While Brazil annually hands out 254 million free condoms on the streets and birth control pills at government pharmacies, many of the poor do not go to these pharmacies. The new program will set the price for a year's supply of birth control pills at $2.40 at private drugstores. Brazil, the world�s largest Roman Catholic nation, received harsh criticism of the program from Pope Benedict XVI during his visit in May. Silva, however, said the program will give poor Brazilians "the same right that the wealthy have to plan the number of children they want," according to the Associated Press.
Women's groups hope the program could lead to future changes to Brazil's abortion laws. Women's rights groups estimate 800,000 illegal abortions occur in Brazil each year, and about 4,000 women die from the procedure yearly.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .