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State Rep. Jessica Farrar: Forget H.B. 2 and Protect Women’s Health

Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar’s (D) response to the recent ruling on H.B. 2 and how it really is a undue burden to women’s health.  Last summer, the Texas Legislature passed a highly restrictive omnibus abortion bill. Proponents of the bill claimed that the bill’s provisions would benefit women’s health, but in reality they make it much harder for Texas women to access a safe and legal abortion. The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks, places restrictions on medical abortions, requires that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and requires that abortion facilities have...

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Senate to Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act

Here is the news we have all been waiting for! The Senate is temporarily halting efforts to push minimum wage so they can push equal pay for equal work in the workforce. Next Tuesday, or Equal Pay Day, is going to be celebrated in the  best way with the U.S. Senate planning to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Act would close the gender wage gap and ensure that men and women are paid equally. Five years ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which eased workers’ defense against discriminatory compensation practices. This act goes further...

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Is 2014 the Year of the IUD?

As attacks on women’s health continue on into 2014 and as the War on Women rages on, women’s contraceptives may have some hope this year: the IUD making it’s way into the market. According to RH Reality Check, a new intrauterine device (IUD), Skyla, made its debut on the market and has been super popular. One factor that makes the IUD popular is that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) all plans are required to cover contraceptive methods and related services, including counseling, insertion, and removal, without copays or deductibles. Before the ACA was implemented, an IUD would be costly...

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Can the GOP Change Its “War on Women” Image?

Pay attention to this Ladies. Looks like a smoke screen as GOP electeds CONTINUE to make absurd statements and push their anti-women agendas, especially in state legislatures.Missouri, for example, this year has introduced 32 (and counting) pieces of legislation that do nothing but harm women, especially low-income women who have limited choices of reproductive healthcare in the state already.  In the last month, my GOP colleagues  have debated on the floor with absurd statements like “it’s not too much to ask” or ” we want to make sure women know what they’re doing” when pushing for a 72 hour abortion...

Alaska State Sen. Pete Kelly is against increased access to contraceptives because birth control is only for women "who don't want to act responsibly."
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Alaska Republican: Birth Control Is For Those Who Refuse To Act Responsibly

Alaska State Senator Pete Kelly (R) is going to declare a war on fetal  alcohol syndrome. How so? By providing pregnancy tests in bars and restaurants. Kelly is worried that rates of FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) are higher in rural areas and has stated that “we [Alaskan lawmakers] had not treated the problems in rural Alaska in the same manner that we have treated other legacy issues.” Despite his “support” for women’s health, he told the Anchorage Daily News that he opposes increased access to contraception, because birth control is only for women “who don’t want to act responsibly.” He...

South Carolina is the latest state to try to enforce a 20 week ban on abortion.

South Carolina House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

Last week, the South Carolina passed a 20-week abortion ban—an 84 to 29 vote—and it is on the the South Carolina  Senate. H.B. 4223, or known as a “fetal pain” measure, passed mainly with South Carolina Republican’s help. South Carolina is now one of three states trying to ban abortion at 20 weeks. Two states–South Carolina and Mississippi–are seeking 20-week bans, although there are no clinics within their borders that perform abortions that late in a pregnancy. The state of West Virginia recently passed a 20-week abortion ban that awaits the governor’s signature, making it the first Democrat-controlled state legislature to do so....