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Research Library: Reproductive Health

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Fact Sheet on the Pennsylvania Patient Trust Act (2015)

Across the country, politicians are playing doctor – pushing for laws that intrude into exam rooms and conflict with professional and ethical standards of medical care. The

Quality Family Planning Services in the United States

The average woman who wants two children spends three decades – more than three-quarters of her reproductive life – trying to avoid pregnancy.1 It’s no wonder that more than 99 percent of women have used contraception at some point in their lives.

Nationwide Ban on Abortion at 20 Weeks: Unconstitutional and Dangerous

Since 1973, the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision has protected a woman’s right to abortion. Yet, the so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), would directly violate Roe by imposing a nationwide ban on abortion care at 20 weeks.

HR 7: The End of Abortion Coverage

H.R. 7, the deceptively titled "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act," introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, is radical legislation that threatens women's access to medical care.

Amicus Brief: Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

The amici argue that denying pregnant workers job modifications that are granted to others similar in their ability or inability violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and contravenes sound health, economic and social policy.

Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Improving Care for Pregnant Women and New Parents

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to improve conditions for pregnant women and new parents by providing the services they need to have healthy pregnancies and provide their children with a good start in life.

Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Summary of Key Provisions

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. Improving health care has long been a priority for women, reflecting their experiences as patients, mothers, and caregivers.

Bad Medicine

States across the country are increasingly enacting laws mandating how health care providers must practice medicine, regardless of the provider’s professional judgment and the needs of his or her patients. As this report explains, these laws undermine the high quality, patient-centered care that health care providers and advocates strive to achieve. They are political infringement on the provision of health care – they are Bad Medicine.

National Women's Health Organizations Coalition Letter to U.S. Senate and House Committees on Appropriations

As national organizations committed to women’s health, we are writing in response to ongoing efforts by opponents of women’s health to undermine the contraceptive coverage provision in the Affordable Care Act. As you work to craft a measure to fund the federal government past March 27 and through fiscal year 2013, we stand in opposition to any language that will weaken the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage provision in any continuing resolution or omnibus appropriations measure.

Banning Coverage of Abortion in Multi-State Insurance Plans: Moving in the Wrong Direction

The “Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-State Exchange Plans Act” or “SAFE Act” (H.R. 346), and the Senate version of this badly misnamed legislation, the “Preventing the Offering of Elective Coverage of Taxpayer-Funded-Abortion Act of 2013” or “PROTECT Act” (S. 154), would prohibit private insurance coverage of abortion in federally administered multi-state plans established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). These bills, introduced by Representative Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), are part of a nationwide effort to limit women’s access to abortion by banning insurance coverage for it.

Beyond the Morning After: The Truth about Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception (EC), also known as the morning after pill, prevents pregnancy for up to 120 hours after unprotected sex, sexual violence or contraceptive failure such as a missed birth control pill or broken condom. EC is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy and should be available to all women.

Ballot Initiatives in 2012: Putting Women’s Health and Rights Up For a Vote

Ballot initiatives can be powerful policy-making tools that raise community-specific issues and allow citizens to take democracy into their own hands. In recent years, however, they have also been a means to push an extreme agenda that would undermine women’s health and reproductive rights.

Appropriations Letter Opposing Riders and Cuts

We strongly urge you to support women’s reproductive health programs in the Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) appropriations process and to reject any policy riders and funding cuts that would limit access to critical women’s health services.

Support Equal Access to Abortion for Military Women

Current law disregards military women and their service to our country. About 200,000 women are currently on active duty in the four branches of the military. Since 1979, the annual Department of Defense Appropriations bills have included a provision that prohibits coverage of abortion care for military personnel and their dependents in almost all cases.

Reading Between the Lines: How H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, Discriminates Against Women of Color

H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), formerly known as the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, purports to address the critical issues of race and gender discrimination by banning abortion based on the race or sex of a fetus.

Health Care Equity for Women Serving in the Peace Corps

The National Partnership for Women & Families believes that no Peace Corps volunteer should have her life endangered because she cannot access a medical procedure that is safe and legal in the United States. We urge Congress to end the ban on abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers and trainees by passing Senator Frank R. Lautenberg’s Peace Corps Equity Act of 2013 (S. 813).

Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Coverage of Women’s Preventive Services, Including Contraception

For generations, women have faced discrimination in health care. A number of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aim to address this long-standing problem.

Defend Women’s Access to Essential Health Care

Congress should increase or retain funding for Reproductive Health Programs, so that millions of Americans do not lose their source of primary and preventive health care services. The Title X federal family planning program and Medicaid are the primary federal sources for public reproductive health funding. In the last year, many states have taken steps to reduce or eliminate their family planning programs, making federal funding even more important.

Access Denied: How Refusal Clauses Hurt Women’s Health

Refusal laws allow doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to legally deny women access to health care services they need.

Standing Up for Women & Families in 2012

The National Partnership for Women & Families is dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and improving the well-being of our nation’s families.

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