Category Archives: Public Policy

The Obama administration issued regulations that require insurance cover birth control without copays.  However, they might give into pressure from anti-women’s health groups.  You can read a bit more about this ridiculous news at here.

It would be a huge mistake to cave in.  Tell Obama just that by signing NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood petitions.

Petition for No-Cost Birth Control

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Louisiana is the 50th State to Introduce Anti-Abortion Legislation.  Yes, you read that correctly.  50th state.  Read about it at Jezebel.

Louisiana is the 50th State to Introduce Anti-Abortion Legislation

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Anti-Women Crusade Wages On

Although family planning programs have been saved from elimination, the final budget deal greatly affects many other essential health services, particularly for low-income women.  Major cuts have been made to community health centers and HIV/AIDS and STI prevention while the Affordable Health Care Act has been eliminated entirely.  Most disappointing is the attack on abortion access for Washington DC residents.  Despite many politicians standing up against this provision, the District is prohibited from using local funds to help pay for abortions for those who cannot afford it (i.e., low-income folks, most of whom are racial and ethnic minorities).  The circus that played out in Congress is ridiculous, as Stephen Colbert so eloquently points out.

Pap Swear at Walgreens

Learn more about the budget deal details here.

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Stop the War Against American Women’s Health

Anti-choice leaders in Congress are in a full attack of women’s health as well as reproductive rights.  As I mentioned previously, the House has proposed new legislation to restrict abortion access.  Now, they are trying to eliminate all funding for Title X family planning programs, which greatly affects Planned Parenthood clinics.

YOU can make a difference.  Today is National Youth Call-In Day to tell Congress to stop this war on women’s health.

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Stupak on Steroid Agenda

I’m sure you are aware (and if you’re not, go read a newspaper or watch the news immediately) of the extreme anti-choice legislation that is attempting to further restrict abortion access.  The No Tax Payer for Abortion Funding Act (HR 3) and the Protect Life Act (HR 358) together are known as the “Stupak on Steroids” agenda.

HR 3 would force people to pay higher taxes if their private insurance plans include abortion coverage.  Despite promises last week to drop the controversial provision, the term “forcible rape” is still in the bill.  Meanwhile, HR 353 would allow hospitals to refuse to perform an abortion on a woman, even if the mother’s life is threatened.  As Jill at Feministe puts it,

In other words, it gives doctors the green light to let women die if they have a life-threatening condition and need an emergency abortion.

Please see Choice USA’s video (below) to learn how you can take action to protect your rights.

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FCK Bullies

The FCKH8 campaign has a new video about gay-bullying.  Be sure to check it out, spread the word, and buy a t-shirt or wristbands to raise funds for LBGTQ youth suicide prevention.

 

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Center for Reproductive Rights Take the FDA to Court

The FDA is blatantly ignoring scientific evidence and a court order to end age restrictions on emergency contraception. The Center for Reproductive Rights is taking them back to court–add your support by taking action today! http://bit.ly/aC3bFu

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WIN: Legislation Introduced to End Abstinence-only Funding!

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) have introduced legislation to finally end Title V from the Social Security Act for Abstinence-Only Programs.  The Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act would eliminate $50 million a year in funding an ineffective, unethical, and poor public health program.  The Lautenberg-Lee legislation would ensure that federal funding is instead provided for comprehensive sex education that is evidence-based.  What a novel idea, no?

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