Princeton Picking Up Costs of Birth Control Price Spike for Students
Starting last Saturday, Princeton University now subsidizes oral contraceptive for its students in the face of the growing birth control pricing crisis. The university subsidy program allows students to purchase generic oral contraception for $6 a month, reports the Associated Press.
Birth control prices have skyrocketed, some up to $50/month, as a consequence of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. It included a little-noticed provision that prohibited the decades-old practice of pharmaceutical companies selling contraceptives to both college clinics and clinics serving low-income women at deeply discounted rates.
Corrective bills have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. The Feminist Majority Foundation Choices Campus Leadership program is mobilizing students across the country to restore affordable birth control as part of their Birth Control Access Campaign.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .