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During Shutdown, Pennsylvania Can Fund WIC ‘For a Few Weeks’

The federal poverty threshold, which dictates eligibility of most public benefits, including food stamps, is flawed in that it does not account for cost of living.

One of the many services and programs to be shuttered during the shutdown is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which helps low-income pregnant women and parents with young children facing nutritional risk by providing vouchers for healthy foods and infant formula.

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Better Birth Control for Men: 8 Promising Possibilities

Today, research on male contraception is 50 years behind research on female contraception.

We all, men and women alike, should be demanding better birth control for men.

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Focusing on Women’s Health as the UN Looks Ahead to a New Development Framework

We must reduce pregnancy-related deaths and injuries and improve women’s health in the developing world.

To ensure the United States is a leader in advocating for women’s health and rights, I am proud to introduce the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013 (HR 3206) Friday.

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Texas Birth Centers Face Increased Scrutiny From Lawmakers, Bureaucrats

While the big reproductive health news out of Texas this summer centered around the regulation of abortion providers, the state's birthing centers are also coming under increased scrutiny from lawmakers and bureaucrats.

While the big reproductive health news out of Texas this summer centered around the regulation of abortion providers, the state’s birthing centers are also coming under increased scrutiny from lawmakers and bureaucrats.

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What We Don’t Know Will Hurt Us: The Need for Chemical Policy Reform

Even those of us with access to the best prenatal care and the resources to make (sometimes expensive) changes to our lifestyles can’t completely eliminate exposure to chemicals that are harming our health and that of our families.

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act is bipartisan legislation that offers an opportunity for chemical policy reform to help ensure all pregnant women see a decrease in exposure to chemicals.

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New Report Calls Attention to Abortion Policy in Ecuador

It's time to call on the countries leaders to update the country’s penal codes.

Ecuador’s archaic and outdated abortion ban—which criminalizes both women seeking abortion as well as health-care providers who perform them—prevents young women from seeking not only safe abortion services, but also counseling and legal services for sexual violence.

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Don’t Use India’s Missing Girls to Deny Women Reproductive Rights

Stopping gender-biased sex selection is about promoting the rights and worth of girls and women.

Gender-biased sex selection is a cultural practice driven precisely by devaluing and discrimination of women. Stopping it, therefore, is not about denying individual women their “choice.” It is about promoting the rights and worth of girls and women.

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Koch Bros. Give Millions to Anti-Choice Efforts in the States

The billionaire Koch brothers like to pretend they have no interest in opposing abortion, contraception or LGBTQ rights. So why did their secret organization give millions to a lobbying group that does?

The billionaire Koch brothers like to pretend they have no interest in opposing abortion, contraception, or LGBTQ rights. So why did their secret organization give millions to a lobbying group that does?

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Today We Stood #4ImmigrantWomen and Got Arrested

On Thursday morning, we stood outside Congress as part of a group of 100 women leaders, and we demanded "salud, dignidad y justicia"—health, dignity and justice—for immigrant women.

On Thursday morning, we stood outside Congress as part of a group of 100 women leaders, and we demanded “salud, dignidad, y justicia”—health, dignity, and justice—for immigrant women.

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New York City Council Candidate Discusses Running for Office While Pregnant

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“Don’t be scared. Just go for it,” said new mother Raquel Batista, who is running to represent the Bronx in the New York City Council. ”There is nothing to lose. There is nothing to lose in running for office and starting your family.”

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