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House Advances Bill To Stop Funding UN Women's Health Program

Laura Bassett | December 5, 2011 | Politics
The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that zeroes out U.S. aid to the United Nations Population Fund, a women and children's health program that works to reduce maternal mortality, prevent HIV/AIDS and provide contraception to the world's most vulnerable populations. House Republicans say they are...

House GOP Targeting Title X In Push To Axe Family Planning Programs

Laura Bassett | December 4, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Title X, the federal family planning grant that funds birth control and preventative health services for more than five million low-income people annually, saves U.S. taxpayers massive amounts of money in Medicaid costs, but GOP lawmakers are trying to axe the program for the second time...

Herman Cain: Two-Thirds Of Blacks 'Brainwashed,' Standing By Claim

Laura Bassett | December 2, 2011 | Politics
Republican presidential candidate Hermain Cain drew criticism from both sides of the political spectrum for telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday that many African Americans have been "brainwashed into not being openminded, not even considering a conservative point of view." “I have received some of that same...

Herman Cain: Rick Perry Is 'Insensitive' Toward Black People

Laura Bassett | December 2, 2011 | Politics
Following a Washington Post report that Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's family hunting camp in Texas once had the word "Niggerhead" painted on a large rock at its entrance, the Perry campaign is scrambling to control the damage. Perry insists that his father painted over the offensive...

Mexico's 'Roe v. Wade' Lets Stand Definition Of Embryos As Legal Persons

Laura Bassett | November 29, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court of Mexico fell one vote shy of overturning Baja California state's "personhood" amendment on Wednesday night, ensuring that developing fetuses will continue to be considered legal persons under that state's constitution. The historic case that some Americans are calling Mexico's "reverse Roe v. Wade" could...

Planned Parenthood Investigation Is An Abuse Of Government Resources, Democrats Charge

Laura Bassett | November 27, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Ranking Democrats on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sharply criticized Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) on Tuesday over his call for a far-reaching investigation into Planned Parenthood and its handling of federal funding. After Republican lawmakers tried and failed to defund Planned Parenthood during federal budget...

Planned Parenthood Investigation Is An Abuse Of Government Resources, Democrats Charge

Laura Bassett | November 27, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Ranking Democrats on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sharply criticized Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) on Tuesday over his call for a far-reaching investigation into Planned Parenthood and its handling of federal funding. After Republican lawmakers tried and failed to defund Planned Parenthood during federal budget...

Michigan Legislature Passes 'Partial-Birth' Abortion Ban

Laura Bassett | November 26, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Michigan lawmakers passed legislation last week that will ban "partial-birth" abortions, which have been federally outlawed since 2007 and have not occurred on record since then. The state-level ban -- sponsored by Republicans -- is modeled almost exactly after the federal ban that George W. Bush signed...

As Mississippi Debates Extreme 'Personhood' Amendment, Advocates Ask Where Are The Dems?

Laura Bassett | November 23, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Mississippians are set to vote on a ballot measure this November that would redefine the word "person" in the state constitution to include undeveloped embryos. Members of the medical and legal communities have raised concerns that the amendment could have unforeseen, far-reaching implications for women's health,...

As Mississippi Debates Extreme 'Personhood' Amendment, Advocates Ask Where Are The Dems?

Laura Bassett | November 23, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Mississippians are set to vote on a ballot measure this November that would redefine the word "person" in the state constitution to include undeveloped embryos. Members of the medical and legal communities have raised concerns that the amendment could have unforeseen, far-reaching implications for women's health,...

HPV Vaccine No More A 'Government Injection' Than Other Mandatory Vaccines, Health Officials Say

Laura Bassett | November 20, 2011 | Politics
As Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 2007 decision to mandate the human papillomavirus vaccination for young girls and Rep. Michele Bachmann's inflammatory remarks continue to generate controversy, health officials want the public to understand that the vaccine is no more a dangerous, draconian, "government injection" (in Bachmann's words) than...

HPV Vaccine No More A 'Government Injection' Than Other Mandatory Vaccines, Health Officials Say

Laura Bassett | November 20, 2011 | Politics
As Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 2007 decision to mandate the human papillomavirus vaccination for young girls and Rep. Michele Bachmann's inflammatory remarks continue to generate controversy, health officials want the public to understand that the vaccine is no more a dangerous, draconian, "government injection" (in Bachmann's words) than...

Virginia Board Of Health Passes Strictest Abortion Clinic Regulations In The Nation

Laura Bassett | November 15, 2011 | Politics
The Virginia Board of Health passed the most severe abortion clinic regulations in the nation on Thursday, which health advocates say could effectively close down all 22 abortion providers in the state. The regulations, commissioned by the state legislature and written by the Virginia Department of Health, are largely unrelated...

Virginia Board Of Health Passes Strictest Abortion Clinic Regulations In The Nation

Laura Bassett | November 15, 2011 | Politics
The Virginia Board of Health passed the most severe abortion clinic regulations in the nation on Thursday, which health advocates say could effectively close down all 22 abortion providers in the state. The regulations, commissioned by the state legislature and written by the Virginia Department of Health, are largely unrelated...

Rick Perry's HPV Vaccine Law Sparks Political Fight That Ignores Health Issues

Laura Bassett | November 13, 2011 | Politics
As the Republican presidential field continues to attack Texas Gov. Rick Perry's executive order mandating the HPV vaccine for young girls, health advocates are growing worried that the vaccine itself is being stigmatized. In the two most recent presidential debates, Perry has had to repeatedly explain and defend the...

Mississippi 'Personhood' Law Could Ban Abortions And Birth Control

Laura Bassett | November 12, 2011 | Politics
Mississippi voters will be allowed to decide on a ballot measure that defines "personhood" from the moment of fertilization, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled last week. The measure could potentially outlaw abortions, birth control, in vitro fertilization and stem cell research across the state. Measure 26, which will bypass the...

Obama Jobs Plan: Women Pleasantly Surprised

Laura Bassett | November 9, 2011 | Politics
While men lost more jobs in the recession than women, women have been slower to recover, losing nearly 300,000 jobs since the economic "recovery" began in 2009. Some women's organizations were concerned that President Obama's jobs plan was going to focus on boosting male-dominated industries, such as construction...

Michele Bachmann Avoids Gender Politics In Presidential Campaign

Laura Bassett | November 8, 2011 | Politics
During Wednesday night's Republican debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) stood at a podium flanked by seven men. She articulated her plan to repeal "Obamacare" and to slash gasoline prices when the moderator addressed her, but she generally faded into the background as Rick Perry and Mitt Romney pulled ahead of...

Michele Bachmann Avoids Gender Politics In Presidential Campaign

Laura Bassett | November 8, 2011 | Politics
During Wednesday night's Republican debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) stood at a podium flanked by seven men. She articulated her plan to repeal "Obamacare" and to slash gasoline prices when the moderator addressed her, but she generally faded into the background as Rick Perry and Mitt Romney pulled ahead of...

2012 GOP Candidates: Where Do They Stand On Women's Health Issues?

Laura Bassett | November 2, 2011 | Politics
The president of the United States wields a great deal of power over reproductive freedom and choice through judicial nominations, budget appropriations and the veto power. All eight major contenders for the Republican nomination are vehemently anti-abortion. But on family planning, emergency contraception for rape and incest victims, insurance coverage...
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