Women's health care should never be a political game.
"With this common sense bill, we can ensure that Arizona women have access to the health services they need and religious institutions have their faith and freedom protected."
Facts matter. When the facts about women's health are a central part of the discussion about access to reproductive health care, the conversation changes - and now more than ever, we need that change.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Birth control is basic health care for women.
It's been 39 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade - but the battles over access to the full range of reproductive health care services still rage on.
There's been a lot in the news lately about the so-called "supercommittee" in Congress, which has been tasked with trimming more than a trillion dollars from the federal deficit. It's the supercommittee's job to figure out which programs will get the budget axe.
A milestone for women's health is finally within reach: On Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified the full range of FDA-approved contraception and birth control options as preventive health services - and recommended that they be made available to women without additional fees or co-payment under health care reform.
The ""war on women"" in the House of Representatives rages on.
Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, when we should all pause to remember that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is still shaping and taking too many lives, in the United States and around the globe.
Sometimes I think there's not much that can surprise me. But last week proved that theory wrong: the U.S. House of Representatives voted to prohibit federal funds for health care services provided by Planned Parenthood, and eliminate funding for all Title X family planning services, which are the sole source of health care for millions of low-income and uninsured women in this nation.
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