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Assault on Planned Parenthood Thwarted

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An amendment to prohibit funding to provide contraceptive and family planning services to low income women and men in the United States was sounded defeated, despite best efforts of a leading anti-women’s health policy maker, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN).  The lop-sided 247-183 vote showed strong opposition to Pence’s never-ending battle to limit access to contraceptives […]

Increase in Title X Funding for Low-Income Families

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Understanding the growing needs faced by many in the country, the House-passed FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill increased funding by $10 million to $317.5 million for the Title X program, which provides contraceptive and other reproductive health services for low-income women and men. Under President Obama and the current […]

Abstinence-Only Funding Zeroed-Out with Funding Appropriated for Teen Pregnancy Initiative

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Taking an important step in ending funding for failed abstinence-only education programs, the House passed its version of the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill with no funding for these programs and making a $114.5 million investment in a new evidence-based teenage pregnancy prevention initiative.  As expected, amendments were offered […]

Ban on District of Columbia’s Use of Local Funds for Abortion May Be Eliminated

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Thanks to the leadership of the House Financial Services Subcommittee Chairmen, Rep. José Serrano (D-NY) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Congress is poised to lift a ban which currently prohibits the District of Columbia from using its own local funds to provide abortion services.  For many years Congress has prohibited the District of Columbia from using its […]

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Votes Down Several Amendments that Would Limit Women’s Access to Health Care

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During the extensive deliberation of health care reform legislation by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Committee defeated several anti-reproductive health amendments that if passed would have limited access to reproductive healthcare. These included amendments from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) who attempted to ban any federal funds for legal abortion services […]

Increases Made in Key Global Health Programs

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The House included $7.79 billion dollars for global health in its version of the FY 2010 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, an increase of about $690 million from the previous year. It includes $528 million for maternal and child health (up from $495 million in FY09); $648.5 million for family planning, including $60 million for UNFPA […]

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Bill that Legislatively Rescinds the Global Gag Rule

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The Senate Appropriations Committee took a stand for the health and rights of women and girls by voting 17 – 11 to pass an amendment that would restrict a future President’s ability to reinstate the Global Gag Rule. Cosponsored by Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME), the […]

US Leadership on Reproductive Health at the United Nations

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After eight years of failed leadership, the US renewed its commitment to reproductive health and the goals and aspirations of the International Conference on Population and Development’s (ICPD) Program of Action. During its statement at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, the US strongly articulated its support for women’s and young people’s health, […]

Rejoining the Global Community in Funding UNFPA

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The Department of State announced that it will contribute $50 million to UNFPA, the amount appropriated by Congress for FY2009. This decision is one indication of the Obama Administration’s strong commitment to international family planning, women’s health, and global development. With its renewed funding for UNFPA, the US has joined the international community in supporting […]