State abortion bans will push people "deeper into poverty," professor says

And for teens, says Lina-Maria Murillo, "you're essentially cutting them off from making major decisions about the future."
"In a country that has fought vehemently against universal health care, our maternal mortality rates are some of the worst in the industrialized world. Forcing birth is only going to make that worse," says Lina-Maria Murillo of the University of Iowa.
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Being single in the U.S. comes at a cost

Dec 22, 2021
Author Anne Helen Petersen compares being single in the United States to living in a hostile climate like the Arctic.
"Nearly 40% of the population is either single or a single parent, and the ways in which people are falling through these social safety nets” demonstrates the need for change, said author Anne Helen Petersen.
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With pandemic safety net policies expiring, renters brace for eviction

Jul 30, 2021
The federal eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of July. Houstonians won’t have a state or local moratorium in place to pause evictions.
Houston-area renters line up for rent relief assistance at La Iglesia del Pueblo on July 5.
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As the new year approaches, government relief programs are set to expire

Nov 25, 2020
And there's no additional stimulus relief aid is in sight.
A "Cancel Rent" banner hanging in New York. Key programs that helped keep people financially afloat in the pandemic, as well as the CDC's eviction ban, will end.
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IMF encourages countries affected by COVID to keep spending on safety net

Oct 13, 2020
For the world's poorest, the pandemic has exacerbated their situation.
A woman walks past a promotional poster for the virtual 2020 International Monetary Fund annual meetings, outside their  headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13, 2020.
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Must workers choose between benefits and flexibility?

Aug 11, 2020
The debate over gig worker classification has called labor law into question.
A ride-share driver in Los Angeles calls for enforcing California Assembly Bill 5, which requires some companies to reclassify independent contractors as employees.
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What it's like to navigate the first year of motherhood without a stable home

Apr 28, 2020
Data can tell us who is on welfare, but not what it's like to to live in the system.
A woman feeds a baby at a Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, California, in 2015.
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Laid-off workers now worry about health care during health crisis

Mar 25, 2020
The majority of Americans get employer-sponsored health insurance so what happens when that goes away?
One employer said he "just wanted to make sure that everybody’s taken care of through this."
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Senate committee takes a crack at a bipartisan farm bill today

Jun 13, 2018
While this version is less partisan than previous ones, safety net programs are still a hurdle

The wake of Hurricane Maria lingers in struggling Puerto Rico

Mar 7, 2018
Piles of debt and a fraying social safety net hamper the island’s recovery, even six months after the storm. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

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