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Mississippi voters rejected the draconian "Personhood" initiative that would ban common forms of birth control, criminalize abortion even in the case of rape, incest, or life endangerment of the mo

We encouraged the inclusion of contraception in the definition of preventive services at The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) second public hearing on the definition of preventive health services for women last week. Our testimony asked the committee to include contraception in its definition of preventive services, a step that would treat contraception like any other preventive service and thereby require that it be available without a co-payment. Although several groups attempted to persuade the committee to not cover contraception, many organizations eloquently elevated women’s voices including Raising Women’s Voices, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, American Civil Liberties Union, and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

Title V Abstinence Only Funding Sex Education is set to expire on June 30, 2007.

Title V is a federally funded program funded under the 1996 federal welfare reform law (Section 510(b) of Title V of the Social Security Act). Title V has been allocated $50 million each year for states to teach abstinence-only programs.

Abstinence only sex education programs prohibit discussion on contraception, including condoms, except for failure rates.

To those of you that have been paying attention to NLIRH’s work during the long process to craft and pass health care reform legislation, it might seem as though what was a flurry of action at the end of the year has died down.  Behind the scenes, however, we are hard at work.  Though many provisions in both the Senate and the House version of the health care reform legislation are deeply flawed, NLIRH is not ready to give up.  We are currently developing strategies and materials for the last leg of this struggle, and we are continuing our work both with activists on the ground and our colleagues in the movement to ensure that the merged bill comes out free of provisions that are hurtful to women of color, low-income people, and immigrants. 

The Senate and House versions of the bill will be merged soon, but right now it is not clear exactly how that will happen.  Though legislation typically enters a conference committee made up of members of both the House and Senate to resolve differences and emerge with a final bill, there is speculation that health care reform will undergo an alternative process in order to avoid Republican stalling tactics. 

Stay tuned – we will need all your help soon!

Despite a devastating loss on the DREAM (the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health applauds the Senate's 65-31

Outrageous, that’s the phrase that came to mind as we watched the health care reform debates over the weekend. While health care reform passed a hurdle in the House of Representatives, women and immigrants were left on the sidelines.

What happened???

    •    In an effort to pass health care reform, Congress included an amendment that singled out and banned most abortions from all public and private health plans in the insurance exchange.  Women who think they may need an abortion in the future would be required to buy an additional insurance “abortion rider” with their own personal funds for coverage.

    •    Under the House bill, undocumented immigrants can buy into the public health insurance exchange with their own money. But, they are prevented from receiving any subsidies, affordability credits, or receive federal Medicaid.

    •    The 5-year ban on legal residents accessing public health benefits, including Medicaid, also remained intact.

Essentially politicians are saying that under current health care reform, women would have to plan for an unplanned pregnancy.