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(VIDEO) Mikulski: “Republicans Are From Mars; Dems From Planet Earth”

A day after Republicans decided to declare their own week of half-days at work and to stall as much as possible all Senate business, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) took to the floor of the Senate to reiterate some of the most important elements of health reform for women.

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Saving Our Women: Are We Really Prepared to Address Intimate Partner Violence?

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a growing public health concern in the United States, which has increased discussion about routine screening for IPV.  But, are we really ready to implement this measure?

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Women’s Advocates Call on Paterson to Step Down

The evidence is mounting that NY Governor David Paterson interfered in the case of a woman seeking an order of protection against one of his closest aides.  Calls for his resignation are mounting.

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Partner Violence and Unintended Pregnancy: Time to Make the Connections

Violence and abuse are more closely associated with unintended pregnancy than with pregnancies that are intended. Forced sex, fear of violence if she refuses sex, and difficulties negotiating contraception and condom use in the context of an abusive
relationship all contribute to increased risk for unintended pregnancy as well as for sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Newer research now also points to the influences of male control of contraception and pregnancy pressure on unintended pregnancy.

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International Violence Against Women Act Addresses the War Against Women

The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) was introduced today by a bipartisan group of legislators hoping to enact the first law designed to address a crisis of epic proportions globally.

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Rihanna Speaks

The starlet acknowledges the broad problem of domestic abuse.

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Roundup: Is Abortion a Deal Breaker?, Righting the Discriminatory Wrongs in Health Care Reform, Too Late for Nadya Sulyeman

What do pro- and anti-choice lawmakers, advocates and others have to say about abortion in health care reform efforts? In good news, the latest version of health care reform legislation includes tremendous boons for women’s health. And assisted reproductive technology findings come too late for Nadya  Sulyeman…

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SEIU: Pelosi Bill Outlaws Domestic Violence as PreExisting Condition; Grassroots Action Critical in Gains

The House health care bill language, released today, includes a clause specifically outlawing the practice of treating domestic violence as a “pre-existing condition.”

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I Am Not A Pre-Existing Condition

Is the fact that women experience discrimination in regards to health insurance coverage even debatable at this point? It is critical at this point that health reform discussions must address the health issues that disproportionately affect women in this country. 

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Democrats To Fight Defining Domestic Violence as ‘Pre-Existing Condition’

As part of health care reform, Democrats vow to ban the practice of denying health insurance coverage to victims of domestic violence.

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