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Donna Barry Archives

Congress Must Stop Playing Politics with Abortion

women's rights rallyCongressional leaders are intent on using every opportunity to try and eliminate access to abortion, including in critical bills funding health care and assistance for victims of human trafficking. But there are important differences in the bills’ abortion language that must be considered.

by Donna Barry & Julia Rugg | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Improving Abortion Access by Expanding Those Who Provide Care

Washington rally article icon Issue Brief Recent policy change affecting abortion care has mainly included reducing access, but some states and laws are actually increasing access.

by Donna Barry & Julia Rugg | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Infographic: How Many Women Are Benefiting from the Affordable Care Act?

This infographic is a compilation of data from multiple sources to highlight how women are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. It will be updated at least monthly to reflect the most recent data available.

by Donna Barry | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Challenge to Congress

Capitol Hill article icon Issue Brief It’s time for Congress to show that its words are more than mere rhetoric—that they are instead backed by concrete action and accountability on the issues important to women and their families.

by Jocelyn Frye, Milia Fisher, Donna Barry | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Access to Contraception for Women Serving in the Armed Forces

female soldier article icon Fact Sheet The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act and other policy changes are critical to address the reproductive health care inequities that women serving in the armed forces face.

by Julia Rugg & Donna Barry | Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Ensuring Access to Family Planning Services for All

Morning-after pill article icon Issue Brief While women have access to family planning services at a multitude of health care facilities—and while a wide spectrum of funding sources covers contraceptives and those services—we are not doing enough to ensure access for all women.

by Donna Barry and Amelia Esenstad | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ensuring Access to Sexually Transmitted Infection Care for All

HPV vaccine article icon Issue Brief Increased funding and a wide variety of health care facilities and providers that can prevent, detect, and treat sexually transmitted infections are keys to reducing this underappreciated public health problem.

by Donna Barry and McKinley Sherrod | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Infographic: The Ripple Effect of the Hobby Lobby Decision

rippleAllowing corporate religious liberty to trump employees’ religious liberty can lead to a cascade of poor health outcomes for the nation.

by Donna Barry, Laura E. Durso, and Chester Hawkins, with Amelia Esenstad and Hannah Hussey | Tuesday, September 9, 2014

In Ferguson and the Entire Nation, Institutional Racism Extends Far Beyond Law Enforcement

From local police departments to the Supreme Court, Donna Barry and Heidi Williamson find systemically embedded discrimination in U.S. institutions.

by Donna Barry and Heidi Williamson | Thursday, August 28, 2014

7 Important Facts to Know About STDs

HPVAs STD Awareness Month comes to a close, consider the effect such diseases have on health in the United States.

by Donna Barry | Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It’s About Women’s Health and Rights

Contraception mandateMisleading news stories over the past week exaggerated the scope of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s recent action. What the Court decides this spring, however, may affect millions of women.

by Donna Barry | Monday, January 13, 2014

Donna Barry

Donna Barry is the Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at American Progress. Donna most recently served as the advocacy and policy director at Partners In Health, or PIH, where she worked from 2001 to 2013 with breaks to work as a nurse practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital and as Operation Vote director […]

| Monday, November 4, 2013