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Abortion in the U.S.

This fact sheet reviews abortion in the U.S. About half (49%) of the approximately 5.4 million pregnancies occurring in the United States each year are unintended. Fifty-four percent (54%), or approximately 1.4 million, of these unintended pregnancies ended in abortion in 1996. While abortion remains one of the most common…

Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States: Setting an Agenda for the Future

Women represent almost one in three new HIV infections in the U.S. and the share of women among reported AIDS cases has more than tripled since 1986 from 7% to 26% of reported cases in 2001. Women of color, particularly African American women, have been hard hit, accounting for the…

Dimensions of New Contraceptives: Norplant and Poor Women

Leading reproductive health and family planning experts consider the social policy and public health implications of Norplant, a long-acting method of birth control. This publication was produced as part of the Kaiser Forums program, an ongoing series of issue-specific briefings at which policy makers, health experts, practitioners, and others discuss…

The Use of Mainstream Media to Encourage Social Responsibility: The International Experience

An examination of how other countries have used the popular media to promote social responsibility, particularly in the area of sexual and reproductive behavior. In addition to providing an overview about the evolution of “entertainment-education,” the report provides case studies of initiatives world-wide ranging from Mexican “telenovelas” to an Indian…

Emergency Contraception

This fact sheet reviews current national and state policies around Emergency Contraception, including methods, patient awareness, access and availability, and insurance coverage. Among methods discussed are ulipristal acetate (including ella), copper IUDs (including Copper-T IUDs), and progestin-based pills (including Plan B, Next Choice,Levonorgestrel and Fallback Solo).

Obamacare and You

Obamacare and You is a series of one-page papers explaining how the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” will affect different groups of people. Click on the links below to learn more: If You Are Uninsured  Haga clic para leer en español  If You Are Low-Income and May Qualify for…

Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Women at the State Level

A decade after U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher called for the elimination of racial disparities in health, women of color in every state continue to fare worse than white women on a variety of measures of health and health care access. The Foundation has created a package of resources, including…

A Guide to the Supreme Court’s Review of the Contraceptive Coverage Requirement

This issue brief dissects the issues raised by the legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that private insurance plans include contraception as part of their coverage of preventive services for women. Over 40 for-profit corporations and over 40 nonprofit corporations have filed lawsuits claiming that the requirement to provide their employees with contraceptives violates their religious rights. On November 26, 2013, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases filed by for-profit corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, that claim that this requirement violates their religious rights. At the crux of these cases is a question that the Supreme Court has not previously addressed: Do for-profit corporations have religious protections under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment? The brief provides background on how the ACA’s contraceptive requirement works, summarizes some of the legal challenges brought by for-profit and non-profit organizations and discusses the implications of potential rulings by the Supreme Court.

Webinar for Journalists: Women’s Health Under the Affordable Care Act

The Kaiser Family Foundation hosted an interactive webinar for journalists through its Media Fellowships Program: “Women’s Health Under the Affordable Care Act,” which took place on Thursday, February 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. Now that the ACA’s coverage expansions are in effect, the Foundation’s latest webinar looked at…

Coverage for Abortion Services and the ACA

This issue brief, Coverage of Abortion Services and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), summarizes the major coverage provisions of the ACA that are relevant for women of reproductive age, reviews current federal and state policies on Medicaid and insurance coverage of abortion services as they relate to the ACA, and presents national and state estimates on the availability of abortion coverage for women who are newly eligible for Medicaid or private coverage through the Marketplaces as a result of the ACA.

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