Category Archives: Sexual and Reproductive Health

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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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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According to an HIV prevention meeting in Georgia, pop music helps spread HIV among American adolescents.  Say what?!  Learn more about the ridiculous news from Elizabeth Pisani.

Music Spreads HIV

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Grrrl Riot

There are a couple free events occurring in Boston promoting women’s sexual health.  If you live in the area, you should attend and bring your friends.

What: “Defend, Don’t Defund!” rally hosted by Planned Parenthood and coalition allies, flyer here
Where: Boston Commons at the Parkman Bandstand
When: Saturday, March 19th, from 12 – 1pm

What: Women’s Global Health and Rights: The Importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health, panel discussion hosted by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and State Representative Kay Khan
Where: Massachusetts State House, Members Lounge
When: Tuesday, March 29, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Yippee for local events advocating women’s sexual health!

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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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Debunking Abortion Myths

The nonprofit Ipas has created a manual with factual evidence to widely believed misconceptions about abortion.  This is a great new resource for reproductive rights that presents scientific and unbiased data on such a stigmatized procedure.

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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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This message is brought to you by the Public Service Announcement

For my “Safer Sex” class we will be working in groups to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) aimed at increasing sexual health.  As such, I’ve been doing a little research on PSAs.  Here are some of my favorites:

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (in no particular order)

Durex

Man & Baby Doll

Scary-Eyes Girl

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