report released last week by the Main Street Alliance of Minnesota with the support of the National Partnership for Women & Families summarizes the growing body of evidence that shows paid sick days policies benefit businesses.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

A Tale of Two Tracers

This week, we’re kicking off our series of Tracer stories by sharing stories from two patients who requested their health data and reported back to us about their experiences.

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Paid Sick Days Are Already Winning in 2016

January 11, 2016

2016 is off to a good start for many workers who used to lack access to paid sick days. On January 1, Oregon’s statewide paid sick days bill took effect. On January 6, a paid sick days law in New Brunswick, New Jersey, took effect. And today, Spokane, Wash., passed a paid sick days ordinance. 

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

Get Your Health Data in 2016: Become a Tracer

2016. This is it: the year I get my cholesterol under control. It’s not an easy New Year’s resolution, but it’s one I’m confident I can keep track of, in part because I have 24/7 access to my health records.

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