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7/18/2008 - House Appropriations Allocates $600 Million to International Family Planning Programs
A House Appropriations subcommittee approved $600 million to fund international family planning programs Wednesday....

6/24/2008 - New Support for Birth Control in the Philippines
Former Filipino President Joseph Estrada is now touring the country promoting contraceptives and family planning, despite longstanding opposition from the influential Catholic Church....

4/23/2008 - High Birthrates Linked to Poverty in the Philippines
High birthrates help keep Filipino families in poverty, the Washington Post reports....

2/5/2008 - Filipino Women Fight Contraception Ban
Citizens from low-income communities in the Philippines filed suit last week against the Mayor of Manila over the citys eight year ban on contraceptives....

1/28/2008 - Oral Contraceptives Protect Against Ovarian Cancer, Study Finds
Oral contraceptives significantly protect women from ovarian cancer, a new report from Oxford finds....

10/19/2007 - Global Women�s Sexual and Reproductive Health Remains Poor
Twenty years after the launching of the World Health Organization�s Safe Motherhood Initiative, the sexual and reproductive health status of women across the globe has remained relatively poor and "disturbingly static," Population Action International (PAI) reports....

8/16/2007 - Philippines Not Prepared for Contraception Phase-out
A US-sponsored birth control program that provides free birth control pills, condoms, and injectibles to the Philippines will end in 2008, causing concern among family planning advocates....

5/11/2007 - New Report Ranks Best and Worst Countries for Mothers and Children
In its annual "Mother's Day Report Card," Save the Children this week released a ranking of the best and worst countries for mothers and children....

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....

9/21/2006 - President Bush De-funds UNFPA for Fifth Year
President Bush announced on Friday that he is withholding the $34 million Congress had allotted for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund....

9/15/2006 - Temporary Halt on Free Emergency Contraception in Chile
A Santiago, Chile Court of Appeals has placed a provisional suspension on Chile's progressive decision to distribute free contraception to women 14 and older without parental consent....

10/13/2005 - UNFPA Releases 2005 Report on Gender Equality and Poverty Links
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has released its 2005 report, highlighting the critical link between achieving gender equality and eradicating poverty....

6/17/2005 - Lack of Reproductive Choice Poses Threat to Human Rights in Argentina
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released an 85-page report yesterday documenting how health professionals and judges severely restrict women's ability to make family planning decisions in Argentina....

3/24/2005 - Brazils New Family Planning Program Angers Catholic Church
Brazil has launched a new family planning program that distributes free contraceptives through the country's 6,012 hospitals and 63,662 clinics, angering Brazil's Roman Catholic Church....

2/14/2005 - February 14 Marks Condom Awareness Week: Global Shortage Still Prevalent
Today marks the first day of National Condom Week of Action....

1/12/2005 - Senator Clinton Critical of Bush Policies on Abstinence and Reproductive Health
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) criticized the Bush administration for putting too much emphasis on abstinence in the fight against HIV/AIDS and restricting women's access to reproductive health services in developing countries in a recent address to the International Women's Health Coalition....

12/15/2004 - African Condom Shortage Crisis Amidst AIDS Pandemic
Due to inadequate aid efforts by the United States and other donor countries, acute shortages of condoms have been contributing the rapid rise in HIV/AIDS cases in Africa....

10/20/2004 - US Mission to UN Panel on Maternal Health Includes Anti-Family Planning Advocates
The United States' Permanent Mission to the United Nations stacked a panel discussion on strategies to combat maternal mortality with anti-womens rights and anti-family planning advocates....

7/27/2004 - Poverty, Patriarchy and the Spread of AIDS in Lesotho
Poverty and ingrained notions of women's lower status have lead to explosive rate of AIDS infection among women in Lesotho, a small nation in sub-Saharan Africa....

7/23/2004 - US Withdrawal of UNFPA Funding Constrains Programs in Uzbekistan
A United Nations Population Fund official expressed her disappointment regarding the Bush Administration's withdrawal of another $34 million for the UNFPA last week....

1/22/2004 - Church Convinces Brazil to End Plan to Mail Free Contraception
Rio de Janeiro's municipal government's decision to start distributing free birth control pills and condoms through the mail to low-income women, men, and minors was dropped due to pressure from the Roman Catholic Church....

6/27/2003 - Women on Waves Performs First Abortion in International Waters
Women on Waves successfully performed the first abortion in international waters off the coast of Poland yesterday....

6/19/2003 - Peruvian Government Attacks Women's Rights
Women's rights advocates are accusing Peruvian Prime Minister Luis Solari and Health Minister Fernando Carbone of attacking women's reproductive rights....

3/25/2003 - Iraq War Further Straps Humanitarian Efforts
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) last week unveiled a new humanitarian program to provide aid and assistance to pregnant Iraqi women....

3/24/2003 - Filipino Women Face Strong Opposition to Family Planning
Women in the Philippines lack access to contraceptives, according to the New York Times....