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Congressional Letters Raise Serious Concerns About HHS Refusal Clause Proposal

Letters opposing the proposal by the Bush Administration and HHS to elevate physician conscience above patient conscience, threatening access to contraception and a range of other medical procedures, are gathering signatures from Members of Congress prior to the public commenting deadline.

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Wake Up! Conservatives Initiate Battle in War on Contraception

The “War on Contraception” has officially begun with the draft regulations proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Roundup: The Global War on Sex Education

The far right has been waging a war against sex education, contraception and family planning for decades, More than 100 members of congress write Bush on HHS proposal, New gag rule for Indian Health Services, Family planning in the Phillipines, HIV/AIDS in the US South.

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House, Senate Allocate Record-Level Funds for International Family Planning

A House Subcommittee and Senate Committee both appropriated record-level funding for international family planning and for UNFPA, and each adopts a policy provision that ensures UNFPA funding regardless of whether the President wants to block the agency’s funds.

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Progressive Bloggers Do Texas – And Confront Bad Sex Education Policies

Home to Netroots Nation this week, the progressive convention for political activists and bloggers, Texas is also home to the highest teen birth rate in the nation while spending more on abstinence-only programs than any state. The mix is the perfect recipe for political change.

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World to Governments: Women Shouldn’t Be Imprisoned for Abortion

A new poll shows that the public is at odds with their country’s laws. Most people reject using criminal penalties to prevent abortions.

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PEPFAR Bill Fails to Promote Proven Strategies

The PEPFAR reauthorization bill currently in the House falls short on several critical measures, demonstrating its adherence to ideology over evidence-based prevention strategies.

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All I Want for the Holidays

No matter what the framers intended, we now follow a system of government that is heavily weighed toward the executive branch. So more than ever we need a President who understands the importance of global women’s health.

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The Good, The Bad and The Frustrating

Congress caves on the global gag rule but the huge spending bill expected to pass this week will head to President Bush’s desk with some reproductive health victories.

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Women’s Health Caught in Congress’s Holiday Rush

Reproductive health advocates are pushing for several bills to become law before Congress adjourns for the holidays. Low-cost contraception and postpartum research are high priorities to make it through the legislative backlog.

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