Health
Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision

Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision

Democrats in the House and Senate are expected to introduce companion bills today to reverse the US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby by prohibiting for-profit employers from refusing to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Supreme Court Decision On Wheaton College Further Threatens Contraceptive Access

Supreme Court Decision On Wheaton College Further Threatens Contraceptive Access

A majority of the US Supreme Court granted a temporary emergency injunction to Wheaton College, ruling that the school does not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage benefit.
Supreme Court Will Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Supreme Court Will Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The US Supreme Court will decide next term whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires an employer to provide workplace accommodations to pregnant employees if that employer also provides comparable accommodations to non-pregnant employees who become temporarily unable to perform their jobs without the accommodation.
Hobby Lobby Ruling May Reach All Forms of Contraception

Hobby Lobby Ruling May Reach All Forms of Contraception

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a series of orders suggesting that its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby applies to all forms of contraception and not just the methods at issue in the Hobby Lobby case.
Supreme Court Decision in Hobby Lobby Case Values Corporations Over Women

Supreme Court Decision in Hobby Lobby Case Values Corporations Over Women

Even as the Court decided that closely-held corporations could have religious rights protected by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the conservative majority minimized not only the importance of women's health but also the goal of women's equality.
Stop The Madness: On Treating Women Prisoners With Dignity

Stop The Madness: On Treating Women Prisoners With Dignity

Women in prison are still people - and they shouldn't have to endure shackling during childbirth and forced sterilization just because they committed a crime.
Supreme Court Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Birth Control Case

Supreme Court Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Birth Control Case

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. today in a major blow to reproductive rights for women across the nation.
TRAP Law Shuts Down North Alabama Clinic

TRAP Law Shuts Down North Alabama Clinic

One northern Alabama clinic surrendered its provider license Tuesday. The Alabama Women's Center in Huntsville is the latest victim of a new state TRAP law set to take effect July 1.
Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Two Michigan lawmakers introduced state legislation to repeal a Michigan law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for abortion, even in cases of rape or when a women's health is endangered.
Young Americans Healthier Under Affordable Care Act

Young Americans Healthier Under Affordable Care Act

Young adults are now 7.2 percent more likely to have health insurance, 6.2 percent more likely to report "excellent physical health" and 4 percent more likely to say they are in "excellent mental health."
Sixth Circuit Rejects Challenge to ACA Birth Control Benefit

Sixth Circuit Rejects Challenge to ACA Birth Control Benefit

A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act birth control coverage benefit does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or the First Amendment,
Louisiana Legislature Passes Bill to Keeping Pregnant Women on Life Support Against Wishes

Louisiana Legislature Passes Bill to Keeping Pregnant Women on Life Support Against Wishes

HB 1274 requires physicians to to keep brain-dead women who are at least 20 weeks pregnant on mechanical support if there is a chance the fetus is viable.
Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide

Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide

"There is no better investment in the world's future prosperity than women's and children's health."
Medicare Ban on Transition-Related Transgender Health Coverage Lifted

Medicare Ban on Transition-Related Transgender Health Coverage Lifted

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board ruled on Friday that transgender people can no longer be automatically denied Medicare coverage for surgery as part of their transition-related health care.
Complaint Filed Against Insurers for Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS

Complaint Filed Against Insurers for Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS

The complaint claims that four Florida insurers are creating prescription drug policies that discourage people with HIV/AIDS from using their plans.
State Refusals to Expand Medicaid Have Left Millions Uninsured

State Refusals to Expand Medicaid Have Left Millions Uninsured

Nearly five million low-income Americans do not have access to affordable insurance because state legislators in 24 states refuse to expand Medicaid.
Advocates Push NYPD for More Reform Following Recent Condom Seizure Policy Revision

Advocates Push NYPD for More Reform Following Recent Condom Seizure Policy Revision

The NYPD will stop its practice of confiscating condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution.
Reports Reveal Decrease in Maternal Mortality and Need for Faster Progress

Reports Reveal Decrease in Maternal Mortality and Need for Faster Progress

Two new reports by United Nations agencies revealed that although there has been significant progress in reducing maternal mortality worldwide over the last decade, much more can be done to protect women's lives.
Around the World, Mother's Day Is A Call to Action

Around the World, Mother’s Day Is A Call to Action

Becoming a mother didn't cost me my life, and it didn't cost my daughter hers either. Some moms aren’t so lucky.
Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Allowing Criminalization of Pregnant Women

Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Allowing Criminalization of Pregnant Women

SB 1391 would permit women to be charged with assault - theoretically up to the point of aggravated assault, which incurs a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison - if they have pregnancy complications after using illegal drugs or deliver children with "neonatal abstinence syndrome."