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11/1/2007 - Global Gag Rule House Hearings Reveal Its Anti-Birth Control Impact
House Foreign Affairs Committee hearings yesterday on the Global Gag Rule, which prohibits family planning programs receiving US federal funds from speaking about or counseling on abortion, revealed its profound anti family planning and lethal impact on the poorest women in the world....

10/26/2007 - Pelosi House Makes History
The Pelosi House of Representatives made history this week as it conducted its 1,000th roll call vote of the year....

10/25/2007 - Global Gag Rule Hearings Scheduled
A Congressional hearing on the Global Gag Rule has been rescheduled for October 31....

10/22/2007 - Senate Blocks Attempt to Cut Family-Planning Funds
The Senate has blocked a spending bill amendment that would have cut off Title X funding for US family planning to clinics that provide abortions, despite the abortions being funded by non-federal monies....

9/7/2007 - Senate Votes to Repeal Global Gag Rule
In a 53-41 vote yesterday, the Senate passed an amendment to the $34 billion fiscal year 2008 foreign aid bill that would overturn the Global Gag Rule....

8/27/2007 - Maloney Proposes Global Women's Rights Office
In honor of Women's Equality Day (August 26), Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has announced that when the House reconvenes this fall, she will introduce a bill to equip the US government to advocate for global women's rights....

7/19/2007 - Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Discuss Women's Rights, Health
Three Democratic presidential candidates Senator Hillary Clinton (NY), Senator Barack Obama (IL), and former Senator John Edwards (NC), represented by his wife Elizabeth Edwards, shared their positions yesterday on current reproductive health care issues....

6/22/2007 - House Approves Bill Giving Birth Control to Foreign Organizations
The House voted yesterday to approve a measure that would reverse a ban on donating contraceptives to foreign organizations that perform or promote abortion....

6/5/2007 - Hundreds of Feminists of Color Gather to Talk About Sex
SisterSong, an Atlanta-based reproductive justice collective, hosted its 2007 National Conference, called "Let's Talk about Sex," last weekend in Chicago....

4/20/2007 - Unsafe, Illegal Abortion Leading Cause of Gynecological Emergencies in Kenya
A new study conducted in Kenya found that complications from unsafe, illegal abortions accounted for 43 percent of all gynecological emergency hospital admissions....

4/6/2007 - Malawi Announces Plans to Decrease Maternal Mortality
Last weekend the government of Malawi announced that it will adopt a new plan to combat high levels of maternal mortality and infant death....

1/25/2007 - House Challenges Global Gag Rule
On Monday, the sixth anniversary of President Bush's 2001 reinstatement of the "global gag rule," a bipartisan coalition in the House led by Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) reintroduced a bill to overturn the policy....

11/29/2006 - New Report Finds Fewer Students Receiving Quality Sex Ed
According to a recent report by the Guttmacher Institute, teens are not receiving adequate sex education....

11/3/2006 - NGOs Address HIV-Positive Street Children in Senegal, Zambia
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are revealing and attempting to address the growing problem of HIV-positive street children in Senegal and Zambia....

10/13/2006 - Nicaragua Considers Banning All Abortion
A proposed law in Nicaragua banning all abortions, even when a woman or girl's life is at risk, is currently under review by the country's judicial commission and may be voted on soon....

6/13/2006 - Budget Passes with $432 Billion for International Family Planning Programs
The House of Representatives passed the 2007 fiscal year budget on Friday, which includes $432 billion for international family planning programs....

5/23/2006 - FDA Advisory Panel Approves Cervical Cancer Vaccine
An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted unanimously last week to recommend that a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) be approved by the FDA....

5/3/2006 - House of Representatives Passes Resolution Condemning Juarez Murders
The House of Representatives yesterday passed House Concurrent Resolution 90, sponsored by Congresswoman Hilda Solis (D-CA), which condemns the violent murder of more than 400 women over the past 16 years in the border cities of Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico....

3/9/2006 - Women's Groups Criticize UN's Commitment to Gender Equality
In an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the UN's member states, women from more than 50 countries and dozens of NGOs expressed their disappointment that the United Nations has not placed more of an emphasis on women's equality....

2/16/2006 - Bush Administration's Proposed Budget Slashes International Family Planning Funds
Despite claims that President Bush believes family planning services are the best way to reduce abortions, his proposed budget would cut aid for international family planning by eighteen percent....

2/7/2006 - In Response to Global Gag Rule, Britain Pledges Money for Safe Abortion Services
The British government has announced that it will give three million pounds to the International Planned Parenthood Federation's new Global Safe Abortion Programme in response to the Bush Administrations Global Gag Rule policy....

11/30/2005 - AIDS Funding to be Subject to Global Gag Rule
The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) has charged the Bush Administration with secretly undermining the effort to fight HIV/AIDS by subjecting US AIDS funding to the Global Gag Rule....

8/26/2005 - Feminist Majority Foundation Expresses Outrage over FDA Stall Tactics on Over-the-Counter Status for Emergency Contraception
Arlington, VA The Feminist Majority Foundation today expressed its outrage that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has delayed for the third time its decision on the emergency contraceptive Plan B....

6/27/2005 - Ashley Judd Connects HIV/AIDS Prevention to Women's Empowerment
Ashley Judd, a well-known actor and feminist activist, testified at a recent Congressional hearing on the urgent need to address issues of gender equality in the fight against HIV/AIDS in developing countries....

5/16/2005 - House Subcommittee Approves Ban on Women in Combat
In an effort to keep women from "direct ground combat," the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel approved a measure to ban women from some combat support units....