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Tara Romano

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State lawmakers expand funding for anti-abortion centers, even as women’s health suffers

Women and their access to health care has been in the news these past few months, as the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) made headlines for, among other things, what it potentially leaves out of women’s health care coverage. Under the bill passed by the U.S. House known as the American Health Care Act, it’s quite possible that insurance companies could revive their old rules that treated sexual assault, domestic violence, postpartum depression, pregnancy, and Caesarean sections as “preexisting conditions,” and thereby charging women who have experienced them more or denying coverage entirely.

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House bill would bring NC abortion law in line with U.S. Supreme Court ruling

With all that’s happened politically over the least several months, it’s easy to forget there was a major U.S. Supreme Court decision last summer that reaffirmed the constitutional right to access abortion. The Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt ruling that came out in June of 2016 pushed back strongly against many of the hundreds of restrictions that states have enacted since the 1973 decision that legalized abortion; and in particular the nearly 300 restrictions that have been passed since 2011.

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Why the minimum wage ought to top the list of “women’s issues”

What do women want? Too many commentators assume that when it comes to politics, women only care about matters of sex and gender, discrimination and reproduction. That’s why so many pundits on both right and left got it ...
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Roe v. Wade anniversary marks 44 years of dangerous obstruction

When the United States Supreme Court announced its famous ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973, it did not introduce abortion to the American public. Indeed, it was far from the first time that the procedure was made legal in the United States. Instead, the ruling brought into the open the common secret of abortion, a procedure that was estimated to have been accessed by 1.2 million people per year in the years immediately prior to legalization. The effect of this landmark decision was not to direct people to get abortions, but to provide those who decide to seek the procedure access to safe and legal care.

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Reproductive freedom: A key to combating domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Competing for time with the cause of breast cancer awareness, and this year eclipsed by the final stretch of an extremely high profile presidential election, it may have been easy to miss ...
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Grim anniversary marks 40 years of denying reproductive health care to poor American women

Whether or not some of us are uncomfortable with the word or the current statistic, nearly 1 in 3 American women have an abortion in their lifetime, making the procedure a common secret in the lives of women across this country. Depending on one’s viewpoint, the actual incidence may be more or less common than you believe. What is common is that many people think they don’t know anyone who has had an abortion.

It’s likely we do, but this medical procedure has been so stigmatized and politicized that the people we do know don’t talk about their experience. One reason for this stigma is that abortion is the only medical procedure that is banned from most public insurance funding.

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Some important truths about the Zika crisis and reproductive freedom

Summer is winding down here in North Carolina, but the heat isn’t going away just yet. And neither are the mosquitoes. In the Southeast, mosquito season can last until November, depending on the timing of the first frost. As Florida has now recorded more than 60 non-travel-related Zika cases, mosquitos are on the mind of many state officials and public health professionals. They will also likely be on the minds of women of childbearing age, who continue to confront the dire warnings about the dangers of a Zika infection during pregnancy.

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On tomorrow’s 96th anniversary, the struggle for women’s equality continues

Tomorrow, August 26, is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. This amendment proclaimed that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Sounds like women got the right to vote on that day in 1920, right? Well, not entirely.

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North Carolina: Big talk but little real action in protecting pregnant workers

One of the less-well-reported aspects of North Carolina’s notorious HB2 law as it originally read was a provision that removed state protections from on-the-job discrimination (a protection later added back in, but in a weaker form). As we ...
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My grandmother, voter ID and the federal courts

When my grandmother passed away a few years ago at age 96, she was renting an apartment, had a bank account, and was generally able to get around on her own for the most part, although she did have regular visits with a variety of medical professionals.

Oh, and, one other thing: she was still voting.

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