National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library: Reproductive Health

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Comments submitted by the Coalition

The undersigned organizations are writing to strongly object to the “Provider Conscience” regulation proposed on August 26, 2008 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The proposed regulation is unnecessary, threatens to significantly undermine patients’ access to critical health care services and information, and could negatively impact scientific research.

Legal Guide: Social Services for Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents

This guidebook for departments of social services (DSS) is one in a series explaining the law to pregnant and parenting adolescents, their parents, and the professionals who work with them.

Legal Guide: Health Care for Pregnant Adolescents

This guidebook for health care providers is the first in a series explaining the law to pregnant and parenting adolescents, their parents, and the professionals who care for these young women.

ACOG Letter opposing draft rule

On behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), I am writing to express our absolute objection to a draft proposed regulation that would severely restrict women’s access to birth control, among a number of other serious issues. We strongly urge you to abandon any further efforts to move forward with this proposal.

Bypassing Justice: Florida

The Supreme Court and Abortion Access

The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, appeared to ensure that American women would have access to abortion, ruling out any legislative interference in the first trimester of pregnancy and putting limits on abortion restrictions that could be passed during the later stages of pregnancy. The decision followed a long history of women seeking and obtaining abortions – but with a shift in the legal status of the procedure over time.

Facts About Contraceptive Coverage and EPICC

Contraception is a critical component of basic health care for women. Contraception allows women to safely plan their pregnancies, which research has proven is critical to ensuring healthy outcomes for both mother and child.

Bypassing Justice: Montana

Bypassing Justice: Idaho

Bypassing Justice: Utah

Bypassing Justice: Arizona

Bypassing Justice: Wyoming

Bypassing Justice: Colorado

Bypassing Justice: North Dakota

Bypassing Justice: South Dakota

Bypassing Justice: Nebraska

Bypassing Justice: Kansas

Bypassing Justice: Oklahoma

Bypassing Justice: Texas

Bypassing Justice: Minnesota

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