Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Many of the health challenges faced by women are a result of insufficient access to basic prevention information, health services and insurance coverage. In the pharmaceutical and health industries, the gender dimensions of diseases and treatments are often overlooked in setting research priorities and developing new products. The availability and quality of health care may vary according to race, income, ability, geographic location or immigration status. In the U.S., finding affordable health insurance is particularly challenging for women, who often pay higher premiums than men. Many insurance companies fail to cover or provide adequate maternity care or essential reproductive health services. Additionally, women experience more part-time and interrupted jobs and careers due to caregiving and family responsibilities and require portable health plans that provide stable coverage.

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December 19, 2008 posted by Linda Basch Gloria Feldt recently reviewed the book Our Bodies, Our Crimes for the journal Democracy.  Her...
December 5, 2008 posted by admin Michelle wakes up in the morning, takes a long satisfied stretch, and reaches for her blackberry resting on the...
Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger and Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-Presidents, National Women's Law Center Throughout the nation's history, the actions of...
November 7, 2008 Posted by Rita Henley Jensen, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Women’s eNews As The Memo: A Status Report on U.S. Women produced...

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  • October 12, 2010

    EurekAlert: A new study in the journal Cancer shows that racial disparities in the receipt of breast cancer care persist and more efforts are needed to better understand disparities in breast cancer care and to ensure that all affected women receive...


  • September 9, 2010

    Los Angeles Times:  Seven women accused of infanticide--killing a full term born infant were finally released from prison.  Human rights advocates believe that the government was attempting to make an example of the women, who induced...


  • September 5, 2010

    Center for Reproductive Rights: A look back at statistics from the 2010 legislative session demonstrates the myriad of ways that abortion and other reproductive freedoms have been limited over the past year. 


  • August 30, 2010

    KPBS: The California legislature has unanimously voted fpr a bill that would restore the Every Woman Counts Program, which offers breast and cervical cancer screenings to more than 6000 low-income women a year.  It is unclear whethe Governor...


  • July 18, 2010

    New York Times: According to a new report, maternal mortality is higher in New York than in almost any other state.  Women of color are the most affected, with black women seven times more likely to die in pregnancy than white women, and Hispanic...