Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and three other congresswomen attended a special news conference, reacting to Republican Speaker John Boehner's harsh attack on the Obama administration's birth control policy.
The reversal came after a firestorm of protests over the cutoff, including charges that it was a cave-in to Republican/right-wing pressure.
The farmers, organized in the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, headquartered in Memphis, held a church rally to highlight the issue.
Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant announced that he would move forward on his Florida for Life Act.
The ambiguously worded and short-sighted proposal, if passed, could have had terrible consequences for Mississippi women and their families.
The legality of abortion has remained a hot topic in American politics, the most recent incarnation of which is the "personhood" initiatives.
Starting next year, insurers will be required to fully cover, with no copays, contraception and other preventive health services for women.
National Council of Womens' Organizations launched the Respect, Protect, Reject Campaign, and is calling on lawmakers to uphold Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and emphasize women's concerns in the talks.
The lawsuit, had it been allowed to proceed as a class action, could have involved up to 1.6 million women, with Wal-Mart facing billions of dollars in damages.
Hundreds demonstrated outside the Constitutional Court, asking it to declare that Ugandan mothers dying in childbirth represent a violation of the right to life.