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Capital Critique: What's Coming in Washington?

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Many women’s health and rights advocates in the United States and around the world are still feeling a post-election buzz. While we have much to celebrate, advocates will need to stay alert for opportunities to make some real progress for women and girls. The re-election of President Obama and others down the ticket occurred in […]

The Senate is Safer for Women

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Following on the heels of terrible House action against women’s health, the Senate is proving to be a safer place for women. Working on the funding bill for the State Department and U.S. foreign assistance programs, today the Senate Appropriations Committee repudiated the negative action recently taken in the House.  The overall funding levels in […]

The House is Not a Safe Space for Women

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Leaving no stone unturned, women’s health opponents are working again to eliminate funding for international family planning and reproductive health programs, as well as funding to UNFPA, the global agency that supports a breadth of reproductive health services for women in extreme poverty in more than 140 countries.  The funding bill for the State Department […]

A Noteworthy Step in Support of American Women’s Health

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In a rare moment of a House Republican taking leadership in support of women’s health, Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) introduced a bill that would prohibit discrimination against a hospital, clinic, or other health care provider based upon that provider’s provision of abortion care.  Basically this means that these entities can receive public funds to provide […]

Obama’s Plan B Debacle

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The Obama Administration’s misstep in overturning the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommendation on Plan B emergency contraception caught everyone off guard, primarily because it is in such violation of its own policies on science driving public health. The FDA yesterday recommended that Plan B One-Step emergency contraception (EC) be available to women of all […]

Senate Steps Up Efforts in Support of Women’s Health and Rights

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After the House made another assault on  women and young people’s health and rights in July, the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday stepped up in response – passing provisions to permanently end the global gag rule, make a $40 million U.S. contribution to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and increase funding for international family planning […]

House Gouges Reproductive Health Services for World’s Poorest Women

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In the continuing assault on women’s health and rights, today the House of Representatives included significant cuts to reproductive health services, including family planning, for those in greatest need in developing countries for these essential services.  The action came during subcommittee consideration of the bill to fund international assistance and diplomatic efforts around the world […]