Tag Archives: Pro-Choice

Top 6 Out-of-Touch Hobby Lobby Demonstration Signs (and Why they’re F*cked)

Yesterday, I went to the Supreme Court with the other National Organization for Women interns to protest the ruling on Hobby Lobby which gave employers the right to discriminate against women and deny them healthcare. Pro-choice and pro-women’s health organizations were well represented at the court, with NARAL, the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and others showing up en masse to voice our disapproval.

Of course, the other side showed up to celebrate. Were are the Top 6 examples of uninformed and misguided rhetoric the right uses to undermine women’s health and women’s rights.

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How do you say “Emergency Contraception” in Wolof? Access to EC Abroad

As those of you who know me personally are aware, I just got back from a semester abroad in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, a former French colony in West Africa.

In the days leading up to my departure in August, I funneled all my excitement and nervous energy into packing. What should I bring? How long to my skirts have to be? How much bug spray do I need?

About to step into what seemed like a totally different world, I had no idea what I would really need, or if I was bringing the right stuff. And in the frenzy of the transition, of course all of the students on my program forgot something pretty important (for me, it was an umbrella, which would have been super useful during the 2 remaining months of the rainy season).

Luckily, there was something that I knew I couldn’t forget: emergency contraception.

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Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

Recently, a NYTimes article revealed the huge – and often hidden – costs of having a baby in the US:

From 2004 to 2010, the prices that insurers paid for childbirth — one of the most universal medical encounters — rose 49 percent for vaginal births and 41 percent for Caesarean sections in the United States, with average out-of-pocket costs rising fourfold, according to a recent report by Truven that was commissioned by three health care groups. The average total price charged for pregnancy and newborn care was about $30,000 for a vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a C-section, with commercial insurers paying out an average of $18,329 and $27,866, the report found.

Women with insurance pay out of pocket an average of $3,400, according to a survey by Childbirth Connection, one of the groups behind the maternity costs report. Two decades ago, women typically paid nothing other than a small fee if they opted for a private hospital room or television.

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