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Resource Library: Reproductive Health

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Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Women's Health Care in Louisiana (Issue Brief)


Standing Up for Women and Families in 2017

In 2017, the National Partnership for Women & Families is urging members of Congress and the administration to stand up for women and families by supporting the following legislative agenda.


The House Republican Repeal Bill Threatens Reproductive Justice for Women of Color

Women of color will be disproportionately impacted by proposed rollbacks to health care coverage and stand to lose the most under the so-called American Health Care Act (AHCA). Our health and lives are on the line.


The Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court: A Threat to Women, Workers and All Those Who Fact Discrimination

Judge Gorsuch's elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court would be devastating for all who care about women's health and rights and about stopping discrimination.


Defunding Planned Parenthood: An Attack on Public Health

This fact sheet makes the case for protecting Planned Parenthood's role as a critical health care provider.


Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Women's Health Care (Texas Edition)

Texas has led the country in the proliferation of "bad medicine" laws that mandate how health care providers must practice medicine, regardless of the provider's professional judgment, ethical obligations or the needs of his or her patients.


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

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. Instead, they face layers of obstacles, including denial of access to abortion care and a lack of workplace supports.


The EACH Woman Act (H.R. 2972): Ensuring Equal Access to Abortion Coverage for Every Woman

The ability to make personal health care decisions should not depend on how much money a woman makes or where she gets her health insurance. To fight back against these harmful bans, Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2015 (H.R. 2972). This groundbreaking legislation would put an end to politicians denying women insurance coverage for medical care they need. Since its introduction in July 2015, it has gained over 100 co-sponsors.


Lies Memo on 251 Anti-Abortion Restrictions Introduced in 37 States

Over the past five years, anti-abortion legislators have quietly passed hundreds of restrictive abortion laws. These laws try to prevent a woman from getting abortion care, even when that means lying to her, delaying her care, requiring unnecessary tests, making care more expensive, and shutting down reproductive health clinics.


Standing Up for Women & Families in 2016

In 2016, the National Partnership for Women & Families is urging members of Congress to stand up for women and families by supporting the following legislative agenda.


Politics in the Exam Room: A Growing Threat

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. But this is no game. The laws they are passing put politicians’ words into the mouths of health care providers, prohibit providers from communicating important health information, mandate medically unnecessary procedures or outdated modes of care and much more.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Health Insurance Coverage for Lower- and Moderate-Income Pregnant Women

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many women of childbearing age will gain access to affordable health insurance for the first time.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Restrictions on Abortion Coverage

Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures for women; an estimated one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. The majority of women who have abortions already have at least one child and many list the need to care for their children as a primary reason not to have another.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Access to Essential Community Providers

Today, many uninsured or underinsured Americans receive their care from publicly funded clinics and health providers across the country known as essential community providers (ECPs). Many of these providers do not require insurance or any payment.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Expanding Medicaid Family Planning Services

Publicly-funded family planning services provide essential health care that low-income women urgently need. For many women, the cost of contraceptive services is a significant barrier to accessing this important care.


Changing the Conversation on Abortion Restrictions: A Proactive Response to Political Interference in Health Care

Health care providers and women seeking abortions are increasingly subjected to legal requirements that make abortion care more difficult to obtain. These requirements are contrary to medical evidence and best practices, in addition to interfering with the relationship between health care providers and their patients.


The Patient Trust Act: Model Legislation for Getting Politics out of the Exam Room

The Patient Trust Act addresses the serious and growing problem of laws that impose politics and ideology on clinical care. This dangerous trend threatens evidence-based, patient-centered medicine, the delivery of quality care, and public health.


Texas H.B. 1210: Combatting Bad Medicine Laws

H.B. 1210, referred to as the “You Can’t Force Doctors to Lie” Act and introduced by Representative Donna Howard (D-Austin), is based on the fundamental concept that politicians are not medical experts, and that patients and their health care providers – not politicians – should make health care decisions.


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.


Statement of the National Partnership for Women & Families on HB708

Statement of the National Partnership for Women & Families on HB708


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