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Global Leaders Call for Dedication of Stimulus Funds to Promoting Women’s Rights

Activists from 131 countries convened in Berlin yesterday to recharge a global movement for women’s health and rights, opening with an appeal from a leading government minister for countries to earmark 1 percent of their economic stimulus funds for development needs.

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Amidst wealth, dire reproductive health needs

Angola is the seventh wealthiest nation in Africa. It has oil—and lots of it. But maternal mortality is high and the total fertility rate is nearly seven children per woman, on par with some of the world’s poorest countries.

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Paul Farmer Tapped by Former President Clinton as Deputy U.N. Envoy to Haiti

Former president Bill Clinton, who is now the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, announced the appointment Tuesday of Harvard professor Paul Farmer as his deputy.

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Women Need A Plan B

Emergency Contraception: more options, easier access.  Now what? More Awareness!

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Health Care Reformers: Don’t Forget Women

Although women comprise more than half of the U.S. population, many insurers treat their medical care as an exception to the rule, charging them more to stay healthy than men and refusing to cover basic reproductive services. This dangerous double standard must end.

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Denied Contraception, Filipino Women Face Despair

Manila’s contraception ban has subjected women to unintended pregnancies even when their health is at risk. Many are being driven further into extreme poverty and are unable to feed and care for their children. President Obama can help.

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Empowering New Reproductive Justice Leaders

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) provides members with education and training to become confident chapter leaders. That’s just what we accomplished at our second annual Leadership Institute, entitled “Justice Doesn’t Just Happen.”

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Here We Go Again: Early Morning Amendments Threaten HIV Prevention, Research, Reproductive Health

Amendments to the House FY 2010 Labor-H Appropriations bill will attempt to prohibit syringe exchange, rescind funding for HIV research and defund reproductive health programs. What they are and how you can take action.

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Politico: Reid Says No Health Reform Vote Before August Recess

Politico reports that that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has stated the Senate “would not attempt to pass sweeping health care reform until after returning from the August recess.”

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Sixteen Governors Call on Congress to Include Medicaid Family Planning State Option in Health Reform

Sixteen governors have written a letter to Senate and House Leadership urging swift action on the Medicaid Family Planning State Option under health care reform, a change in law that will improve health and save money.

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