Febrero, 2012

Susan G. Koman Reversal on Planned Parenthood Praised by National Latina Institute

Fox News Latino, 02/03/2012

The National Latina Institute praised the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Friday announcement that it reversed its decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood.

After facing a rash of criticism for pro-choice lawmakers and accusations that the breast cancer awareness organization was swayed by political influence, the foundation decide to reverse its decision. Read more »

Komen reversal frees up Q-C grants

Quad City, 02/03/2012

Friday’s decision by the Susan G. Komen breast cancer advocacy organization to reverse a decision that cuts funding to Planned Parenthood is being shared with the nation’s 122 affiliates, including the Quad-City organization.

“This decision will enable us to consider all grant applications and to continue to make funding decisions that meet the needs of our community,” said Christina McNamara-Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the Komen Quad-Cities affiliate. Read more »

Controversy Engulfs Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Women's E News, 02/03/2012

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health expressed disappointment Thursday in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation's decision to discontinue funds to Planned Parenthood health centers for breast cancer prevention, screenings and education, adding to the uproar over the move. Read more »

Is religion’s influence on Latinos fading?

Being Latino, 02/07/2012

Two recent polls caught my attention.

The first was taken at the height of Tebow-mania, when many otherwise rational adults believed that a mediocre quarterback could actually win the Super Bowl. Read more »

Majority of Catholic women use contraception

NBC Latino, 02/07/2012

The numbers might surprise you. Though the Catholic Church officially bans birth control, 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women in this country use it, according to a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute.

The latest government study, titled National Survey of Family Growth, found that 89 percent of Catholic women who are not trying to have children have used birth control, as well as 90 percent of mainline Protestants and 91 percent of evangelicals.  Read more »

Controversy Surrounds HHS Contraception Mandate

ReBlog, 02/08/2012

In  the face of criticism over the administration’s decision to require employers to provide health coverage for contraception, advisors to President Obama signaled yesterday that the administration continues to “work with” religious organizations that object to the impending requirement.  Read more »

Why Are We Surprised? Latin@s, Reproductive Health & Abortion

Amplify Your Voice, 02/09/2012

There are so many stereotypes that people have about Latin@s, our sexual experiences, practices, and decisions. As a member of this community and someone from the Caribbean I have a few ideas on how these stereotypes have emerged and how they have been linked to reproductive health and justice. Read more »

Congresswomen defend birth control for all

People's World, 02/09/2012

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and three other congresswomen attended a special news conference Feb. 8, reacting to Republican Speaker John Boehner's harsh attack on the Obama administration's birth control policy. Read more »

Catholics, Contraceptives and Rubio’s Latino Contradiction

Politic365, 02/09/2012

When Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced legislation last week to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act requiring some religious institutions to offer their employees contraceptive services through their health insurance coverage, he found himself again at odds with two key constituencies: Catholics and Latinas/os. Read more »

Secular Coalition Calls for Boehner and U.S. House to Respect Individual Religious Liberty in HHS Ruling on Contraceptives

Secular Coalition for America, 02/09/2012

The Secular Coalition today called for U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and fellow members of the U.S. House of Representatives to respect the Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to require most employers to provide coverage for contraceptives and some life-saving procedures for women, including religiously affiliated businesses such as hospitals, universities, and nonprofits.
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Obama's Revised Contraception Mandate Receives Praise from Latina Health Group

Fox News Latino, 02/10/2012

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) praised President Obama’s decision to back off a newly announced and highly controversial requirement for religious employers to provide free birth control coverage even if it runs counter to their religious beliefs.

The president said Friday that instead, workers at such institutions will be able to get free birth control coverage directly from health insurance companies.  Read more »

Opinion: Accommodation on Birth Control Exemption Still Broadens Access for Latinas

Fox News Latino, 02/10/2012

The Catholic Church in this country has served and uplifted generations of Latino/as in the United States. But we face a critical juncture in which the views of the Catholic Church hierarchy conflict with those of a majority of its Latino/a members. And that split has affected national health policy. Read more »

Race and Sex-Based Abortion Ban Hijacks Civil Rights

New American Media, 02/24/2012

As members of immigrant families, as women of color, and as mothers ourselves, we were appalled when the United States House of Representatives introduced HR 3541 late last year. This legislation, which could come to a floor vote soon, cloaks itself in the language and names of civil rights heroes, but is in fact a duplicitous attack on the health, dignity, and human rights of all women of color, including immigrant women.
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