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House To Hear D.C. 20 Week Abortion Ban Next Week

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A judiciary committee is scheduled to hear a potential ban on abortions after 20 weeks for residents of the nation’s capitol.

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National Right To Life ASTOUNDED That Visits To The White House Must Be Planned In Advance

GASP!  Pregnant women might actually have children BEFORE they make it to D.C.!

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Losing the Right to Abortion, Week by Week: Restrictions on Later-Term Abortions Harm Women

The landscape for abortion access is shifting quickly, as state after state passes restrictive laws. Particularly affected by these new laws are women who need abortions later in their pregnancies.

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Sexual Health Roundup: Study Reveals Lack of Access to Emergency Contraception; DC’s Successful Female Condom Program

This week’s sexual health roundup looks at two studies that focus on teens’ access to emergency contraception, one that found free female condoms reduced HIV transmission, and one that suggests exercised-induced orgasms are a real phenomenon. 

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House Votes to Bar D.C. From Using Its Own Funds to Assist Low-Income Women in Need of Abortion Care

The “small government” Republican and Tea Party majority in the House are seeking to put their big, intrusive footprint on the necks of District residents by inserting an amendment to the 2012 Financial Services Appropriations bill extending that ban for another year.

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Budget Showdown Casualties: D.C. Women as Bargaining Chips

How D.C.’s women were sacrificed and the implications for future policy.

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Census Data Show Dramatic Rise in Poverty Among African-American Children in Nation’s Capital

New Census data released this month show a “breathtaking” rise in poverty among African-American children in the nation’s capital.  Three out of 10 children in the District of Columbia were living in poverty last year, according to the Washington Post

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District of Columbia To Offer Free Female Condoms

The District of Columbia will begin distributing free female condoms in an effort to reduce HIV infections.  The new program will make 500,000 female condoms available in beauty salons, convenience stores and high schools in parts of the city with high HIV rates. DC is the first city in the nation to make female condoms available for free.

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D.C.’s Punitive Sex Work Laws Endanger Women

Washington, DC has created a spectrum of punitive laws that lead to and exacerbate unsafe work environments for sex workers and contribute to the skyrocketing rates of HIV infection among vulnerable populations in the District.

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Congress Passes Spending Bill, Allowing Needle Exchange and Removing DC Abortion Funding Ban

Yesterday the Senate passed and sent to President Obama for signing a year-end funding bill for federal agencies that removes restrictions on funding for needle exchange programs and allows the District of Columbia to use its own funds to assist low-income women seeking abortions, among other changes.

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