Author Archives: Rebecca Reingold

11.20.18

Trump Administration Further Restricts Coverage of Reproductive Health Care

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This post was written by Emily Fruchterman, Research Assistant at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold. The day after the midterm elections, the Trump administration released a series of new rules likely to have a troubling impact on American women’s access to reproductive care. The first two are final rules that significantly expand the ability of employers […]

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10.15.18

Troubling Effects on Health of Trump’s Proposed “Public Charge” Rule

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This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold.  On September 21, 2018, the Secretary of Homeland Security signed a proposed rule that would allow immigration officials to refuse admission and deny visa extensions to immigrants who use public benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and federally-funded housing assistance programs. […]

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07.17.18

NIFLA v. Becerra: SCOTUS’s Special Treatment of Speech about Abortion

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This post was written by Ainslie Tisdale and Rebecca Reingold. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision,NIFLA v. Becerra, that a California law that required disclosure of certain information was unconstitutional because it violated crisis pregnancy centers’ (CPCs) freedom of speech. CPCs are non-profit and typically religiously-affiliated organizations that provide […]

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06.01.18

Ireland Votes to Repeal Near-Total Ban on Abortion

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On May 25, Ireland eliminated its near-total ban on abortion, just days before women’s right advocates around the world celebrated the International Day of Action for Women’s Health on May 28. With 64% voter turnout, 66% percent voted in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution — a 1983 measure that conferred equal rights on […]

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05.16.18

A Lack of Consensus around Surrogacy Regulation at the National Level

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For many years, surrogacy laws around the world have been in flux. Currently, the Canadian Parliament is considering a bill that would repeal the current legal prohibitions against paying for a surrogate. In the UK, the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have announced they will review various laws that regulate surrogacy as […]

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04.11.18

Rethinking Obstetric Violence: Is Criminalization Really the Only Way Forward?

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This post was written by Isabel Barbosa and Rebecca Reingold in honor of the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. Obstetric violence is disrespectful, abusive, and neglectful treatment by health providers during the provision of health care related to pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum period in both public and private settings. Experiences of obstetric violence include: physical abuse; humiliation […]

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03.19.18

Breaking the Cycle of Violence against Women and Housing Instability

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This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold.  In the U.S., there is a profound stigma around being homeless and negative stereotypes about people experiencing homelessness are commonplace, painting them as lazy, addicted, mentally ill and potentially dangerous. Such stigma and stereotypes frequently distract us from serious challenges faced by people who experience […]

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03.05.18

Overcoming Barriers to Legal Abortion in Argentina

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This post was written by Camila Leone and Rebecca Reingold. On February 22, the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, announced that the country’s legislature will debate a bill that would decriminalize abortion on broader grounds. Currently, abortion is only legal when the pregnancy poses a risk to women’s life or health and in case of […]

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01.29.18

Understanding Black Women’s Heightened Risk of Maternal Mortality in the U.S.

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This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold.  U.S. maternal mortality ratios are the highest in the developed world and are rising, in contrast to global trends. The national rate, however, hides an even more troubling fact: black women in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white women […]

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12.20.17

#MeToo: Who is being left out?

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This year’s #MeToo movement has triggered a national reckoning with sexual harassment and misconduct in the U.S. However, the movement began 10 years ago when Tarana Burke founded a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Tarana explains that “from the start of #MeToo going viral and the recognition of my years […]

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