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Black women reject confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda President and CEO Marcela Howell issued the following statement in response: “In the crudest…

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The Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Releases First Priorities for an Incoming Administration

WASHINGTON — Today, the Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice released First Priorities, a detailed punch list of executive and agency actions for the opening days of an incoming administration. First Priorities is based on the Blueprint, a bold, intersectional, and…

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Black women applaud Pennsylvania injunction to 
stop rollback of birth control coverage

JAN 14, 2019

Contact: Loretta Kane (917-410-7242 or

Statement of In Our Own Voice President and CEO Marcela Howell

WASHINGTON –– Today, a federal court in Pennsylvania granted a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration’s attack on birth control. Last year, the administration announced new rules to eliminate guaranteed birth control coverage with no out-of-pocket costs under the Affordable Care Act.

The nationwide injunction comes on the heels of yesterday’s California court injunction covering 13 states and Washington, D.C. The Trump administration rules would allow employers to refuse birth control coverage if they have a moral or religious objection. These injunctions block implementation of the rule while the Pennsylvania and California cases continue to be litigated.

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