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Supreme Court hearings in Affordable Care Act case to begin in March

The Supreme Court announced today that its hearings in the lawsuit challenging the new federal health care reform law will begin on March 26 and will last three days.

AP: 2.5 million young adults obtained health insurance under Affordable Care Act

By | 12.14.11 | 1:14 pm | More from The Florida Independent

According to new information, a provision in the Affordable Care Act has helped 2.5 million young adults gain health insurance since the law took effect.

Reproductive rights groups compare Obama to Bush for Plan B decision

By | 12.08.11 | 12:26 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Women’s health advocates all over the country were stunned yesterday when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reversed an FDA request to expand access to over-the-counter emergency contraception for teenagers under the age of 17. In press releases denouncing the decision, a common theme has emerged: President Obama has followed in


Economists urge White House, Congress to protect more public lands

By | 12.02.11 | 5:06 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

Protecting public lands can be a boon for the private sector, attracting companies and workers to the communities that border them, more than 100 economists wrote in letter to President Obama this week.

The letter (PDF) , signed by Texas A&M professor Douglass Shaw, urges the president to invest More…

Planned Parenthood starts new campaign to stave off anti-abortion-rights measures in 2012

By | 11.09.11 | 5:56 pm

Leading up to the 2012 election, women are watching — more specifically, Planned Parenthood is watching.

SBA List to use House approval of anti-abortion bill as evidence in defamation suit

By | 10.18.11 | 10:21 am

Despite general belief that the “Protect Life Act” —  which would bar tax-subsidized health-care plans from covering abortion services under the Affordable Care Act — has little chance of becoming federal law, the bill’s passage in the House last week may be used as fodder to help the anti-abortion-rights More…

High-ranking GOPers promise continued anti-abortion push in 2012

By | 10.07.11 | 2:03 pm

House Speaker John Boehner told a crowd of thousands at the sixth annual Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C., that giving birth to 12 boys and girls probably was not convenient for his mother. But she did it, one at a time.

SBA List ad attacks Obama and his ‘one friend,’ abortion providers

By | 09.22.11 | 11:50 am

Anti-abortion-rights policy group the Susan B. Anthony List this week launched an attack video against President Barack Obama, depicting his only friends as abortion providers amid dwindling support from other groups.

Perry criticized by family-planning friends and foes on Texas funding, HPV policy

By | 09.08.11 | 11:50 am

Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the lobbying arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), has launched a campaign targeting Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been pegged by many media outlets as the current leader in the race for the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential election.

Rep. Loebsack showed bin Laden photos, says Obama did right thing by not releasing

By | 05.12.11 | 6:17 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

This afternoon, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Mount Vernon) became one of only a handful of elected officials to view photos of a dead known terrorist, Osama bin Laden, who was recently killed in a U.S. military raid in Pakistan.

“As a member of the More…