Capital Critique: What's Coming in Washington?

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…

Senate Stands Strong in Support of the Rights of Millions of Girls

The U.S. Senate has once again demonstrated its support for preventing the early and forced marriage of millions of girls by passing the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act on the Senate floor by voice vote…

The Senate is Safer for Women

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 House is Not a Safe Space for Women

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…

A Noteworthy Step in Support of American Women’s Health

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…

Obama’s Plan B Debacle

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…

House Undermines Women's and Girls' Health and Rights – AGAIN

A partisan showdown over women’s health and rights on Wednesday, October 5 focused on UNFPA during a committee mark up of Rep. Renee Ellmers’ (R-NC) bill to halt all US funding to the agency.  Republican opposition to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is based on opposition to programs to protect health…

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

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,…

Many Preventive Health Services Become Free to U.S. Women with Health Insurance

Today’s release of guidelines for health services that need to be covered in health insurance plans at no additional cost took a big step forward for women in the United States. Despite outcry from some on the far right, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)…

House Gouges Reproductive Health Services for World’s Poorest Women

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…