Feb 9 2018

National Institute for Reproductive Health Announces New Investments in Cities in Deep Red States

12 Key Cities – 10 in Historically Conservative States – Named the New Battlegrounds for Reproductive Freedom in 2018 New York – Six months after releasing the Local Reproductive Freedom Index, a first-of-its-kind evaluation of the reproductive health, rights and justice policies of 40 of the most populous U.S. cities, the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) today announced new grants for on-the-ground partners in 12 key cities: Hartford, CT; Louisville, KY; Detroit, MI; Columbia, Kansas City, and St. Louis, MO; Memphis,...

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Nov 20 2017

Pittsburgh Takes a Bold Stand for Abortion Coverage for All!

Congratulations to Pittsburgh for becoming the 13th locality and second one in 2017 to pass a resolution in support of coverage for abortion care! With Councilmember Natalia Rudiak as the lead sponsor, the City Council passed a Will of Council calling for the passage of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage (EACH Woman) Act in to reinstate abortion coverage in public insurance programs and repeal of Pennsylvania’s ban on abortion coverage in private insurance plans sold through the Pennsylvania Health...

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Nov 10 2017

Victory for Pregnant, Incarcerated Women in Allegheny County, PA

In a victory for pregnant and incarcerated women in western Pennsylvania, the Allegheny County Jail has agreed to expansive new policies and accountability measures for housing pregnant women. These changes are part of a settlement from a lawsuit brought by five plaintiffs who were placed in solitary confinement for minor, non-violent infractions while pregnant. Under the new policies, the jail must refrain from placing pregnant women in solitary confinement for any action that is not an immediate safety concern and...

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Nov 8 2017

Progressives Win in Cities Across the Country

On a day in which abortion access, health care, and the rights of the LGBTQ community, people of color, and immigrants were all on the ballot, voters overwhelmingly supported progressive candidates, showing up in unexpectedly high numbers to shift the balance of power in key cities and states. At the local level, progressive incumbent mayors in multiple cities won, including Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston, Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo, Mayor Lovely...

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Nov 8 2017

The District of Columbia is Taking Steps to Protect Abortion Providers

Cheers to Washington, D.C. for taking steps to protect abortion providers! On November 7, 2017, the D.C. Council introduced the Abortion Provider Nondiscrimination Amendment Act, a bill to protect health care professionals who provide or support abortion from discrimination. There is a long history of violence against abortion providers across the United States, including many who report hostility and discrimination when their employer finds out that they provide or support abortions. While there are some federal protections in place for...

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