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.
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.
Both the House and Senate have passed the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which includes a $27.8 million funding increase for important Title X family planning dollars.
The Freedom of Choice Act is being re-introduced, sponsored by Rep. Jerold Nadler, Senator Barbara Boxer and others, in light of the Supreme Court decision stomping on women's- well – freedom of choice.