Congressional Members Call for Renewed US Support for UNFPA
Members of Congress are calling for renewed US support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to aid victims of the tsunami. Representative Joseph Crowley (D-NY) recently led five Democratic members of Congress to Sri Lanka to examine the work of the UNFPA in the stricken area, reports the Associated Press.
“The United Nations Population Fund is on the ground, providing reproductive and child healthcare to the women and children in Sri Lanka and the other eleven nations affected by the tsunami. It is unfair that the Bush Administration is holding up funding by not supporting the UNFPA,” said Crowley. Since July 2002, the Bush Administration has stopped each year $34 million of Congressionally approved money for the UNFPA.
According to a letter recently sent to newly confirmed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice by seven members of Congress, including Representatives Crowley, Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Al Green (D-TX), and Steven Israel (D-NY), more than 150,000 women are pregnant in the tsunami-hit areas and “the release of the $34 million appropriated to the UNFPA for FY2005 would have an immediate, life saving impact on these women and their children.”
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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. . . .
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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. . . .