Bush Administration Withholds Funding For International Health Conference
Bush Administration officials rescinded funding for an international health conference because Republican staff members and right-wing groups such as the Traditional Values Coalition complained that the conference promotes abortion.
According to the Washington Post, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) withdrew funding for the Global Health Council’s conference entitled “Youth and Health: Generation on the Edge.” House Republican aides sent an email to anti-choice groups stating that they found the conference to be “outrageous” because they believe one of the groups speaking at the conference, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), “performs abortions” and helps “the communist Chinese force them on women.” These accusations were proven false by the Bush Administration’s own experts who investigated and cleared the UNFPA of abuses in its programs in China.
The four-day conference would include a diverse set of issues.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .