Tag Archives: Abortion

Conservatives Are Using The American Health Care Act To Restrict Private Insurance From Covering Abortion

While House Republicans find themselves divided on a wide range of important issues in the American Health Care Act , in one area they are united. The new legislation's language barring federal money from being used to support any private insurance plan that covers abortion.

March 21, 2017

Reproductive Health Under Assault

The outcome of the 2016 elections has set into motion an expected but nonetheless deeply damaging anti-abortion agenda that is slowly taking form in the Trump administration’s early days -- aided by the Republican majority House and Senate.

March 3, 2017

ACA Pregnancy Termination, Gender Identity Protections Blocked; Wellness Program Incentives Survive (Updated)

A judge has preliminarily enjoined protections regarding pregnancy termination and gender identity in an ACA nondiscrimination rule. Another judge refused to block regulations allowing employers to offer incentives for employees to disclose medical information in connection with wellness programs.

January 2, 2017

Plaintiffs Say ACA Equity Rules Illegally Require Abortion, Gender Transition Services

A new lawsuit alleges that regulations implementing ACA nondiscrimination provisions force the plaintiff professionals and facilities to provide gender transition services against their medical judgment and religious beliefs. It also asserts that the regulations require abortion coverage.

August 24, 2016

When Common Sense And Public Health Prevail: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

The Supreme Court's 5-3 majority ruling overturning two restrictions on abortion in Texas represents a full-throated reaffirmation of the balancing test first set forth by the Court 25 years ago in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern United States v. Casey.

July 1, 2016

The Public Health Implications Of The FDA’s Update To The Medication Abortion Label

On March 29, 2016, the FDA approved updated labeling for mifepristone, also known as the abortion pill. The label update reaffirms that medication abortion is very safe and highly effective and has the potential to increase access to medication abortion in this country.

June 30, 2016

Is There Any Room Left For Empirical Research On Family Planning?

A recent evaluation of the impact of Texas’ exclusion of Planned Parenthood from a fee-for-service family planning program quickly sparked an aggressive response from state legislators. Placed in the context of increasing polarization, the space for empiricism in debates over politicized health...

June 28, 2016

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: Quantifying The Case’s Potential Impact On Abortion Access And Women’s Health

In April 2013, there were 41 facilities providing abortion services in Texas, and now there are 18. Depending on what the US Supreme Court decides in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, there could be as few as nine or 10 facilities left in the state.

March 1, 2016

Protecting The Women’s Health Movement On A Global Scale

In the quest for health equity, young leaders must pay attention to opposition movements, and also that leaders in reproductive health and rights must be specially aware of these challenges. As a human rights defender, I have learned that following and analyzing opposing trends is as important...

September 14, 2015

How Texas Lawmakers Continue To Undermine Women’s Health

Beyond limited access to health coverage, Texas consistently has lackluster health indicators -- particularly with regard to sexual and reproductive health care.

May 20, 2015