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From the desk of ... Martha Skeeters, Marion Homier, Repro Health Watch

Oklahomans Fight Back

Oklahomans pride themselves on the way our citizens pull together in emergencies and tragedies. But many residents, unfortunately, also like to call ours the most conservative state.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Making History for Women and Families

At the National Partnership, we couldn’t be more inspired to make history on the issues of paramount importance to women and their families.


Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

When You Marginalize Women’s Health, You Sanction Inequality

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases brought by for-profit corporations challenging the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control benefit, which requires that health plans include coverage for contraception – a basic health service that 99 percent of women use at some point in their lives.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women and Families in 2014

With demand on the rise for measures that will make our country more healthy, fair and family friendly, the National Partnership convened a special congressional briefing to discuss the policies women and families want this year.


From the desk of ... Bethany Van Kampen, Liz Wagner, Repro Health Watch

The Fight for Women’s Health in Louisiana Continues

On February 4, dozens of allies met on the steps of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) in Baton Rouge to do something that we rarely get to do on the harsh battlefield of reproductive justice work in Louisiana – celebrate a victory.


From the desk of ... Megan Amundson, Repro Health Watch

McCullen v. Coakley

On January 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCullen v. Coakley, a case challenging the Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

President Obama's State of the Union address was a compelling call for a more fair and family friendly nation. 


From the desk of ... Tannia Esparza, Repro Health Watch

Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Decisions: Albuquerque Communities Respect Decisions About Abortion

“Mija, I think that a woman should make her own decision about abortion for herself. It’s her body and no one is in her shoes to decide for her.” These are the words of my father, a proud immigrant from Michoacán, Mexico, a domestic worker, a brother to five sisters and a father to three daughters.


From the desk of ... Amy Allina, Repro Health Watch

Taking Bold Action to Lift Abortion Coverage Bans: States and Cities Lead the Way

Nestled in the Appalachian mountains, Charleston, West Virginia wouldn’t at first glance seem to have much in common with Cerritos College, a predominantly Latino community college with its campus in Los Angeles...


From the desk of ... Adrian Nava, Scarlett Jimenez , Repro Health Watch

Youth Activism for Sex Education

As educators, advocates, and allies of sexual health, we often ask ourselves why we are still having conversations about the implementation and support of comprehensive sexuality education for young people across the nation.


National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

A Day to Remember, A March That Must Continue

On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of men and women came together in Washington, D.C., for the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Fifty years later, the march continues.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

One Step Closer to Equity for Peace Corps Volunteers

July 26, 2013 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

Here's a fact that may surprise you: Women who work for the Peace Corps at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and women who volunteer for the Peace Corps and serve overseas receive different health care coverage from the federal government.


From the desk of ... Sarah Preston, Repro Health Watch

Following Governor Perry’s Lead

July 19, 2013 | Reproductive Health

Over the course of several months, the North Carolina House of Representatives has launched a series of attacks on a woman’s right to choose, passing several bills that seek to limit access to abortion.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

If Budgets Reflect Priorities...

If our budgets reflect our priorities, what does Paul Ryan's budget say about our country, how much we value women and our compassion for the most vulnerable among us? Nothing good, I am afraid.


From the desk of ... Dr. Colleen McNicholas, Repro Health Watch

Medication Abortion Restrictions Hurt My Patients

March 8, 2013 | Reproductive Health

As a practicing physician in St. Louis, Missouri, I provide comprehensive reproductive care to my patients.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Progress on Women's Reproductive Rights

January 29, 2013 | Reproductive Health
Last week, after a pro-choice president was sworn in for a second term and as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, something pretty spectacular happened.


From the desk of ... Marya Torrez

An Overdue Step in the Right Direction

January 3, 2013 | Reproductive Health
The National Partnership is proud to have been part of a coalition that worked tirelessly - and successfully - to repeal an unjust and discriminatory ban on abortion services for women serving our country in the armed forces.


Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Andrea Friedman

Who really cares about women's health? Listen to your doctor

December 14, 2012 | Reproductive Health
The October 18 edition of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) features a compelling "sounding board" titled, Legislative Interference with the Patient-Physician Relationship.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

One Year Later, Let's Make Emergency Contraception More Easily Available to Vulnerable Young Women

December 7, 2012 | Reproductive Health
A year ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was poised to undo the damage done by the Bush Administration, which for political reasons held up over-the-counter approval of Emergency Contraception (EC) for years.


From the desk of ... Melinda McKew, Repro Health Watch

My Abortion, My Activism: The Impact of Stigma

November 20, 2012 | Reproductive Health

Like all of our clients at the Georgia Reproductive Justice Access Network (GRJAN), Jane* called us in desperation. She had become pregnant after her birth control failed, and she simply couldn't afford another child.


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