Pelosi defends inclusion of family planning funds in economic stimulus plan; Obama to seek to restore funding to UNFPA; reactions to the repeal of the global gag rule.
The first day of the 111th Congressional session saw the introduction in the Senate of the Prevention First Act, a bill that would dramatically increase access to family planning services just as America’s families find themselves on ever more precarious financial footing.
A supporter of reproductive health and rights will occupy the White House come January. The ranks of pro-choice legislators in the House and Senate will grow significantly. There is a lot for a new administration to do and undo on reproductive health, but it’s what we voted for.
A new administration, a new agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates. What’s new? What’s changed? What are we still fighting for after all these years and how can a new leader make the greatest impact on women’s health and lives globally?
The presidential candidates have been challenged with the same question again and again: In our unprecedented economic crisis, what programs or services will you cut? If they cut family planning services, other reproductive health costs are sure to spiral leaving “Jane the plumber” without the critical health services she needs.
Can I get a prescription for birth control from a doctor? Can I get contraception from a Title X program? Do I know how to use it? Some answers for you – depending upon either a McCain or an Obama administration.
Unless John McCain and Sarah Palin make a point of discussing specific policies that support young people’s access to sexual health education, contraception for low income Americans, health care access for needy children and more – they are not “mixed” on reproductive health care and rights issues.
Senator Hillary Clinton is sounding the alarm and calling out President Bush and his administration for “quietly putting ideology before science and women’s health.”
Obama responds to anti-choicer on Title X family planning funding, Citizen impaneled grand jury being used against abortion provider in Kansas, Domestic violence and HIV/AIDS in Africa.
With a new presidential administration coming soon, this is the time for reproductive health advocates to speak up for health care policy change.