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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Bottom Drops Out

Sometimes life tests you in ways you never expected. The election that shocked the nation dealt a stunning blow to our efforts to make this country more fair, family friendly and healthy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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 ... 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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From the desk of ... David S. Cohen, Repro Health Watch

Living in the Crosshairs: Violence Against Abortion Providers Hurts Us All

In an ideal world, abortion providers would lead lives just like any other medical professional. However, in the highly charged environment we live in, abortion providers’ lives are different.

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From the desk of ... Jaime Miracle, Repro Health Watch

Access Without Apology: The Ohio Proactive Abortion Agenda

Last month, pro-choice Ohioans and legislators gathered outside the Statehouse as we have done time and again. But this time something was different.

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From the desk of ... Susan Frietsche, Repro Health Watch

New Report: Politics in the Exam Room, A Growing Threat

The most insidious way American politicians attempt to influence the behavior of private citizens is by quietly passing laws that legislate doctor-patient communications, going so far as to force doctors to lie to patients.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

39 Years of Shame

Imagine a public policy that pushes women who are living paycheck to paycheck deeper into poverty… that exacerbates the health disparities that plague our nation…

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From the desk of ... Tiffany Pryor, Repro Health Watch

Illinois Youth Leaders Campaign to Repeal Parental Notification of Abortion (PNA) Law

My heart dropped when I heard the news on July 13th, 2013. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Wrong Way

Extremists in the House of Representatives seem to be firmly in charge as their fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill advances quickly.

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From the desk of ... Chavi Koneru, Repro Health Watch

Lawmakers Should Take a Walk in Her Shoes

On June 5th, with the stroke of a pen, Governor Pat McCrory restricted the rights of North Carolina women by signing a bill imposing a 72-hour mandatory delay on abortions.

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

Griswold and Me: A Love Story

On Sunday, I’m getting married. As I prepare for this milestone and draft my vows, I’m thinking about our life together and the family we might someday create. 

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From the desk of ... Farah Diaz-Tello, Repro Health Watch

The Imperative to Challenge Public Policies that Criminalize Pregnancy Outcomes

May 27, 2015 | Reproductive Health

By now, most reproductive rights, health and justice activists have heard of Purvi Patel, the Indiana woman sentenced to decades behind bars after what she maintains was a miscarriage.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Pennsylvania's Women's Health Agenda

At a time when women all across this country face discrimination in the workplace and need greater access to reproductive health care, it was encouraging to see what happened in Pennsylvania this week.

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From the desk of ... Adriano Perez, Repro Health Watch

Millennials Lead a Texas-Sized Movement for Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice

April 29, 2015 | Reproductive Health

My family moved from Mexico to the United States in 1993 shortly after I was born. Texas became our home and there we built a life that was founded in perseverance and an unrelenting sense of hope.

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From the desk of ... Maggie Moran, Repro Health Watch

Montana House Moves to Preemptively Ban Telemedical Abortion, But There is Good News

In Montana, we are two-thirds of the way through our 64th Legislature and there is no doubt that 2015 is a tough year for reproductive rights.

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