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Mixed Results for Women in House Version of National Defense Authorization Act

The House passed its version of the defense bill last week, with some wins and losses on sexual assault and a few boons for new moms.

The House passed its version of the defense bill last week, with some wins and losses on sexual assault and a few boons for new moms.

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Successful Home Visit Program for Mothers and Infants Lacks Long-Term Funding

(left to right) Chrystal Towne, RN; her former client, Sheren Sucilla, and Darcy Lowell, MD, testify on the effectiveness of the Maternal, Infant and EArly Childhood Home Visiting Program in the hearing room of the House Ways and Means Committee.

A hearing on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program revealed impressive results for the low-income families it serves, and the money it saves taxpayers. But its funding runs out in six months.

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Reproductive Justice Advocates: Don’t Roll Back Sterilization Consent Rules

The Medicaid sterilization consent rules require a minimum 30-day waiting period to get individuals’ written informed consent prior to sterilization—a critical step in helping underserved women to obtain true reproductive justice, which remains an elusive goal.

The Medicaid sterilization consent rules require a minimum 30-day waiting period to get individuals’ written informed consent prior to sterilization—a critical step in helping underserved women to obtain true reproductive justice, which remains an elusive goal.

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Senators Reach Agreement on Emergency Unemployment Assistance Extension (Updated)

Senate leaders from both parties arrived at an agreement last week to restore emergency unemployment assistance to the long-term jobless. Even if the Senate votes yes, there's no guarantee it will pass the House.

Senate leaders from both parties arrived at an agreement last week to restore emergency unemployment assistance to the long-term jobless. Even if the Senate votes yes, there’s no guarantee it will pass the House.

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Revised Child-Care Block Grant Program Passes Senate

Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.

Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.

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Agreement Reached on Debate for Military Sexual Assault Measure

At a hearing that featured the searing testimony of survivors of sexual assault in the military, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told RH Reality Check that her proposal to remove the prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command would see debate on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.

At a hearing that featured the searing testimony of survivors of sexual assault in the military, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told RH Reality Check that her proposal to remove the prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command would see debate on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.

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Vote on Sexual Assault Measures Thwarted in Senate

An attempt to bring up for debate measures designed to address sexual assault in the military, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bid to remove prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command, was scuttled on Monday.

An attempt to bring up for debate measures designed to address sexual assault in the military, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bid to remove prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command, was scuttled on Monday.

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At Long Last, D.C. Legalizes Care for Partners of Patients With Some STIs

Expedited partner therapy is now legal in Washington, D.C., thanks to the passage of Bill 20-343. It's a progressive step for a medical practice whose day is long overdue.

Expedited partner therapy is now legal in Washington, D.C., thanks to the passage of Bill 20-343. It’s a progressive step for a medical practice whose day is long overdue.

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Virginia Legislators, Listen Closely: Virginians Support Women’s Health

If Virginia legislators want to keep their seats, they had better listen closely: Our state is proclaiming, loudly, that it’s time to end out-of-touch policies that restrict women’s health.

Virginia legislators vote Tuesday on whether to repeal the harmful, medically unnecessary law that requires women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion and a mean-spirited ban that outlaws abortion coverage in plans sold in the federally facilitated marketplace.

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HR 7, and the Consequences Women Are Made to Bear

Wednesday morning's Pro-Choice Caucus press conference.

Let’s go behind the statistics—behind the political rhetoric—to talk about the real impact of restrictions on abortion and bans on coverage.

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