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September 12th, 2011
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September 7th, 2011
Jennie Linn McCormack is a mother of three living on less than $250 a month in southeastern Idaho, hundreds of miles from the nearest abortion provider. Arrested for terminating a pregnancy with pills she bought online last year, now she's fighting back: she has filed a lawsuit saying that Idaho's 1972 law against self-induced abortion discriminates against low-income women who are left with no other options.
August 24th, 2011
According to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute, unintended pregnancy rates have fallen overall in the United States – but they have risen dramatically among poor women, showing the need for better health care policies.
Between 1994 and 2006, the rate of unintended pregnancy among women with incomes below the federal poverty line increased by 50%.
By contrast, wealthier women – those with incomes at or above 200% of the poverty line – experienced a 29% decrease in unintended pregnancy.
Putting these two trends together, it is no wonder that poor women have higher rates of abortion and unplanned births than women who are better off financially.
August 23rd, 2011
"I know what impact this decision will have on Austin women." ~ Shailey Gupta-Brietzke, Board Member of Texas' Lilith Fund
Cross-posted from Hay Ladies
August 11th, 2011
For many, not even low income women, the thought of coming up with $500 next week is daunting.
August 2nd, 2011
We are proud to co-sponsor the 2nd Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice.
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health notes that:
July 6th, 2011
Nicole Goss speaks out against the racist billboards that have cropped up in Chicago. Click on the image to watch the news clip in a new window.
Recently, CUNY TV's Independent Sources went to Chicago to talk with reproductive justice leaders from the Chicago Abortion Fund about the community response to the racist, antichoice billboards targeting predominately black and low-income neighborhoods on the South side of Chicago:
June 30th, 2011
Thirty-one years ago today, a closely divided Supreme Court dealt a devastating blow to low-income women in the United States when it upheld the Hyde Amendment.
In the case Harris v. McRae, the Court decided by a 5-4 vote that it did not violate women’s constitutional rights for Congress to eliminate federal funding for abortion under Medicaid.
In essence, the Supreme Court said that women’s problems accessing abortion care are a result of their poverty, not a result of the government’s policy to eliminate federal funding of abortion care.
The Court declared that Congress is free to adopt policies that favor childbirth over abortion. This decision upended the balance struck in Roe v. Wade, which placed the government’s interest in protecting women’s lives and health over and above the government’s interest in protecting the potential life of a fetus, and established the right of every woman to make the decision about whether to have an abortion for herself.
As Justice Marshall wrote in his dissenting opinion, “The Court’s decision today marks a retreat from Roe v. Wade and represents a cruel blow to the most powerless members of our society.”
June 15th, 2011
Over the past two months, members of the Obama Administration have issued statements that show a continuing need for education about the damaging impact of federal funding bans on women’s lives, and the positive role that the federal government must play in helping women to obtain the abortion care they need. The Network, along with Catholics for Choice and more than 50 allies, reached out to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Click here to read our letter to Secretary Sebelius.
Our memo to the Obama Administration appears in today's RH Reality Check:
May 26th, 2011
Today Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a bill that sought to ban coverage of abortion for women who receive health insurance through the state’s Medicaid program.
"All women deserve to be healthy and safe," said Governor Dayton in a letter addressed to the state legislature. "I will not approve a bill that infringes upon a woman's Constitutionally-protected rights, discriminates against a woman because of her socio-economic status, or does not protect her health and safety."
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