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Research Library: Reproductive Health

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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 submitted by the Coalition

The undersigned organizations are writing to strongly object to the “Provider Conscience” regulation proposed on August 26, 2008 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The proposed regulation is unnecessary, threatens to significantly undermine patients’ access to critical health care services and information, and could negatively impact scientific research.

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.

Legal Guide: Social Services for Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents

This guidebook for departments of social services (DSS) is one in a series explaining the law to pregnant and parenting adolescents, their parents, and the professionals who work with them.

Legal Guide: Health Care for Pregnant Adolescents

This guidebook for health care providers is the first in a series explaining the law to pregnant and parenting adolescents, their parents, and the professionals who care for these young women.

Bypassing Justice: Maryland

Bypassing Justice: Oklahoma

Bypassing Justice: Arkansas

Bypassing Justice: Maine

Bypassing Justice: New Hampshire

Bypassing Justice: South Dakota

Bypassing Justice: Michigan

Bypassing Justice: Delaware

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