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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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Anti-Choicers Gear Up To Fight Guidelines on Preventive Care for Women

The Institute of Medicine recommended that insurance plans cover contraceptive care with no co-pays and alarm bells start ringing in anti-choice offices across the land.  So get ready for the smear campaign to come.

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Why Contraceptive Coverage Is Critical: Lessons from Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, we have already learned some lessons about why it is important to include contraception at no additional cost.

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No Co-Pay for Birth Control? A Great First Step Towards Truly Universal Access

The Affordable Care Act provides a huge opportunity to make sure US women have access to contraception. Contraception should be on the list of preventive medicines and services that don’t require a co-pay—that makes health and fiscal sense.

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IOM Recommends Full Coverage of Contraceptives, Other Reproductive Health Care Under Health Reform

In a new–and much-anticipated–report, the Institute of Medicine recommends that health reform guidelines for preventive care to be developed by the HHS include no-copay for contraception and a wide range of preventive services.

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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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Maloney and Menendez Introduce Bill to End Deceptive Practices by Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced a bill entitled the “Stop Deceptive Advertising in Women’s Services Act” (SDAWS), which would crack down on clinics (so-called crisis pregnancy centers) which falsely advertise themselves as a honest providers of information and services for women facing unintended and untenable pregnancies.

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Judge Blocks New York City Law Requiring Crisis Pregnancy Centers to Divulge Bias

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge has blocked New York City from enforcing a new law designed to force pregnancy centers to disclose what services they offer.

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States Enact Record Number of Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2011

In the first six months of 2011, states enacted 162 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights.

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Join the National Women’s Law center for a blog carnival on Birth Control on July 21!

On July 21, 2011, we’ll be hosting the “Birth Control: We’ve Got You Covered” blog carnival, featuring bloggers from across the net.  Women need access to birth control to prevent unintended pregnancies, plan the timing and size of their families and protect their health. Women know the preventive health benefits of birth control, but we also know the cost to stay on it throughout our childbearing years. Birth control can be expensive, and the high cost of birth control can affect whether women use it consistently.

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