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Research Library: Reproductive Health

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National Partnership Statement to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Abstinence-Only Programs

The National Partnership for Women & Families is pleased to submit a statement for today’s hearing in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, “Domestic Abstinence-Only Programs: Assessing the Evidence.” Our statement highlights a few of the reasons – practical, public health, and ethical – to question continuing the public investment in ideologically driven abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.


Letter: Leading Scientists Urge Congressional Leaders to Reduce or Eliminate Abstinence-Only Funding

As a group of leading scientists who have recently conducted research on adolescents, reproductive health, and abstinence-only education, we are writing to express our strong concern about increasing federal support for abstinence-only education (AOE) programs. This federal support includes monies going to states (Section 510 of the Social Security Act) and those going directly to community and faith-based organizations (the Community-Based Abstinence Education program).


Coalition Letter Supporting Increased Funding for Title X

The undersigned organizations are writing to ask that during conference negotiations on the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill (H.R. 3043) you fund the Title X family planning program at the House-passed level of $311 million, a $28 million increase over FY 2007 funding.


Coalition Letter Urging Senate to Oppose Global Gag Rule

As organizations committed to protecting reproductive rights and individual freedoms, we write to ask for your commitment to follow through on the actions of both the House and Senate towards helping to alleviate the unbearable effects of the global gag rule as the FY’08 State, Foreign Operations appropriations bill moves toward conference.


Family Planning Coalition Letter to Secretary Leavitt for DASPA Appointment

The undersigned organizations are writing to urge you to appoint an individual with a demonstrated commitment to family planning as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DASPA). As you know, the DASPA oversees Title X, the nation’s family planning program, which provides high-quality family planning and preventive health care services to over five million low-income individuals annually, helping them to avoid approximately one million unintended pregnancies each year.


Letter to FDA Commissioner Von Eschenbach urging not to cut Women's Health

We are extremely troubled by reports that the FDA is attempting to cut the Office of Women’s Health (OWH) 2007 budget by approximately $1.2 million nearly one third of its $4 million budget approved by the President and Congress. The OWH has spent or budgeted the remaining $2.8 million for staff salaries and projects already in progress, so this cut would effectively shut down the office’s operations for the rest of the fiscal year.


Family Planning Coalition Letter opposing Keroack appointment

The undersigned organizations are writing to express our grave concern over the appointment of Dr. Eric Keroack as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DASPA). As you know, the DASPA oversees Title X, the nation’s family planning program, which provides high-quality family planning and preventive health care services to over five million low-income individuals annually, helping them to avoid approximately one million unintended pregnancies each year.


Amicus Brief: Gonzales v. Carhart; Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood

The evidence presented by a host of respected physicians in the cases challenging the Act demonstrates that women may be virtually unable to obtain any safe abortion at all during and after the fourth month of pregnancy because of the Act’s broad reach, and, even if narrowly construed, the Act can deny women access to the safest available procedure.


Pregnancy and Parenting: A Legal Guide for Adolescents

Este libro es para niñas adolescentes y jovencitas de 17 años o menos que viven en Carolina del Norte y que están embarazadas o tienen un niño.


Pregnancy and Parenting: A Legal Guide for Adolescents

This book is for girls and young women living in North Carolina who are 17 or younger and are pregnant or have a child. If you are one of them, you are not alone. Each year, about 6,300 girls and young women in North Carolina become pregnant or give birth.


GAO: Decision Process to Deny Over-the-Counter Status for Emergency Contraception Plan B Unusual

We write in response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in docket number 2005N-0345 regarding Barr Laboratories’ application for over-the-counter (OTC) status for Plan B® emergency contraception (EC). Given the overwhelming recommendation of the FDA’s independent expert advisory committees and professional staff that Plan B® is safe and effective for women of all ages and should be made available OTC, we strongly urge you to stop the unnecessary rulemaking process and make the product available without restrictions for women of all ages without further delay.


Comments to FDA on Over-the-Counter Status for Plan B

We write in response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in docket number 2005N-0345 regarding Barr Laboratories’ application for over-the-counter (OTC) status for Plan B® emergency contraception (EC). Given the overwhelming recommendation of the FDA’s independent expert advisory committees and professional staff that Plan B® is safe and effective for women of all ages and should be made available OTC, we strongly urge you to stop the unnecessary rulemaking process and make the product available without restrictions for women of all ages without further delay.


Letter to Representative Mike Castle on Stem Cell Research Enhancement

I am writing to express strong support for passage of H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, which would expand the ability of researchers to pursue federally funded stem cell research. H.R. 810 would promote medical research that is critical to women both as patients and caregivers.


Testimony Supporting Maryland Pharmacy Access Legislation

Access to safe and effective contraception is essential to women’s reproductive health. Consistent with that goal, the National Partnership submits this testimony in support of SB 541, a bill that would allow Maryland women to obtain emergency contraception – also known as the “morning after pill – directly from a trained, licensed pharmacist pursuant to a written protocol developed with a physician.


Statement of Debra L. Ness at the March for Womens Lives

Wow! What a thrill it is to look out on this sea of pro-choice faces, to know that hundreds of thousands of people have come from all over the country – all over the world – to stand up for women’s lives. It’s been a long time since America’s pro-choice majority has dominated thescene. Too long. But we’re here today to change that. With this march, we begin a new era.


We Stand On Moral Ground: Ad released on the anniversary of the March for Women's Lives

We stand for healthy women and families. We stand for access to basic health care, including birth control, emergency contraception, sex education, STD testing and treatment, prenatal care, and abortion. we stand for medical privacy. We stand for women’s lives. We stand on moral ground.


National Partnership Letter to Preserve Teen Access to Contraception; Oppose Vitter Ammendments to FY08 Labor HHS Appropriations

The National Partnership for Women & Families strongly urges you to oppose any amendments to the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill filed by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) intended to render health clinics that provide abortion care with non-federal dollars, under almost all circumstances, ineligible for funding through the bill.


Letter to FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan on Plan B

Before you move on to your next challenge, we request that you make one more decision that upholds the credibility and integrity of the Food and Drug Administration, which you have so ably led. We believe it is important, in your current capacity as FDA Administrator, to make a decision on the Plan B over-the-counter (OTC) application based solely on the scientific evidence and the benefits for women’s health and wellbeing.


Legal Guide: Public Schools and Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents

This guidebook is third in a series explaining the law to pregnant and parenting adolescents, their parents, and the professionals who work with them.


Comments on President's Council on Bioethics

The National Partnership for Women & Families strongly supports allowing research using Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT), commonly known as therapeutic cloning. The purpose of this technology is to develop treatments for diseases and give millions of people access to life-saving therapies using their own DNA.


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