CDC Recommends Abstinence as Primary HPV Prevention Strategy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent a report to Congress last week recommending that abstinence or monogamy should be used as the primary prevention strategy for human papillomavirus (HPV), angering women's rights and health advocates. According to Kaiser, the report did not recommend using condoms as a primary prevention strategy for HPV.
According to the Feminist Majority Foundation's medical director, Dr. Beth Jordan, "this administration's ideological spin promoting abstinence flies in the face of reality. People in this country - even young people - are sexually active. We must empower them with comprehensive sex education so that they can make smart and responsible choices for themselves."
Meanwhile, President's Bush's recent budget request asks for a doubling in abstinence-education funds - most of which would go to new community based abstinence education program that will be run by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, reports the Washington Times. While Bush wants to increase budget expenditures in these programs up to $140 million this year, these programs have never been proven effective. The concern raised by women's health advocates is that by not stressing condom usage, young people will be at greater risk for other sexually transmitted infections.
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .