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House GOP Renews Misguided Effort to Defund UNFPA, Risking the Lives of Millions of Women

On the heels of Vice President Biden’s recent trip to China, the leadership of the House of Representatives issued a misguided ultimatum to President Obama: defund UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, or else.

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Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin of UNFPA writes about Population in Science Magazine

The cover story of the July 29, 2011 issue of Science Magazine is Population. We learn that in 1900 there were 1.6 billion human beings, 3 billion in 1960, and that the world will reach the benchmark of 7 billion this year.

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Healthy Women Are Essential to Advancing U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda

By voting to reduce funding for international reproductive health and family planning activities, eliminate funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and reinstate the Global Gag Rule, the House threatens to turn back the clock on women’s health and has taken its disturbing war on women to a global stage.

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House Committee Votes to Reinstate Global Gag Rule (Again) and Other Misogynistic Amendments

Just weeks after publication of a major report underscoring the benefits of robust U.S. investment in family planning worldwide, the GOP-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee voted in the early hours of the morning today to reinstate the Global Gag Rule with broader and more damaging implications than ever before.

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Family Planning Should Be a Priority

Mary, a midwife in Uganda, talks about the embarrassment and hardship women in her community face when they can’t get the contraceptives they need.

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Addressing Family Planning, Health, and Coastal Resources in The Philippines

“Sixty-percent of Filipinos live in the coastal areas,” said Joan Castro, executive vice president of PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc., in an interview with ECSP, and dwindling fish stocks are an issue across the archipelago. “With increasing population, the food that goes on the table for a lot of families in these coastal communities was an issue, so food security was the theme of the IPOPCORM project.”

IPOPCORM (standing for “integrated population and coastal resource management”) was started in 2000 and ran for six years. It sought to address population, health, and the environment (PHE) issues together in rural, coastal areas of the Philippines.

Read the full post on The New Security Beat: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2011/01/watch-joan-castro-on-resource.html

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At Global Leadership Council Meeting, Silence on Family Planning

It’s time for acknowledgement of the world’s best-kept little secret—family planning saves lives, boosts economic growth, and makes for a safer world.

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Defunding Planned Parenthood

Defunding Planned Parenthood as a provider of family planning. Of Medicaid. Of Title X. What does this do exactly?

See, because here’s the thing I don’t quite get. Even if those on the right ARE correct, which is a big IF, that there are other providers.

Then what you’ve accomplished is what?

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Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide are in jeopardy. She’ll tell you why. (Thanks to Feministing.com for the video link!)

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A Big Week For Big Government In Your Texan Uterus

Cramps worse than usual this week, Texas ladies? Perhaps it’s because there’s so many Texas legislators running rampant in your ladyparts.

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