State By State, Abortion Access is Under Attack

Since Roe V. Wade legalized abortion at the federal level in 1973, states have had control in regulating abortion access. Over the last few decades, many states have increasingly restricted abortion access through legislation. We hear about challenges to existing … Continue Reading

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House Bill Still a Family Planning Fixer-Upper, But One Important Repair Made for Peace Corps Volunteers

Earlier this afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee approved an FY 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that funds the international affairs budget, including funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs.  The bill was adopted after … Continue Reading

Amendment Brings Justice to Peace Corps Volunteers Sexually Assaulted During Service

We’re thrilled that this morning, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) to provide life-saving federal benefits to Peace Corps volunteers who are sexually assaulted. “More than half of these volunteers are women. They deserve … Continue Reading

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House Appropriators Support Equal Health Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers

This morning, the House Appropriations Committee voted to fix a decades-long injustice denying health care coverage for abortion to Peace Corps volunteers who face a life-endangering pregnancy, or one resulting from rape or incest. An amendment offered by Rep. Nita … Continue Reading

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Good News & Bad News on Family Planning Appropriations

This week, committees in both the House and Senate marked up the State Department and foreign operations appropriations bills for fiscal year 2015, with widely different results for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) funding and policy. The good … Continue Reading

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Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re all aware today is a day for giving thanks, and tomorrow and Monday are days for getting deals. But did you know that Tuesday is a day for giving back? Well, you do now. Next Tuesday, Dec. … Continue Reading