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Tag Archives: Reproductive Rights

04.17.20

COVID-19 Incites Policy Change Surrounding Access to Reproductive Health Services

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold. Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women’s ability to access abortion services, as governments implement policies to reduce COVID-19 exposure and address medical resource shortages. In the U.S., at least 11 states have issued policies to restrict […]

03.09.20

Standing in June Medical Services v. Russo Explained

By Rebecca Reingold

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo, a case involving an admitting privileges law passed by the Louisiana legislature that is identical to the Texas admitting privileges law struck down as unconstitutional in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016. Political speculation has centered around whether the Supreme […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

02.20.19

Congressional Briefing on American Indian Women’s Reproductive Health

By Rebecca Reingold

Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) was part of the record-breaking wave of women candidates who won in the 2018 mid-terms. She and Sharice Davids are the first two American Indian women elected to the U.S. Congress. Now that she is in Washington, Rep. Haaland is bringing attention to the devastating reproductive health challenges faced by American Indian […]

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11.20.18

Trump Administration Further Restricts Coverage of Reproductive Health Care

By Rebecca Reingold

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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Thematic Areas: Healthcare

06.01.18

Ireland Votes to Repeal Near-Total Ban on Abortion

By Rebecca Reingold

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

By Rebecca Reingold

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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03.05.18

Overcoming Barriers to Legal Abortion in Argentina

By Rebecca Reingold

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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02.02.18

New "Conscience and Religious Freedom Division" within Department of Health and Human Services

By Sean Bland

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the formation of a new “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” which will sit in the HHS Office for Civil Rights. HHS says that this new division has been established to “restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable […]

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01.29.18

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

By Rebecca Reingold

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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10.20.17

Unconstitutional and Unacceptable: H.R. 36’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold. Earlier this month, on October 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 36, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” Under H.R. 36, it is a crime for any person to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks […]

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